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Seeing AI App Helps Blind Users Recognize Faces

Seeing AI App Helps Blind Users Recognize Faces

A new app that describes what an iPhone’s camera can see could prove useful to blind and visually impaired users. Called Seeing AI, the app uses computer vision to provide descriptive aid to users. It can read documents and scan barcodes, beeping at an increasing rate to let users know when their camera is getting…

Is Apple Really Giving Up On Touch ID For The Next iPhone?

Is Apple Really Giving Up On Touch ID For The Next iPhone?

Apple may be giving up on integrating a fingerprint sensor into the display of its next major iPhone – and may be giving up on Touch ID entirely. The new rumors come by way of Bloomberg, which cites “people familiar with the product” in reporting that Apple is indeed working on a 3D facial recognition…

Report Reveals Facial Recognition Supplier for iPhone 8

Report Reveals Facial Recognition Supplier for iPhone 8

Apple is indeed planning to bring facial recognition to the next iPhone, and LG Innotek is providing some critical hardware, reports the Korea Economic Daily. LG’s parts division has been tapped to provide a specialized camera designed for three-dimensional facial imaging. A new, nearly $240 million production facility will be dedicated to the effort. As…

New Speculation Suggests Touch ID Migrating to Back of iPhone

New Speculation Suggests Touch ID Migrating to Back of iPhone

A social media posting of a supposed iPhone 8 schematic is prompting speculation that Apple will put the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the rear of its next major smartphone. Posted on Twitter by Sonny Dickson, who TechCrunch characterizes as a “[r]eliable iPhone leaker”, the schematic depicts the rear chassis of an iPhone device, with a…

Is Apple Really Going To Implement Facial Recognition on the Next iPhone?

Is Apple Really Going To Implement Facial Recognition on the Next iPhone?

“All told, the patent can be taken as a strong hint that Apple is indeed pursuing facial recognition for its next iPhone, as rumored.” Apple has filed a new patent application for a system entitled “Locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition”. As AppleInsider reports, the filing builds on a couple of previously…

Ireland Becomes 14th Apple Pay Country

Ireland Becomes 14th Apple Pay Country

Apple Pay has launched in Ireland, making it the 14th country in which Apple’s biometrically secured mPayment service is available. It arrived with the support of Ulster Bank and KBC, as well as the Boon app, which lets users pay with Apple Pay using digital prepaid cards. Merchant partners include Applegreen, Centra, Guinness Storehouse, and…

New Apple Patent Outlines Full-Display Fingerprint Scanner

New Apple Patent Outlines Full-Display Fingerprint Scanner

“Along with numerous other IP holdings, the patent underscores Apple’s interest in developing in-display Touch ID without definitely showing how exactly it’s going to do so…” Apple has been granted a patent for a system that could turn the entire display of an iPhone screen into a fingerprint scanner. As AppleInsider explains, the system entails…

Further Evidence For In-Display Touch ID Emerges

Further Evidence For In-Display Touch ID Emerges

Further evidence has emerged of Apple’s interest in integrating its Touch ID fingerprint authentication system into the display of the next iPhone, with the publication of a recent patent application detailing a acoustic imaging technology. Basically, the idea is that sound waves are bounced off of a finger to produce a fingerprint image. The pulses…

Citibank Deepens Commitment to Biometric Authentication With Touch ID

Citibank Deepens Commitment to Biometric Authentication With Touch ID

“A number of banks around the world have embraced Touch ID for mobile login, but Citibank has become the first to use such biometric authentication to enable mobile stock trading.” Citibank customers in Hong Kong can now log into their mobile banking apps via the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint scanning system. A number of banks…

Microsoft Seeks iPhone, Android Support to Push Windows Hello Security

Microsoft Seeks iPhone, Android Support to Push Windows Hello Security

“…users may soon be able to log into their Windows 10 PCs via fingerprint scan on a personal iPhone or Android device…” Microsoft is reaching out to rivals’ tech ecosystems to help push Windows 10 users beyond the password. Speaking at Microsoft’s Ignite developer conference, senior OS security executive Anoosh Saboori said that the company…

