Electronics

iPhone’s Touch ID Gives A Big Boost To Biometrics

Apple Corp. introduced the latest versions of its iPhone mobile phone yesterday to great fanfare, though the fever pitch that was common during the reign of Steve Jobs was noticeably absent. There were a flurry of articles and opinion pieces like this one, wondering whether Apple had lost its mojo, were common. And it goes without saying that if the headline is wondering whether you’ve lost your mojo, then you most certainly have. Still, Apple didn’t disappoint with its iPhone and iOS updates, particularly in the security arena. Indeed, the long-rumored addition of a finger print reader may have been the most prominent new feature in an update where the most prominent changes (a faster, 64-bit processor, higher resolution camera, etc. ) were transparent to the user. So what do you need to know about the new iPhone and its biometric authentication feature? And how will the new iPhone 5S […]

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ARM Buys Software Maker Sensinode To Spur IoT Development

We have noted before how the lack of cross-industry standards (including those governing security) is a major stumbling block to the Internet of Things. This is especially true in the enterprise space, where the security of data that might be passed between Internet-connected devices is paramount, but not well addressed by the current generation of (PC-centric) security products. As with so much in the fast-emerging Internet of Things, change on this score will come from unlikely places, as we see with the news today about ARM acquiring the Finnish software maker Sensinode Oy – a major player in the market for software to power connected devices. The news, which was announced on Tuesday,¬†will join ARM – a leading maker of chips that power mobile devices – with Sensinode, which has pioneered software and software standards for low-power devices used in everything from mobile phones and tablets to wearable computing. Following […]