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DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Collaborate to Fight Election Hacking

DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Collaborate to Fight Election Hacking

The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Facebook, and Microsoft together made unlikely partners in a recent joint briefing to the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors. The briefing revolved around the efforts taken by these organizations to prevent the kind of meddling seen…

FIDO2 Authentication Comes to Microsoft Edge in Build 17723

FIDO2 Authentication Comes to Microsoft Edge in Build 17723

Microsoft has officially announced that FIDO2-based web authentication has come to its Edge browser. First announced this April, the FIDO Alliance’s latest authentication standard features a core component called WebAuthn API. It’s designed to empower users of web browsers with convenient and highly secure authentication options, including facial recognition, a fingerprint scan on a paired…

Microsoft President Delves Into Facial Recognition Ethics

Microsoft President Delves Into Facial Recognition Ethics

As controversy over the public use of facial recognition continues, Microsoft is following Google’s lead in laying out its approach to the ethics of the technology in a new blog post by the company’s President, Brad Smith. It’s a far less concise and straightforward accounting than the one laid out by Google CEO Sundar Prichai,…

Microsoft Reduces Biometric Bias (But Won’t Say How Much)

Microsoft Reduces Biometric Bias (But Won’t Say How Much)

Microsoft’s face scanning technology is now better able to determine the genders of subjects with darker skin tones, the company has announced. In a post on its AI Blog, Microsoft explained that it had reduced its system’s error rates by “up to 20 times,” and specified that for women the error rates had been reduced…

Microsoft is Killing The Password With FIDO2 Compliant Security Keys

Microsoft is Killing The Password With FIDO2 Compliant Security Keys

Microsoft is taking advantage of the new FIDO2 authentication standard to eliminate usernames and passwords and replace them with compliant security key devices. The functionality comes by way of Azure Active Directory (or ‘Azure AD’), Microsoft’s cloud-based identity management service for the enterprise. An impending Windows 10 update will allow users who link their security…

Fujitsu Makes Palm Vein Pitch to Microsoft Enterprise Customers

Fujitsu Makes Palm Vein Pitch to Microsoft Enterprise Customers

“…while a growing number of computer devices feature the fingerprint sensors or infrared cameras needed to support Windows Hello biometric authentication, Fujitsu is proposing its own alternative – palm vein scanning…” Just a couple of months after teaming up with Microsoft on AI-powered solutions for businesses, Fujitsu is already making its pitch to the latter’s…

New POS Terminal Supports Biometric Authentication via Windows Hello

New POS Terminal Supports Biometric Authentication via Windows Hello

HP has announced a new POS terminal that supports biometric security via Windows Hello. It’s called the ElitePOS. It’s a fast POS terminal, with its Windows 10 operating system and 7th generation Intel Core processors. It’s also sleek, sporting an unobtrusive but clear touch display that should help to facilitate convenient transactions. For certain merchants,…

Microsoft Has Officially Launched Its Biometric Keyboard

Microsoft Has Officially Launched Its Biometric Keyboard

Microsoft has officially launched its biometric keyboard, along with a companion mouse device. The company’s Modern Keyboard was first unveiled in June, and is the first such device in the world to feature a fingerprint sensor embedded in one of its keys. That sensor comes by way of Fingerprint Cards, a Swedish company that has…

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…

Microsoft Has Launched Its Biometric Keyboard

Microsoft Has Launched Its Biometric Keyboard

Microsoft’s biometric keyboard launched in the US this week. Called the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, the device’s frame is aluminum, making it lightweight and sturdy. It can be connected to a PC via USB or Bluetooth, and it features a rechargeable battery. On its face, the keyboard looks just like Microsoft’s previously released…

Aadhaar Authentication Comes to Skype Lite

Aadhaar Authentication Comes to Skype Lite

Aadhaar authentication is now available for users of Skype Lite in India. The feature was first announced in February of this year. It lets users of the video chat service to confirm their identities using India’s national biometric ID program at any time during a call, and to request such confirmation from others. To authenticate,…

