Cats Unlock iPhone 5S Fingerprints With Their Furry Little Paws

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With their domination on the Internet, their ability to reduce humans into blubbering masses of putty, and their penchant for stylish outfits, felines may be evolving at an unnaturally fast pace. Which is fine by us; we welcome our kitty overlords. As further evidence of the oncoming cat-ocalypse, the wizards over at Techcrunch asked the question that is currently dominating thetech industry. Does the new iPad fingerprint sensor work for paws, too? The answer, fortunately, is an emphatic yes. Thank the cat gods.

A quick refresher: The new iPhone 5S has a fingerprint sensor that will let users unlock the phone with their unique fingerprint. In the test conducted by the site, skin areas like forearms and the heel of the palm also work, albeit not as well as an actual fingerprint. The paw wasn’t a flawless experiment, either, but any cat owner might posit that the margin for error may be less about the viability of the paw print and more about the fact that cats don’t like to be forced to put their little mitts on things. Interestingly, a cat paw is similar to a fingerprint in that it is unique to the cat, so no other felines would be able to hack into the phone once the owner set its print to the device. Also relevant: Based on experiments done via smooching, did you know that paw pads and kitty noses have the same type of skin? Possibilities = endless.

 

How to Be the Most Organized Person in the World

If you’re anything like me, you work a whole lot better when you’re organized. You have easy access to all the files and papers you need. You’re not stressed about the disaster recoveryzone that is your apartment. You’re actually motivated to get stuff done.

In that spirit, check out this infographic for a visual guide to getting organized in every aspect of your life. From your computer and workspace to your closets and work bag, from helpful cleaning tips to apps for streamlining your life, consider this your tip sheet on becoming the most organized person in the world.

 How to Be the Most Organized Person in the World

11 Secrets to Taking Better Instagram Photos

There are over 150 millions active monthly users on Instagram, and that’s an amazing opportunity to get the word out there about your brand (or your personal brand!). But how can you stand out among so many other filter-obsessed photophiles?

Well, a huge part of getting people to follow you is the quality of your photos. While we’re all happy for you if you enjoyed that lunch of yours represented in a blurry and over-exposed photo, it’s not exactly riveting content in an Instagram feed.

However, if you show users something awesome—or even something not that awesome, but in a new and interesting way—you can become someone who’s worth a follow. Check out these 11 tips for taking photos that get noticed, and just have fun with it!

TheMuseIG 11 Secrets to Taking Better Instagram Photos

10 Cool Biking Gadgets For The Avid Cyclist

There’s no doubt about it: cycling is in! Whether for commuting, recreation or sport, it seems that just about everyone is riding some sort of bicycle these days. But in this technology-dominated day and age, there’s so much more you can have on your bicycle than just a bell and some simplelights.

If you’re a cyclist, or know someone who is, here’s a list of 10 bicycle gadgets you should check out. Some gadgets help make cycling safer, others help you find your way and there is even one that lets you charge your devices from the power of cycling.

To complete the list, we’ve added two more gadgets made for competitive cycling near the end of the post. State your favorite in the comment box below.

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1. Wireless Bicycle Turn Signal

This under-seat turn signal unit is battery-powered, has ultra-bright LEDs and will emit loud beeping when you make a turn. The signals are activated wirelessly using a push-button controller attached to your bicycle’s handlebar. The unit also has a hazard mode on top of left and right signals. [$68]

Wireless Bicycle Turn Signal

2. Hammerhead

Hammerhead is a device that attaches to your bicycle’s bars and provides turn-by-turn navigation guided by a GPS app installed on your smartphone. Hammerhead also integrates with cycling apps such as Strava and MapMyRide. It is currently available for preorder, and is scheduled to ship in June 2014. [$85]

Hammerhead

3. Siva Cycle Atom

Turn some of the kinetic power from your cycling to power your devices with Siva Cycle’s Atom. Thisportable generator attaches to your bicycle axle and can charge any device via USB port. Don’t want to bring your devices with you when you cycle? Just charge the detachable 1300mAh battery pack that comes with every order. Orders before Feb 15 2014 will start shipping in April 2014. [$99]

