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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Stands Out Thanks to Multimodal Biometrics

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Stands Out Thanks to Multimodal Biometrics

“…the device’s biometrics really help it to stand out from the pack, with Huawei combining fingerprint-based security with a 3D facial recognition system…” The cat is out of the bag: The fingerprint sensor of Huawei’s new flagship smartphone is under its display. The new Huawei Mate 20 Pro was officially unveiled in London this week,…

What The Death of Touch ID Means for Mobile Biometrics

What The Death of Touch ID Means for Mobile Biometrics

Ever since Apple introduced the world to its Face ID facial recognition system with the launch of its iPhone X last autumn, there have been rumors and speculation that Face ID would quickly become Apple’s primary biometric authentication system, at least on the iPhone. And last week, Apple confirmed those rumors, unveiling three new iPhones,…

Apple HomePod Upgrade Supports More Languages

Apple HomePod Upgrade Supports More Languages

Apple is hoping to leverage last week’s excitement about its new product announcements into some extra enthusiasm for its HomePod smart home speaker system, with a software update enhancing its capabilities. It’s essentially an AI upgrade. On the HomePod, Siri, Apple’s virtual AI assistant, can now search for songs by their lyrics, and perform other…

Here’s How Apple’s Commitment to Face ID is Affecting the Mobile Biometrics Industry

Here’s How Apple’s Commitment to Face ID is Affecting the Mobile Biometrics Industry

Apple confirmed longstanding speculation last week with its unveiling of its three new iPhone models for 2018. Like last year’s iPhone X, all of the new devices have abandoned Apple’s pioneering Touch ID fingerprint authentication system in favor of Face ID, an infrared, 3D facial recognition system. Face ID is now the sole means of…

Apple Watch’s New ECG Feature Opens Up New Authentication Potential

Apple Watch’s New ECG Feature Opens Up New Authentication Potential

“…it’s worth noting that this technology could also potentially be used for biometric authentication, with other biometrics specialists such as Nymi having demonstrated that the unique patterns in an individual’s heart rhythm can be used for identification.” Along with its unveiling of this year’s new iPhones, Apple also showed off an upgraded Apple Watch this week.…

All Three New iPhones Feature Face ID Biometric Authentication

All Three New iPhones Feature Face ID Biometric Authentication

“Nothing succeeds like excess,” Oscar Wilde wrote, and it’s a lesson Apple has taken to heart. The company has unveiled its newest iPhones, and one of them is the biggest smartphone (some would say “phablet”) that Apple has ever produced. First things first, though: The standard new iPhone is the iPhone Xs. No one was…

Health-Focused Credit Card Provider Embraces Face ID for App Security

Health-Focused Credit Card Provider Embraces Face ID for App Security

“…while fingerprint authentication is supported, too, with Apple widely expected to make Face ID the standard biometric security system of its forthcoming devices, it’s a timely move on CareCredit’s part.” CareCredit, the provider of a credit card tailored for healthcare and wellness spending, is taking advantage of biometric security in its mobile app. The upgraded…

Chrome OS to Get Face Unlock Feature Suggests Code

Chrome OS to Get Face Unlock Feature Suggests Code

It looks like Google is preparing to bring a Face Unlock system to future devices running on its Chrome OS. The revelation comes by way of some newly added code in Chrome’s back-end. While the clues offered in code snippets can sometimes be a bit ambiguous, this sample seems pretty clear, with its key line…

Three New iPhones Featuring Face ID Coming in September: Reports

Three New iPhones Featuring Face ID Coming in September: Reports

“Overall, iPhone shipments are expected to reach 70-75 million units by the end of the year, forecasting a resurgence of popularity not seen since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.” With this autumn’s anticipated new iPhone launches fast approaching, details about the products – and their market expectations – are getting…

