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Valencell Lawsuits Accuse Apple, Fitbit of Patent Infringement

Valencell Lawsuits Accuse Apple, Fitbit of Patent Infringement

Update: A spokesperson from Fitbit has approached FindBiometrics with the company’s official statement regarding Valencell’s lawsuit allegations described in the article below. It is as follows (-PBC): “As the pioneer and leader in the connected health and fitness market, Fitbit has independently developed and delivered innovative product offerings to empower its customers to lead healthier, more…

iPhone 6S Plus Touch ID Analyzed in New Report

iPhone 6S Plus Touch ID Analyzed in New Report

System Plus Consulting has reverse engineered the iPhone 6s Plus Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and details its findings in a new report. SPC finds some powerful technological sophistication behind the device. Its 12.5×10.9 mm sensor is encircled by stainless still ring on an aluminum base, with a sapphire window enclosing it. The sensor has a 500ppi pixel…

Use Touch ID To Login to VLC App

Use Touch ID To Login to VLC App

The VLC mobile app now offers Touch ID support, its eponymous maker has announced. VLC is a platform designed to let users watch media in formats that Apple’s iTunes doesn’t support. Its latest update offers a number of improvements including updated Apple Watch compatibility, split-screen viewing options on newer iPads, and, as aforementioned, biometric unlocking…

Biometrics Year in Review: The Importance of Apple, et al

Biometrics Year in Review: The Importance of Apple, et al

The FindBiometrics Year in Review is upon us. So far we’ve examined the results from our 13th annual industry survey in the areas of top applications, the role of education, the importance of liveness detection, and the state of the password—you can find a running list of all our Year in Review coverage in the…

Avidia Bank Is Now Apple Pay Compatible

Avidia Bank Is Now Apple Pay Compatible

Another US bank has come into the Apple Pay fold. Massachusetts-based Avidia Bank has announced its debit and credit cards are now compatible with the mPayment service. In a press release, Avidia CEO Mark O’Connell highlighted the technological sophistication of the platform while also pointing to its convenience for customers. “We are proud to be able…

BioID Launches Facial Recognition App on iOS

BioID Launches Facial Recognition App on iOS

Biometric authentication developer BioID has launched a facial recognition mobile app. The app is available for iPhone and iPad, and it’s free. It’s intended to allow companies to introduce facial biometric authentication to their websites. Developers can integrate the functionality by coding a link that will open the app, along with integrating support for BioID…

Kohl’s, JCPenny Try Apple Pay For Store Cards

Kohl’s, JCPenny Try Apple Pay For Store Cards

“With Kohl’s having become the first to do so earlier this fall, JCPenney is now allowing some of its shoppers to upload their store cards to the mPayment app.” US retailers are tentatively starting to try out Apple Pay’s new compatibility with store credit cards. With Kohl’s having become the first to do so earlier…

Apple Buys Star Wars Grade Facial Recognition

Apple Buys Star Wars Grade Facial Recognition

Apple has purchased a facial biometrics capture company whose technology was used for special effects in the new Star Wars movie. Called Faceshift, the Zurich-based startup has developed technology that translates users’ real-life facial expressions to 3D animated characters in real time. In addition to its applications in film production, the technology could also have…

Rumors Of China Apple Pay Launch Surface

Rumors Of China Apple Pay Launch Surface

Apple is hoping to bring its mPayment service to China by February, according to new reports. It’s an ambitious aim, given that China’s is a closed market governed by strict state regulation. But anonymous sources are reporting that Apple has been successful in negotiations with China’s four major banks, and a Chinese developer has attested…

Canadians Get Apple Pay

Canadians Get Apple Pay

Apple Pay has launched in Canada, just as promised – with support from American Express. The move comes as support for the service continues to expand in the US, where it was first launched last fall, with over 100 new card issuers climbing aboard. Right now, Amex card users are the only ones in Canada…

Apple Pay Coming To Canada Tomorrow

Apple Pay Coming To Canada Tomorrow

Apple Pay is expected to make its Canadian debut tomorrow. The launch will be spearheaded by American Express, whose representatives have confirmed that at least some of their customers will be able to use the mPayment service starting November 17th. It’s the fruition of a promise on the part of American Express, which formally announced…

BBVA Compass Signs On for Touch ID App Login

BBVA Compass Signs On for Touch ID App Login

Financial services institution BBVA Compass has announced an upgrade to its mobile app. In addition to allowing customers to now check routing, account numbers and an up-to-date running balance, the app also now features Touch ID login. That means BBVA Compass mobile app users can now scan their fingers on mobile Apple devices to access…

iOS Offerings Among 72 FIDO Certified Products

iOS Offerings Among 72 FIDO Certified Products

The FIDO Alliance has announced that there are now a whopping 72 FIDO Certified products on the market. Significantly, iOS products now number among the offerings. FIDO is, of course, the cross-industry collaborative group seeking to establish and enhance digital authentication standards. Its new iOS products include offerings from Samsung SDS, Egis, and FIDO co-founder…

