Testing Apple's Touch ID with Fake Fingerprints by john cheng

Have you ever wondered if you could duplicate someone's finger print to unlock their iPhone using the touch ID feature? Check out this video to find out for yourself it is possible.

How secure is Apple's Touch ID? We explain how it recognizes fingerprints, and then put it to the test by making fake fingers and fingerprints of our own. A German computer club claimed to have spoofed the security system last year, and we retrace their methods as well as experimenting with a few of our own.

Swich - Wireless Charger by john cheng

Wireless charging tech is becoming more commonplace in the tech world as of late, but I've found that most of them are fairly, how do I put this lightly, ugly. Swich, however, seems to take a more aesthetic approach to their wireless docking station while keeping the user in mind.

I'm still borderline on whether or not I would ever use a wireless charger, but the concept and tech behind it sure is intriguing and enticing. I think I'll still wait to see how tech like this pans out.

Nevertheless, you may feel differently, so be sure to check out their kickstarter page for more details.

iPhone6 Leaks by john cheng

Marques Brownlee, MKBHD, has a couple videos for all of you who are anticipating what the new iphone6 will be like. There isn't much info about the internal components but it will, at least, give you an idea of size and scale. I know there are a lot of iphone haters out there including some of my close friends, but hey, I'm already in too far.

Artifact Uprising for iPhone by john cheng


Because Design Matters
— AU

Artifact Uprising (AU) is a new mobile app that aids you in transforming the memories you log on your iPhone into a tangible book or postcards of memories that you can customize yourself. The entire interface looks pretty intuitive. I can't wait to try this out.

Habits by john cheng

We all have good habits and bad habits and sometimes we have habits that we want to develop. The problem is when you want to create a new habit for yourself, it is very very difficult to keep yourself accountable. This is where you insert Habit List.

Habit list is a wonderful app that allows you to track the habits you would like to instill in yourself. Once you set the type of habits you want to develop, you can get motivated with streaks, focus on what is due, and stay on track with reminders. I really hope this will work for me as I find stats very addicting.

Create good habits. Break unhealthy ones. Build a better you.
— Habit List

Happiness is a Warm Iphone by john cheng

Great opinion piece by Charles Yu, of his musings on our love of techology.

“Her” romanticizes technology, but it is not really about technology. It is about what we see, or want to see, in our technology. How we want technology to comfort or disturb our conceptions of ourselves.

And that is important — but it is not the real reason I fell in love with it. I fell ardently in love because of how it shaped my conception of the universe.

That’s what the Commodore 64 did. Even with its blocky, ASCII interface. Without any graphical representations, it was purer. You looked at text on a screen. You were never under any illusion that this machine was trying to be your friend. It did not want to talk to you — and if you wanted to talk to it, you had to learn its language.

Whole fields have developed around the idea of making our interactions with machines more pleasurable and intuitive. Our gadgets are engineered to fit just right, into our hands, our lives. Virtual environments, apps and sites are designed by experts with care, forethought and the aim of making everything so smooth and easy that we can forget that this is a machine.

I know I’m spoiled from having lived through the last quarter-century, from having come of age during a particularly steep part of the Curve of Technological Progress. And I don’t doubt it’s only getting steeper. As everything gets faster and richer and denser with information, as a whole new dimension to our physical world evolves online, some possibilities open up, and others close down. The potential congeals into the actual, the possible calcifies into the practical. What is imaginable gets pared down into what was actually imagined. And it’s all pretty amazing.

But things are by necessity amazing in a very specific way, and with a very specific visual grammar and conceptual environment — and that environment is one that is closed, controlled, packaged for us. We’re holding magic boxes, boxes that want to serve us and coddle us, instead of challenge us. And how can you love something that doesn’t challenge you?

Charles Yu is the author of the novel “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe” and the forthcoming novel “The Book of Wishing.”

UpWord Notes by john cheng

I am a notes person. I'm always writing down to do lists or random notes to remind me of ideas. All of these notes usually go in my sketchbook, but when I'm on the go... I either resort to writing on napkins or the somewhat better option of writing it down int he notes app on my phone.

Both options usually just get lost. Maybe this new app will suit my needs better. It sure does look more appealing because you can format the notes that you take with gestures. I guess it's worth a try.

Fiona Apple Sings "Pure Imagination" by john cheng

Fiona Apple sings "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I loved Charlie and the Chocolate factory when I was growing up and this song brings back a lot of memories. This rendition, however, takes it to a completely different place.

It is an ad for the game that Chipotle has made available for download and has a lot of social commentary about the overly processed foods and mistreatment of livestock that our food industries and full with.

At the end of the day it is still an ad from Chipotle trying to convince us of how sustainable their practices are and how much better their product is compared to others. I cant speak much to the validity of their claim, but as an ad, well done Chipotle, well done.


Watch "The Scarecrow," the companion film for Chipotle's new app-based game. Then download the free app at www.scarecrowgame.com and join the quest for wholesome, sustainable food. The song "Pure Imagination" performed by Grammy Award®--winning artist Fiona Apple, is available for download on iTunes.