Siva Cycle Atom

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4. BikeSpike

BikeSpike helps secure your bike with a combination of GPS and cellular technology. You can track your bike in real-time, set up safe zones and alert notifications when you ride beyond zone limits.It can also alert you if there is a possibility of someone tampering with your bicycle. BikeSpike currently only works in the US, EU, Australia and Japan. Shipping is scheduled for Winter 2013. [$129; $4.99 or $6.99 for data plan]

BikeSpike

5. Scosche BoomBOTTLE

The Scosche boomBOTTLE is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that’s geared towards outdoor activity. Itfits perfectly in a bicycle water bottle cage, and is IPX4 splash proof. The boomBOTTLE also has a built-in microphone, so it can work as a speakerphone. The rechargable lithum battery offers 10 hours of use. The boomBOTTLE comes in pink, grey, blue, yellow and green. [$139]

Scosche boomBOTTLE

6. ICEdot Crash Sensor

The ICEdot Crash Sensor, attached to your helmet, sends alerts to your contacts when you are in an accident. A countdown on the Crash Sensor app is triggered during the accident; if the countdown is not disabled, your GPS coordinates and alerts are sent to listed emergency contacts. Available for iPhone 4S and above, an Android 4.3 version is currently in development. [$149; ICEdot membership $10 per year]

ICEdot Crash Sensor

Read Also: 20 Gadgets That Make Your Smartphone Even Smarter

7. Helios Bars

The Helios Bars incorporate features such as GPS tracking and built-in front- and rear-facing LED lights. The rear-facing lights change color according to your speed, function as turn signals and indicators for the turn-by-turn navigation feature. Helios Bars come in straight, bullhorn and drop bar styles, and the first batch is scheduled to ship this December. [$199]

Helios Bars

8. Revolights

Revolights are rings of LEDs mounted onto your wheels. The built-in accelerometers ensure that the LEDs only light up when facing the front or rear of your bicycle. As a result, you get 360 degree illumination, increasing visibility from the side. While they currently only fit road and hybrid bikes with 27″ wheels, Revolights plans to move to mountain bikes and 26″ wheels soon. [$139 per wheel, $229 for complete set]

Revolights

9. Hövding

Hövding is an inflable helmet, worn around your neck. It uses sensors and algorithms to detect when a crash occurs, and immediately inflates itself to protect your head. The catch? It’s a one-use wonder. Upon inflation, you have to buy another one. It does however have an external shell that can be changed to match your outfit but it’s currently only available in the EU. [$550]

Hovding

10. Rubbee Drive

The Rubbee Drive is an electric bicycle conversion kit (a friction drive) that is easy to attach and detach for a quick boost. A small rubber wheel drives your bicycle’s rear wheel. The Rubbee is good for about 15 miles of travel at 15 miles per hour, and is currently available for pre-order. Expect shipping to start in Feb-Mar 2014. [$1190]

Rubbee

More: For The Competitive Cyclist

Competitive cyclists probably won’t be interested in electric motors and lights for nighttime commuting, preferring instead gadgets that help them train.

Read Also: 10 Cool Fitness Gadgets For Health Junkies

Suunto Ambit2 S

The Suunto Ambit2 S is a watch that tracks vital statistics such as ride distance, ride length and speed. It also comes with a GPS and barometer, and will measure and display stats (cadence, power) when paired with any ANT+ compatible power meter. You can download apps for the Ambit2 S from the Suunto’s Movescount website. [$450]

Suunto Ambit2 S

Garmin Vector

The Garmin Vector is a pedal-mounted power meter system topping crank-based power meters when it comes to portability and easy installation. The Vector records cadence and a variety of metrics such as kilojoules, average power and power zones. It can also read power separately for the pedals, so compatible bike computers can display the power output for each leg. [$1699]

Garmin Vector

Top 5 Tools To Secure Your Business Data On The Cloud

Top 5 Tools To Secure Your Business Data On The Cloud

 

The increasing popularity of cloud computing and always-connected mobile devices has led to more and more businesses migrating their data and software onto the cloud. The cloud brings with it reduced costs, increased mobility and easier scalability, amongst other benefits.