New iPhones Herald Apple Pay’s Launch in Japan

New iPhones Herald Apple Pay’s Launch in Japan

Apple’s newly announced devices, the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2, will launch internationally in late-September, and when they arrive in Japan, they’ll come with Apple Pay. The mobile payment platform should get a big push in the country, too, thanks to a partnership between Apple and the JR East transit…

Apple Receives Patent Approval For Fingerprint Biometrics System

Apple Receives Patent Approval For Fingerprint Biometrics System

The patent outlines the process underlying the biometric matching system now in place on all new iPhones and iPads, which helped kick off the mobile revolution. Apple has received approval for a patent pertaining to one of its most important recent innovations—its Touch ID fingerprint scanning system. As Patently Apple reports, it’s just one of…

Apple Patent Sheds More Light on Rumored Display Touch ID

Apple Patent Sheds More Light on Rumored Display Touch ID

Another patent application suggests Apple is trying to integrate its Touch ID fingerprint scanning system into the display of its iPhone devices, reports Patently Apple. The patent application describes a touch display that includes both a graphical display layer and a transparent conductive layer that could sense a user’s touch, and proceeds to explain that the…

New Peripheral Device Brings Powerful Biometric Scanning to the iPhone

New Peripheral Device Brings Powerful Biometric Scanning to the iPhone

Biometrics specialist Tascent has announced a new peripheral that can bring sophisticated biometric technology to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s. Called the Tascent M6, in form it’s a black case that fits around the iPhone. But despite its compact, pocket-friendly design, it packs a punch with its embedded biometric scanning technology, offering face…

Next iPhone Could Feature Capacitive, Pressure-Sensitive Home Button

Next iPhone Could Feature Capacitive, Pressure-Sensitive Home Button

Apple’s next iPhone could ditch the traditional home button for a capacitive sensor capable of detecting the amount of pressure with which it’s pressed, according to AppleInsider. Citing industry rumors, particularly those coming from financial services firm Cowen and Company, the report suggests that the iPhone 7, which is widely expected to be launched this…

Apple is Balancing Security With Convenience

Apple is Balancing Security With Convenience

Market analyst Ben Bajarin sat through an in-depth Apple presentation on security last week, and reports that the Cupertino company’s approach is, basically, the real deal. Writing for Tech.pinions, Bajarin asserts that Apple’s presenters repeatedly returned to the theme of “balancing security with ease of use”. While that may sound to cynics like corporate doublespeak allowing security…

Patent Application Suggests Touch ID Could Soon Unlock a Mac

Patent Application Suggests Touch ID Could Soon Unlock a Mac

Apple has filed a patent application for a system that would allow a MacBook or iMac to be unlocked via a synced iPhone’s Touch ID system. As the patent application details, when a user scans her finger on an iPhone’s Touch ID device to unlock it, a signal would be sent from that iPhone to an authorized…

Iris And Face Biometrics Could Be Coming to the iPhone

Iris And Face Biometrics Could Be Coming to the iPhone

Apple may be planning its first serious departure from its usual iPhone design with a new device planned for 2017, according to a note obtained by AppleInsider from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The device’s launch is far off, but Kuo is worth heeding, given his strong track record in previous predictions using what appears to…

Touch ID Might Get a 3D Touch Upgrade

Touch ID Might Get a 3D Touch Upgrade

A new patent filing from Apple shows a system that could combine the company’s 3D Touch and Touch ID systems. Essentially, it would bring pressure-sensitive sensor technology to the fingerprint scanning apparatus found on all new mobile Apple devices. The potential applications of such a system seem somewhat limited, essentially revolving around how various amounts of…

1000 Card Issuing Supporters Back Apple Pay

1000 Card Issuing Supporters Back Apple Pay

Apple has just about hit the 1,000-mark for its roster of bank and credit union supporters. The addition of 32 new partners brings the total to 998, and if you include retailers that issue their own payment cards, Apple’s list of card issuing supporters has met the 1,000 milestone. With most major US card issuers…

