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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth with this week's links


Walt Mossberg Reviews the iPhone 5S and iOS 7

Great review.!7D09D867-C570-497B-90B5-81B1D301D3B5



Did Apple just kill the John Hancock?

The thumb-print sensor on Apple’s new iPhone 5S will spare users having to enter a password to unlock their devices.  It also paves the way for the eventual death of all passwords, handwritten signatures, and traditional methods of payment and identification.

scammers can scan or make a mold of a fingerprint and use that to trick the software.  Your fingers go everywhere, so your fingerprints are everywhere, such as on the shopping cart at the grocery store

Bottom line: Fingerprint technology is no magic bullet, and instead will likely be used in conjunction with other biometric capabilities — like facial scans and voice recognition — as well as behavioral and location indicators to authenticate users in the future.




You Could Go To Jail For Hacking Your iPhone And Obama Wants To Change That

Earlier this year it became illegal to unlock your smartphone or tablet so that you could use it with any carrier you wanted to.

Unlocking a mobile device requires hacking into it to alter the software.

Anyone unlocking a new cell phone or providing unlocking services after Jan. 26 risks up to five years of jail time for each offense.




This Anti-Stalker Feature Could Easily Be The Best Part Of iPhone's iOS 7 Update

The iPhone 5S Is By Far The Fastest Smartphone In The World, Smoking Samsung's S4




Apple Delivered A Game-Changing Innovation With The iPhone 5S And The Reviewers Are Freaking Out Over It

The fingerprint scanner Apple built into the iPhone 5S is a smash hit with reviewers.




Read this before trashing companies online

Some businesses sue over negative reviews. How to protect yourself

Consumers who post online reviews to warn others of unpleasant experiences can themselves become the target of a lawsuit—if they aren’t careful.

The website offers a list of state anti-SLAPP laws.




4 Reasons to Stop Freaking Out About the NSA




The Man In Charge Of The NSA Modeled His Office After The Bridge Of The Starship Enterprise

A lavish Star Trek room he had built as part of his 'Information Dominance Center' is endlessly revealing




The NSA's next move: silencing university professors?

If America's  system of research universities becomes captive to government and handmaiden to the surveillance state, that would be an economic and cultural crime of monstrous proportions. What happened to Matthew Green's blog post yesterday is no small matter.




Johns Hopkins dean apologises for ordering NSA-related blog removed




Hackers For Government Hire -A Growing And Deeply Disturbing Industry




The SWIFT Takeover: With "Follow The Money", NSA Knows All About Your Spending Habits




Senate Revises Media Shield Law for the Better, But It’s Still Imperfect




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