British Banks To Customers: Don’t Share Fingerprints

British Banks To Customers: Don’t Share Fingerprints

British banks are warning their customers not to allow their fingerprint biometric data to be stored in others’ iPhones for use in Apple Pay purchases. It’s a matter of liability in fraud and disputed transactions, with the banks arguing that such activity will be treated as customer neglect with respect to security, along the lines of…

Radius Bank Announces Apple Pay Support

Radius Bank Announces Apple Pay Support

Radius Bank, a US-based community bank specializing in virtual banking services, has announced Apple Pay support. Effective immediately, all Radius customers will be able to link their debit cards to their Apple Pay profiles. It’s a logical step for the bank, given its forward-thinking approach to technology. Radius Bank launched its own mobile payment system…

Is Apple Pay Coming To Canada?

Is Apple Pay Coming To Canada?

A website blunder has apparently leaked Apple Pay’s forthcoming launch in Canada. A footer on a page of TD Canada Trust’s website, which was quickly removed, listed the mPayment platform as “COMING SOON”. As AppleInsider points out, the bank’s American subsidiary, TD Bank, began offering Apple Pay support back in December of last year, so it’s…

Is Touch ID Coming to MacBook?

Is Touch ID Coming to MacBook?

Apple has been granted approval for a new US patent that appears to be aimed at bringing Touch ID to the MacBook. As described by Patently Apple, the patent appears to be an expansion of a previous patent approved this past summer. Touch ID is, of course, Apple’s pioneering fingerprint sensor system, which the company…

Mobile Identity Month: The Primer

Mobile Identity Month: The Primer

Mobility and biometrics are at a mutual point of transformation thanks to a perfect alignment of factors. To celebrate the resulting boom in biometrics, FindBiometrics is pleased to announce that October is Mobile Identity Month. Throughout the next four weeks we will be taking a featured look at how biometrics and mobility are converging, the…

Apple Acquires VocalIQ

Apple Acquires VocalIQ

Apple has acquired a UK-based startup that could help it to further enlighten Siri, the virtual assistant built into Apple’s mobile devices. Called VocalIQ, the startup specializes in artificial intelligence, and more specifically in areas related to voice-based interaction. Neither company has disclosed concrete details about the deal – not the monetary terms, nor future…

Apple Acquires Deep Learning Facial Recognition Startup

Apple Acquires Deep Learning Facial Recognition Startup

Apple has made another eyebrow-raising startup acquisition. Having just acquired voice-focused AI startup VocalIQ, presumably to help it refine its Siri mobile virtual assistant, Apple has now bought a company called Perceptio. The startup has developed a deep learning AI system designed for image recognition, with a focus on facial recognition. To what end? That…

Siri Now Equipped With Voice Recognition

Siri Now Equipped With Voice Recognition

Apple’s newest iPhones are equipped with some pretty advanced voice and speech recognition technology, as beta testers had surmised. The Siri virtual assistant installed on the iPhone 6S and the 6S Plus is now able to identify a speaker, activating only when the person addressing it is the device’s authorized user. It’s also a means…

The Biometric Ring: Apple Files Patent

The Biometric Ring: Apple Files Patent

Apple has filed a US patent application for a new kind of wearable device: A smart ring. Dubbed the iRing by AppleInsider, the design suggests a device similar in its functionality to the recently launched Apple Watch, but on a smaller scale. The iRing would feature a small screen, a computer engine, and some biometric capabilities.…

Touch ID Login Introduced to PINACLE App

Touch ID Login Introduced to PINACLE App

Yet another American bank has introduced Touch ID login for its mobile app. PNC Bank, National Association, is promoting the move as an improvement to both the user experience and security of its PINACLE mobile app. Touch ID is, of course, the fingerprint scanning system built into all new mobile devices from Apple. Its implementation…

Lloyds Enables Apple Pay For Customers

Lloyds Enables Apple Pay For Customers

UK-based Lloyds Banking Group has finally enabled Apple Pay for its customers. That means Halifax, Lloyds Bank, and Bank of Scotland customers are now able to use Apple’s mPayment service via their iPhones and Apple Watches. It’s incremental progress for the mPayment service, which launched in the UK in mid-July and has since suffered from…

iPhone 6S Poised To Break Records

iPhone 6S Poised To Break Records

Apple says its newest iPhones are likely going to beat the first-weekend sales numbers of its previous devices. Company spokesperson Trudy Muller says that, given the interest the company has seen since its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus became available for preorder on Saturday, they are “on pace” to exceed the 10 million units…

