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    It's finally time for a new MacBook Pro. Well, almost. First, we have to get through an iPhone 7 event. Sources to Bloomberg state that some new MacBook Pro models — more sleek and yet more shrill — will be on the way in the near future. Rumored features include a secondary touchscreen strip above the keyboard to replace a row of hardware-based function keys, a Touch ID sensor, an OLED screen and a new Polaris graphics chip from AMD. All of this supposedly with macOS Sierra at launch. That launch, though, "likely" won't happen, according to Bloomberg, "at an event currently ...

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    We aren't too close to a walletless society yet as cash is still king in some territories — like diners right before 5am. But if we're going to need cash at some point in our daily lives, we just might be able to ditch the plastic and use our phones. FIS, a payment technologies company, and Payment Alliance International, the US's largest ATM provider and servicer, have come together to deliver a "Cardless Cash" solution to over 70,000 NYCE network machines across the nation. It comes at a time when more con artists than ever are attaching skimmers to ATM card slots and using near-field ...

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    The second iOS 10 beta for developers is out and people have been digging up little changes from feature recalls, new icons and plenty of options. 3D Touch options have been revised in the Control Center. Your organ donation preference is available to toggle in the Health app. Oh, and we have a new home button action: you can now rest your finger to unlock your device. It's a convenience measure that takes away the enforced extra tap of the home button to get away from the lock screen in the first developer beta. It also feels like a better obviation of the whole "slide to unlock" ...

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    Every so often in a past life of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast, you might've seen some crazy awkward moments where one of our hosts suddenly dropped out and Google would ask for two-step verification to really make sure that they are who they say they are. Beyond entering your basic credentials, it adds on a secondary, unique factor to your login process. Security comes with inconvenience. Google is cutting down on that inconvenience with a simple prompt. Instead of getting a security key texted to you, your phone will pop up a simple prompt that asks you if you're signing into your ...

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    In the beta out for iOS 10, there's a change to the platform's operating procedure that may have you scratching your head just a bit. We are closing in on ten years of the whole "Slide to Unlock" paradigm where you would pull a tab across the bottom of the screen to access your home screen or your security measure. Touch ID complicated things with an almost-instant touch-to-sensor unlock. Nowadays on the iOS 10 developer preview, if you pick up your iPhone to check the lockscreen, you're prompted to "Press home to unlock". Furthermore, as BGR points out, if you just place your finger ...

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    From what we've been told, it seems that Apple had a fairly unsatisfying talk about how highly it puts security in front of its customers. Sure, there may have been some interesting new methods to show off here, but if we're to go by the conclusions one commentator who was at the technical briefing on Friday made, we may have something to chew over. Tech.pinions's Ben Bajarin made some observations from his attendance at the technical briefing. First off, a couple of carrots for us factoid chasers: iPhone users typically unlock their devices 80 times a day with heavier users unlocking ...

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    Leonardo Fabbretti lost his adopted son, Dama, to bone cancer late last year. The grieving father wanted to see what was on his son's iPhone 6, but he wasn't able to access the contents of it. Even though Dama registered his dad's fingerprint for Touch ID, a restart occurred and required passcode entry — a passcode Fabbretti didn't know. After months of conversations with Apple support and a letter to Tim Cook, Fabbretti still had no recourse. Dama didn't use iCloud, so retrieving anything there was useless. However, after hearing media reports on the story, Israeli mobile forensics ...

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    Yesterday's launch of the iPhone SE is sure managing to attract a lot of attention. As a new Apple smartphone, that sounds like a given, sure, but it was easy to preemptively write the phone off from early rumors that sounded a bit conservative in terms of actual hardware. While some users might have been expecting a four-inch iPhone that was little beyond an updated iPhone 5s, the SE we saw launch yesterday is more shrunken-down iPhone 6s than anything, and early benchmark reports have sure suggested that the affordable new iPhone options is able to hold its own against the flagships. So ...

