Norway to Force Accused Criminal to Unlock His Phone via Fingerprint

Norwegian police will force a 27-year-old man accused of drug possession to unlock his mobile phone via fingerprint, according to local website Bergensavisen [Google Translate]. The police believe the confiscated smartphone may contain evidence about where he obtained the illegal substance.

The man, who reportedly admitted he was culpable, has refused to unlock his phone for police since being charged, but the Nordhordland District Court’s recent verdict allows Norwegian police to force the accused’s thumb on to his fingerprint-secured phone. Local police will also analyze his phone call and data history.

The brand of the phone is not disclosed in the report, but if it is an iPhone, it is not clear if Norwegian police are aware that Touch ID requires a passcode as supplemental verification after 48 hours of disuse, a restart, or three failed fingerprint entry attempts. The accused was arrested on January 25, so it may be impossible for authorities to unlock an iPhone with Touch ID without taking additional measures.

In the U.S., a Virginia court ruled that fingerprints, unlike passwords and passcodes, are not protected by the Fifth Amendment. In his ruling, Judge Steven C. Frucci opined that „giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key,“ which is permitted under federal law.

Correction: The source article does not explicitly state that the device in question is an iPhone, and this article has been updated to reflect that.

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iOS 9 Adoption Jumps to 66 Percent After iOS 9.1 Emoji Update

Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iOS 9 has seen its adoption rate grow to 66 percent of active iOS devices, according to numbers on the Apple Developer Support page. Two weeks ago, iOS 9 adoption sat at 61 percent.

After 24 hours, iOS 9 adoption was in line with the adoption rate of iOS 8. However, in late September Apple announced that the newest version of iOS had the fastest adoption ever and was on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other version of the mobile operating system. iOS 8 only achieved a 64 percent adoption rate by December 23 and a 68 percent adoption rate by January 7, ending up with a high of 87 percent on the eve of iOS 9’s launch.

Apple released the first major update to iOS 9 two weeks ago with iOS 9.1, which featured a slew of brand-new emojis. Since that update, iOS 9 adoption has grown by 5 percent. Earlier today Apple seeded the second beta for iOS 9.2, the second major update to its newest mobile operating system.

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iOS 9 Adoption Jumps to 66 Percent After iOS 9.1 Emoji Update

Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iOS 9 has seen its adoption rate grow to 66 percent of active iOS devices, according to numbers on the Apple Developer Support page. Two weeks ago, iOS 9 adoption sat at 61 percent.

After 24 hours, iOS 9 adoption was in line with the adoption rate of iOS 8. However, in late September Apple announced that the newest version of iOS had the fastest adoption ever and was on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other version of the mobile operating system. iOS 8 only achieved a 64 percent adoption rate by December 23 and a 68 percent adoption rate by January 7, ending up with a high of 87 percent on the eve of iOS 9’s launch.

Apple released the first major update to iOS 9 two weeks ago with iOS 9.1, which featured a slew of brand-new emojis. Since that update, iOS 9 adoption has grown by 5 percent. Earlier today Apple seeded the second beta for iOS 9.2, the second major update to its newest mobile operating system.

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Apple Watch steals the limelight from rival wearables

Smartwatches have been around for a few years and as a must-have device, they haven’t quite caught on. Analysts say there are two barriers, price and people not seeing the advantage of owning one. But a new report shows Apple is making a dent in at least one of those barriers. A survey of 11,000 […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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iFixit Teardown of New 21.5-Inch iMac Reveals Soldered-On CPU, Empty PCIe SSD Slot

Earlier today, iFixit conducted a tear down the new Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2. They’ve now followed that up with a tear down of the brand new 21.5-inch iMac, and while the majority of the insides are the same as last year’s model, there are some notable differences.

First, the teardown found that the new iMac features empty PCIe SSD slots, allowing do-it-yourself upgraders to use the slots for their needs. Last year’s model did not include an empty slot for DIY-ers, leaving the solder spots for the SSD unpopulated.

The new iMac also features a soldered-on CPU. iFixit says the soldered CPU allows Apple to continue to streamline the insides of the iMac, this time including a „slimmed down and beautified“ CPU heat sink. However, the teardown experts note that because the CPU is soldered onto the logic board it cannot be removed, upgraded or replaced, which means the iMac’s upgradeability will take a hit. This is the first iMac to feature a soldered-on CPU.

Minor revelations about the new iMac include a new display that fuses together the glass and LCD, with no more magnets holding the glass in place. The vast majority of the replaceable components, like the RAM, are hidden behind the logic board, which means users who want to upgrade parts by themselves have to take the iMac apart.

Overall, iFixit gave the new 21.5-inch iMac a repairability score of 2 out of 10, which means that the new desktop computer is extremely difficult to repair. iFixit also conducted a teardown of the bigger 27-inch iMac.



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