Apple files Touch ID fingerprint patent to catch thieves

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No matter how many passwords you set, your iPhone is never totally safe. Thieves are getting craftier and hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated. But a new patent might help catch iPhone stealers CSI-style

Apple has just filed a patent called “biometric capture for unauthorized user identification,” which uses its Touch ID to store an image of fingerprints other than the user’s on file. 

You can read the abstract description for the patent in full:

Apple has been going a little patent-crazy lately. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dropped 80 patents for the Apple Car a few weeks ago. And June saw the much buzzed-about curved glass wraparound screen patent. Ever since the lengthy patent court battle between Apple and Samsung awhile back, it’s no surprise Apple’s trying to get as much legal protection as it can for its products.  Read more…

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Cheap(ish) college tech you need for dorm living

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Well, it’s August. It’s like if Smonday were a month, and worse, it’s the time for the dark void that is college shopping. Everyone will tell you to buy different things, and you will buy these overpriced things and throw a third of them away.

Because you can’t afford to do that, we’ve put together a list of things you might actually use this year. They’ll keep your devices charged, they’ll keep you comfortable, fit, or fed; they’ll make your roommate like you and, best of all, they might make it look like you’ve got your life in order. 

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Banking is tough when you're an immigrant. This app changes that

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Immigrants in most countries have a host of legal impediments that make many activities more difficult, but a new app called Monese (pronounced Muh-neez) is letting immigrants bank with less hassle in the UK.

Unlike many banks that require special fees for immigrants, Monese offers low-cost international banking transactions and the option to withdraw and deposit money in multiple country. The app also claims you can open an account in under 3 minutes. Users must have a form of government-issued ID document to use the app. 

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BMW previews James Bond-like 'Remote View 3D' for new 5 Series

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Want to know what’s happening around your car at all times? It seems with the next BMW 5 Series, you might be able to do just that.

BMW decided to be a big tease Friday morning when it released the single image you see above accompanied by a two-sentence press release:

Presumably, this is BMW’s way of previewing one of the tech treats on its forthcoming next-generation mid-size 5 Series luxury sedan, called Remote View 3D.

From what we can ascertain, the 5 Series equipped with BMW’s 360-degree surround-view camera system will be able to display the images, along with a 3D rendering of the car, on an owner’s smartphone — even when the driver is nowhere near their Bavarian driving machine. With it, owners can presumably digitally monitor a 360-degree view around their car. Read more…

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Will VR ever be mainstream or will it remain a niche?

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On this week’s episode of MashTalk, the Mashable Tech team talks about a wide range of things happening in the tech world from Android to VR to McDonald’s (yes, Mickey D’s) to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

I’m joined this week by our Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff and for the first time by our tech analyst and editor Adario Strange. It’s my first time manning our podcast and I somehow didn’t mess it all up!

First up is Google’s newly-released Android 7.0 Nougat (2:03), which is now available for Nexus phones and tablets. Nougat’s not a complete revamp, but more about inner beauty. We also discuss Android fragmentation and why Android phones that aren’t in the Nexus family are so slow to get updates. Read more…

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