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    Along with a new iPhone today came the much-awaited update to iOS 9.3, betas be done with us. Night Shift finally gets implemented, putting the sword into F.lux for any hopes on the App Store. It basically adjusts the hue of your screen to cut down on blue light emissions, harmful to your eyes in the dark. The Notes app now gets Touch ID or password protection, too. Health can suggest apps for you to use while News now has three new sections for its articles: Top Stories, Editors' Picks and a trending tab. CarPlay integration brings an improved maps experience and song suggestions for your ...

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    Apple's been going through a bumpy couple weeks when it comes to iOS errors, and a couple high-profile ones have brought some unwanted negative attention to the company: the ease at which setting a device's calendar to the year 1970 can soft-lock things, and the “error 53” message that's been disabling Apple hardware after going through unauthorized Touch ID repairs. We're still waiting for Apple's promised fix for the former, but today we see some real progress made on the latter, as Apple releases some updated software that restores a lot of functionality to error 53 devices. As you ...

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    Dealing with a broken smartphone can be an abject nightmare, not to mention a pretty expensive proposition, so it's little surprise that users often turn to their most accessible, most affordable options for repair – even if that may not mean dealing with an authorized service agent. After all, your phone's already broken, so what's the harm, right? Well, for a growing number of iPhone users that harm is only becoming apparent after the fact, as they get locked out of their phones when attempting to install their latest system updates. The culprit is the Touch ID sensor embedded in the ...

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    The few people left that are holding onto their iPhone 5s or other four-inch iOS device might see another iPhone that can fit their hands soon. We've talked about the growth from zero that the idea of an iPhone 6c had gone from vision to concretion. There's now more support and a countdown clock of sorts coming out of sources from high factories. Specifically, we've gotten word from Foxconn employees of a four-inch, vividly colored iPhone 6c that's being produced right now in conjunction with the iPhone 6s models. Bets are on Apple to gather enough inventory for a launch show in February, ...

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    And you thought that taco emoji was soooo worth it, right? It seems that regardless of whether it's a point-update or a dot-update, Apple has had some pretty ugly software launches lately. iOS 8.0.1 is probably the best example of this. It makes some of the iOS 9 disappointments look pretty. But it happens sometimes and is inevitable like death and taxes. This time around for iOS 9.1, it seems that some users have taken to the support forums for some issues with Touch ID (linked content has not been associated with these bugs). Some claim that Touch ID is running slow, with recognition ...

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    Yes, we know that Apple didn't invent the fingerprint scanner, nor was the company first at deploying it on mobile phones, but it's hard to deny that Cupertino did it best with the iPhone 5s. Today Touch ID has become so fast and practical that we even complain of its crazy speed at unlocking your iPhone 6s. Still, Touch ID is about more than just unlocking your phone, and a new Apple patent proves that. Apple has just filed a new patent called Fingerprint activation of a panic mode of operation for a mobile device, and the idea here is to give users an nifty way to protect their personal ...

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    Touch. Tap. Push. Prod. Swab. Stab. The button takes a lot of nonsense from its users. And also Benny Benassi and The Biz, but if I hear "push me and then just touch me" one more time, I might need a barbiturate. Anyways, people usually don't give these things much credit for doing what they do and what engineers have made them do. It didn't need to be a button Take the iPhone 5S with its home button. It implemented a fingerprint sensor on top of it and Apple thus created Touch ID. Touch ID was made to take the taps and swipes and repetition away from accessing secure features: unlocking ...

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    Apple's launch of iOS 8.3 came with a ton of the fixes that many of us were waiting for. Surely the software update brought a couple of new features, but the lack of stability of iOS 8.2 was the main reason for anybody to upgrade to Apple's new mobile OS. The problem is when something what wasn't broken starts giving users trouble, and today there seems to be a new one. Users have begun to complain about issues with Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.3. The problem seems to affect only a certain amount of users, and we haven't been able to confirm if this only applies to certain specific ...

