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LG V30 to Feature Always-On Face and Voice Recognition

LG V30 to Feature Always-On Face and Voice Recognition

LG’s next flagship device, the V30 smartphone, will feature always-on facial and voice recognition, enabling hands-free biometric unlock for users. The former feature, at least, appears to anticipate Apple’s next iPhone, with rumors swirling that that device will feature a facial recognition feature (called ‘Pearl ID’) that could scan users’ faces even when it’s lying…

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Baidu’s Apollo Smart Car Program Depends on Face Biometrics

Baidu’s Apollo Smart Car Program Depends on Face Biometrics

“…Baidu’s DuerOS AI voice interaction system is playing an important role in the proceedings, and facial recognition is being explored for driver identification and even fatigue recognition.” Baidu, the China-based IT company, is investing heavily in the smart car with a development program dubbed ‘Apollo’. As the South China Morning Post reports, Baidu’s goal is…

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Fingerprint Cards Tech Used in a New Phone From Bkav

Fingerprint Cards Tech Used in a New Phone From Bkav

Fingerprint Cards technology is being used in a new phone from Bkav. The company has announced that the Vietnam-based company’s BPhone 2017 features an FPC1155 fingerprint sensor. This appears to be FPC’s first integration with Bkav. Founded in 1995, the latter has established itself primarily as a network and software security specialist. It launched its…

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Behavioral Biometrics Offers Powerful Tool Against Synthetic Identity Fraud: BioCatch

Behavioral Biometrics Offers Powerful Tool Against Synthetic Identity Fraud: BioCatch

Synthetic identity fraud is on the rise, and behavioral biometrics technology offers a powerful countermeasure, argues BioCatch’s Daniel Shkedi in a new post on the BioCatch blog. The idea of ‘synthetic identities’ essentially refers to the creation of fake identities based on stolen and fictitious personal data, such as the combination of a fake name…

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VerifyMe Shakes Up Top Leadership

VerifyMe Shakes Up Top Leadership

“… several individuals independent of the company have joined the Board, including Cushman & Wakefield Institutional Investments Senior Managing Director Laurence Blickman and St. Cloud Senior Advisor Marshall Geller.” VerifyMe has welcomed a new CEO and several new members to its Board of Directors, the company has announced. It is perhaps the most significant structural…

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Precise Biometrics ‘Well Positioned’ for Shift to In-Display Sensors: CEO

Precise Biometrics ‘Well Positioned’ for Shift to In-Display Sensors: CEO

Precise Biometrics has aligned itself with the right partners to navigate an increasingly competitive mobile biometrics market, according to the company’s latest corporate update. The Q2 report indicates that Precise Biometrics saw net sales of SEK 20.2 million for the quarter, up from SEK 18.9 in Q2 of 2016, and producing an after-tax operating profit…

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Qualcomm’s New Camera Modules Will Bring Advanced Computer Vision To Android Devices

Qualcomm’s New Camera Modules Will Bring Advanced Computer Vision To Android Devices

Qualcomm has announced a new set of camera modules that could bring advanced computer vision to Android phones and tablets. The solutions come by way of Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, and are an extension of the Qualcomm Spectra Module Program. The trio of new modules support passive depth sensing, active depth sensing, and iris authentication,…

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Fingerprint Cards Provides Biometrics For Sharp Aquos S2

Fingerprint Cards Provides Biometrics For Sharp Aquos S2

A new Sharp smartphone features biometric authentication technology from Fingerprint Cards. An FPC1145 sensor powers the fingerprint scanning of the Sharp Aquos S2, FPC has revealed. It’s the same sensor model used in Sharp’s previous phone, the Z3, which was announced earlier this year. Sharp also integrated the FPC1145 into last year’s Aquos Zeta SH-04H and…

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New Keyboard Features SecuGen’s FBI-Certified Fingerprint Sensor

New Keyboard Features SecuGen’s FBI-Certified Fingerprint Sensor

SecuGen technology is helping to power the biometric capabilities of a new keyboard from Key Source International (KSI). Dubbed the KSI-1700 UB, the keyboard features SecuGen’s U20 fingerprint sensor. That means the device is FIPS 201 compliant, allowing for sensitive public sector applications; while its FAP 20 certification should prove appealing to clients and users…

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EyeVerify Pivots to Asia, Rebrands as ‘Zoloz’

