Remains of the Day: Quick hits

Apple debates how to give your iPhone the finger(print), Google Maps goes on a destructive rampage, and development of the fabled iWatch may hinge upon an all-star cast. The remainders for Friday, July 19, 2013 are in and out.

How Apple could use a fingerprint scan to unlock your iPhone (GigaOm)

A patent application—yeah, yeah, we know—by AuthenTec, the security company Apple acquired last year, suggests that future iPhones could be unlocked simply by detecting your fingerprint on the screen. I wonder if the Gummi Bear hack will still work with this …

Google Maps wipes out Scottish island of Jura (BBC)

And now Google will demonstrate the power of this fully armed and operational mapping software!

Apple’s TV Deals, Like the Time Warner Cable Pact, Fail Its Ambitions (Bloomberg)

Apple’s latest attempt to make a TV deal with a cable provider may yield a disappointing result: You’d still have to have an installed cable package to take advantage of live programming on your Apple TV. In related news, in order to keep using Spotify, you’d better make sure you have a radio in your house, or else.

MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0 (Apple)

If you’ve got the newest MacBook Air, you might be interested in a software update released on Thursday that reportedly fixes crashing problems with Photoshop and 802.11ac Wi-Fi issues.

D.A. Gascón & A.G. Schneiderman Host Tech Test Of Smartphone Security Features (New York State Office of the Attorney General)

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman are helping test the Activation Lock in iOS 7, presumably by stealing phones from innocent citizens.

iWatch’s novelty emerges as Apple taps sensor and fitness experts (9to5Mac)

9to5Mac has assembled a lengthy piece on the team reportedly being assembled by Apple to create a wrist-wearable device. I’d compare it to The Avengers, but really, you only need Tony Stark for that, right?

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