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    Even though Apple Pay hasn't taken the world by storm, that's not the only reason why people care about Apple's Touch ID. In addition to making the process of unlocking an iPhone and iPad much easier, it's also proven to be a very important security tool for many third-party applications at the moment. You'd wonder what exactly can Apple improve from this feature on future iOS devices, and the answer is actually quite extensive. KGI research has been famous for many of its Apple predictions, and today's round of assumptions focuses on Touch ID and its future. The firm predicts that the ...

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    A little earlier today we took a look at where smartphones have been able to take fingerprint-based authentication so far, wondering about what future the tech might have. Has the novelty worn off? Will the security it offers substantially improve? It looks like Apple's been asking itself some similar questions, and today we see the publication of a patent application that may hint at what's next for Touch ID. The gist of the patent is an unlock system that combines fingerprint scanning with the sort of pattern or combination-based lock screens already used on many phones that lack ...

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    With the iOS 8.0.1 misfire behind it, Apple's looking forward to what's next for its mobile platform. Yesterday we saw some evidence suggesting it wasn't just prepping iOS 8.1, but also early at work on iOS 8.2 and 8.3. Just what features would all these releases deliver? We're already getting answers, as Apple makes the first beta of iOS 8.1 available to its developer community. On the surface, there aren't yet a ton of new features; we see some finer-grained control arrive for certain phone options, the presence of updated icons, and changes to how certain elements are named. But really, ...

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    Apple has gained a lot of popularity through Touch ID on the iPhone 5s. For those that haven't tried it, this is merely another fingerprint scanner, but for those of us that have, it's really the only fingerprint scanner that works reliably. Sadly it seems that Apple will have to consider new names for the feature, as the USPTO isn't planning to concede Apple's trademark application. According to the USPTO, an already existing "Kronos Touch ID" trademark that was granted since 2001, and that also has to do with fingerprint scanners could lead customers into confusion. The statement reads: ...

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    We've heard for the last couple of weeks that aside from the significant re-design of the iPhone this year, Apple is also working on retaining the same design of its two iPad models, but including new benefits like what we saw with Touch ID on the iPhone 5s last year. Analysts have flooded the internet with predictions about it, but today we finally see something that actually confirms it. Taiwan reseller Apple Club has just leaked a couple of photos showing us the iPhone 6, and also the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini (hopefully with Retina Display) all sporting the Touch ID ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some additional new cards in the recent Google Now update. Sprint and the Moto X follow as we get some credible leaks of a 64GB Moto X coming soon. Apple is next as we get more rumors of what to expect from Touch ID on future iOS devices. Apple then continues as a carrier has apparently leaked the exact launch date for the iPhone 6. We end today's show talking about the LG G3 and our initial impressions. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Now weather card updated to offer regional outlook - Sprint’s site seems to confirm ...

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    One of the most disappointing parts of last year's iPad lineup for some was the lack of Touch ID sensors for biometric authentication on it. Apple will use Touch ID sensors on all of its 2014 iOS devices, reports KGI. This news leads us to believe that all new iPhone, iPad, and (possibly) iPod touch models from the year will support this kind of authentication. Shipments of the sensor are set to increase by 233% this year, according to the same report. This isn't surprising if these new iOS devices indeed get the scanner. These sensors will also reportedly get an upgrade -- Apple may be ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new one-day deals for the HTC One M8 tomorrow. Then we talk about ARM's plan to give us a $20 smartphone, with some decent specs if you have a look. LG is next as we get some leaked photos of the G3 and its new brushed-aluminum back. Then we talk about Apple and the rumored inclusion of Touch ID on its next-generation iPads, aside from its current status. We end today's show with Samsung and the rumored Gear 2 Solo, for those of you that just want a smartwatch without a smartphone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HTC One M8 ...

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    Apple's launch of the iPhone 5s made it almost obvious that the company was going to incorporate Touch ID into its next tablet offerings, but the reasons why Apple couldn't deliver were clear. The company struggled for months to meet the demand of the iPhone 5s, mainly because of the Touch ID component, so building it into the new iPad line-up would've just complicated things. It's only natural that this new feature reaches the iPad this year, and rumors continue to point to that. Reports have TSMC (short for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) already supplying Touch ID sensors ...

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