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This fingerprint-verified padlock is extremely easy to hack

This fingerprint-verified padlock is extremely easy to hack

Applications, Gizmos, Security
We here at The Verge have tried to warn everyone about smart locks, particularly smart locks that rely on fingerprints for authentication. The TappLock is one such lock that was crowdfunded on Indiegogo and is now available to buy. And unsurprisingly, it’s incredibly easy to physically and virtually hack. YouTuber JerryRigEverything proved that he could pull the lock apart using just a sticky GoPro mount, while cybersecurity company PenTest Partners found that the actual code and digital authentication methods for the lock were basically nonexistent. All someone would need to unlock the lock is its Bluetooth Low Energy MAC address, which the lock itself broadcasts. Essentially, the lock doesn’t encrypt any of its data, leaving anyone who’s looking for it all the information they’d need
BAD APPLE Your iPhone charging cable could be changing AGAIN – here’s what you need to know about USB-C

BAD APPLE Your iPhone charging cable could be changing AGAIN – here’s what you need to know about USB-C

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APPLE could be making a major change to the charging port on future iPhone models, potentially making current power cables redundant. A new rumour about Apple's 2019 handsets suggests that the fruity firm will follow the lead of rival phone makers, and adopt a new USB Type-C port. When the first iPhone launched in 2007, it featured a charging port designed from the ground up by Apple. This was called the 30-pin dock connector, and survived on Apple handsets for years. But in 2012, Apple introduced a new Lightning port for charging phones (from the iPhone 4 onwards), making everybody's old charging cables useless. Now six years on, it looks like Apple is getting ready to replace your Lightning port too. According to tech industry site Digitimes, future Apple iPhones are "l...
Apple’s iPhone X has been dethroned as the best-selling smartphone in the world

Apple’s iPhone X has been dethroned as the best-selling smartphone in the world

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It’s been 11 years since the first ever iPhone hit the market. The smartphone, released back in those hazy days of ‘07, had a 3.5-inch screen, a single loudspeaker and a memory of just 128 MB. “Despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer,” The Wall Street Journal’s technology columnist, Walt Mossberg said at the time. Fast-forward to 2018 and we’ve now got the all-singing, all-dancing iPhone X. Features like the Face ID authentication would have seemed inconceivable a decade ago. But despite selling millions and millions of the new smartphones - the most expensive Apple has ever released with a starting price of £999 - the iPhone X has now been knocked off its top spot as the best-selling smartphone in the wor
Government Acknowledges Facial Recognition System In The Works

Government Acknowledges Facial Recognition System In The Works

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The facial recognition system that our government was reported to be working on deploying is now official. A statement released by the government confirmed the plans to deploy such a system. The Office of President released a statement on the development and you can read it below: RE: Press Statement from The Office of The Special Advisor To The President in The Office Of The President and Cabinet In the presence of the President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa and Ambassador Huang Ping, the HikVision board chair Zongnian Chen signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the Special Advisor to the President, Ambassador Christopher Hatikure Mutsvangwa, also in his capacity as the Science and Technology Secretary for ZANU PF. The Memorandum of Understanding is meant to foster co-operation...
WiBroniks Vs The Competition: Is This Better Than One-Fi And TelOne ADSL?

WiBroniks Vs The Competition: Is This Better Than One-Fi And TelOne ADSL?

