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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 MacBook Pro Could Ship Next Month, With a Fingerprint Sensor

New MacBook Pro Could Ship Next Month, With a Fingerprint Sensor

Apple’s next MacBook Pro could arrive as early as next month, and may feature an embedded fingerprint sensor, suggests a new report from MacRumors. The speculation complements recent reports suggesting that Apple is planning to include the fingerprint sensor in the new MacBook’s power button. MacRumors doesn’t have any further specifics on this matter in its…

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…

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to explore the world of law enforcement biometrics while acquisitions, both speculative and real, brought some excitement to the industry news. Fingerprints, facial recognition, and iris biometrics all made headlines, while an interview gave insight into the one of the newest big names in biometrics. – Sign up now…

Apple Pay Finally Comes To The Web

Apple Pay Finally Comes To The Web

True to Apple’s promises, its mPayment platform is starting to emerge on the web. BigCommerce just recently announced its support, and, as AppleInsider reports, other online merchant networks—Shopify and Stripe—have also got on board. Website building platform Squarespace has also announced web support for its hosted merchants, and home decor site Wayfair is also accepting…

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…

How Do Biometrics Factor Into The iPhone 7?

How Do Biometrics Factor Into The iPhone 7?

Today marked Apple’s annual September launch event, and the Cupertino company used the highly anticipated platform to launched three major products. A new iPhone, a new Apple Watch, and wireless earbuds all made appearances as Apple went out of its way to showcase its partnerships with Nintendo and Nike. New Phone, New Watch, New ‘Phones…

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…

Bank of East Asia Supports Apple Pay, Goes a Step Further

Bank of East Asia Supports Apple Pay, Goes a Step Further

“Apple Pay by now has a huge roster of backing financial institutions around the world, but this kind of promotional support is rare.” The Bank of East Asia, Hong Kong’s biggest independent bank, is now supporting Apple Pay. And it’s going a step further, with special offers encouraging users to try out the service. BEA…

Will The Next MacBook Pro Sport a Fingerprint Scanning Power Button?

Will The Next MacBook Pro Sport a Fingerprint Scanning Power Button?

Evidence is mounting that the next MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch bar and Touch ID biometric authentication. 9to5Mac reports that a “source who has provided reliable information in the past” has confirmed recent rumors that the features will arrive on the new laptop, which is expected to launch this fall. The source also reportedly…

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…

Hong Kong Gets Apple Pay

Hong Kong Gets Apple Pay

Apple Pay launched in Hong Kong yesterday, mere hours after it went live in France. The mobile payments service arrives in Hong Kong with the support of Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and domestic banks Bank of China, DBS, Hang Seng Bank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered. The service also launches with the support of 40 major…

BioConnect Founder Has Great Expectation For Biometrics Industry

BioConnect Founder Has Great Expectation For Biometrics Industry

The founder and CEO of BioConnect has some bold predictions for the biometrics industry. Writing on the company’s blog, Rob Douglas predicts that biometric authentication “is going to become the standard for all transactions whether physical or digital applications.” But Douglas also notes the tension in balancing convenience against security, predicting that biometric solutions providers will…

New Partnership Extends Reach of Touch ID ATM Access System

New Partnership Extends Reach of Touch ID ATM Access System

More Americans will soon get biometric ATM access thanks to a new partnership between FIS and Payment Alliance International. The latter is America’s largest private provider of ATM processing and equipment services, with tens of thousands of ATMs across the country. With its new agreement with FIS, PAI will bring the FIS Cardless Cash solution…

Apple Pay Has Launched in Switzerland

Apple Pay Has Launched in Switzerland

Apple Pay has launched in Switzerland. It’s the seventh country in which the mPayment service is now in operation, joining Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, the UK, and the US. Apple Pay arrives in Switzerland with the support of MasterCard and Visa, and payment cards issued by BonusCard, Cornèrcard, and Swiss Bankers. Domestic merchants supporting Apple Pay include Avec,…

