3. 1990: bio­met­ric ids now: Ap­ple TouchID

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Fin­ger­print­ing was first used in 14th-century China, but to­day’s bio­met­rics owe more of a debt to the mil­i­tary. The armed forces poured cash into firms such as Authen­Tec, for­merly part of govern­ment con­trac­tor Har­ris. It was pur­chased by Ap­ple for $365m in 2012, its ca­pac­i­tive scan­ner patents help­ing put TouchID on the iPhone 5S. from $869, ap­ple.com/au

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