EyeVerify Pivots to Asia, Rebrands as ‘Zoloz’

EyeVerify is changing its focus and its name. In a new post on the company’s blog, CEO Toby Rush has announced that the company’s new core mission is to provide a mobile-centric identity management platform to ‘underserved and underbanked’ individuals in the Asia region, and that the company is changing its name to Zoloz. The…

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Biometric Signature ID Expands Executive Team

Biometric Signature ID Expands Executive Team

Biometric Signature ID has expanded its leadership team with six new hires, the company has announced. Dr. Mark Sarver and David Chatham will help to lead the company’s technology and services efforts. Dr. Sarver comes from online education provider EDUKAN, BSI’s first client, for which he served as CEO; he joins the team as BSI’s…

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Suprema BioSign Software Featured On New Samsung Smartphones

Suprema BioSign Software Featured On New Samsung Smartphones

“The technology is designed to refine its accuracy with use, allowing users to enjoy a faster and more intuitive authentication process as they use their smartphone.” Samsung’s J5 2017 and Galaxy A7 smartphones will feature Egis Technology fingerprint sensors running Suprema‘s BioSign software. In a statement announcing the integration, Suprema highlighted the AI technology of…

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BIO-key Q2 Update Shows Upward Trends

BIO-key Q2 Update Shows Upward Trends

BIO-key saw strongly increased sales and revenues in Q2 of this year, according to its recently published results. The company’s revenues for the quarter came in at $886,881, an increase of 113 percent against its Q2 2016 revenues of $415,814. The biggest chunk of those revenues came from sales of its fingerprint scanning hardware, which…

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Machine Learning Algorithm Could Tell Investigators Whether a Fingerprint is Useful

Machine Learning Algorithm Could Tell Investigators Whether a Fingerprint is Useful

Scientists with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Michigan State University say they have engineered a new algorithm that could eliminate the need for humans to perform a key step in fingerprint analysis, and thereby reduce human error in forensic investigations. The algorithm tackles the first step in an investigation of latent fingerprints…

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Integrated Biometrics Agrees to Settle Crossmatch Lawsuit

Integrated Biometrics Agrees to Settle Crossmatch Lawsuit

“…the companies have agreed to a licensing agreement that will see Integrated Biometrics pay royalties to Crossmatch for both past and future sales.” Integrated Biometrics and Crossmatch have agreed to settle a lawsuit with a new licensing agreement. The lawsuit was brought against Integrated Biometrics in late spring, with Crossmatch arguing that all of Integrated…

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BioConnect’s CabinetShield Solution Targeted at Colocation Market

BioConnect’s CabinetShield Solution Targeted at Colocation Market

BioConnect‘s newest biometric security solution is aimed at the colocation market. Called CabinetShield, it’s a dual-factor lock for common server cabinets that supports fingerprint sand card-based authentication. The solution features an HID multiCLASS reader and a fingerprint sensor, and is designed to connect to access control systems through the BioConnect ID Enterprise software platform. In…

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IdentaMaster Platform Adds BioMini Slim 2 Support

IdentaMaster Platform Adds BioMini Slim 2 Support

Suprema‘s BioMini Slim 2 fingerprint scanner is now compatible with IdentaZone’s IdentaMaster and IdentaMaster.Pro identity management platforms, the company has announced. Launched late last year, the BioMini Slim 2 offers FBI PIV/FIPS 201/Mobile ID FAP20 compliance, and features an extremely thin optical sensor, at only 13.5mm. It also sports a USB 2.0 interface, and IP65 water…

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Aruba Happy Flow to Get ‘Centre of Excellence’

Aruba Happy Flow to Get ‘Centre of Excellence’

About two years after its launch, the Aruba Happy Flow program is being reinforced with a renewed partnership between Vision-Box and the Aruba Airport Authority. At its outset, Aruba Happy Flow was one of the first automated biometric passenger screening programs in the world, and it quickly proved itself as a template for other deployments,…

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DoD Should Stop Focusing on Lowest Bid for Biometric Contracts: GAO

DoD Should Stop Focusing on Lowest Bid for Biometric Contracts: GAO

The Department of Defense is going to be making some changes to its approach to biometric and forensic capabilities, including a new focus on tradeoffs in making decisions about contract wins. That’s one key takeaway from a recent Government Accountability Office report entitled “DoD Biometrics and Forensics: Progress Made in Establishing Long-term Deployable Capabilities, but Further…

