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Hacking group says photos could be used to fool Touch ID

Europe’s largest collective of hackers, the Chaos Computer Club, claims to have come up with a way of reproducing fingerprints using only a handful of photos (no pun intended) showing your fingers.<p>Speaking at the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, hacker Jan Krissler, …

Apple Pay comes to gas pumps in 2015

Pumping your gas is about to get a touch quicker, now that Chevron says it’s planning to bring Apple Pay to its gas pumps next year.<p>Chevron was the only gas station to officially support Apple Pay when it launched in October, but the bad news was you had to go into the store if you wanted to use …

Most popular deal of 2014: The Complete iOS 8 & Swift Developers Course plus more [Deals]

This year has been an amazing one at Cult of Mac Deals, where we have offered dozens of training opportunities that will make you a better developer.<p>Start 2015 off right by learning a new skill or upgrading the skills you already have. Grab one of these powerful eLearning programs now while you …

A Hacker Says He Can Recreate Fingerprints From Photographs

This capability would highlight the compromised nature of replacing passwords with fingerprints, which is already seen by experts as far from fully secure.<p>In his talk at the Chaos Communications Congress — put on by Europe's largest hacker organization — Jan Krissler said he used a high-profile …

Information Systems

Drone tool could throw life rings to swimmers in trouble

The buff and beautiful lifeguard runs in slow motion down the beach, unseen winds blowing their hair in a Hollywood-made rescue fantasy. But hey, you’re drowning, there’s no time for that.<p>Your savior could be a group of Connecticut high school students who have developed a drone accessory that …

Apple Pay headed to UK for 2015 — but banks fear a financial 'invasion'

Payment service set to launch in 'first half' of the year<p>A major UK bank's concern over data collected by Apple Pay is reportedly stalling negotiations to launch the mobile payments service in the country by "the first half of 2015." <i>The Telegraph</i> reports that "at least one" of the UK’s biggest …

Apple’s spaceship HQ is beaming up a 100-year-old barn

Apple’s new spaceship headquarters is poised to be one of the most futuristic corporate buildings in California once it touches down, but to help the campus stay connected to its roots, the company is painstakingly preserving a 100-year-old barn built by pioneers who settled the area.<p>Visitors at …

iPhone 7: Most-wanted features

What we want in the next iPhone

Mobile Technology

Hacker claims you can steal fingerprints with only a camera

Previous attempts to copy fingerprints required specialized tools and the fingerprint itself.<p>One hacker says he has developed a way to copy fingerprints using a common digital camera.<p>Jan Krissler, a member of Europe's oldest hacker collective, the Chaos Computer Club, said he accomplished such a …

iPhone

Facebook's Thoughtless Artificial Intelligence

This year saw Google acquiring an artificial intelligence startup and two of the smartest people around, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, warning the …