With all the howling and dead horse flogging of the GCSB sideshow in an attempt to either take the heat off Mr 29% or falling victim to their own hypocritical paranoia, I wonder if the likes of Billy Big Steps propaganda agent The Gurnard and NZOA bludger and
top 2nd tier media presenter Russell Brown will want one of these upon release:
The strongest indication yet that Apple’s new iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint scanner has been discovered by an app developer.
A string of code discovered in the latest beta release of Apple’s iOS 7 software implies that either the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 could come with a fingerprint scanner.
The code describes a user touching the Home button with their thumb. A fingerprint then appears on the screen, that changes colour – presumably to signify a match – and the ‘recognition is complete’.
A folder called Biometric Kit was also found.
A string of developer code discovered in the fourth beta release of Apple’s iOS 7 software, pictured, gives the strongest indication to date that either the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6 could have a fingerprint scanner
A folder called Biometric Kit, pictured, was also found and the feature could be for security reasons to unlock the phone, or to authorise payments in the App Store and prevent people from stealing your phone, reading your messages or obtaining personal data
The feature could be for security reasons to unlock the phone, or to authorise payments in the App Store and prevent people from stealing your phone, reading your messages or obtaining personal data.
The screenshots were tweeted by developer Hamza Sood.
Rumours about a fingerprint scanner being introduced to an upcoming Apple handset first emerged before the iPhone 5 was released in September last year.
Apple had purchased security company AuthenTec, which analysts claimed was because Apple wanted the firm’s expertise in NFC (near field communication) and biometric secutiry technologies.
The iPhone 5 did not include the feature, though, and this led people to speculate that the next model – dubbed iPhone 5S – or later versions, such as iPhone 6, would include the feature.
In April this year, rumours surfaced that the next iPhone model could be delayed because of this technology.
A supply chain source in Taiwan told Reuters that Apple was trying to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor, and this may be causing production problems.
Then in May, PayPal’s chief information security officer Michael Barrett claimed fingerprint scanners could spell the end of modern-day passwords and the technology would become more popular once Apple introduces it to one of its products. - Source
Will all those “decent journalists, trained and skilled” that are obsessively bleating and moaning about how terribly important bagging the GCSB is want an iPhone 5S with the capacity for Apple to store your print?
This guy used his iPhone to shoot one second of video, every day for a year.
A little bit of video, shot on my iPhone, every day from birthday #29 to birthday #30. Still not sure why.
Music: “All My Friends,” LCD Soundsystem
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Read more »
Clare Curran is the gift that just keeps on giving. Just when you think she can’t get any dumber she comes out and proves us wrong.
The tip line has produced an absolute gem which shows why the ICT sector should be crapping themselves if Curran ever gets the portfolio.
This transcript exert below is brilliant. RNZ chief executive Peter Cavanagh did well not to start pissing himself laughing.
Jonathan Young: I listen to your programmes every day of the week through my iPad. I don’t use my radio anymore except as an alarm.
Clare Curran: Actually, I just wanted to wave it at you because it is such a great innovation, the app, and I have listened – I used it when I was in the States last year, and it was amazing to be there and to hear the quality of the voice coming through. It’s fantastic. The only criticism I would have of it, and I’m interested to know if this is happening to other people, is that it cuts off. It cuts out after a certain amount of time, and then you’ve got to stick it back on again. So there’s some sort of glitch, but I don’t think it’s just my iPhone. Read more »
I currently have an iPhone 4…it is nearly time to renew it.
I have also recently become very, very annoyed with Vodafone. I spend a not inconsequential sum of money with them and the last few customer service interactions have been less than desirable.
I also find their network coverage annoying with regular drop outs of service in spots there shouldn’t ever be. So should I stay or should I go…I certainly don’t feel like a wanted customer. Read more »
Last year, Treasury released iPhone and Android apps for those who like to see all the Budget data come alive (after the 2pm embargo, of course). They’ve updated the app for the 2013 budget. Sorry Windows Phone / Surface users, you miss out, but the rest of you can get your fix here:
- 2013 Budget App for iPhone (iTunes)
- 2013 Budget App for Android (Google Play)
This is a review provided by the wife of a long term reader of the blog.
Before I begin this I should point out that we are an iPhone family.
Admittedly my two previous phones from the Apple family have been hand me downs from my partner but I have been amazed at how these phones work, the features and apps available have made life easier and I have found myself able to do most of my online work and leisure through the handset rather than having to switch on the computer.
So it was with some scepticism I received the news that I was to be given a new phone to trial and it was not an Apple. Big boots to fill you could say.
My requirements beyond the usual making and receiving phone calls and texting the kids have grown to fit the modern smartphone world with email, taking photos, Facebook and browsing the web becoming an increasing part of my usage.
The first thing that struck me upon opening the box was the wireless charging. Quite how it works is a complete mystery but surely all rechargeable items will be using a similar method soon. You just lay the phone on the charging pad and hey presto! No more knotted wires, no more trying to plug it in. Just put the phone on the pad and away it goes. Read more »
With the advent of cloud technologies and iCloud in particular sometimes it can become useful in crime detection…especially if people are stupid and steal iPhones and don’t disconnect iCloud or use their own account.
Police want the public to help identify the alleged thief of an iPhone in Auckland.
The phone was taken in one of two burglaries in Avondale recently and has an app installed which emails any new photos taken back to its owner.
As a result, police would like to know the identity of a man and a woman in a ‘selfie’ taken on the phone after the burglary was committed.
Auckland Police would like anyone who recognises either of the people in the photograph to contact them on (09) 302 6400, quoting file number 121205/1351.