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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.…

Major Windows Update to Arrive August 2nd

Major Windows Update to Arrive August 2nd

Microsoft has officially announced the launch of its Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The OS upgrade will be available to all Windows 10 devices starting August 2nd. The upgrade comes with range of new features such as the Windows Ink digital writing system and an even smarter Cortana AI assistant that syncs across all user devices.…

Microsoft Cognitive Services Enable Speech and Voice Recognition

Microsoft Cognitive Services Enable Speech and Voice Recognition

As other major IT companies step up their efforts in speech recognition and AI, Microsoft is following suit with respect to its Universal Windows Platform (UWP). The company is offering a new set of APIs for UWP developers called Microsoft Cognitive Services. The cloud-based APIs revolve around speech recognition, but also take things a step…

Enterprise, IT Customers Invited to Test Windows Defender ATP

Enterprise, IT Customers Invited to Test Windows Defender ATP

Microsoft’s Windows is inviting enterprise customers and IT professionals to test out the preview version of its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection service. Announced earlier this year, Windows Defender ATP builds on the security technology of Windows 10’s Windows Hello system, adding further defensive features such as “behavioral sensors” to detect potential threats based on aggregate…

FPC Participates in Windows Workshops

FPC Participates in Windows Workshops

Microsoft is showing interest in Fingerprint Cards‘ biometric technology with invitations for the company to participate in its upcoming Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) workshops in Shenzen and Taipei. In a statement announcing its participation, FPC explained that the workshops are meant to foster hardware development for the next Windows update, and that they usually…

NEC to Showcase Azure-Enabled IoT Tech at Hannover Messe 2016

NEC to Showcase Azure-Enabled IoT Tech at Hannover Messe 2016

NEC Corporation of America is planning to show off two new Internet of Things solutions at next week’s Hannover Messe 2016 trade show, the company has announced. The solutions are for the areas of manufacturing and retail respectively, and both are designed to be compatible with Microsoft’s Azure IoT platform. The company’s manufacturing solution is…

Developers Invited to Test Out Microsoft Edge Authentication

Developers Invited to Test Out Microsoft Edge Authentication

Microsoft is demoing the biometric authentication capabilities of its Microsoft Edge browser. It’s the first web browser to offer native support for Windows Hello, the security apparatus launched in Microsoft’s latest Windows operating system, Windows 10. It’s also built in accordance with the Web Authentication specification, an authentication standard developed by W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium)…

BIO-key Fiscal Results Show Higher Revenues

BIO-key Fiscal Results Show Higher Revenues

BIO-key has issued its corporate results for Q4 and the year-end of 2015, and is showing gains in revenues and reductions in net losses. Compared to Q4 of 2014, the company’s fourth quarter revenues were up 75 percent, reaching a value of $1,669,749. And for the year, revenues increased by about 31 percent against 2014,…

Mobile Biometrics Month 2016: The Roundup

Mobile Biometrics Month 2016: The Roundup

March is coming to a close and with it we are bringing an end to Mobile Biometrics Month 2016. Throughout the month we have been taking a special look at the current state of mobile biometrics, culminating in our special webinar, Mobile Revolution 2.0: Biometrics, Smartphones, IoT. Of course, March had its share of industry news…

BIO-key Schedules Corporate Update

BIO-key Schedules Corporate Update

BIO-key will provide a corporate update on its Q4 and 2015 year-end fiscal results on Wednesday, March 30th, the company has announced. CEO Mike DePasquale and CFO Cecilia Welch will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the results. In a statement announcing the update, the company offered no details about its performance…

New Version of Outlook Supports Touch ID

New Version of Outlook Supports Touch ID

Microsoft has launched a new version of its Outlook email and calendar service, and the upgrade further extends the company’s growing commitment to biometric security. In addition to user interface enhancements to its events functions, the app now offers Touch ID support on iOS devices. That means iPhone and iPad users can set up biometric access…

Microsoft Rolls Out Surface Pro 4 Type Cover Worldwide

Microsoft Rolls Out Surface Pro 4 Type Cover Worldwide

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 Type Cover is now available in 26 new markets including Australia and New Zealand, and most of southeast Asia and Europe. It’s a big deal because it considerably extends the reach of Microsoft’s biometric security technology. First announced last autumn, the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover features a fingerprint sensor and…

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Uses Behavioral Sensors

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Uses Behavioral Sensors

Microsoft is launching an advanced version of its Windows Defender anti-malware system. Called Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, it’s aimed at the enterprise level, with an eye to countering the increasingly sophisticated digital threats that organizations face. In a blog post announcing the new platform, Microsoft asserts that it builds on the considerable security framework…

The Bug Chicks Promote Windows 10 Biometrics

The Bug Chicks Promote Windows 10 Biometrics

Microsoft has launched a new ad campaign promoting its Windows 10 operating system, and it features a strong emphasis on the biometric capabilities of its Windows Hello security apparatus. The ads star “The Bug Chicks”, two entrepreneurs running a small (“nano-“) business revolving around promoting information about insects to kids. A couple of the ads…

SideTouch USB Sensor Solution Compatible With Windows, Android

SideTouch USB Sensor Solution Compatible With Windows, Android

Biometric authentication solutions provider BIO-key has launched a new USB fingerprint reader for Windows and Android. Called SideTouch, the device combines Eagle off-chip sensor technology from IDEX with BIO-key’s own Windows Biometric Framework (WBF) biometric system. SideTouch is the latest BIO-key product to benefit from the company’s status as Microsoft’s biometric technology partner for Windows…

VIDEO: BIO-key CEO Talks Impressive Partner Relationships

VIDEO: BIO-key CEO Talks Impressive Partner Relationships

BIO-key CEO Michael DePasquale was recently interviewed by Mike Elliott on CEOLIVE’s Investor Update. Answering questions from investors, DePasquale spoke about his company’s impressive partner relationships and its opportunities in healthcare and financial verticals. In recent months BIO-key has been making headlines suggesting that 2016 will be a big year for the company. A major investment and…

Windows Hello Opening ‘Huge Market’ to BIO-key Solutions: CEO

Windows Hello Opening ‘Huge Market’ to BIO-key Solutions: CEO

BIO-key has been helping Microsoft to spread the word about Windows 10’s biometric security capabilities. The companies recently concluded a 12-city tour that placed a spotlight on Windows Hello, the biometric security apparatus that comes built into the new Windows 10 operating system. BIO-key is helping users to take advantage of Windows Hello via its…

Kinect to Offer Windows Hello Support

Kinect to Offer Windows Hello Support

Microsoft is bringing Kinect, its motion-sensing peripheral, into its Windows Hello security system. A new developer preview indicates that Kinect users will soon be able to log in to Windows 10 devices using facial recognition. This isn’t necessarily going to apply to a wide swath of consumers. Kinect for Windows was discontinued earlier this year,…

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…

Microsoft Biometric System Aims to Analyze Emotions

Microsoft Biometric System Aims to Analyze Emotions

Microsoft has developed a new system aimed at analyzing individuals’ emotions based on facial biometrics. The tool is currently available via Microsoft’s Project Oxford website, where users are invited to upload photos for scanning. Microsoft’s system analyzes the faces depicted in those photos based on eight key emotional criteria: Anger, Contempt, Disgust, Fear, Happiness, Neutral, Sadness,…

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