‘Fingerprint scanners may be all the rage right now, thanks to the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices. But the cool tech may have just hit a major snag. Hackers claim they can lift fingerprints from hi-res photos with fingers in the frame.
‘There’s no special equipment required. Krissler used a few high-resolution photos—with the pads of von der Leyen’s fingers showing at different angles—to cobble together a complete print. Given how good photographic technology has gotten, consumer- and prosumer-grade cameras could easily do the job. Add commercial software VeriFinger to the mix, and you’ve got a trick worthy of spy movies…’
Hacker Bends Fabric of Space
‘On average, Pares spends a couple of hours a day here almost every day of the week. To bend the fabric of space, he sits in front of a tray of instruments, twisting knobs and glancing every now and then into a Faraday cage, where a 3.5-pound weight hangs inside an electrically isolated case. Outside the case hangs a strange instrument made up of V-shape panels with fractal arrays on the surfaces. The instrument is the latest version of what Pares believes is the world’s first low-power warp drive motor.
‘He turns around and points to the back of his garage door, where a red laser — beamed at the weight and reflected back against the door to demonstrate the movement happening in the case — drifts from its original spot. Slowly, in incremental amounts, the weight is drawn toward the V-shape motor.
‘“You’re not supposed to be able to do this,” Pares says…’
The First 4 Things You Should Do With Your New Computer
‘No matter if it’s a snazzy new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (pictured), a Windows 8 laptop, or a traditional desktop computer, here are the first four things you need to do:
‘This one might surprise you. Why install a program to help recover accidentally deleted files if you haven’t even used your computer yet, let alone lost something?
‘Here’s why: The big catch-22 about file recovery programs is that you often have to install one before you can use it, a process which could permanently overwrite the area on the hard drive where your deleted file is sitting. That’s not a risk you want to take…’