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Marshall Edwards, Staff Writer

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  1. iPhone X’s Face ID hacked

Researchers from a Vietnamese firm were able to bypass Apple’s Face ID with only a 3-D printed face, makeup and paper cutouts of the user’s eyes. It cost a total of hundred fifty dollars to make. The researchers behind this project said that they realize that the Face ID’s scanner only scans precise parts of the face which is why only certain parts of the mask are completed. This discovery dealt a heavy blow to Apple who stated that they worked with professional mask makers and makeup artists to protect something like this from happening. While this may seem like an easy hack to break into someone’s cell phone, the team did admit that you must have a detailed measurement of the user’s face. The patents Apple has on Face ID indicate that Face ID looks for eye movement to unlock the iPhone but the mask didn’t use any eye movement. This has many people worry since this means that a person can unlock someone else’s iPhone while they are either asleep or unconscious.

     2. “Trackable” pill approved by the FDA

A new product called The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablet, which treats schizophrenia and manic episodes, has an ingestible sensor that records the time that medication was taken. When the sensor, which is about the size of a grain of sand, comes into contact with the stomach fluid, it activates. When activated, it will transmit the information to a patch worn by the user and then send the information to their smartphone. If consented by the patient, the information can be sent to their doctor as well. A spokesperson from the FDA, Mitchell Mathis said that “Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for mental illness may be useful for some patients.” He continued that “The FDA supports the development and use of new technology in prescription drugs and is committed to working with companies to understand how technology might benefit patients and prescribers.”

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