Goto

Collaborating Authors

iphone


Safari 14 will let you log into password-protected sites with Face ID

Mashable

Though the opening keynote is behind us, Apple's WWDC is still going on, and every day we learn about a new feature or two that'll make our lives easier. In a new video (via 9to5Mac), Apple describes a new feature that allows websites to implement Face ID and Touch ID support in Safari. For users, this means that they'll be able to bypass entering passwords for websites in their iPhone's Safari; instead, they'll login with a Face ID scan or by touching their phone's fingerprint scanner. This is already available for apps on iOS, but having the option to just log in with Face ID instead of typing a password for websites is equally important. As shown in Apple's presentation, the Face ID/Touch ID login option can replace both entering a password and a two-factor authentication pin.


News from WWDC: Apple Watch help with handwashing and a few other things you need to know

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicked off with a keynote by CEO Tim Cook on Monday, had a different vibe. The keynote, which typically serves as a venue for Apple to highlight its latest iOS operating system, was done online only, due to crowd restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Cook & Co. unveiled new software updates for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Mac computers – public betas for those will begin in July with final software versions available this fall, Cook said. The Apple CEO also announced that Apple would begin making its own processors for Macs. The move from Intel chips will make for "a huge leap forward" for Mac computers, he said.


iOS 14: Apple unveils major new update for iPhone software

The Independent - Tech

Apple has unveiled iOS 14, its new operating system for the iPhone. The update includes a number of major changes to the way the operating system works, as well as new features and updates for apps within the operating system such as Messages. Instead of seeing their apps spread across a variety of screens, they will instead see an "App Library", which is intended to stop people having to search through their various pages. It also includes new widgets, which are dramatically more rich and adaptable than they currently are on the iPhone. As well as showing more information and options, those widgets can be dropped onto the home screen, alongside the list of apps.


Apple patent for 'synthetic selfies' suggests iPhones could create group pictures even while social distancing

The Independent - Tech

Apple has been granted a patent for a technology that would allow for "synthetic group selfies". The feature would let people stitch together various images so that it looks like people were all together, even if they were actually apart. The patent was filed long before the new coronavirus was ever discovered. But it was not granted to Apple until last week, when it looked very prescient. The feature would allow people to stitch together an image of a group even if they could not stand close to each other or even in the same place because of social distancing rules, for instance.


Apple patent for 'synthetic selfies' suggests iPhones could create group pictures even while social distancing

The Independent - Tech

Apple has been granted a patent for a technology that would allow for "synthetic group selfies". The feature would let people stitch together various images so that it looks like people were all together, even if they were actually apart. The patent was filed long before the new coronavirus was ever discovered. But it was not granted to Apple until last week, when it looked very prescient. The feature would allow people to stitch together an image of a group even if they could not stand close to each other or even in the same place because of social distancing rules, for instance.


Apple just bought another AI startup to help Siri catch up to rivals Amazon and Google

#artificialintelligence

Apple has acquired machine learning startup Inductiv Inc., in a bid to improve Siri's capabilities, according to Bloomberg. Apple confirmed the deal to Bloomberg with its usual response to inquiries about acquisitions, saying that it "buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." The company has not yet responded to Business Insider's request for comment. A few Inductiv Inc. employees recently updated their LinkedIn profiles to indicate that they've begun working at Apple in April or May. Inductiv Inc.'s technology automates the process of correcting flaws in data through the use of artificial intelligence.


Apple can solve our Face ID mask woes by stealing one of Android's best features

PCWorld

If you own an iPhone X or later and have gone out into the world recently, you probably noticed an unfortunate side effect of the new mask-wearing culture: Face ID doesn't work. It is more of a feature than a bug, but the fact of the matter is that if Apple's True Depth camera system can't scan your whole face, it won't unlock your phone. If you're wearing a mask like most stores and restaurants require, you're left typing in your passcode whenever you want to check your shopping list or pay your bill. Apple offered up a workaround with the recent iOS 13.5 update, but it's hardly a fix. Now, instead of waiting for Face ID to fail a couple times before the passcode screen pops up, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to quickly enter your code.


The Morning After: Texas Instruments makes it harder to cheat on its calculators

Engadget

Graphing calculators have clung on to school lives despite us all carrying around smartphones that are several magnitudes more powerful. In a bid to reduce cheating in exam settings, Texas Instruments is pulling support for assembly- and C-based programs. If you install the latest firmware update, those kinds of programs won't work, and you won't be able to roll-back the device. While this could please teachers worried that students will use apps on their calculator to cheat during exams, enthusiasts are, unsurprisingly, mad. It reduces the control programmers have over their calculator apps.


Apple and Google's contact tracing finally released - Express Computer

#artificialintelligence

Apple Inc. and Google released the first versions of their Covid-19 contact-tracing tools to public health organizations on Wednesday so the agencies can start building applications ahead of the system's launch in mid-May. The toolset is a combination of software updates for iOS and Android, and software development kits to help developers build and test their apps. Apple released an early beta version of its software update that incorporates the technology, iOS 13.5, while Google is rolling out an update via its Google Play app store. The first phase of the system will let health agencies build apps that allow a person who tests positive for Covid-19 to input their diagnosis. The system will then use Bluetooth technology to learn who the person has come into contact with and then notify those people of possible exposure.


Apple Face ID fix: It just got a little easier to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Apple's latest iPhone software update, iOS 13.5, released Wednesday, is there for you. Your eyes, nose and mouth must be visible for Face ID, Apple's facial recognition software, to recognize you. But with the coronavirus, device owners may be wearing masks when out in public. So Apple is making it easier for you to unlock your phone when you have a mask on. Install the update and you will no longer have to wait for Face ID to fail several times before being prompted to enter your passcode.