Hacker unlocks Samsung S10 with 3D-printed fingerprint

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A lone security researcher just gave Samsung’s mobile phone cybersecurity technology the finger. According to a video posted on the Imgur site on Friday, it’s possible to bypass the biometrics on the new Galaxy S10 range in just a few minutes, using a 3D-printed fingerprint.

Released in February, almost every phone in the Galaxy S10 range features a fingerprint reader under the screen, contrasting with the previous generation of Galaxy S phones which put it on the back of the device. The only exception is the S10 Essential, which has a capacitive resistor on the side of the phone.

Capacitive technology is what most modern non-display fingerprint sensors use. It measures the electrical resistance between the tiny ridges and valleys of your fingerprint as they contact the sensor, creating a 2D image of it.

Under-display sensors take a different approach, using ultrasonic technology to bounce sound waves off the user’s finger. This creates a 3D ultrasound image of your fingerprint, containing information about the depth of its ridges and valleys.

Cool, right? Not according to Darkshark, an anonymous researcher who appeared to show themselves unlocking a Samsung S10 using a 3D printed-fingerprint.

In the description, Darkshark said that they photographed their finger on the side of a wine glass using their smartphone. Then they used Photoshop to increase the contrast and create an alpha mask (which is a fully-opaque version of an image). Using the 3DS Max 3D modeling software, they created a geometry displacement, which is a version of the alpha image with depth information from the original. Then, they used an Anycubic Photon resin-based 3D printer, which costs around US$500, to reproduce the print.

OnePlus 7 looks a lot like the OnePlus 6T in new leaked pictures

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Most OnePlus 7 leaks so far have pointed to a phone with an all-screen design and a pop-up selfie camera. But it seems those shots might actually be showing the OnePlus 7 Pro, with the standard OnePlus 7 instead looking a lot like the OnePlus 6T

At least, that seems to be the case if the latest leaked renders are to be believed.

Shared by Pricebaba in collaboration with reputable leaker @OnLeaks, these renders show a phone with a small teardrop notch above the screen and a design that overall is virtually identical to the OnePlus 6T, other than the LED flash being inside the oblong camera unit, rather than on the outside.

Another difference is said to be the screen, which is apparently 6.2 inches, compared to the 6.41-inch one on the OnePlus 6T. But dimensions are seemingly very similar, with the OnePlus 7 said to be 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.1mm (rising to 9.5mm at the camera bump), compared to 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm for the OnePlus 6T.

We might see iPhone 5G in 2020 after all

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We weren't holding out much hope in seeing a 5G iPhone before 2021, due to Apple's ongoing legal battles with Qualcomm, which makes tech for iPhones as well as 5G modems, but a surprising turn of events means we might see the 'iPhone 5G' in 2020 after all.

Apple and Qualcomm were suing each other for various reasons, including Apple accusing Qualcomm of overcharging for parts and Qualcomm suing for breach of contract, and under that legal dispute Qualcomm couldn't make 5G modems for future iPhones.

 

Because of that, Apple was forced to look elsewhere for 5G modems for its iPhones – Huawei volunteered to sell Apple the modems, but it looked like Apple was relying on Intel.

 

The situation was looking shaky with Intel though, as reports suggested the manufacturer had missed deadlines and wouldn't be ready to mass-produce 5G modems for 2020 iPhones – because of this we weren't expecting to see 5G iPhones until 2021, years behind Apple's competitors.

However Apple and Qualcomm just agreed to drop charges – so Qualcomm could make 5G chipsets for future iPhones after all. This is great news for people who were hoping to see a 5G iPhone soon, as the manufacturer already has a range of 5G modems that could easily be rolled out.

Intel has since dropped out of the 5G modem market, according to a post in its newsroom, stating it will focus its efforts on network infrastructure instead.

We're not expecting to see the iPhone 11 later this year with 5G, as that would be too quick a turnaround for 5G modems, and it's likely Apple has already settled on a final design for the phone, but stay tuned to TechRadar to find out what is in the upcoming Apple iPhones.