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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…

GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite Platform Gets Windows Server Certification

GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite Platform Gets Windows Server Certification

“…ImageWare is part of the Microsoft Partner Program, offering biometric authentication for clients working in Windows and Microsoft Azure ecosystems.” ImageWare has attained Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 certification for its GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite platform. The certification means that ImageWare’s multimodal biometric authentication platform for businesses, offered in the form of Software-as-a-Service, is now compatible…

Microsoft Receives Patent Approval For Fingerprint Slide-to-Unlock

Microsoft Receives Patent Approval For Fingerprint Slide-to-Unlock

Microsoft has received approval for a patent combining fingerprint scanning with slide-to-unlock gestures, according to a new report from Patently Mobile. While many smartphones prompt users to start unlocking their devices by sliding a finger along the lock screen, and biometric fingerprint scanning is now a more or less standard feature on smartphones, few if…

Partner Apps, Devices Embrace Windows Hello Security

Partner Apps, Devices Embrace Windows Hello Security

It has been about a year and a half since Microsoft first launched Windows Hello, its biometric security platform for its flagship operating system, and with the platform having had some time to mature, the company is starting to promote it to everyday users a little bit more intensively. In a post on its website,…

Intel Integrates True Key Into Microsoft Edge Browser

Intel Integrates True Key Into Microsoft Edge Browser

Intel Security has integrated its True Key password manager into Microsoft Edge, the Windows 10 browser. The extension will essentially remember users’ online passwords for them when using the Microsoft Edge browser, automatically filling in such fields when prompted. In a statement announcing the integration, Intel highlighted its use of Windows Hello secure authentication factors;…

ImageWare Launches GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite For Microsoft Ecosystem

ImageWare Launches GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite For Microsoft Ecosystem

“Armed with GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite, corporations have access to a scalable and affordable solution that works with their existing Microsoft infrastructure and gives them the ultimate peace of mind.” – Jim Miller, Chairman & CEO, ImageWare Systems Today, ImageWare Systems announced its latest end-to-end biometric authentication solution: GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite. As the product’s name implies,…

Lock Screens Could Reveal More Notifications Based on Biometrics

Lock Screens Could Reveal More Notifications Based on Biometrics

Microsoft has filed a patent application for a system that would use biometrics to adjust how much personal information is displayed on a device’s lock screen, reports MSPowerUser. At the moment, most mobile operating systems let users tailor what kinds of information can be displayed on the lock screen – for example, whether text messages can…

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…

BIO-key Devices Go On Sale In Microsoft Stores

BIO-key Devices Go On Sale In Microsoft Stores

BIO-key has established a couple of important new outlets for its USB fingerprint readers. As Microsoft’s biometric tech partner for Windows 10, the company will see its devices sold in Microsoft retail stores and through its online store, starting this week. For BIO-key CEO Mike DePasquale, it’s another sign of the mainstreaming of biometric technology,…

NEC’s Biometric Retail Solution Showcased at Microsoft Ignite

NEC’s Biometric Retail Solution Showcased at Microsoft Ignite

NEC is showing off two cloud-based systems based on Microsoft Azure at this week’s Microsoft Ignite Conference. One is its Video Analytics for Retail solution, which appears to be the current iteration of biometric smart signage technology the company was promoting earlier this year. The system is designed to use facial recognition to gather customer…

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,…

USB Scanners Let More Windows Users Take Advantage of Biometric Security

USB Scanners Let More Windows Users Take Advantage of Biometric Security

Users have growing options to help them improve security on their Windows devices. Microsoft made its big push into biometric security with the launch of Windows 10 last summer, which featured Windows Hello, a built-in security system that enabled biometric authentication. The only problem was that this was entirely software-driven, and many users didn’t have hardware…

Microsoft Edge Features Built-in Biometric Authentication

Microsoft Edge Features Built-in Biometric Authentication

“Microsoft Edge also now features built-in biometric authentication via Windows Hello” With its Windows 10 Anniversary Update now available, Microsoft is highlighting the new features of the Microsoft Edge browser. It was already a pretty impressive browser when it launched with Windows 10 last summer. Built on Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform, it incorporated notation tools…

Microsoft Extends Biometrics Push With Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft Extends Biometrics Push With Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft is launching its Windows 10 Anniversary Update next week, and with much fanfare. One would think a free, comprehensive update wouldn’t need much promotion, but Microsoft is celebrating the launch with various offers including a free episode of Minecraft: Story Mode, up to four months of Groove Music Pass for free, and, inexplicably, a…

New Acer Notebooks Leverage Windows Hello Fingerprint Security

New Acer Notebooks Leverage Windows Hello Fingerprint Security

Acer has announced a new notebook series for Windows 10. Taking advantage of the operating system’s sophisticated technology, the new TravelMate X3 notebooks sport advanced features like AI assistant Cortana and biometric authentication. The latter comes in the form of an embedded fingerprint scanner, allowing users to log in to their devices without any need…

Microsoft Highlights Speech Recognition in UWP

Microsoft Highlights Speech Recognition in UWP

The Windows Apps Team continues to promote the sophisticated technological capabilities of the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP) through its FamilyNotes app. While Microsoft was keen to emphasize the impressive facial recognition technology of UWP, its Windows Apps Team’s latest and final developers’ blog post on FamilyNotes emphasizes its voice command and speech recognition functionality.…

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