Faster Biometrics For iPhone 6S

Faster Biometrics For iPhone 6S

Another September has descended upon us and so we mark another major Apple keynote event. Today at 10AM PDT, Tim Cook and his team took to the stage in Cupertino, California, to unveil the newest iterations of Apple TV, the iPad and the iPhone along with a brand new wearable operating system for Apple Watch.…

New Patent Teases Advanced Touch ID Biometrics

New Patent Teases Advanced Touch ID Biometrics

Apple has been granted a slew of new patents, including inventions related to NFC, the Apple Watch, and Touch ID. The 45 patents were recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. For its Apple Watch, the patents were largely design-related, while the NFC invention appears to extend the capabilities of Apple’s NFC technology…

1Password Gets Enhanced Touch ID Functionality

1Password Gets Enhanced Touch ID Functionality

There’s a new update available for the 1Password iOS password management app. Among its improvements is enhanced Touch ID functionality, a clear indication of the growing importance of biometric authentication. With the new update, iPhone 5S, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air 2 users will now be able to sign in via their devices’ Touch ID…

Australia’s Suncorp Bank Embraces Touch ID

Australia’s Suncorp Bank Embraces Touch ID

Australian financial services organization Suncorp Bank has enabled Touch ID authentication on its mobile app. Customers can now access account balances and other mobile services via fingerprint scan on their compatible iPhone and iPad devices. The move was implemented to improve the user experience and customer satisfaction. Speaking to Computerworld, Suncorp Bank digital banking manager…

Touch ID Biometrics Implemented by Citizens Bank

Touch ID Biometrics Implemented by Citizens Bank

Another bank has signed on for Touch ID authentication for its mobile app. Citizens Bank, of Rhode Island, announced that the biometric authentication system has been implemented as part of its Bank Better program, an effort “to make banking simple, clear and personal.” Touch ID is pretty good means of reaching such objectives, given the simplicity…

Apple Patent Puts Biometrics in TV Remotes

Apple Patent Puts Biometrics in TV Remotes

Apple has filed three new patents relating to putting biometric user identification on a remote control. The biometric system depicted is very similar to the current Touch ID fingerprint scanning system on the company’s newest mobile devices. The patents essentially revolve around a process by which a remote control device determines a user’s identity via…

Apple & Samsung Main Market Drivers in Fingerprint Sensors

Apple & Samsung Main Market Drivers in Fingerprint Sensors

Apple and Samsung have been the main market drivers in fingerprint recognition technology, according to a new report from Daedal Research. The firm suggests that the smartphone makers’ incorporation of fingerprint sensors into their newer mobile devices was a game-changer in the industry. Apple, pioneered the trend with its Touch ID system but arch-rival Samsung was…

Vascular Biometrics on the Apple Watch 2?

Vascular Biometrics on the Apple Watch 2?

Apple has filed a new patent in Europe for a highly advanced biometric authentication system, and a key figure used in the patent filing suggests it’s intended for the Apple Watch. The system is based on plethysmography, and essentially revolves around using light sensors to detect changes in the user’s blood flow. One light sensor…

Could the Apple Logo Become a Biometric Sensor?

Could the Apple Logo Become a Biometric Sensor?

Apple has filed a patent indicating that it’s developing technology to embed biometric sensors into its mobile devices. Called “Concealed electrical connectors”, the patent application describes methods of allowing, for example, a fingerprint scanner to be built into the Apple logo that appears on all iPhones. The patent depicts some designs in which electrically conductive…

iPhone 6S Production Starts, Enhanced Biometrics Planned

iPhone 6S Production Starts, Enhanced Biometrics Planned

Industry sources are suggesting that Apple has already started manufacturing its next iPhone. It appears that the forthcoming mobile devices will be incremental upgrades of the latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, retaining their 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes. While few details are currently known, it seems that the most significant…

This Market Firm Predicted The Mobile Biometrics Revolution

This Market Firm Predicted The Mobile Biometrics Revolution

In the latest report from Acuity Market Intelligence, titled The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report: The Convergence of Commerce and Privacy, Maxine Most – Acuity’s principal – dedicates the preface to a notable accomplishment that she shared with FindBiometrics. In February 2011, Most and FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill participated in an NDA conference panel, “Future…

News Roundup: Governments Stick With Biometrics

News Roundup: Governments Stick With Biometrics

Last week at FindBiometrics governments from all around the world decided to double down on biometrics as we concluded our Healthcare Month with an investigation into remote care solutions. The rest of the headlines were diverse in nature as we officially entered summer talking about smartphones, physical access control, border control and much more. Here…

Could Touchscreen Touch ID Be On Its Way?

Could Touchscreen Touch ID Be On Its Way?