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ZOL recently announced a new wireless service that they have termed WiBroniks. The finer details of the service will be provided by ZOL at a later date but thus far they have provided details such as the data caps for these packages, the speeds and also the cost. From these details, we can begin to make comparisons with other products that are on the market and even though we can’t definitively recommend one internet package over the other -since we don’t know how much the WiBroniks router/modem will actually cost-, you will be able to have an idea of what package is best for you in terms of data. WiBroniks VS One-Fi The most comparable internet offering to what WiBroniks is offering is NetOne’s One-Fi. The price bands are similar and the data allocations are
Tim Cook: People don’t want iOS and MacOS Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 

Tim Cook: People don’t want iOS and MacOS Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 

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If you've had some kind of fantasy about MacOS features on your iPad, Tim Cook is putting that dream to rest. Despite rumours of allowing developers to create apps that work on iOS and MacOS, the Apple chief told the Sydney Morning Herald they're two experiences that should be kept separate. SEE ALSO: Apple's next iPhones might be bigger and cheaper "We don't believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two ... you begin to make trade offs and compromises," Cook told the newspaper. "So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day. But that's not what it's about. Yo
Apparently Steward Bank Is Not The First To Introduce A Kwenga-like Device

Apparently Steward Bank Is Not The First To Introduce A Kwenga-like Device

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With all Steward Bank’s innovation drive, it may come as a surprise to know that Kwenga is not the first portable POS machine to grace Zimbabwe’s financial sector. Who then? CABS. CABS was the first to roll out portable POS machines. One of our readers on Techzim informed us that she saw a CABS portable POS machine similar to Steward Bank’s Kenga being used by a taxi driver. We then contacted CABS and they confirmed they had such a device. CABS said its portable POS device was first issued last year. As for now,CABS haven’t told us when exactly last year they introduced the device. Could this be the reason Steward Bank seemed to have rushed to launch Kwenga? CABS is yet to respond to us about the price of their device and the requirements to have it. Why has CABS been quite
Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: At the top of the smartphone game

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: At the top of the smartphone game

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With scores of small improvements, Samsung’s new Galaxy S9+ is an evolution rather than a whole new device. But as Hitesh Raj Bhagat explains, that’s hardly a bad thing. Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: At the top of the smartphone game It’s a game of leapfrog — a few months in the smartphone space translate into way better tech and ultimately, better phones for the people that can afford them. Right now, it’s Samsung turn with the brilliant new Galaxy S9. Samsung usually pulls out all the stops for the Galaxy and Note line. These devices get the innovations first, which then trickle down to lower prices over the course of a year. At first glance, there’s nothing wildly different when you compare the S9 to last year’s S8 — but that’s a good thing. Only when you put them both side by s
Honda Activa 5G Launched In India, Prices Start At ₹ 52,460

Honda Activa 5G Launched In India, Prices Start At ₹ 52,460

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The very popular Honda Activa 5G received a major update at the Auto Expo 2018 in February, and now the company has listed the scooter on its website at a starting price of ₹ 52,460 (ex-showroom) for the standard variant and ₹ 54,325 (ex-showroom) for the Deluxe variant. Bookings were already underway for the Activa 5G since it was unveiled in February. The 2018 Honda Activa 5G comes with subtle changes to its design with all-LED headlamp with a position lamp along with new color options and minor changes to its styling. The mechanics of the Activa 5G, however, remains the same. Honda Activa 5G ₹ 52,000 - 64,000 * ( Expected Price ) Expected Launch : Nov 2018 FIND OUT MORE Also Read: Auto Expo 2018: Honda Activa 5G Unveiled The 2018 Honda Activa 5G comes in two variants, while
Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, Google Home and more: We put 7 speakers to the test

Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, Google Home and more: We put 7 speakers to the test

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For the last four weeks, I've been living in an Orwellian nightmare. One in which I have to watch every word I say because "they" are always listening. And by "they", I mean Alexa, Siri and Google. It seemed like a good idea - get seven smart speakers and test them in a real house to see how they affected our listening habits and daily routine. At times, they've been pretty helpful. If we're running low on biscuits, one of us can bark, "Hey Siri, add Hob Nobs to the shopping list" and a reminder appears on our phones. During Storm Emma, Google kept me up-to-date on train cancellations, while our kids amused themselves for hours by asking Alexa what noise a cat makes. Thankfully, none of the devices started spontaneously laughing in the middle of the night - but they were all p...
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