Most influential iPhone, FBI and thumbprints, India nixes used iPhones, changes to Twitter app


Apple’s iPhone tops TIME’s 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time list — Those of us who have watched the changes in the world since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 know just how influential that device has been. Whether it is the dominance of smartphones these days, the fact that most other manufacturers have copied the design of the iPhone, or the rise of the App Store economy, there’s no denying that the iPhone started something big. TIME today published a list of the 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time, and the iPhone is at the top of the list. (Via Apple World Today.) The Mac is at #3, iPad comes in at #25, iPod at #9 … and a vibrator, I kid you not, at #10.

Why your iPhone-unlocking fingerprint is susceptible to FBI search warrants — A judge is forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone with her fingerprints, but does this violate the US Constitution? That’s the latest ongoing debate in a Los Angeles courtroom after a judge compelled a woman in custody to use Touch ID to unlock an iPhone.

Indian government turns down Apple request to import used iPhones for sale, report says — The Indian government has reportedly denied Apple’s application to import and sell refurbished iPhones, in a step that may hinder the company’s ability to gain traction in the cost-sensitive local smartphone market.

Twitter adds a Connect — Twitter is trying to get better at recommending people to follow with a new Connect tab for iOS and Android. The Connect tab replaces a previous Find People section, and does more to explain why it is recommending particular people and accounts. Trending accounts no longer have their own section, but are instead featured in a carousel at the top of the screen. Below that, there’s an option to connect your address book for finding people you know in the real world.


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