Apple’s next iPhone: facial-recognition and all-screen design, leaks suggest

Details discovered by developers in firmware for Apple’s HomePod speaker show in-development iPhone with IR face unlocking and bezel-less design

The next version of Apple’s iPhone will have infrared-based facial recognition unlocking – eliminating need for a passcode or fingerprint – and will have an almost all-screen design on the front, say developers digging into the pre-release of firmware distributed by Apple.

The firmware for the upcoming HomePod smart speaker, which is due for release at the end of the year, was pushed out via Apple’s developer system last week. It was found to contain references to other devices in its code, including the next version of the iPhone. It is unclear whether the HomePod firmware was distributed intentionally for developers to start building systems to interact with the speaker ahead of release or leaked by accident by Apple.

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Facebook ‘dark ads’ can swing opinions, research shows

Ads targeted using profiles generated from individual voters’ stated interests are more successful in shifting attitudes, according to Online Privacy Foundation research

Using “psychographic” profiles of individual voters generated from publicly stated interests to target political campaigning really does work, according to new research presented at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The controversial practice allows groups to hone their messages to match the personality types of their targets, and is being used by firms including Cambridge Analytica and AggregateIQ to better target voters with political advertising with so-called “dark ads”.

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How Facebook groups bring people closer together – neo-Nazis included

Mark Zuckerberg’s new mission is to ‘bring the world closer together’. But Facebook groups can unite extremists as easily as they serve hobbyists

Ricky Caya was looking for something. A 43-year-old postal service worker and father of two in Quebec, he felt unsettled and unconnected. “The great social movements of the 1960s, the American civil rights movement, flower power, the big trade union movements – people today don’t have that,” he said.

So when a Facebook post crossed his news feed promoting a new organization that “sought to bring together good people without a voice to finally allow them to have strength in numbers”, Caya requested membership to the group and quickly became an active participant and leader.

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