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Police in Wales Caught a Drug Dealer by IDing His Fingerprint from a WhatsApp Photo

Police in Wales managed to arrest and convict a drug dealer by identifying his fingerprint from a photo posted on WhatsApp, a technique that the local law enforcement is calling “groundbreaking,” according to the BBC. Read More >>

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This New Web Standard Could Finally Kill the Password

Passwords are pretty archaic. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of companies including Google, Apple, Facebook and others, no one has figured out a uniform standard that would make it possible to do away with them entirely. Until, perhaps, now. Read More >>

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New Software Turns Any Capacitive Touchscreen Into A Biometric Scanner

In an effort to fix our broken password system, manufacturers are looking to the world of biometrics, sticking fingerprint scanners into everything from photocopiers to, um, school buses. Now, a team of Yahoo researchers might’ve come up with a way to extend biometric recognition to anything with a touchscreen. Read More >>

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Apple Patents Full-Screen Fingerprint Sensor Tech

Not content with making its little button read fingerprints, Apple sees a future where the entire display of a device can sense individual fingers. It's filed for a patent that can identify all ten of your fingers, letting users assign an app shortcut to each digit. The middle finger could be reserved for calling work, for example. [WIPO via Unwired View] Read More >>

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Rumour: HTC’s One Max Might Have a Fingerprint Scanner

Leaked images of HTC's rumoured new One Max smartphone appear to show a fingerprint scanner nestled amongst its hardware, a la iPhone 5S. The pictures, which turned up on Chinese social network Sina Weibo, show the monstrous phone with its back removed, where a fingerprint scanner sits between SIM slot and camera. Read More >>

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Is This Apple’s Reinvention of the Button, AKA the iPhone 5S “Touch ID Sensor”?

Hot on the heels of the news that seemingly confirmed Apple's plan to integrate fingerprint scanning into its new iPhone 5S, we now have a photograph of said controversial button. This supposed marketing image describes it as the "Home button / Touch ID sensor." Read More >>

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WSJ: The New iPhone Will Include a Fingerprint Scanner

Ahead of today's big Apple event, the Wall Street Journal is reaffirming rumours that the more expensive of the two phones to be announced will feature fingerprint scanning technology Read More >>

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The iPhone 5S Home Button Ring Could Look Like HAL 2013

While it seems pretty certain that the next iPhone will come with a fingerprint scanner, what it will look like remains an open question. A "silver ring" around the home button (see below) is the prevailing theory; our friend Martin Hajek has taken a closer look at what that might mean in practice. Read More >>