In-Display Touch ID Might Still Come to the iPhone

In-Display Touch ID Might Still Come to the iPhone

Various industry reports suggest that Apple is going all-in on facial recognition, but a newly published patent filing suggests that the company hasn’t entirely given up on fingerprint recognition. Essentially, the patent outlines a system that would use one or more light sources to image a user’s fingerprint. Because the light sources would clarify the…

Apple Patent Describes Biometrically Secured Mobile Passports

Apple Patent Describes Biometrically Secured Mobile Passports

A new Apple patent suggests the company is considering the idea of letting users put their passports into their virtual Apple wallets. As AppleInsider reports, the patent was filed on March 30th, and describes a system in which an electronic device could import credential data from an official piece of ID such as a passport…

Increased VCSEL Orders Foreshadow Face Scanning iPhones

Increased VCSEL Orders Foreshadow Face Scanning iPhones

Evidence that Apple is planning to bring Face ID to its new smartphones this year continues to mount, this time thanks to a quarterly update from VCSEL supplier Lumentum. As a provider of vertical cavity surface emitting laser technology, Lumentum is a key supplier for Apple’s flagship facial recognition system, which is designed to create…

Apple Patent Describes Face Recognition For Macs

Apple Patent Describes Face Recognition For Macs

A newly published Apple patent suggests the company has been exploring the possibility of using facial recognition for user identification on its Mac computers for a couple of years now. First filed in Q3 of 2016, the patent is primarily concerned with the creation of a depth map through a Mac’s embedded camera that could…

Icon Provides Latest Clue Concerning iPad Face ID

Icon Provides Latest Clue Concerning iPad Face ID

There’s now more evidence that Apple is planning to bring its Face ID authentication system to the next version of the iPad. The latest clue, like the last one, comes by way of a beta version of iOS 12, Apple’s mobile operating system. As 9to5Mac reports, someone has discovered an icon in iOS 12 that…

BioCatch Raises Concerns Over iOS 12 OTP Autofill Feature

BioCatch Raises Concerns Over iOS 12 OTP Autofill Feature

BioCatch is raising some red flags over one feature of iOS 12, Apple’s forthcoming operating system update for its mobile devices: In a new post on the BioCatch blog, the company says that the iOS 12 ‘OTP Autofill’ system ‘is a fraudster’s best friend.’ It’s a feature aimed at improving the user experience by automating…

Iris Biometrics Moving to Samsung’s Budget Phones

Iris Biometrics Moving to Samsung’s Budget Phones

Samsung may be looking beyond iris recognition for its next flagship device, but it appears that the technology could soon get a bigger role in the company’s budget smartphones. Files pertaining to the firmware of this year’s Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus include an intriguing hint that the mobile device will use iris recognition for…

Face ID Components Suppliers Optimistic About Shipments Thanks to Apple Device Demand

Face ID Components Suppliers Optimistic About Shipments Thanks to Apple Device Demand

“… one supplier involved in the VCSEL laser technology needed for Face ID, Win Semiconductors, posted revenues of about $149.47 million for Q2 of 2018, a 19.71 percent year-over-year increase.” A new industry report offers further evidence that Apple is planning to bring its 3D facial recognition system to all of its new iPhones and…

Vivo Works With Megvii for Advanced Mobile 3D Facial Recognition Applications

Vivo Works With Megvii for Advanced Mobile 3D Facial Recognition Applications

Vivo is now working with a facial recognition specialist on 3D face and head modelling technology. The partnership was detailed at last week’s Mobile World Congress Shanghai event, where both companies showed off technology allowing attendees to have their heads scanned and then built into a physical 3D model they could hold in their hands.…

Finisar Prepares to Open Texas Facility For Face ID Laser Production

Finisar Prepares to Open Texas Facility For Face ID Laser Production

One of Apple’s key components suppliers is getting ready to open a new production facility. In a statement announcing its upcoming factory opening, Texas-based Finisar explained that the 3D Sensing Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser technology to be produced by the facility is “used in a wide range of applications.” But the highest-profile of these…

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