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Google Aims To Spread Voice-Based AI Via “Artificial Intelligence Yourself” Kit

Google Aims To Spread Voice-Based AI Via “Artificial Intelligence Yourself” Kit

“These efforts are part of a larger one on Google’s part to extend the ecosystem of its artificial intelligence technology amid a general AI boom in which multiple major tech firms – Apple, Samsung, Amazon, and more – are competing.” Google is now actively encouraging tech makers and developers to build products featuring its voice-based…

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree Integrated Into Google Waze App

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree Integrated Into Google Waze App

Google’s Waze driver navigation app now features voice activation functionality thanks to the integration of Sensory Inc. technology. Thanks to Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree system, Waze users can now activate the app by saying “OK Waze,” and can proceed with commands such as, “Find an alternate route,” or, “Drive home.” And of course users can also ask…

FIDO-Based Biometrics Are Going To Make Shopping With Android Easier

FIDO-Based Biometrics Are Going To Make Shopping With Android Easier

With the help of FIDO Alliance standards, Google is about to make shopping a lot easier on Android smartphones. Taking to the stage at this week’s Money20/20 event in Las Vegas, Google Identity and Security Product Manager Christiaan Brand demoed how user information can automatically be filled in on mobile checkout forms, and purchases can then…

Google Home Mini Can Recognize Individual Users’ Voices

Google Home Mini Can Recognize Individual Users’ Voices

Google Home Mini has hit store shelves, and the devices will soon be listening to a multitude of users very closely. First announced earlier this month alongside the Google Home Max, it’s the smaller version of Google’s flagship smart home hub offering. The round device is about the size of a donut, and now that…

Google Wallet Update Brings Fingerprint Authentication Option

Google Wallet Update Brings Fingerprint Authentication Option

Google Wallet is finally going to get support for fingerprint scanning in a new update. As Android Police notes in its breakdown of code in Google’s new Android application package for developers, the fingerprint scanning feature will arrive along with a change to the PIN system currently in place: At the moment, the Google Wallet…

Google’s Speech Recognition Tech Reaches Human Parity

Google’s Speech Recognition Tech Reaches Human Parity

Google has achieved human parity in its speech recognition technology, according to the latest entry in Kleiner Perkins’ annual Internet Trends report, delivered by the firm’s Mary Meeker at last week’s Code Conference in California. Defining an accuracy rate of 95 percent as the ‘Threshold for Human Accuracy’, the report indicates that Google has now…

Google Home AI Can Now Tell User Voices Apart

Google Home AI Can Now Tell User Voices Apart

Google is enabling voice recognition for its smart home AI assistant. It isn’t being used for authentication purposes, but rather to allow users to set up multiple accounts for voice interaction with the same device. In other words, once configured, Google Home can tell who’s talking, and will tailor its responses to that person’s preferences.…

INTERVIEW: Travis Jarae, CEO, One World Identity

INTERVIEW: Travis Jarae, CEO, One World Identity

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Travis Jarae, CEO of One World Identity (OWI). The conversation begins with a look at the organization’s Google-based origins before delving into what to expect at OWI’s inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference, it’s potentially controversial headlining keynote speaker, and how discussions of privacy will be handled at the groundbreaking…

Google Urging Adwords Partners to Adopt 2Sv Security

Google Urging Adwords Partners to Adopt 2Sv Security

Having acquired some empirical validation of second-factor authentication, Google is now urging its Adwords partners to adopt such security measures. Adwords is one of the biggest digital advertising programs in the world, and as such Google is keen to ensure that customers using its service have some essential security in place to mitigate the threat…

Is Swipe-Scan Notification Access Coming To Nexus Phones?

Is Swipe-Scan Notification Access Coming To Nexus Phones?

Google might bring one of the neat new features of its Pixel smartphones to some older devices, according to new reports. The Pixel lets users swipe as they scan their fingerprints in order to get quick access to notifications, a feature that Samsung may be seeking to emulate for its own forthcoming devices. But with…

Google Weighs In On Hanks/Murray Photo With Facial Recognition

Google Weighs In On Hanks/Murray Photo With Facial Recognition

Google may have settled a longstanding debate about whether it’s Bill Murray or Tom Hanks featured in a popular Facebook post. The photo was uploaded to a group called “Reasons My Son Is Crying”, and depicts a man mimicking a crying toddler’s expression. It was the kid’s mother who uploaded the photo, and she included…

Google’s Pixel Smartphones Use FPC Tech for Biometrics

Google’s Pixel Smartphones Use FPC Tech for Biometrics

Fingerprint Cards has announced what may be the highest-profile integration of its fingerprint sensor technology yet. Its FPC1025 sensor model is being used in Google’s new flagship mobile devices, the Pixel and Pixel XL. It’s a major validation for the company, which has established itself as a leading sensor supplier to the mobile market primarily…

Touch ID Can Now Protect Incognito Google Searches on iOS

Touch ID Can Now Protect Incognito Google Searches on iOS

Google is bringing its Incognito search function to its iOS app, and is adding biometric security to the mix. Incognito search is already available on the Google Chrome app, letting users browse the web in a way that doesn’t tie their searches to their accounts, allowing for a certain measure of privacy. Now, that same…

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to explore the world of law enforcement biometrics while acquisitions, both speculative and real, brought some excitement to the industry news. Fingerprints, facial recognition, and iris biometrics all made headlines, while an interview gave insight into the one of the newest big names in biometrics. – Sign up now…

Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

The Indian government is inviting the world’s mutlinational tech giants to work with it on incorporating its national biometric ID program, Aadhaar, into their devices and services. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which administrates Aadhaar, convened a meeting to discuss the idea a few weeks ago, inviting leaders from companies like Apple, Google,…

Google Testing Fingerprint Scanning for Chromebook: Reports

Google Testing Fingerprint Scanning for Chromebook: Reports

Google is testing out fingerprint scanning for its Chromebook laptops. At least, that’s what it appears to be doing based on some recent developments on the back-end of its Chromium web browser software. According to new reports, recent updates to Chromium code repositories—communal data hubs for developers’ projects—indicate that Google’s developers are working on fingerprint sensor…

Google Working with a Range of Accents to Improve Speech Recognition Tech

Google Working with a Range of Accents to Improve Speech Recognition Tech

Google’s efforts to enhance its speech recognition technology’s ability to understand regional accents could be much more expansive than originally thought, according to a new report from The Verge. Earlier this month, reports emerged of Google soliciting Scots to record short audio samples, presumably to help its technology come to grips with the Scottish accent.…

Google Solicits Scots for Better Speech Recognition

Google Solicits Scots for Better Speech Recognition

Google is trying to better understand Scottish speech. The company recently posted a request for Scots to record a series of phrases that it will use to improve its speech recognition technology. Google says the work will take about three hours to complete, and it will pay for the work—£27 for adult participants and £30 for…

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