Touch ID

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…

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