iOS

Apple Walks the Walk on Privacy, Stumbles

Apple Walks the Walk on Privacy, Stumbles

With its latest iOS update, Apple continues to position itself as a privacy leader, though it isn’t doing so in an entirely sure-footed way. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation reports, Apple is ostensibly taking a couple of steps in the right direction, the surest of which being its approach to face and object recognition for…

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…

Natural Security Mobile App Relies on Fingerprint Biometrics

Natural Security Mobile App Relies on Fingerprint Biometrics

“The Natural Security mobile app is currently being rolled out in the US at San Jose State University and in France through the Lille-based Envies de Saison fast-food chain, and the Natural Security Alliance says more partnerships are in the pipeline…” The Natural Security Alliance has launched its Natural Security mobile app on iOS and…

Sighthound Brings Face Detection, Recognition, Tracking to Smartphones

Sighthound Brings Face Detection, Recognition, Tracking to Smartphones

US-based computer vision specialist Sighthound has launched a new facial recognition system for mobile applications. The company is presenting its eponymous app at the CVPR conference in Las Vegas this week. The software enables not only facial recognition, but also face detection and tracking, and all via live video feeds. At the CVPR conference, Sighthound…

Money20/20 Europe: TOC Approve App Offers Third-Party Biometric Authentication

Money20/20 Europe: TOC Approve App Offers Third-Party Biometric Authentication

TOC Biometrics is showcasing its Approve app at this year’s Money20/20 Europe conference. Available for iOS and Android, it’s a system that could have potentially broad applications. TOC Approve essentially acts as an independent verification mechanism for other businesses, apps, and so on. And it revolves around a simple concept: When a user needs to…

Confirm SDK Aims to Improve Mobile ID Verification

Confirm SDK Aims to Improve Mobile ID Verification

Mobile authentication specialist Confirm has announced a new software development kit for government-issued ID verification. Aptly called the ID Verification SDK, it will initially be available for iOS app developers. In a statement announcing the SDK, Confirm said it’s meant to address the issue of unreliability on apps requiring ID confirmation, asserting that issues like…

Wacom Launches eSignature App for iOS, Android

Wacom Launches eSignature App for iOS, Android

Wacom has launched a new eSignature app for iOS and Android. Called Sign Pro PDF, the system is designed to facilitate fast and cheap electronic signature capture. It’s aimed at business and freelance users dealing with PDF documents, and boasts of particularly robust security measures. Documents that have been scanned are then encrypted, and the…

KodeKey Turns Smartphones Into Biometric Authentication Tokens

KodeKey Turns Smartphones Into Biometric Authentication Tokens

A new startup is aiming to turn users’ smartphones into authentication tokens. Called Qondado, the Puerto Rico-based company was started last year, and is now announcing its flagship platform, KodeKey. The system ties a user to her phone number via biometrics, and then allows clients to use that number for authentication. So, for example, a…

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…

iOS Update Causing Some Touch ID Issues

iOS Update Causing Some Touch ID Issues

Some iPhone users are having problems with Touch ID in the wake of the latest iOS update. It seems that while Apple had intended to improve the fingerprint scanning system with its iOS 9.1 update, its alterations have left users of older iPhones – meaning any devices older than the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus…

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…

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…