February 2017


Apple is dead set on moving Touch ID into your iPhone screen


OK Apple, we get it: You really want to move our TouchIDs straight into our iPhones’ displays.

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Apple yet another patent Tuesday that focuses on new potential designs to embed fingerprint reading tech directly into a phone’s screen. It’s just the latest speculative method Apple could someday use to accomplish the job — the company was granted a similar patent earlier this month.  

The design described in this latest filing, which was spotted by 9to5Mac, wouldn’t just move the sensor directly into the screen for the same old Touch ID experience — it might also enable near instantaneous user authentication, making transactions and other ID-sensitive tasks much more seamless.  Read more…

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Apple will ditch iPhone’s Lightning connector for USB-C: report


A new report in the Wall Street Journal signals that Apple could be making a huge change for its upcoming iPhone 8 models: ditching the Lightning port, a mainstay since the iPhone 5 released in 2012. 

While much of the report focuses on the likelihood that Apple will be using a flexible OLED screen for at least one of the upcoming phones, as previously rumored, the nugget about the Lightning port might be the bigger news. 

According to the Journal, Apple is planning to include “a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector.”  Read more…

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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 2 cities With Budapest, Hungary pulling out of the competition to host the 2024 Olympic Games, there are now only two cities that actually want the infrastructural nightmare that is the Olympics: Los Angeles and Paris. This is a problem for […]


FCC Chairman pledges to roll back net neutrality regulations during European address

ajit-pai-3 As Ajit Pai took the stage for a speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, CNBC anchor Karen Tso noted that the newly appointed FCC Chairman’s top priority has been the dismantling of net neutrality, a cause, she added, that would likely make him popular with many in attendance at the world’s largest mobile show. Pai started his talk rather humbly, telling the… Read More


Elizabeth Taylor’s Home Is a Study In Old World Luxury

In time for Elizabeth Taylor’s 85th birthday, Vogue writes about a new book  that gives us a peek into the private world of the celebrated star through a collection of 129 photographs. Entitled 700 Nimes Road, named after the address of the said house, photographer Catherine Opie managed to paint a portrait of Elizabeth without […]

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This top bank will supply you with a ‘trust passport’ for the gig economy


Not long ago, it seemed unlikely anyone would be comfortable sleeping in a stranger’s house or riding in their car. That idea is now the foundation of multi-billion dollar companies.

To get there, Airbnb and Uber basically commodified trust, largely by allowing users to review each other as a form of accountability and, until now, Australian online jobs marketplace Airtasker followed a similar route.

The platform allows people to bid for jobs, like assembling furniture or mounting a television, similar to America’s TaskRabbit. 

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