Lauren Goode

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Wash Your Hands, Kids: Apple Unveils Touch ID Sensor for One-Step iPhone Authentication

At today’s Apple event in Cupertino, Calif., the company unveiled a widely expected “Touch ID” sensor that allows users to unlock their iPhones by tapping on the home button of the smartphone. It’s a super-high-resolution sensor — 500 pixels per inch — that uses advanced capacitive touch technology to analyze users’ unique fingerprints. It can also be used to authenticate before purchasing items from the iTunes Store and App Store. “About half of our customers do not set up a pass code on their device,” Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, said onstage.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik