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HashTag Trending: 3D Printed head fools face sign-in; Google expands in NYC; Apple circumvents injunction

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3D printed head can bypass face sign-in on Android; Google invests $1 billion in NYC headquarter; Apple updates software to circumvent Qualcomm injunction

Trending on Google, Forbes scanned and printed a person’s head and was able to bypass face unlock feature on nearly all flagship smartphones – save the iPhone X. The test roster included the OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 8, the LG G7 ThinQ and the iPhone X. Out of the six, only the iPhone was able to correctly reject the dummy. Though this sounds like ominous news, Forbes says that getting a life-like 3D model of your head is extremely difficult so there’s no need for concern. And besides, a weak password is much easier to crack.

Trending on LinkedIn, Google is investing $1 billion in building a New York City headquarter. The campus will mark the beginning of Google’s effort to expand its employee headcount to 14,000 in the next decade. Once constructed, the “Google Huson Square Campus” will be reserved for everything from sales and marketing, to research and development. Google is the latest tech giant to open offices away from the west coast. Apple recently announced a new campus in Austin, Texas, and Amazon divided its HQ between New York and Washington D.C.

Trending on Google, in last week’s HashTag Trending, we talked about China banning iPhone sales after granting Qualcomm an injunction against Apple. It was revealed that Apple has apparently infringed two Qualcomm patents that specified resizing images and app management on a touchscreen. Now, Apple is looking to circumvent the injunction by changing that feature for all iPhones before iPhone XS, XS Max, and the XR. Apple hasn’t mentioned how it’s planning on doing this besides that it’s looking to make minor changes. The good news is that this will only affect the iPhones in China. So if you’re listening to this right now, chances are you’ll be safe.

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Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT Business. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at tli@itwc.ca.

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