ID2020 Supporters Create Identity Solution Based on Blockchain, Biometrics

ID2020 Supporters Create Identity Solution Based on Blockchain, Biometrics

“Essentially, it’s meant to offer a means of identifying registered individuals by their biometric traits, without unnecessarily revealing other personal information, with trusted parties to the blockchain system assuring credibility.” ID2020 held its Platform for Change Summit at the United Nations today, with Accenture, Microsoft, and Avanade showcasing a new identity platform based on blockchain…

Microsoft’s Modern Keyboard Has FPC Sensor Embedded in Key

Microsoft’s Modern Keyboard Has FPC Sensor Embedded in Key

“…it features an invisible fingerprint reader embedded in one of the Windows keys, allowing users to authenticate via the Windows Hello biometric security platform of the Windows 10 operating system.” Microsoft has unveiled the world’s first keyboard to feature a fingerprint sensor embedded in a key, with biometric technology provided by Fingerprint Cards. It’s called…

Microsoft Offers Passwordless Access Via Authenticator App

Microsoft Offers Passwordless Access Via Authenticator App

“For users who choose to take advantage of the system, the new sign-in process will completely do away with passwords…” Microsoft has announced phone-based sign-in for Microsoft account users. The process operates via the Microsoft Authenticator app, available on iOS or Android. For users who choose to take advantage of the system, the new sign-in…

Patent Shows Microsoft is Looking Into Iris Scanning

Patent Shows Microsoft is Looking Into Iris Scanning

“…the patent application details a smartphone deployment, but it also notes that the system could be implemented in a range of other applications, including “Xbox, HoloLens, [and] Surface Books” implementations.” A newly published patent application indicates that Microsoft is exploring iris recognition technology, reports Patently Mobile. The patent outlines an iris recognition method based on…

Lloyds Bank to Trial Windows Hello Login for Customers

Lloyds Bank to Trial Windows Hello Login for Customers

The UK’s Lloyds Banking Group has partnered with Microsoft to enable secure login for customers using Windows Hello biometric authentication. While the bank was relatively slow to come around to the Apple Pay mobile payment platform in 2015, it’s evidently eager to be at the forefront of new security technologies like the biometric authentication capabilities…

Microsoft Highlights Availability of Face-Scanning Computers

Microsoft Highlights Availability of Face-Scanning Computers

Microsoft is highlighting the availability of computer devices supporting Windows Hello authentication via face recognition in a new blog post. The company points to 10 offerings, ranging from the Dell Inspiron 5000, a 2-in-1 convertible tablet device, to the Samsung Notebook 9 laptop. They all feature the infrared sensor technology needed for Windows 10’s facial…

Microsoft Embraces Aadhaar in India Expansion

Microsoft Embraces Aadhaar in India Expansion

Microsoft is deepening its presence in India’s IT infrastructure with a new Aadhaar-ready version of its Skype video call service and other collaborative efforts with the government and private sectors. Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising development to come out of this week’s Future Decoded event in Mumbai is Skype Lite, a small, 13MB version of the…

Microsoft Cites Security in Announcing Halt to Windows 7 Support

Microsoft Cites Security in Announcing Halt to Windows 7 Support

Microsoft has been trying to get users to upgrade from Windows 7 for years, and with Windows 10 now available the company appears ready to really pull the plug. As BetaNews reports, an announcement on the official German website for Microsoft says that in 2020, the company will put a permanent halt to all Windows 7…

Almost 100 Products Support Windows Hello Biometric Authentication

Almost 100 Products Support Windows Hello Biometric Authentication

At the end of 2016, there were almost 100 Windows devices supporting Windows Hello biometric authentication, according to a new post on the Windows blog. The company is keen to highlight the growing popularity of Windows Hello’s biometric authentication capabilities, with a range of hardware partners now offering or developing products that can take advantage…

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