Rumors are swirling that Apple is working on new touch and display driver microprocessors that could allow on-screen fingerprint scanning. Bringing the Touch ID system onto the touchscreen itself would effectively eliminate the need for a home button. The latest rumbling came out of a DigiTimes report, and while that outlet is said to have…

Settlement Reached Over AuthenTec Insider Trading

Settlement Reached Over AuthenTec Insider Trading

A Swiss man has settled up with America’s Securities and Exchange Commission over alleged insider trading of stocks for AuthenTec, a fingerprint biometrics company purchased by Apple back in 2012. The allegation is that Helmut Anscheringer got a tip from a friend related to an executive at AuthenTec that the company was about to be…

Touch ID on a Macbook? New Patent Suggests So

Touch ID on a Macbook? New Patent Suggests So

Apple has received approval for a US patent for a fingerprint sensor system embedded on a laptop or PC. Originally filed back in 2007, the patent essentially paves the way for Apple’s Touch ID system to come to its Mac PCs and Macbook laptops. Touch ID is, of course, the user authentication system now standard…

WWDC: Apple Talks mCommerce and Wearables

WWDC: Apple Talks mCommerce and Wearables

Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week with a number of major announcements, including a new music streaming service and new operating systems for mobile and desktop. One of the major revelations liable to go overlooked, though, concerned third party app development for the newly released Apple Watch. Previously, third party apps…

More Advanced Biometrics Tech Coming With iPhone 6S

More Advanced Biometrics Tech Coming With iPhone 6S

Some new details on the next iPhone have leaked, according to an AppleInsider article by Neil Hughes. As with the most recent iterations of the device, the new ‘iPhone 6S’ offers relatively minor upgrades, as opposed to any kind of overhaul or design rethink. Among the bigger changes planned: The new device will have 2…

Touch ID Security Coming to More Financial Services Apps

Touch ID Security Coming to More Financial Services Apps

Digital Insight, a digital solutions provider for the financial services sector, has taken another step into the world of biometric security. The company has announced that it’s going to start integrating Touch ID security into its clients’ mobile banking apps. Touch ID is, of course, the fingerprint-scanning system now embedded on all new mobile Apple…

Apple Pay Adds Ten New Merchants

Apple Pay Adds Ten New Merchants

Apple has added 10 new merchants to its list of Apple Pay supporters, according to an AppleInsider article. Among the new additions are such high-profile companies as Gamestop and T-Mobile. That brings the official merchant partner count on Apple the Apple Pay website to 68, but, as the article notes, there are many others that…

FIS to Use Touch ID for Cardless ATM Banking

FIS to Use Touch ID for Cardless ATM Banking

Financial services technology developer FIS has announced that it’s going to be embracing biometric security for its FIS Mobile services. Starting next month, users of FIS’ Mobile Banking app will be able to access account services by scanning their fingers using the iPhone’s Touch ID system. The company decided to embrace the biometric system in…

Apple Biometrics Patents Published

Apple Biometrics Patents Published

The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a number of patents related to the biometric technology used in Apple devices, reports Jack Purcher on Patently Apple. The patents mostly relate to TouchID and Apple Pay. One of the biometrics patents, entitled “Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Manipulating User Interfaces based on Fingerprint…

Apple Pay Used By Over A Million JP Morgan Chase Customers

Apple Pay Used By Over A Million JP Morgan Chase Customers

Over a million JP Morgan Chase customers are using Apple Pay, reports Mikey Campbell in an article for AppleInsider. The news comes by way of the company’s 2015 Investor Day, in which it went over various data pertinent to its credit card operations. Explaining the strong provision numbers, Chase Card Services CEO Eileen Serra noted…

Is Touch ID Biometric Security Coming To MacBooks?

Is Touch ID Biometric Security Coming To MacBooks?

TouchID may soon appear on more Apple laptops and mouses, if “a sketchy rumor” is to be believed. Reporting on gossip from Apple.club.tw, MacRumors’ Joe Rossignol notes that while the site has provided reliable inside information in the past, there are reasons to be skeptical in this case. According to Apple.club.tw’s sources, the fingerprint-scanning TouchID system…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: The Face (and Voice) of The Consumer

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: The Face (and Voice) of The Consumer

This week at FindBiometrics we continued to explore our featured theme of the month, voice recognition, while facial recognition, consumer biometrics, access control and mobility made up the identity management industry news. Here is a look back on the week’s top stories: Voice The theme of February at FindBiometrics is voice recognition, and this week…

Apple Job Posting Hints at Advanced Biometrics for Apple Watch

Apple Job Posting Hints at Advanced Biometrics for Apple Watch

An Apple job posting has indicated that the company may be placing a strong focus on the study of biometrics in anticipation of the release of the Apple Watch, according to an AppleInsider article by Neil Hughes. The posting was for a position as a “Human Factors Anthropometry Engineer/Researcher” – anthropometry being the study of…

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