Apple’s Face ID: Cheat sheet

If you’re using an Apple mobile device manufactured since 2017, it has likely ditched Touch ID in favor of Face ID. Here’s what you need to know about the latest Apple biometric security product.

Apple made a big change when it released the iPhone X: It ditched Touch ID fingerprint security for a new face-based biometric sign-on tool called Face ID. The fingerprint scanner on most post-iPhone X Apple products is gone, and in its place is a new camera array capable of capturing a face map that is, according to Apple, 20 times less likely to be hacked than a Touch ID fingerprint.

Face ID could bring us into a whole new age of biometric technology, but it isn’t without its critics. Fans of Touch ID and privacy advocates have been critical of Face ID, but like it or not, it’s now part of Apple’s ecosystem.

TechRepublic’s cheat sheet about Face ID is an introduction to Apple’s new form of biometric security. This Face ID guide will be updated periodically. This article is also available as a download, Apple’s Face ID: Cheat sheet (free PDF).

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2021 Jaguar F-Type review: Giggle factory

It’s a wonder what a new set of headlights will do.

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The Jaguar F-Type is unabashed theater. Short, low and packing as much character as an early Robin Williams stand-up routine, the only thing that one-ups this sport coupe’s visuals is how it tackles curvy roads. The 2021 F-Type also packs a few new upgrades that improve its daily livability, but make no mistake — there’s still a whole lot of ridiculousness hiding under its svelte new sheetmetal.


  • Sounds like cannon fire
  • All-star hustle
  • Surprisingly pliant in daily use

Don’t Like

  • Quieter than it used to be
  • Mediocre infotainment
  • Limited interior storage

I wasn’t exactly keen on the F-Type’s new face in photos, but now that I’m laying eyes on it in person, I’ve come around. The front end’s slimmer headlights actually give the car more visual width, making it look even more of a hulking brute than before. Some of the sharp body lines have been softened, too, bringing its overall silhouette closer to, say, a Mercedes-AMG GT. Throw in a heapin’ helpin’ of Sorrento Yellow paint ($4,550) and my tester’s optional 20-inch wheels ($1,100) and you’ll be turning necks in no time flat. And since

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No stimulus check? How and when to notify the IRS about your missing payment

You’re not the only person who’s still waiting for your stimulus check to arrive.

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Do you still not have your stimulus check? While the IRS has sent more than 159 million payments in 8 weeks, it may have as many as 35 million more to go, according to a recent estimate by the House Ways and Means committee (PDF). If you’re in that latter group, you might be wondering when it’s time to contact the IRS. We have information on how to check the status of your payment, find out if something is holding it up and, if necessary, how to reach out to the agency for help.

In the best-case scenario, your money could still be on its way. However, your check could also be delayed for one of several reasons. It could be that there’s a problem you need to report or some other action you need to take to get your coronavirus relief payment. We’ll walk you through some possibilities.

If you’re getting anxious, you may also want to sign up for a free USPS service that will

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