AT&T Mobile App Gets Touch ID Login

AT&T Mobile App Gets Touch ID Login

US telecom AT&T has brought biometric security to its mobile app. The company has announced that its mobile app now supports Touch ID. That means AT&T customers using newer iPhones can log in to the myAT&T app via fingerprint scan. Like the many other companies that have embraced biometric authentication for their mobile apps, in…

Standard Chartered Bank Bringing Touch ID Support to Eight African Countries

Standard Chartered Bank Bringing Touch ID Support to Eight African Countries

Standard Chartered Bank, an international bank focusing on the Africa, Asia, and Middle East markets, is bringing Touch ID login for its mobile app in eight African countries. Starting in the second half of the year, Stanchart customers in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will be able to use the mobile biometric authentication…

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…

MWC Shanghai: NTT Docomo ‘Five to Ten Years Ahead of Peers’ says CEO

MWC Shanghai: NTT Docomo ‘Five to Ten Years Ahead of Peers’ says CEO

Major Japanese MNO NTT Docomo can serve as an example to its peers, its CEO says. Not quite so bombastic in his actual choice of words, Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, speaking at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, said his company’s revenues are “trending five to ten years ahead of our global peers,” concluding that “our…

Is Samsung Redesigning Its Smartphone Fingerprint Scanner?

Is Samsung Redesigning Its Smartphone Fingerprint Scanner?

Samsung may be exploring alternative designs for its smartphones’ fingerprint sensors. The evidence can be seen in two new patent filings. One shows a circular home button for a smartphone, which would mark a turn from the current oblong shape of its Galaxy devices’ home buttons. As SamMobile and Android Headlines point out, this could…

HotelTonight Further Embraces Touch ID, Apple Pay

HotelTonight Further Embraces Touch ID, Apple Pay

HotelTonight, a hotel-booking mobile app, has tightened its embrace of Touch ID and Apple Pay. The app first introduced Touch ID and Apple Pay support back in 2014, but it’s now expanding their use beyond mere payment. Users are now able to log into their accounts on the app via fingerprint scan, allowing them to…

Encap Tech Could Make Norwegian Authentication Program Mobile-First

Encap Tech Could Make Norwegian Authentication Program Mobile-First

Encap Security’s Smarter Authentication platform has been selected for a pilot project in Norway aiming to make a leading digital ID program mobile-first. The program is called BankID. It originally started in 2004 as an authentication mechanism for online banking, but has quickly been adopted across a range of sectors and applications. In a statement,…

Developer Materials Hint of Biometrics For New Macs

Developer Materials Hint of Biometrics For New Macs

Developer materials for macOS Sierra, the next major update of Apple’s operating system for Mac computers, offer hints of what’s to come with new Mac devices, reports 9to5Mac. The developer resources for Apple’s APIs include bits of code referring to “LED” functions, suggesting that a future Mac device could feature the OLED touch bar predicted…

Digital Marketing Boosts Touch ID Enabled Self-Serve Payments

Digital Marketing Boosts Touch ID Enabled Self-Serve Payments

USA Technologies (USAT), a POS solutions provider for the self-service retail market, has announced some interesting findings from an internal study on Apple Pay. Its results suggest that, when available with digital marketing, the mPayment platform can actually boost sales for vendors. USAT currently supports Apple Pay transactions at over 300,000 self-service POS terminals in applications…

Apple Pay Supported By BMO, Scotiabank, and TD in Canada

Apple Pay Supported By BMO, Scotiabank, and TD in Canada

Apple Pay has gained the support of three more major Canadian banks. BMO, Scotiabank, and TD have all now enabled support for the mPayment platform, rounding out Apple Pay’s support among the country’s leading banks. The banks’ support comes only a few weeks after prominent Canadian banks RBC and CIBC announced their support for the…

