This is the question that many security researchers are asking. A micro capital firm has joined forces with a group of researchers to offer a prize to the first hacker or team that can crack the iPhone 5s finger print scanner. They are looking for a solution like lifting the fingerprints from a glass. Brendan Spaar has seen this done in the movies and wonders if it can be done in real life. The prizes include lots of currency ranging from euros to bitcoins, lots of alcoholic beverages, and even a "dirty sex book." So far the iPhone 5s has been released into the hands of consumers but no one has cracked the fingerprint scanner. Yet.
The stars of The Big Bang Theory, which include Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are reportedly banding together in order to negotiate a raise that would nearly double their currently per episode payroll. Currently, the big three receive $350,000 per episode from CBS. If their negotiations are successful, they will earn nearly one million dollars per episode and that does not even include syndication profits. Brendan Spaar enjoys The Big Bang Theory and tries to watch it every week from his Forysth County GA home. It isn't as good as Arrested Development but it is close. Other million dollar per episode groups include the cast of Friends and the women of Criminal Minds.
Brendan Spaar thinks that the amount of data that Google collects is amazing. Nearly every search in the world is done through the site. Now federal regulators in the United States have declaired that Google is actually guilty of breaking their policy "do no evil." It turns out, according to police, those cute little Google Street View cars were actually war driving, snooping traffic of any unsecured WiFi hotspot that stood in its path. Google argues that its cars accidentially jumped onto unsecured hotspots and that no useful data was collected. This should serve as an eye opener to anyone that connects to their home router without a security key encryption like WEP or WPA. If a little Google car can accidentally jump onto your network, imagine what your enemies could do.
Let's face the facts. Phone companies are dinosaurs. If they do not keep up with the times, they will go extinct. Right now the scramble is on for phone companies to reinvent themselves as data providers. Anyone with a smartphone will tell you they talk on the phone a lot less than they text or access the internet. The problem that the telcos are faced with, however, is that the FCC still thinks that they are a telephone company and regulates them as such. Companies such as Google and Skype who have always been an internet service provider, are not regulated in the same way that telcos are. Brendan Spaar wonders if the telcos need to take a page from Phillip Morris and totally destroy the old brand name and start new.
Brendan Spaar is a technology blogger from Forsyth County, GA. Since 2008 he has had a major presence on the web from Alpharetta to Georgia you can find many of his posts all over the internet. This is the technology blog where you will not find arrest or mugshot photos of people but instead you will find