Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) will use $356 million of its nearly $120 billion cash hoard to snap up AuthenTec (NASDAQ: AUTH), a 217-employee, Melbourne, Fla.-based mobile security vendor. The deal will pay AuthenTec’s shareholders $8 per share or a 60 percent bump over Thursday’s $5.07 closing price.
AuthenTec, founded in 1998, makes fingerprint sensors and identity management software.
Hi, I've installed openSUSE 12.3 in my Sony VAIO VPCSA3J1E.
My lsusb is listing:
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 08ff:168f AuthenTec, Inc. AES1660 Fingerprint Sensor
I use this Fingerprint in Windows 7 Home Premium and in Ubuntu 12.04.2. It works.
In Yast2 the fingerprint is not recognized.
Well folks, Apple has just put up some mixed numbers in its fiscal Q4 2013 earnings release - $37.5 billion in revenue and $7.5 billion in net profit to be exact - but how exactly did the tech titan fare in terms of hardware sales?
This time around Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones (which it notes is a record for Q4), 14.1 million iPads and 4.6 million Macs during the quarter.
To put that in perspec
Analysts had predicted that Apple would have a strong day with hardware this quarter, anticipating between 54 and 56 million iPhones shipped according to Fortune, as well as around 25 million iPads and 4.6 million Macs.
When AuthenTec came out with their final product, the company generated interest from a number of customers, including Apple, Motorola and Fujitsu. Apple, in particular, "ate it up," Moody said, and eventually bought the entire company in 2012 for $356 million.
Are there any other companies with the same technology?
It was recently reported that Samsung would eventually implement fingerprint scanners, but probably not until the second half of next year because the technology is still in its infancy. This morning, news out of Korea is that Samsung originally designed the Galaxy Note 3 with a fingerprint scanner, but scrapped it.