Hack of iPhone 5s fingerprint authentication is irrelevant

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The iPhone 5s officially launched last Friday, but already a group of hackers has successfully cracked the fingerprint authentication. In spite of the hype surrounding this news, though, the hack of Touch ID idoesn’t change the fact that the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s is the best thing that’s happened to iPhone security so far.

Spurred on by a crowdfunding effort to offer a ransom, The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) stepped up to the challenge and created a latex mold of a lifted fingerprint that allowed them to slip past the Touch ID defenses.

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The iPhone 5s has a fingerprint scanner built in to the home button.
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Docking station makes Surface Pro 2 ideal business PC

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Microsoft held a media event in New York this morning to unveil the next generation of its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets. While there were a variety of updates and improvements to both tablets, the one thing that stands out above all the rest is the new docking station.

Earlier this year, I spent 30 days replacing both my MacBook Air and my iPad with a Surface Pro. The net result of my immersive experience with the Surface Pro is that I found it to be admirable as both a PC and a tablet. The one thing that I felt was truly lacking, though, was a docking station.

The docking station is the one thing the Surface Pro needed to be a great business PC.
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iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner could be mobile security game changer

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On Friday the iPhone 5s will be out on the street, and with it, Apple’s fingerprint scanning technology. There are still some concerns about how Apple is implementing and managing fingerprint authentication, but as long as the iPhone 5s doesn’t fumble completely, the new smartphone could finally spur mainstream adoption of the technology.

As Apple revealed a couple of weeks ago, the home button on the new iPhone 5s is also a fingerprint scanner. Rather than using a passcode, you can now unlock the device just by holding your finger on the home button.

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The iPhone 5s includes a capacitive fingerprint scanner.
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Microsoft rushes urgent fix for Internet Explorer

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It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft has released a crucial update for Internet Explorer that you should apply immediately.

Microsoft included a cumulative update for Internet Explorer in the 13 security bulletins that made up Patch Tuesday last week, and that update was considered Critical as well. Since then, though, a new flaw has been targeted by attacks in the wild, so Microsoft has responded with an out-of-band update.

Apply the urgent Fix-It solution from Microsoft to protect Internet Explorer from exploits.
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Protect your business from Web celebs

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Miley Cyrus is dangerous. That’s not a commentary on her music. It isn’t even an indictment of her recent twerking antics at the MTV Video Music Awards. Miley Cyrus is one of the most dangerous Web celebrities when it comes to cyber threats according to the McAfee 2013 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity report.

Cyber criminals figured out a long time ago that the best bait to use for an attack is a topic that's already trending. When there’s a natural disaster, a mass shooting, an international crisis, or a major event like the Olympics or a royal wedding, cyber criminals craft emails and URLs that lure unsuspecting users searching for more information about the trending topic. Thanks to our celebrity obsessed culture, actors, pop stars, and those merely famous for being famous make evergreen temptations for ensnaring victims.

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Miley Cyrus is number 20 on the McAfee list of most dangerous online celebrities.
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Box Notes brings streamlined document collaboration to Box

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Box is hosting its third annual BoxWorks conference in San Francisco this week. One of the big announcements out of BoxWorks is the launch of a new service from Box called Box Notes.

Box has been built around the idea that people should be able to access and share content from anywhere. It now counts more than 20 million users spanning over 180,000 businesses around the world, all storing and sharing data online through Box. Now, Box is going a step further, adding the ability to create and collaborate on content, too.

Microsoft Office is the de facto productivity suite—anchored in large part by Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word is an exceptionally powerful content creation platform. In fact, it’s so powerful that it contains many elements of its sibling applications, including a wide range of features normally reserved for spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.

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Breaking down the iPhone 5s upgrade math

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Now that Apple has pulled back the curtain and shared the details on the new iPhones, it’s decision time. If you decide you want one, though, the next question is whether or not you’re locked in to the smartphone you have now and whether or not there is anything you can do about it.

To be fair, there is nothing groundbreaking about the new iPhones. If you already have an iPhone 5 or some other premier smartphone like a Samsung Galaxy S4 or a Nokia Lumia 928, there may not be much to compel you to run out and get an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c.

Apple unveiled the latest line of iPhone models earlier this week.
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