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Android VP Hugo Barra leaves Google for Xiaomi

In a surprising twist of events, Vice President of Android - Hugo Barra - has decided to move on from Google and join Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi.

The news was first broken by AllThingsD and was later confirmed by Barra in a post on Google+. He would be joining Xiaomi Global in China as their Vice President and "help them expand their incredible product portfolio and business globally".

Barra joined Google back in 2008 and for the past few years has been the face of Android, appearing in all recent Google keynotes for product announcements. While leaving, Barra praised the Android team, calling them "the most amazing group of people I've ever worked with in my life" and especially calling out Andy Rubin (who left the Android team recently), Hiroshi Lockheimer, Sundar Pichai and Vic Gundotra.

Google is yet to announce who will be taking on the role of Barra in his absence.


Apple addresses Touch ID security concerns, details protection

While some were wowed by the fingerprint scanning Touch ID home button on the iPhone 5s others have a tough time feeling safe that Apple won't "accidentally" share their fingerprints with someone not meant to have access to them.

So an Apple spokesman stepped in an said that the iPhone 5s won't store fingerprint images on the device but instead will encrypt the fingerprint data on the phone's A7 SoC.

Even if someone did hack into your device and managed to get inside the A7 chip they likely won't be able to extract the fingerprint information out of it.

Furthermore, Apple requires every fingerprint to be created with an accompanying passcode, which in a scenario when the phone has been rebooted or hasn't been unlocked for 48 hours will be required instead of the fingerprint, which is a nice two-step security verification.

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