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NFp Incorporates BSI’s Unique Authentication Solution

NFp Incorporates BSI’s Unique Authentication Solution

Biometric Signature ID has entered into a new partnership with National Fingerprint (NFp) to provide the latter with its BioProof-ID software. The collaboration should have a substantial impact on NFp’s operations. The company has been offering an authentication service based on in-person meetings, with ‘Registered Trusted Observers’ meeting with customers to collect fingerprints and verify…

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T-Mobile’s Revvl Smartphone Makes Consumer Biometrics Affordable

T-Mobile’s Revvl Smartphone Makes Consumer Biometrics Affordable

Another new smartphone is helping to popularize fingerprint scanning across the lower end of the price spectrum: T-Mobile’s Revvl is now available from the MNO for only $125. Other features of the phone include a 5.5″ HD display, a 5MP front camera and 13MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. The…

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Innovatrics Claims New World Record in Fingerprint Matching Speed

Innovatrics Claims New World Record in Fingerprint Matching Speed

Innovatrics is laying claim to a world record with a newly achieved matching speed of 1.04 billion matches per second for its fingerprint recognition algorithm. The achievements represents a considerable leap ahead of Innovatrics’ previous speed record of 720 million matches per second, and was performed using a single server via an Intel Xeon Platinum…

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Precise Biometrics Finds Its Next R&D Director

Precise Biometrics Finds Its Next R&D Director

Precise Biometrics has found its new R&D Director, and he comes from within the company’s own ranks. Fredrik Clementson, a Precise Biometrics engineer, will take the position starting September 1st. The search began in late spring, when Rutger Petersson, who has been with the company for a decade, announced his resignation as he sought to…

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HomePod Code Suggests Pearl ID and Touch ID Will Work Together on iPhone 8

HomePod Code Suggests Pearl ID and Touch ID Will Work Together on iPhone 8

The HomePod firmware code dump is quickly turning into Apple’s Panama Papers, with respect to leaks pertaining to this year’s new iPhone. To recap: Code for the HomePod, Apple’s forthcoming smart home device, was mistakenly posted online at the end of last month, and developers were quick to trawl it for hints about features in…

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World Chess Championship Organizers Seek To Introduce Biometric Entertainment

World Chess Championship Organizers Seek To Introduce Biometric Entertainment

Organizers of the World Chess Championship are seeking to introduce biometric heart data to match broadcasts, but security remains a critical issue. As The Telegraph reports, the aim is to make chess matches more dramatic for viewers, with biometric devices tracking heart biometrics, and the data helping to illustrate for viewers how stressed players are…

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NovaTeqni to Provide Biometric Tech for Mobizent

NovaTeqni to Provide Biometric Tech for Mobizent

Calgary-based NovaTeqni has been contracted to provide biometric technology for New Jersey-based enterprise mobile solutions provider Mobizent. The latter has ordered NovaTeqni’s MobiCHKII rugged biometric handheld devices, which use fingerprints and smart cards for authentication in the field. The companies say that Mobizent will market the MobiCHK devices in the US and in India, where…

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CBP Brings Biometric Screening to Las Vegas Airport

CBP Brings Biometric Screening to Las Vegas Airport

Las Vegas’ McCarren International Airport (LAS) has become the latest site of the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s expanding biometric airport screening program. The deployment comes just a few weeks after the CBP brought biometric passenger screening to the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. As in that deployment and others, the LAS system will use facial…

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IDEX First Half Report Depicts Building Momentum

IDEX First Half Report Depicts Building Momentum

“The trend toward in-display fingerprint sensors on mobile devices also presents “unique opportunities for using the IDEX off-chip sensor,” according to the report.” IDEX has issued its Q2 and first half update for 2017. The quarter saw revenues of NOK 4.7 million, compared to NOK 14.1 million in Q2 of 2016. Looking to the full…

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TSA PreCheck Comes to Maryland MVAs

TSA PreCheck Comes to Maryland MVAs

A new partnership will allow Maryland residents to sign up for TSA PreCheck at their local Motor Vehicle Administration offices. MorphoTrust and the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) have announced that IdentoGO services have come to MVA offices in Annapolis, Waldorf, and Salisbury, and that such services will arrive to Frederick,…