Gulf Bank Kuwait Enables Multimodal Biometrics With Daon

Gulf Bank Kuwait Enables Multimodal Biometrics With Daon

Customers of Gulf Bank Kuwait who prefer to do their banking from their phones will have a more secure and convenient way to authenticate thanks to the financial institution’s partnership with Daon. Today, Gulf Bank Kuwait and Daon announced that the latter’s IdentityX biometric platform will be enabling fingerprint and face recognition for the bank’s…

Kenya’s GTBank Implements Touch ID Login

Kenya’s GTBank Implements Touch ID Login

Kenya’s GTBank has implemented fingerprint based login on its mobile banking app. The biometric authentication capability comes by way of the Touch ID fingerprint scanning system on Apple’s newest mobile devices. In a statement announcing the move, the bank framed it as a means of improving both user convenience and security, noting that customers are…

Apple Pay Wins Support of Singapore Banks

Apple Pay Wins Support of Singapore Banks

Only a little more than a month after launching in Singapore with only American Express support, Apple Pay now has five of the country’s major banks on board. Accounting for over 80 percent of the MasterCard and Visa cards issued in the country, DBS, OCBC, POSB, United Overseas Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank all now…

Will The Next MacBook Pro Have Touch ID?

Will The Next MacBook Pro Have Touch ID?

Apple is planning to launch a new MacBook Pro later this year, and it’s going to feature some substantial changes from the previous iteration. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has demonstrated considerable accuracy in previous Apple predictions, a major new feature of the new MacBook Pro will be its implementation of Touch…

Is Apple Bringing Touch ID To Displays?

Is Apple Bringing Touch ID To Displays?

Apple has been granted a patent for technology that would integrate its Touch ID fingerprint scanning system into the display of a device. As Patently Apple reports, the patent complements a couple of previous filings relating to display-based sensors from last year, and follows its acquisition of intellectual property related to fingerprint biometrics from a company…

OCBC Bank Launches App Featuring Touch ID Login

OCBC Bank Launches App Featuring Touch ID Login

Singapore’s Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC Bank) has embraced Touch ID authentication for its new OCBC Business Mobile Banking app. With the app, Singaporeans who have registered for the company’s business banking portal, Velocity@ocbc, can log in via fingerprint scan to gain account access for the purposes of checking account balances and activity. The system was developed…

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…

Kiteworks Enterprise Data Security Platform Supports Touch ID

Kiteworks Enterprise Data Security Platform Supports Touch ID

Accellion, Inc. has upgraded its Kiteworks enterprise data security platform with several new features, the company has announced. Kiteworks is designed to enable access control to sensitive enterprise data through a variety of methods including file encryption and full user activity auditing. In a statement, Accellion CEO Yorgen Edholm explains that it’s designed “to enable…

Airmail Email Client Gets Touch ID Support

Airmail Email Client Gets Touch ID Support

The Airmail email client is now coming to the iPad. Having made its iPhone debut only a couple of months ago, the iOS app for iPad now offers useful new features including split-screen functionality and email scheduling. It also now features Touch ID support, allowing users to log in via fingerprint scan rather than the usual…

Barclays Enables Apple Pay

Barclays Enables Apple Pay

UK bank Barclays has finally enabled Apple Pay support. The move comes after lengthy delays. When Apple was negotiating with the country’s major banks ahead of its UK launch last summer, Barclays was a holdout until the last moment; and while it was officially on board for the mPayment platform’s debut, actual support, in terms…

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…

US Bank Mobile App Now Features Touch ID Login

US Bank Mobile App Now Features Touch ID Login

An upgraded US Bank Mobile app now offers an improved check deposit capability and, perhaps more importantly, Touch ID login. Customers can now use compatible iPhones to access their accounts via fingerprint scan. In a statement announcing the bank’s Touch ID support, US Bank EVP Gareth Gaston explained that the bank’s management team had “been…

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…

Apple iOS 9.3 Lets Users Lock Notes With Touch ID

Apple iOS 9.3 Lets Users Lock Notes With Touch ID

Yesterday marked another Apple town hall event and with it came the long expected announcement of the iPhone SE. Billed as the most powerful four inch phone ever, the SE boasts the same processing power and graphical capabilities as an iPhone 6S, but in a more compact and affordable model. Set to ship next week on…

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…

Mobile Biometrics Are Mainstream, So What’s Next?

