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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…

BIO-key Technology Designed To Accommodate Additional Security Factors

BIO-key Technology Designed To Accommodate Additional Security Factors

Biometric technology is proliferating, with major institutions like banks and governments embracing the technology for enrolling and identifying individuals, and big-name consumer electronics also supporting the technology. Fingerprint scanning, for example, is now a prevalent feature of contemporary smartphones, and is expected to become even more widespread going forward. Meanwhile, Microsoft has made a big…

Lenovo Yoga 910 Laptop Features Fingerprint Sensor

Lenovo Yoga 910 Laptop Features Fingerprint Sensor

“… the Lenovo Yoga 910 laptop will leverage the biometric security of Windows Hello.” Lenovo has announced a few new computing devices at this week’s IFA 2016, and they all feature Windows 10. While the new Lenovo Yoga Book and the Lenovo Miix 510 will be able to take advantage of Windows Ink with their stylus…

BIO-key International Projects Year-End Growth

BIO-key International Projects Year-End Growth

BIO-key’s partnership with Microsoft and its Windows 10 OS, which can use BIO-key devices for biometric authentication, remains “a substantial and growing market opportunity,” says company CEO Mike DePasquale. BIO-key International has issued its corporate update for the second quarter of the year. Compared to Q2 of 2015, revenues declined, dropping from $2,272,804 to $415,814. The…

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…

NEC Focuses on User Experience with New SmartScan Live Scan Kiosk

NEC Focuses on User Experience with New SmartScan Live Scan Kiosk

NEC Corporation of America has launched a new multimodal biometric scanning device aimed at law enforcement and the civil sector. Called SmartScan, it’s a live scan kiosk with a strong emphasis on design and ease of use. The kiosk is height adjustable, and NEC says it uses an ergonomic design. As for its software, it’s based…

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…

BIO-key Partners With Major Distributor For Windows 10-Compatible Devices

BIO-key Partners With Major Distributor For Windows 10-Compatible Devices

BIO-key has partnered with a powerful distributor for its fingerprint-based biometric products and software. The company has inked a sales and distribution deal with Access Sales Group (ASG). In a statement announcing the partnership, BIO-key emphasized ASG’s reach in the mass market via its “high-volume retail and enterprise channels,” adding that the firm has “extensive VAR/VAD…

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…

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 Enables Wearables Authentication for Windows 10

Microsoft Enables Wearables Authentication for Windows 10

Microsoft developers are working to integrate wearables into Windows 10’s Windows Hello security system, with the aim of letting users perform actions such as unlocking their PCs via the Microsoft Band and other such devices. The news comes by way of Computex, where Microsoft representatives explained how updates to the company’s Companion Device Framework will…

Synaptics Launches Biometric USB Dongle

Synaptics Launches Biometric USB Dongle

Synaptics has launched a USB key featuring its Natural ID fingerprint scanning technology. In a statement announcing the new USB dongle, the company explained that it’s “small enough to remain unobtrusively installed in any notebook USB port,” and highlighted its functionality with Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello, the Windows 10 security system enabling biometric authentication…

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…

Fingerprint Authentication Coming to Windows 10 Mobile

Fingerprint Authentication Coming to Windows 10 Mobile

Windows 10 will enable fingerprint scanning support on mobile devices this summer. The development was revealed in a WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Community) presentation this week. It’s a further extension of the biometric capabilities of Windows 10’s Windows Hello security platform, which has already enabled fingerprint authentication via the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover, and…

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)…

USAA Among First to Adopt Microsoft Edge Web Biometrics

USAA Among First to Adopt Microsoft Edge Web Biometrics

Microsoft Edge, the new browser that comes with the Windows 10 operating system, is further extending the reach of its Windows Hello biometric security platform. And USAA, the military-focused financial services organization, will be among the first to take advantage of it. The Edge upgrade was announced at Microsoft’s annual Build conference among a slew…

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,…

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…

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