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IDEX Receives New Order For Smart Card-Focused Off-Chip Fingerprint Sensors

IDEX Receives New Order For Smart Card-Focused Off-Chip Fingerprint Sensors

IDEX has received a new order for its off-chip fingerprint sensors for smart card applications. The company did not name its client in a statement announcing the order, but called it “a major Asian authentication and security card customer.” Elaborating further, IDEX CEO Hemant Mardia said the client is “a high-volume producer with a strong…

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LexisNexis Integrates BioCatch Tech Into Security Platform

LexisNexis Integrates BioCatch Tech Into Security Platform

BioCatch and LexisNexis Risk Solutions have teamed up, the companies have announced. The partnership will see BioCatch’s behavioral biometrics technology integrated into the LexisNexis Risk Defense Platform, allowing administrators to view additional risk score data pertaining to user’s innate behavioral patterns. The system will also determine whether a user is genuine or a fraudster by…

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IDEX to Issue Interim Update on August 10th

IDEX to Issue Interim Update on August 10th

IDEX will issue its half-year report for 2017 on August 10th, the company has announced. The report will review what has been an eventful first half of the year, with some particularly salient events in the second quarter. April saw the revelation that IDEX technology was being used in Mastercard’s new biometric payment cards, for…

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KeyLogic Enters Government Biometrics Market with CrossResolve Acquisition

KeyLogic Enters Government Biometrics Market with CrossResolve Acquisition

KeyLogic, an engineering and project management consultancy firm, is expanding into the biometrics market with a new acquisition: The company has purchased CrossResolve, a government-focused advisory firm. The move comes about a year after KeyLogic hired Kevin Reid, a former FBI executive who focused on biometric technology while at the Bureau. In a statement announcing…

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CrucialTec CEO Says In-Display Sensor Tech is ‘Fully Ready’

CrucialTec CEO Says In-Display Sensor Tech is ‘Fully Ready’

As the race toward in-display fingerprint sensors continues, CrucialTec is insisting it’s a key competitor. In a new interview with The Korea Herald, CrucialTec CEO Charles Ahn asserts that his company’s Display Fingerprint Solution (“DFS”) “is fully ready,” and that his company is “in talks with the world’s leading display manufacturers to see the first…

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Public Sector IT Professionals Embracing Biometric Tech for Data Protection: Report

Public Sector IT Professionals Embracing Biometric Tech for Data Protection: Report

Public service IT professionals are embracing biometric and analytics technologies in anticipation of significant benefits in data and privacy protection, suggests a new report from Accenture. Based on a survey of 774 such individuals across nine countries in North America, Europe, and the APAC region, the report is entitled “Emerging Technologies in Public Service“. Sixty-nine…

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iPhone 8’s ‘Pearl ID’ May Allow For Table-top Facial Recognition

iPhone 8’s ‘Pearl ID’ May Allow For Table-top Facial Recognition

Newly discovered code for Apple’s HomePod firmware suggests that the next iPhone could be able to recognize your face even if it’s lying on a nearby table. It’s another finding from what’s turning into a trove of information – albeit largely unconfirmed info – from code meant for developers working with Apple’s forthcoming smart home…

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The First European Trial Of Mastercard’s New Biometric Payment Cards Has Concluded

The First European Trial Of Mastercard’s New Biometric Payment Cards Has Concluded

The first European trial of Mastercard’s new biometric payment cards has concluded, with successful results continuing the program’s momentum. The development comes after Mastercard announced the first successful trials of its biometric payment cards in Africa this spring, with the company promising further trials to come in Europe and the APAC region. The first European…

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EyeLock Gets New Australian Distributor: CSD

EyeLock Gets New Australian Distributor: CSD

EyeLock LLC has found a new distribution partner for the Australia region: The company has teamed up with CSD (Central Security Distribution). Headquartered in Victoria, CSD has several showrooms across Australia, and the company says it has “invested millions in a national distribution network”, according to its website. In a statement announcing the partnership, EyeLock’s…

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ACLU Fears Mission Creep, Racial Prejudice in Biometric Airport Screening

ACLU Fears Mission Creep, Racial Prejudice in Biometric Airport Screening

The American Civil Liberties Union is laying out its objections to the US government’s increasing use of facial recognition at airports in a new blog post by policy analyst Jay Stanley. Titled “What’s Wrong With Airport Face Recognition”, the post comes in the wake of the Department of Homeland Security’s discussion last week with privacy…