All US Bank Cards Now Apple Pay Compatible

All US Bank Cards Now Apple Pay Compatible

US Bank customers who use its FlexPerks American Express Cards can now sign them up for Apple Pay, the bank has announced. The move completes US Bank’s Apple Pay support, with all US Bank cards now compatible with the mPayment service. As with so many other banks that have offered Apple Pay support since its…

Apple Pay Data Reveals Biometric Payment Insights

Apple Pay Data Reveals Biometric Payment Insights

Interesting new data on Apple Pay is emerging from Phoenix Marketing International. In a new report, the marketing services firm outlined its most recent findings. Among them is the fact that in-app purchases make up a considerable proportion of Apple Pay’s credit card transactions: a survey conducted after the first year of Apple Pay’s service…

Nearly 1,000 US Card Issuers Support Apple Pay

Nearly 1,000 US Card Issuers Support Apple Pay

Apple could soon hit the 1,000 mark for US card issuers supporting its mPayment platform. The company updated its list of supporting institutions with 58 new banks and credit unions. As AppleInsider points out, most of these new supporters are local institutions and none are big names. But the sheer quantity in the batch has…

Precise Biometrics Wins 1.1 M SEK Tactivo Order From DLA

Precise Biometrics Wins 1.1 M SEK Tactivo Order From DLA

Precise Biometrics has announced that the Defense and Logistics Agency – an agency within the US Department of Defense (DOD) – has placed an order for Tactivo readers valued at 1.1 million SEK. The order was placed via TX Systems, a partner of Precise. The DLA’s order includes Tactivo for iPhone. Tactivo smart sleeves are…

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…

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…

Apple Pay Still Finding Friction Down Under

Apple Pay Still Finding Friction Down Under

Apple is still locking horns with Australia’s major banks as the company negotiates to extend the presence of its mPayment platform in the country. Apple Pay recently launched in the country, but, as was in the case in its Canadian debut, it started with only American Express support. That’s because Amex issues its own cards…

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…

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…

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…

Touch ID Comes To People’s United Bank App

Touch ID Comes To People’s United Bank App

Another US bank has embraced Touch ID for user login. People’s United Bank users can now log in to their People’s United Bank Mobile App by scanning their fingerprints on their iPhones, the financial services company has announced. As with so many other financial services organizations that have adopted Touch ID for their mobile apps,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

US Department of Defense Orders More Tactivo Readers

US Department of Defense Orders More Tactivo Readers

Another happy Precise Biometrics customer is back for more of its Tactivo devices – the US Department of Defense. The government body’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has decided to order 920,000SEK-worth of additional equipment, placed through Precise Biometrics’ partner supplier, Carahsoft. It’s actually the third time the DLA is ordering Tactivo readers, having first tried…

Apple Pay Launches in UK

Apple Pay Launches in UK

Apple Pay launched in Britain today, letting Brits use their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus to make in-store payments with over 250,000 merchants. At the moment, there’s a limit to the value of payments that can be made; they’re capped at £20. But that’s set to go up to £30 starting in September. Little else differentiates the…

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…

Finger Biometric Sensing Pixels: The Next Apple Innovation?

Finger Biometric Sensing Pixels: The Next Apple Innovation?

Apple has filed a patent application that more or less confirms the rumors that have been swirling about its development of a touchscreen fingerprint scanner. The patent is for a system that acquires fingerprint data from “finger biometric sensing pixels” embedded within a screen. It’s a bit abstract but the most obvious application of the…

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…

PayPal Announces Touch ID Support

PayPal Announces Touch ID Support

PayPal is now offering Touch ID support for its mobile app, the company has announced. Users of Apple’s mobile devices can now log in using the embedded fingerprint sensor system. In a statement, the company positioned the move as a customer service improvement, emphasizing the password-less system’s ease-of-use and asserting, “we want to make sure…

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…

Year in Review 2014: The Most Important Biometrics News

Year in Review 2014: The Most Important Biometrics News

The end of January is here and it’s time to bring the 12th annual FindBiometrics Year in Review to a close. Over the past weeks we have dissected and discussed the results of our largest survey ever, which saw over 150 professionals and experts from the identity management industry weighing in on the state of…