Thus, software as a service (SaaS) providers such as Dropbox and Evernote and bring your own device (BYOD) policies are fast becoming the norm in the business world.

At the same time, however, the cloud also brings with it issues related to data privacy, security and residency. Although it would be counter-productive to turn your back on the cloud because of these issues, that doesn’t mean that you have to accept these risks as being part of cloud computing.

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If you’re running a business and want to take advantage of the cloud while still keeping your data secure, here are five tools to look at.

Cloud Apps And Shadow IT

But first, a bit about “Shadow IT.”

The term refers to IT systems and services used without the knowledge and approval of an organization. It is not a new phenomenon, but has become a greater security risk with the rise of cloud computing, and the potential for SaaS applications being used without the company’s knowledge.

This only adds to the problems related to data security and privacy. Since the company is not aware of these apps being used, it’s impossible to implement policies to ensure the security ofcompany data with these unknown cloud applications.

Three of the five applications in this list aim to mitigate this danger by implementing cloud application detection.

1. Bitglass

Bitglass, currently in beta, provides transparent protection for your business’s data. Useable on computers and mobile devices, Bitglass aims to reduce the risk of data loss and maintain your data’s visibility, even within the cloud as well as on mobile devices.

Bitglass

Bitglass combines a few different types of security into one package. As far as cloud applications are concerned, Bitglass is able to detect the usage of cloud applications and also encrypt datauploaded onto the cloud.

Bitglass can also track your business data anywhere on the Internet, so you maintain visibility even when employees upload data onto personal file-sharing services. In addition, Bitglass protects your business against the risk of lost or stolen mobile devices. Bitglass can also wipe data on a mobile device without needing to install any agents onto the device.

2. Skyhigh Networks

Skyhigh Networks discovers, analyzes and secures your use of cloud applications. It uses logs from your existing firewalls, proxies and gateways to quickly discover what cloud apps your employees are using.

Skyhigh Networks

From this, it provides you with a customizable risk assessment of all the cloud apps that are currently being used. Skyhigh’s analysis tools are able to detect inconsistencies in your security policies as well as potential data leaks.

Finally, Skyhigh Networks has what it calls 3-Click Security, which uses reverse-proxy technologyto grant contextual access to the cloud, implement consistent policies across clouds and allowdirect access to clouds without needing VPNs or device agents. In addition, Skyhigh can encryptdata and implement data loss protection.

3. Netskope

Netskope is a service that discovers and monitors cloud apps and shadow IT used on your network. Netskope monitors users, sessions, shared and downloaded content as well as the shared content details, and provides detailed analytics based on this information.

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These analytics also allow you to ask business- or security-related questions in order to identify weaknesses or opportunities. In addition, Netskope’s analytics can construct a detailed audit trail in the event of security problems.

Netskope’s fine-grained policy enforcement means you can allow your employees to use their favourite cloud apps while only blocking unwanted activity. Your employees can continue using cloud apps for increased productivity without any compromise on your data security.

4. CipherCloud

CipherCloud is a cloud security software suite that works by encrypting or tokenizing datadirectly at your business gateway. Unlike the previous services, CipherCloud does not aim to discover shadow IT, but to ensure the security of data contained within known clouds.

CipherCloud

CipherCloud encrypts data during the upload process, and decrypts during download. The encryption keys used for this process remain within your business network; thus, unauthorized users accessing data in the cloud will only see indecipherable text.

CipherCloud also comes with built-in malware detection and data loss prevention. There are specific builds for commonly used cloud applications such as Salesforce, Office 365, Gmail and Box, as well as a variant that can be configured to work with any cloud-based applications your business uses.

5. Okta

Okta differs somewhat from the previous solutions, in that Okta’s goal is to provide secure Single Sign-On (SSO) for all the cloud, on-premise and mobile applications used in your business. Okta ispre-integrated with common business applications from Google, Microsoft, Salesforce.com and others.

Okta

Okta’s features include automated user management, support for mobile devices and applications, multifactor authentication and flexible security policies.