Face ID is fooled with a pair of glasses and tape

Facial recognition technologies, no matter how advanced, can be abused. Face ID is no exception. 

The Apple Face ID system is touted by the Apple brand as one of the most secure security measures for your smartphone. Unlike fingerprints, which can be replicated or printed in 3D, Face ID can not be fooled by conventional devices such as wearing a mask or using a simple photograph. Unfortunately, it is still quite simple to override this protection. Researchers have just made the demonstration again, and with very little equipment.

Face ID is fooled with a pair of glasses and some scotch

Face ID is not invulnerable – no computer system is. In a report from Threapost, we learn that Tencent researchers have managed to bypass the Face ID protection system using only a pair of glasses and a little tape. The method used aims to fool the “detection of living” system. This allows Face ID to determine if the currently scanned face is a real face or a simple mask or photograph. By fixing black tape on a pair of glasses and placing it on the face of a person asleep or unconscious, the researchers were able to unlock the victim’s iPhone and send money via a mobile payment application.

It is still necessary that the victim is asleep and that you have their iPhone

Although the process is quite simple, the good news is that this method is still quite elaborate in that the hacker must have access to the victim on their phone and hope that the victim is asleep. In other words, there is little risk that the method will be used against you. Still, Apple will certainly want to find a way to further secure its Face ID to avoid this kind of circumvention. The system will certainly never be tamper-proof, but enhancing security at each iteration is always a good idea.

Apple pauses the development of its augmented reality glasses

Apple believes immensely in augmented reality. The technology is already well integrated in its iPhone, and the Cupertino company was thought by many to have worked on augmented reality glasses for some time. But now, the project is paused.

Rumors have been around for some time that Apple is working on augmented reality glasses. These glasses were originally expected to be released in 2020. According to the rumors, at least. Today, it is possible that the project will not even come out at all.

Apple pauses its augmented reality glasses project

The Cupertino company has temporarily halted its work on these glasses. The team in charge of the project would have been dissolved last May and its members reassigned to other Apple products. No one knows why the development was stopped, and even less if it is temporary or definitive.

For a reason still unknown

It is possible that the Apple brand has had difficulty creating a new product and positioning it on the market. After all, it would not be the first company to try it. Google had tried something very similar with its Google Glass. It was an impressive project, but a total failure at the commercial level, which led Google to cancel its projects.

Perhaps Apple has feared the same setbacks. Or maybe the Cupertino company simply needs technologies that are not yet sufficiently developed. One thing is certain in any case: augmented reality glasses according to Apple will not happen right away.

Galaxy Fold: how Samsung solved its worries

Samsung has presented the final version of its Galaxy Fold at IFA Berlin.

Last April, Samsung sent its testers a very advanced prototype of its foldable dual-screen phone, the Galaxy Fold. There were a number of issues. The concerned American journalists had various concerns with the material of the phone, and the software part was not even addressed. CNBC’s Steve Kovach and Brands “MKBHD” Brownlee had expressed concerns over the supposed protective film of AMOLED screens, which made the phone dysfunctional if removed. Samsung had quickly explained that the testers had attacked one of the 7 layers of protection of the dual-screen. As the testers were in possession of a non-commercial version, the box provided did not present the same instructions as that which will be presented to the public during the marketing of the smartphone.

Announced revision

The IFA 2019 in Berlin is an opportunity for Samsung to present the final model of the Galaxy Fold, reviewed and corrected for further testing. We were able to look into it and saw noticeable improvements. Recall that Samsung in July announced the following revisions: extending the protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display beyond the bevels, better protection of the device against external particles, reinforced protection hinges at both ends of the phone through new protective covers, additions of additional metal layers under the Infinity Flex Display and reduced space between the hinges and the chassis.

Tom Warren for The Verge finds that it is no longer possible to remove the screen protection. Even with nails, the journalist could not reach the film and is confident about the resolution of this problem by the Korean firm. Similarly, the hinges seem “more robust” according to Warren and the spacing between the two screens has been reduced when the phone is folded, thus blocking more debris. He regrets, however, with humor that he has not had time to “throw dust” on the mobile to ensure the effectiveness of these revisions.

Netflix slumps on new subscriptions

Today, the video streaming market is extremely competitive. Services must deploy considerable resources to retain their customers and attract new ones. On this last point, Netflix seems to be losing momentum.

At the beginning of video streaming, the competition was not so tough. Netflix reigned supreme, or almost. In the last two years, however, with the proliferation of new services, such as those of Amazon, Apple, Disney, HBO and others, it is not surprising that the number of subscriptions to Netflix is in decline.

Netflix slumps on new subscribers

According to the second-quarter results released by the platform, Netflix managed to attract “only” 2.7 million new subscribers over this period. That is a figure well below the initial forecast of the company, 5 million. In other words, Netflix will have to settle for half of the new predicted subscribers.

Blame the multiplication of streaming services

As mentioned above, this is not very surprising when we know the list of all the services that are coming or going to happen. Disney will probably be the biggest threat, with its well-stocked licensing catalog, such as Marvel and Star Wars, in addition to all Disney content. Plus, Disney controls Hulu. The competition will be very delicate against this newcomer.

On the other hand, faced with this proliferation of services and with each one of them trying to obtain exclusivities, an increase in piracy has already been noted. Since users do not want to pay subscriptions to many services, and they prefer to illegally download content instead.

Apple is thinking about wireless charging for electric cars

We are only at the dawn of electric cars. Once they have overtaken gasoline vehicles, they will need solutions to recharge – and many talented engineers are working on this right now.

At the moment, electric cars are recharging by plugging into a charger, like our phones or tablets. It’s not a problem in the evening but it could become a problem once electric vehicles replace our traditional vehicles. The charging stations will become very busy.

Apple imagines parking to recharge wireless electric cars

Apple might have an idea to fix the problem: wireless charging. In a recently discovered patent, the Cupertino company describes a system that allows electric cars to charge wirelessly. In theory, several vehicles could park in a defined area and simultaneously enjoy wireless charging.

But this is for the moment only a patent

It also means that car parks could be equipped with this technology and allow electric cars to recharge. No one knows if Apple intends to commercialize this technology, let alone when. It is only a patent, in other words, a concept and not a real product on which the brand would work.

Still, the idea is very promising. Other companies have already worked on wireless charging solutions. Toyota, for example, has created an electric concept car incorporating solar panels on its roof.