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Apple Pay Express Transit Speeds Up Fare Processing for London Commuters

Apple Pay Express Transit Speeds Up Fare Processing for London Commuters

Apple Watch and iPhone users can now use Apple Pay Express Transit to pay for buses, trams, and the Underground in London. The feature allows the city’s commuters to purchase transit fare without Touch ID or Face ID authentication (or a double click of the Apple Watch), thereby allowing them to pass through turnstiles and…

Hyundai Connected Car App Supports Pixel 4 Face Unlock

Hyundai Connected Car App Supports Pixel 4 Face Unlock

Hyundai’s connected car app has recently received a major update making it the latest in a line of apps to support the Face Unlock biometric authentication system found on the Google Pixel 4. Along with the new Face Unlock support, the updated MyHyundai with Blue Link app delivers a major UI overhaul that brings it…

Face Biometrics Month: The Apple Effect and the Mainstreaming of Face Authentication

Face Biometrics Month: The Apple Effect and the Mainstreaming of Face Authentication

Fingerprint scanning is now a familiar and even mainstream concept among consumers today, thanks largely to the mobile biometrics revolution, which has seen the fingerprint sensor emerge as a standard feature on smartphones over the past several years. That trend is generally thought to have been catalyzed by Apple, which made fingerprint authentication a flagship…

Software Update Lets Galaxy S10 5G Use ToF Sensors for 3D Face Unlock

Software Update Lets Galaxy S10 5G Use ToF Sensors for 3D Face Unlock

Samsung has enabled a 3D face unlock feature on the Galaxy S10 5G by way of a software update that became available in Korea recently. By updating their phone to Samsung’s latest version of its One UI 2.0 beta OS, owners of the S10 5G variant of Samsung’s flagship line of smartphones can now take…

Face Biometrics Month: The Primer

Face Biometrics Month: The Primer

Of all the biometric modalities, facial recognition has become one of the most widely used and discussed in recent years. That’s why November is Face Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics, in which we’ll be delivering in-depth articles and other special features dedicated to this technology. It’s a broad category though, with facial recognition deployed across a…

Security Flaw Makes Pixel 4 Face Unlock Vulnerable to Spoofing

Security Flaw Makes Pixel 4 Face Unlock Vulnerable to Spoofing

Google has delivered a sophisticated biometric security feature in its latest Pixel smartphones, but it has a glaring potential flaw: the devices’ Face Unlock system can authenticate a user even if they’re eyes are closed. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL‘s Face Unlock system is otherwise pretty impressive. Taking a cue from Apple, Google…

Financial Biometrics Month: Mobile Revolutions in FinTech

Financial Biometrics Month: Mobile Revolutions in FinTech

The rise of the smartphone has been transformative in a number of profound ways. Just as pedestrians in the early 20th century couldn’t have imagined the preponderance of cars that would soon clog their streets, in the 21st century we’ve moved from landlines and answering machines to a smartphone in every pocket (not to mention…

Is 3D Face Unlock Coming to Samsung’s Galaxy S11?

Is 3D Face Unlock Coming to Samsung’s Galaxy S11?

A new patent filed by Samsung shows a smartphone with three front-facing sensors in a hole-punch display. Assuming that at least two of the sensors are cameras, this raises some interesting speculation as to what purpose the third sensor on the front could mean for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S line of smartphones. Launched earlier this…

iPhone 11 Gets Face ID Biometric Upgrade

iPhone 11 Gets Face ID Biometric Upgrade

“Apple says Face ID is now 30 percent faster with an improved performance at a range of distances.” The prognosticators were right: Apple’s newest iPhones feature an enhanced version of Face ID, with Touch ID yet to make its return (if it ever comes back). The biometric enhancements are relatively modest. Apple says Face ID…

Latest Evidence Points to Future iPhones Sporting In-Display Touch ID

Latest Evidence Points to Future iPhones Sporting In-Display Touch ID

“…Bloomberg reports that Apple is actually planning to deliver in-display Touch ID to the iPhone next year, with the technology currently being tested by its overseas suppliers.” A new report from Bloomberg is offering further evidence that Apple is indeed working on an in-display version of its Touch ID fingerprint scanning system. Touch ID helped…

Security Vulnerabilities Left iPhone Users Open to Attack: Google Researchers

Security Vulnerabilities Left iPhone Users Open to Attack: Google Researchers

Thousands of iPhone users may have had their devices hacked by malicious code found in a handful of websites, according to security researchers with Google. The security vulnerability has been revealed through a new blog post from Google’s Project Zero team member Ian Beer. The post describes a small group of websites that were likely…

Upgraded Face ID Coming to 2019 iPhones: Report

Upgraded Face ID Coming to 2019 iPhones: Report

This year’s new iPhones will feature an enhanced Face ID system that can scan users’ faces even if the phone is laying flat on a table, according to a Bloomberg report. Citing unnamed “people familiar with the situation,” the report lists a number of features of the anticipated iPhone devices as well as other offerings…

Researchers Use Tape and Glasses to Spoof Face ID Liveness Detection

Researchers Use Tape and Glasses to Spoof Face ID Liveness Detection

A team of Tencent researchers has managed to get past Face ID’s liveness detection with a pair of glasses and some tape. To execute the attack, the researchers placed a strip of black tape on each lens. The tape mimics the outline of the eye, while a dot of white tape in the center imitates…

Will the 2021 iPhone Feature Both Face ID and Touch ID?

Will the 2021 iPhone Feature Both Face ID and Touch ID?

“It’s a rare scenario in which Apple would be following the lead of its rivals, with other smartphone makers already launching devices featuring both facial recognition and in-display fingerprint scanning capabilities.” Renowned mobile market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is once again making headlines with a bold prediction for the future of the iPhone, asserting in a…

Synaptics Announces New CEO: Michael Hurlston

Synaptics Announces New CEO: Michael Hurlston

Synaptics has announced its next CEO: Michael Hurlston will take the helm on August 19th, and is expected to join the company’s Board of Directors at the same time. Hurlston is coming to Synaptics straight from Finisar, where he has served as chief executive since January of last year. His appointment at Synaptics can therefore…

Google Wants Your Photo, Will Pay in Gift Cards

Google Wants Your Photo, Will Pay in Gift Cards

Google is handing out $5 gift cards in exchange for five minutes of face time with random people on the street. The company is reportedly training a new facial recognition algorithm that would be deployed in the next generation of Pixel smartphones. The algorithm would essentially give Google an in-house alternative to Apple’s Face ID,…

Could In-Display Touch ID Replace Face ID on the Chinese iPhone?

Could In-Display Touch ID Replace Face ID on the Chinese iPhone?

Apple is reportedly planning to release a new version of the iPhone designed specifically for the Chinese market. The new phone would ditch Face ID in favor of an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, largely in an effort to cut costs and remain competitive during the ongoing trade war between the US and China. The move would…

iPadOS Improvements Include Face ID Upgrade

iPadOS Improvements Include Face ID Upgrade

Apple has announced a new operating system for the iPad, effectively branching the software of its tablet line from that of its other mobile devices and their iOS operating system. To be clear, the new iPadOS is very much built on the foundation of iOS; but the branding change seems aimed at least in part…

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