Unlocking murder victim’s phone using 3D replica of fingertips

Law enforcement agents had seen a YouTube demonstration of a technique developed by Jain’s lab which could transform fingerprint scans into fake fingertips that could fool the sensors on smartphones.

You certainly can’t blame law enforcement for using every trick they can.

Elon Musk’s Master Plan

There is no doubt that Musk is a very smart man. He went way out on a limb building the things he has over the last decade and he’s succeeded.

Pokemon Go and illegal border crossing

Two youths unaware of their surroundings when they were playing Pokemon GO on their cell phones made an illegal border crossing this week from Canada into the United States in a remote part of Montana, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said.

The weirdness goes on.

We need more books about the present

Om Malik:

As an avid reader, I am often amazed how much of our written materials are about the past (or the near past) and the future (and the near future) but never about the present. Is present too boring? Or is too real? Or is it too incomplete to merit a careful and long deliberation.

That’s an interesting point. I hadn’t really considered that before.

Crows are smart

It’s really interesting that they retain knowledge of the people in these experiments, and reacted to other crows and predators, but not pigeons.

Apple confirms Pokemon Go sets App Store record

With all of the press it’s received in the past couple of weeks, it will come as no surprise that Pokemon Go has been a huge success. In fact, Apple told me today that the game has set a new App Store record with more downloads in its first week than any other app in history. That is impressive. […]

Verizon will cut off customers using over 100GB of data a month

“Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a very small group of customers on unlimited plans who use an extraordinary amount of data that they must move to one of the new Verizon Plans by August 31, 2016,” a Verizon spokesperson told Ars. “These users are using data amounts well in excess of our largest plan size (100GB). While the Verizon Plan at 100GB is designed to be shared across multiple users, each line receiving notification to move to the new Verizon Plan is using well in excess of that on a single device.”

I have no idea how someone could use 100GB of data a month.

Verizon close to buying Yahoo

With the wireless industry maturing, Verizon has been buying up internet and advertising technology companies, including AOL, and presenting itself as the best bet to take on Google and Facebook Inc. in mobile advertising. Yahoo has millions of users, a collection of websites including Flickr, Tumblr and Yahoo Finance and Sports and some useful digital-ad tech like Flurry and BrightRoll. Together with AOL, the new Yahoo under Verizon may have a better chance of competing in a digital ad market dominated by two big players.

It’s interesting to me that all of the companies Yahoo bought basically disappeared from consumer consciousness after the purchase. I’m not sure if Verizon can raise the profile of those companies or not, but it will be interesting to watch this play out.

Igloo is a modern intranet. Get it for free

Thank you Igloo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s 100% cloud-based, so you’ll always have the latest version and it can be accessed from any device, anywhere. It’s time to simplify work and keep people more connected than ever before.

Japan warns on Pokemon GO safety

The country’s National Center for Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) issued nine instructions to users of the mobile game, ranging from advising them not to use their real names to warning gamers over fake apps.

Be safe people.

Google makes it easier to update Google Maps data

Each day, we make million of updates to Google Maps throughout the world. But it’s still not enough to ensure that every single restaurant, shop or landmark worldwide has the most accurate information possible. That’s why we’ve been rolling out new, easy ways for you to help keep the neighborhoods and places where you hang out up-to-date.

Making it easier for users to update places in their neighborhood is obviously a smart idea.

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Apple’s Metal API and World of Warcraft

I also found my frame rates to be significantly higher than before the patch as well. For example, in certain areas I would average around 30 – 50 frames per second before the switch to Metal. After the switch I found myself getting around 70 – 90 frames per second in the same places.

You can also read the follow-up post.

Telephoto lens for iPhone

I’ve looked at telephoto lens in the past, and this is a good roundup of what’s available. Ultimately, I went for the DxO One.

Plex for Sonos

With Plex for Sonos you can now browse and play your entire Plex music collection on any Sonos device, right from the Sonos app.

Great news.

Interview with Chris Young: An inventor, entrepreneur and chef

ChefSteps recently introduced Joule, a small and easy-to-use sous vide tool, the first of many of the products planned by Young and his team of over 50 chefs, scientists, photographers, writers and engineers.

It’s not often you hear of a person with this combination of attributes. Interesting interview.

Using CSS color keywords

One of the two oldest methods of applying color to web pages, named colors remain very useful in web design and development today. Consisting of 149 distinct keywords (shown above, with their hexadecimal equivalents) CSS named colors have a few special features

Reasons why newspapers have dropped their paywalls

The decision to drop a paywall can provide insight into how a news organization’s “values intersect with its commodification strategy, its technology design, and its brand identity” as outlets of all stripes are still deciding how much their reporting should cost.

This discussion has been going on for two decades.

India’s government changing rules allowing Apple to open retail store

Modi’s cabinet on Wednesday is likely to approve a three-year exemption on local-sourcing requirements for foreign single-brand retail companies with “cutting-edge technology,” according to the people, who asked not to be identified due to rules for speaking with the media.

This is great news, although I’m not sure what happens after the three-year exemption.

‘Making A Murderer’ announces six new episodes on Steven Avery case

The new episodes of Making A Murderer will provide an in-depth look at the post-conviction process of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have their life sentences upheld.

Like many people, I was glued to the TV set watching this series.

Gawker Media founder faces personal bankruptcy

Gawker Media LLC founder Nick Denton faces personal bankruptcy after a U.S. judge refused on Tuesday to extend protections shielding him from liabilities resulting from a lawsuit over the invasion of privacy of former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

This story completely ruined Denton.

Camera+ for iPad

Version 2 sports the world class, professional photo editing that you users of Camera+ for iPhone have been enjoying via The Lab. But the iPad version takes photo editing to a new level by supporting selective brushing of the various edits and filters. And those of you who own an Apple Pencil will appreciate it even more because we’ve also added Pencil support, enabling you to get very fine, precise control over brushing with it.

Camera+ has a lot of tools and is certainly worth a look if you are into photography on your iPad.

Pixelmator 2.3 for iOS

There are some great new features in the latest version for iOS including:

  • Quick Selection Tool – this is an awesome and super accurate new selection tool that lets you swipe over areas to select them.
  • Magnetic Selection Tool – this tool snaps precise selections around objects and is really fun to use.
  • Selection improvements – there’s also a ton of improvements to the overall selection experience (including an Invert Selection feature).

I use Pixelmator as my only image editor and love it.

Twitter signs deal with NBA

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had signed a deal with the NBA to stream exclusive non-game programing, pushing deeper into sports streaming as it seeks new ways to attract users.

Twitter also signed a deal with the NFL this year. I’ll have to wait and see what kind of content comes out of this deal, but on the surface, I’m not sure this appeals to me.