Mobile Biometrics Are Mainstream, So What’s Next?

UPDATE: Watch the full presentation of Mobile Revolution 2.0: Biometrics, Smartphones, IoT now! About 600 million smartphones with biometric sensors are currently in use, according to new research from Acuity Market Intelligence. That number is approximately 28 percent of the total number of smartphone devices on a global scale, says the firm. What’s more, there is a…

DOCOMO Further Extends FIDO Support With Touch ID

DOCOMO Further Extends FIDO Support With Touch ID

Major Japanese MNO NTT DOCOMO has added iPhones with Touch ID fingerprint scanning to its lineup of mobile devices supported by its FIDO Certified authentication. Now, DOCOMO customers with iOS devices can benefit from the strong online authentication promised by the FIDO Alliance. DOCOMO joined the authentication standards conglomerate’s board of directors last spring, and has proven…

Apple Pay Exceeds Expectations in China

Apple Pay Exceeds Expectations in China

Apple Pay has decisively beaten naysayers’ expectations with its launch in China. According to new reports, the mPayment platform saw three million payment cards loaded within the first two days after its debut on February 18th. Speaking to the media in China, Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey said she “would rate our first-day performance as 1,000,…

RSA Via Goes Beyond ‘One Size Fits All’ Authentication, Balances Security and Convenience

RSA Via Goes Beyond ‘One Size Fits All’ Authentication, Balances Security and Convenience

The RSA conference is underway in San Francisco, and the company running the show has unveiled a new version of its RSA Via solution that includes new authentication options for RSA Via Access. Overall the update finds a better balance between convenience and security Conceptually, the RSA Via update is all about matching security level with the…

PayEase Announces Apple Pay Support

PayEase Announces Apple Pay Support

A Chinese ecommerce platform provider has announced Apple Pay support. The company, PayEase, will support business apps that are themselves integrating support for the mPayment platform. PayEase works with vendors to facilitate online and mobile payment functionality, offering support for 23 state banks and China UnionPay, as well as foreign bank cards issued by partners…

Free TfL Rides for Apple Pay Commuters

Free TfL Rides for Apple Pay Commuters

Apple and MasterCard have teamed up once again to promote Apple Pay on the Transport for London network. Rehashing a promotion first launched last autumn, the companies are offering free rides on Mondays from February 29th to March 14th. When the promotion was first launched last year, it was seen by some as a means of…

Upgraded Smarter Authentication Platform Offers Stronger MITM Protection

Upgraded Smarter Authentication Platform Offers Stronger MITM Protection

Encap Security has released a new version of its flagship platform, with Smarter Authentication v. 3.1 offering even more robust security against hack attacks. Smarter Authentication essentially aims to use mobile devices as security credentials, leveraging contextual data as well as biometric scanning for authentication purposes. The system already supported Apple’s Touch ID and Samsung…

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…

Fingerprint Login for Ally Bank’s iPhone Using Customers

Fingerprint Login for Ally Bank’s iPhone Using Customers

Ally Bank is pushing ahead with multiple mobile initiatives, the most immediate being Touch ID login and a new Android Wear app. As with so many other banks that have adopted Touch ID fingerprint scanning login for their mobile apps, the bank emphasized the speed and security of the system in a press release. The…

Fifth Third Bank Implements Touch ID Biometrics

Fifth Third Bank Implements Touch ID Biometrics

Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank has implemented Touch ID login for its mobile app. Now, users of Touch ID-enabled iPhones will have access to mobile services such as e-transfers and statement review with the tap of a finger. In a statement announcing the Touch ID integration, the bank asserts that it implemented the system “as a…

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