Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Sen. Franken to Apple: How Safe Is Face ID Really?

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller introduces the iPhone X during a launch event in Cupertino California Can Santa afford the new iPhone?
Lucas Bell | 15 September, 2017, 00:44

The screen looks familiar to iPhone 7 owners because it pops up whenever the device is restarted or when it has not been used for several hours.

Can Apple extract Face ID data from a device, will Apple ever store Face ID data remotely, and can Apple confirm that it has no plans to use faceprint data for purposes other than Face ID? Instead it uses a new kind of facial recognition technology Apple calls Face ID to unlock the phone. Turns out my first theory in this story was wrong-but my first UPDATE theory above was correct: "People were handling the device for stage demo ahead of time", says a rep, "and didn't realize Face ID was trying to authenticate their face".

Identical twins may trip up the system, but for them and anyone else averse to using their faces, the iPhone X can still be unlocked using an old-fashioned passcode. Photographs won't fool it, and Apple even worked with professional mask makers and makeup artists in Hollywood to protect against attempts to beat Face ID, he said.

However, while Federighi successfully demoed Face ID with a backup phone, the failure might still create concern for those planning on purchasing the iPhone X, due to the likelihood of accidental lockouts this suggests. It is possible that, for some reason, the iPhone X was restarted before the demonstration started, or that it had been unused for hours, which is possible because reports claim that preparations for the event started the night before. The display is OLED as well, meaning you should get deeper blacks and a generally better experience - enhanced by the Super Retina display.

The iPhone 8 has a 12 MP f/1.8 primary camera while the 8 Plus boasts of a dual 12 MP shooter with Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting.

There's still no 3.5mm headphone jack, but for the first time, the iPhone will support Qi wireless charging.

U.S. not giving up on diplomacy with N. Korea: State Department
North Korea's ongoing nuclear weapons tests prompting its neighbor in the South to step up its own military capabilities. Juche, which translates as "self-reliance", is Pyongyang's ruling ideology, a blend of Marxism and hyper-nationalism.

JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon: "Bitcoin Is A Fraud"
His explanation of the merits of Bitcoin started off negative, when he said: "The currency isn't going to work". Bitcoin's price has skyrocketed by more than 5 million times since its first appearance eight years ago.

Royal couple expecting another baby
The palace was forced to share the news early, as with the Duchesses previous pregnancies , due to acute morning sickness . Harry was last seen publicly with William and Kate on August 30, to honor Princess Diana with a memorial garden.

Preorders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus open on 15 September, but if you're hankering after an iPhone X you'll be on the hook until 27 October.

As the screen now takes up the entire surface area of the phone, the home button has been completely eliminated and with it, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Speaking about facial recognition technology in particular, a face is also public whereas it is much harder to casually acquire someone's fingerprint.

Apple's Face ID uses a TrueDepth camera system made up of more than 30,000 invisible IR dots.

How will Apple respond to law enforcement requests to access Apple's faceprint data or the Face ID system itself? As people use the iPhone X in the coming months, there will be more definite answers to these questions. The comparison is powered by a new A11 Bionic processor that contains dedicated neural networks to rapidly analyze thousands of data points. It is also the most expensive.

Everything else out there, that is, until 3 November when the iPhone X emerges to knock it off its pricey perch. iPhone's super flagship almost breaks four figures, going for £999 in the UK.

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