Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 11/12/2013 11:58 am


The latest version of Apple's iPad Mini now on sale. The new Mini is the first version of the smaller iPad to feature Retina display. It also includes a power-efficient A7 chip, along with faster wireless and expanded LTE cellular connectivity. It's available in silver or space gray. Wi-Fi-only models will start at $399 for a 16GB gigabyte model, while cellular-capable models will start at $529 for the 16GB model. The new minis will be available Tuesday through Apple's online and retail stores, along with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select retailers. Apple Inc. shares are up $2.24 to $521.29 in morning trading Tuesday.

An online exchange that trades the digital currency bitcoin in the Czech Republic says it has been attacked by hackers. The website Bitcash.cz says its security system was broken and bitcoins from its clients were stolen late Monday. It said in a statement Tuesday it has filed a legal complaint against the unknown hackers. It is not clear what amount of bitcoins disappeared and how many clients were affected by the theft. Bitcoin is a cryptography-based digital currency that advocates say is counterfeit-proof. Its price traded as high as $385 Tuesday afternoon.

You may never need to memorize another password. That's the goal of researchers at Purdue University's International Center for Biometrics Research. Stephen Elliott is the director of international biometric research at Purdue University in Indiana. He says iris and fingerprint scans as well as facial and voice recognition are just a few of the tools that improve security while making lives easier. His basement lab is a place where emerging biometric technologies are tested for weaknesses before they can go mainstream. Biometrics is already in use at one local restaurant. Chris Smith, assistant manager of KFC in West Lafayette, Ind., says workers punch in by putting their finger on a fingerprint scanner attached to their cash register.

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