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BIO-key to Issue Q2 Results Next Monday

BIO-key to Issue Q2 Results Next Monday

BIO-key will announce its Q2 results on Monday, August 14th, the company has announced. The results are likely to detail what has been an exciting time for the company. BIO-key recently announced that it had seen $250,000 in revenues from the healthcare sector over the quarter, with organizations ranging from device makers to clinics embracing…

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IDEX Announces Refined Matching Algorithm for Smart Cards

IDEX Announces Refined Matching Algorithm for Smart Cards

IDEX has developed a new biometric matching algorithm tailored for smart card applications. In a statement announcing the solution, the company said the algorithm was “specifically designed to deliver a step-function improvement in performance for applications with acute power, processing and memory limitations.” Commenting further, IDEX CEO Dr. Hemant Mardia said the solution is built upon…

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Samsung Leader 8 Brings Fingerprint Authentication To The Flip Phone

Samsung Leader 8 Brings Fingerprint Authentication To The Flip Phone

The flip phone is making a comeback in China thanks to a new dual-screen device from Samsung. It isn’t some back-to-basics flip phone. Called the Samsung G-9298 (or ‘Leader 8’), the device has a 4.2″ screen on the inside, and another 4.2″ screen on the outside. It supports wireless charging and Samsung Pay, and features an…

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MagnaChip Sees A Bright Future Ahead In Q2 Update

MagnaChip Sees A Bright Future Ahead In Q2 Update

In the wake of its establishment of a partnership with ELAN Microelectronics, South Korea-based MagnaChip sees a bright future ahead. The company has published its fiscal update for Q2, and the partnership is among its highlights for the quarter. The companies will work together to produce biometric smart cards, with ELAN providing its fingerprint sensor…

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World Identity Network Launches with Broad, Cross-Industry Support

World Identity Network Launches with Broad, Cross-Industry Support

The World Identity Network has officially launched, the organization has announced. Its aim is to lead a global effort to advance universal ID using sophisticated solutions like blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). WIN is being led by Marian Dahan, a key figure in the World Bank’s Identification for Development program. WIN will offer advisory…

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Death Certificate Order Extends Aadhaar from Cradle to Grave

Death Certificate Order Extends Aadhaar from Cradle to Grave

India’s national biometric ID program will soon extend from cradle to grave, with the country’s Home Ministry having just announced that effective October 1st, deaths must be registered using the Aadhaar numbers of the deceased. In other words, anyone trying to obtain a death certificate must identify the deceased using Aadhaar. If they don’t have…

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FBI Moves Ahead with NGI Privacy Act Exemption

FBI Moves Ahead with NGI Privacy Act Exemption

The FBI has followed through on its plan to exempt its Next Generation Identification system from the Privacy Act. Effective August 31st, 2017, the FBI is no longer bound by the requirement to acknowledge whether it is holding an individual’s biometric records. The NGI system is widely used by law enforcement and security authorities to…

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DHS Asks University of Austin to Look Into Daily Benefits of Biometrics

DHS Asks University of Austin to Look Into Daily Benefits of Biometrics

The Department of Homeland Security has contracted the University of Texas at Austin to explore how biometric technology can improve everyday life for citizens. The research will be undertaken by the university’s Center for Identity. In a notice announcing the contract, the DHS, via its Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, explained that it will…

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Leaked Images Show In-Display Fingerprint Sensor on Vivo Xplay 7

Leaked Images Show In-Display Fingerprint Sensor on Vivo Xplay 7

Leaked images suggest that Vivo’s next flagship smartphone will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. The images appear to show slides from a presentation on an upcoming Vivo device labelled “Xplay 7”. The slides depict a smartphone with small bezels and a large screen, with a circular digital button – possibly depicting a fingerprint shape, though…

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Is ‘Pearl ID’ iPhone Facial Recognition?

Is ‘Pearl ID’ iPhone Facial Recognition?

Another dive into Apple’s HomePod code has turned up a new pearl: Apple appears to be bringing facial recognition to Apple Pay. The new findings come immediately after the revelation that lines of code for the firmware of HomePod, Apple’s forthcoming smart home hub device, appear to refer to an infrared facial recognition capability in…

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