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Customers pose for photos with new iPhone 5s bought during the opening day of sales of the iPhone 5s and
iPhone 5C at the Apple store at the Americana at Brand mall in Glendale, California, on Friday. AP PHOTOS
Didn t have time to check out the tech headlines
over the weekend? Here s what you missed.
European hacker group Chaos Computer Club
has allegedly managed to bypass the iPhone 5s
Touch ID using a method that conjures up images
of a spy movie. In this case, the hackers simply
took a photograph of a user s fingerprint that was
left on a glass surface, created a latex recreation
of said fingerprint, and held it against said user s
iPhone 5s to authenticate their way into the
In other hacking news, a few LinkedIn users
are suing the business-focused social media
company, accusing it of "breaking into its users
third party e-mail accounts, downloading e-
mail addresses that appear in the account, and
then sending out multiple reminder e-mails
ostensibly on behalf of the user advertising
LinkedIn to non-members." LinkedIn denies
the allegations. "Quite simply, this is not true,"
the company said in a blog post.
Meanwhile, BlackBerry has delayed the
official release of BBM for Android and iOS
after leaked versions hit the Web.
"The interest and enthusiasm we have
seen already---more than 1.1 million active
users in the first eight hours without even
launching the official Android app---is
incredible. Consequently, this unreleased
version caused issues, which we have
attempted to address throughout the day,"
reads a blog post on BlackBerry s Web site.
The BBM trouble comes after BlackBerry
on Friday announced that it will cut 4,500
jobs, or about 40 per cent of its workforce.
The cuts are intended to help BlackBerry
realise a 50 per cent reduction in oper-
ating expenditures. Once in place,
BlackBerry s total workforce will stand
at approximately 7,000 full-time
global employees. (PCMag)
Hackers exploit iPhone 5s
Touch ID, BBM delayed
LinkedIn sued for hacking
The family home where a young
Steve Jobs built the first Apple
computer may soon become a
protected historical site.
The seven-member Los Altos
Historical Commission has
scheduled a "historic property
evaluation" for the single-story,
ranch-style house on Monday.
If the designation is ultimately
approved, then the house on 2066
Crist Drive in Los Altos, California,
will have to be preserved.
Jobs moved to the house with
his foster parents as a 7th grader,
and lived there through high school.
In the attached garage, he and
Steve Wozniak toiled to assemble
the first 50 Apple 1 computers. The
pair sold them to Paul Terrell's Byte
Shop in Mountain View for $500
Nine months later, in 1977, Apple
Computer Co was formally
established and moved its
operations to nearby Cupertino.
One of the original computers
later sold at an auction for
$231,000. And Jobs went on to
become a visionary who changed
the face of computing.
"Steve Jobs is considered a
genius who blended technology
and creativity to invent and market
a product which dramatically
changed six industries---personal
computers, animated movies,
music, phones, tablet computing
and digital publishing," according to
the property evaluation.
"His influence is expected to be
felt by multiple generations
The three-bedroom, two-bath
house was built in 1952 and is
valued at $1.5 million, according to
real-estate Web site Zillow.
Jobs' childhood home may
become historical site
Step into any major urban
centre across Africa and you'll
have no problem accessing your
favourite Web sites, catching the
latest news online or sending your
friends an e-mail.
Step outside the city, however,
and you'll soon have to say
goodbye to the world (wide Web).
Take for example Limpopo, a
rural province in the northern part
of South Africa, one of the
country's poorest regions. "There
is just no connectivity
whatsoever," says Mahlo
Mokgalong, a professor at the
University of Limpopo, located
outside the city of Polokwane.
"From the area where I am,"
explains Mokgalong, "the nearest
Internet café will be 30
kilometres---there are even some
people who travel 50 kilometres or
so to get to the nearest Internet
But all this could soon change.
Limpopo has been selected by
Microsoft for the latest trial of an
initiative using white spaces
technology---the unused channels
in the broadcast TV spectrum---
aiming to bring broadband with
speeds of up to 2 Mb per second
to under-served rural
The 12-month pilot project,
which will become operational in
October, will use the relatively new
technology and solar-powered
base stations to get five
secondary schools in the province
online---all located within ten
kilometres of the university, which
is used as the project's hub.
Mokgalong says the pilot will
benefit both pupils and teachers.
"Their lives are going to be made
easier," he says. "Some of the
schools in the area have a
shortage in terms of materials,"
adds the professor. "So it will
definitely benefit the learners in
those schools and expose them to
But what is this experimental
technology and how does it work?
Put simply, TV white spaces
refers to the unused frequencies
that are lying idle following the
migration of TV broadcast from
analogue to digital---previously,
these were kept clear to avoid
interference with neighbouring
The low-signal frequencies, from
around 400 megahertz to about
800 megahertz, can penetrate
walls and other obstacles more
easily than the traditional
broadband technologies. They can
also transfer data traveling longer
distances before they need to be
reboosted, up to ten kilometres,
which means that fewer towers or
base stations are needed to cover
a wider area. (CNN)
Microsoft beams Internet into
Africa---using TV 'white spaces'
Jobs' childhood home in Los Altos.
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