New iPhone SE 2 leak reaffirms bezel-less design and Face ID

Rumors of a new iPhone SE compact phone have been circulating around for at least a hundred years, but there’s been somewhat of an increase in the rate and intensity of these rumors lately. And you know: where there’s smoke, there’s fire – a saying that has proven to hold true more times than not when it comes to smartphone leaks.

At this point, the rumor mill tends to agree that an iPhone SE 2, or iPhone SE (2018), is relatively likely to happen, and soon at that. Where the reports happen to be severely conflicting is exactly what this new iPhone SE will look like. The more conservative …


Apple sends document to authorized service providers telling them how to deal with Face ID issues

Apple has reportedly sent a document to authorized service providers outlining what they should do when an iPhone X owner has issues with Face ID. The first step that Apple recommends is a diagnostic test to see if there is a problem with the rear camera on the device. Wait! We know exactly what you’re thinking; doesn’t Face ID have to do with sensors found on the front-facing TrueDepth Camera? And you’d be exactly right. However, there does appear to be some connection between a rear camera failure on the tenth anniversary model, and the failure of Face ID to work correctly. Why the rear …

Apple unveils iPhone X home button add-on with Touch ID and headphone jack

Apple is about to release something that people have been clamoring for ever since the firs wave of iPhone X leaks last year – a physical home button! What’s more, the new home button add-on will also have Touch ID, which is sure to appease those who dislike Apple’s face unlock tech.

Measuring in at 29 mm × 30 mm × 3.9 mm (1.1 in × 1.18 in × 0.1 in), the home button add-on for the iPhone X is about the size of a 4th gen iPod Shuffle (remember those?). However, unlike the Shuffle, it’s not built from aluminum, but the glossy, …

FBI: we use dead people's fingers to unlock iPhones, but Face ID not cracked yet

If you have been wondering about the legal implications of unlocking a dead person’s iPhone, it seems that there are none, at least as far as law enforcement is concerned. The fingers of a deceased victim are fair game when it comes to Touch ID, says FBI forensics specialist Bob Moledor in an interview, though Face ID on the iPhone X is currently presenting problems, not least because the eyes need to be open.

Not that you would care about the authorities unlocking your phone when you are dead, but the story about the first recorded case of the police trying to unlock a …

Someone actually handed the police a fake ID featuring Homer Simpson

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What a time to be alive.

On Thursday Thames Valley Police tweeted a picture of a fake driver’s licence that was given to one of their officers by a motorist.

Earlier this week, @tvprp‘s PC Phillips stopped a car in Milton Keynes.

When she tried to identify the driver’s ID, she found the below…

The driver’s car was seized and he was reported for driving with no insurance and driving without a proper licence.

D’oh! ‍🤦‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/1IFWvJzyvH

— Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) March 15, 2018

Of course the officer spotted it was a fake, it has one glaring error. Read more…

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Galaxy S10 to sport a Face ID camera competitor, and in-display finger reader

It’s not the first time we are hearing that Samsung is working on a TrueDepth camera competitor to rival Apple’s Face ID and Animoji features, but now we have a device where it will eventually be planted – none other than the Galaxy S10. This one is shaping up to be a crazy handset, with a 7nm chipset, 5G connectivity, in-display finger scanner, and whatever else Samsung throws at it that will stick.

Well, it seems that Samsung is throwing a structured light transmitter and receiver, a front-facing camera, and a time of flight/proximity sensor. These are …

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to stop phone number thefts with a new mobile ID

US carriers are gearing up to launch a next-gen mobile ID platform that will hopefully make phone number thefts and other mobile authentication issues a thing of the past. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint collectively formed the so-called Mobile Authentication Taskforce not long ago, and they are now detailing the eventual product that will come out of this alliance.
The system will be more secure than the current top-shelf two-factor ID model (duh), and will be powered by the carrier networks themselves. In addition, it will be interoperable …

Would you even look at Face ID or iris-scanning if you still have the fingerprint option?

Apple has been on a roll for removing stuff lately. In 2016, it removed the headphone jack and, in 2017, it removed the home button and Touch ID fingerprint reader. Of course, the security measure was instantly replaced by the brand-new Face ID, which… still draws mixed opinions.

Competing manufacturers, like Samsung, also have iris scanning and face scanning on board but also continue to offer a fingerprint pad somewhere on the device. We have to wonder — would users even look at an iris scanner (does it destroy the joke if we say the pun is intended?) when they have the good old …

iOS 11.3 features a new Privacy icon to keep your data and Apple ID password safe

Earlier today, Apple previewed iOS 11.3, the latest version of the company’s famous mobile operating system. While Apple revealed a lengthy list of new features that come with iOS 11.3, it did not present all the improvements included in it. 
One of the things that Apple didn’t specifically mention is a new Privacy icon – spotted by developer Dean Murphy in iOS 11.3 beta. 
According to info found in the beta, the Privacy icon will show up on your device when a legit Apple-made “app or feature is asking to use your personal information” …