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Apple Buys Another Facial Recognition Firm, RealFace

Apple Buys Another Facial Recognition Firm, RealFace

Apple has acquired an Israel-based facial recognition company. Called RealFace, the company was founded in 2014 and is thought to employ no more than ten people; it was purchased for somewhere around two million dollars, according to speculation. The startup was working on technology that would replace password-based login on smartphones with biometric authentication via…

Microsoft to Enable Gemalto eSIM Provisioning for IoT Devices

Microsoft to Enable Gemalto eSIM Provisioning for IoT Devices

“Given that Windows 10 is designed to offer native eSIM support, the partnership means that any IoT devices running Microsoft’s operating system will be compatible with Gemalto’s eSIM provisioning solution.” Gemalto and Microsoft have teamed up to bring the former’s upgraded On Demand Connectivity solution to Windows 10. On Demand Connectivity is Gemalto’s eSIM provisioning…

2FA, Biometric Security Needed as Car Theft Goes Digital

2FA, Biometric Security Needed as Car Theft Goes Digital

A team of Kaspersky researchers have found serious vulnerabilities in mobie apps for connected cars that could let hackers track and unlock vehicles, according to a new article from Wired. The report indicates the growing need for more sophisticated digital identity security such as biometric authentication as connected cars continue to get smarter. The researchers investigated nine…

IBM, Visa Announce IoT Payments Effort

IBM, Visa Announce IoT Payments Effort

“The collaboration’s announcement arrives in the same week that Jaguar and Shell announced their pioneering in-car payments system, which lets users pay for gas and other products at Shell stations through their cars’ dashboard interfaces…” IBM and Visa are aiming to enable payments throughout the Internet of Things with a new collaborative undertaking. The companies…

Norwegian M2M/IoT Operator Embraces Gemalto eSIM Solution

Norwegian M2M/IoT Operator Embraces Gemalto eSIM Solution

Gemalto is further securing its position in the Internet of Things market with a new partnership. The company has announced that Com4, a Norwegian IoT/M2M operator, will take advantage of Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity solution for eSIM provisioning. In a statement announcing the partnership, Gemalto indicated that it’s already providing eSIM technology for IoT devices, with On-Demand…

Target Clarifies Apple Pay Situation After Misleading Tweet

Target Clarifies Apple Pay Situation After Misleading Tweet

“Not only does Target not offer support for Apple’s mCommerce app, such support is unlikely to materialize any time soon.” US retailer Target is doubling down on its resistance to Apple Pay after a tweet, since deleted, in which the company suggested it could soon offer support for Apple’s mPayment platform. The tweet was a response…

Precise Biometrics’ Algorithm Software Featured On Redmi Note 4X

Precise Biometrics’ Algorithm Software Featured On Redmi Note 4X

Precise Biometrics‘ algorithm software has been integrated into the Redmi Note 4X, a new smartphone from Xiaomi. The device is a sequel to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4, which also made use of Precise Biometrics’ Precise BioMatch Mobile fingerprint algorithm software. Indeed, Xiaomi is a longtime integrator of Precise Biometrics software, with multiple other devices having integrated…

Fujitsu Announces Biometric Authentication Platform for the IoT

Fujitsu Announces Biometric Authentication Platform for the IoT

Fujitsu has developed a new authentication platform for the IoT that would verify users’ identities through the biometric scanning features of their smartphones. The system takes an on-device approach to biometric data, adhering to FIDO Alliance standards. When a user needs to access an IoT device or service, she needs only to perform a biometric…

World’s First In-Car Payments System, Care of Jaguar, Shell, Apple Pay, PayPal

World’s First In-Car Payments System, Care of Jaguar, Shell, Apple Pay, PayPal

Mobile technology continues to shift gears as it works its way into the smart car, with Jaguar and Shell announcing a pioneering integration of mobile payment platforms into the former’s newest car models. The new functionality lets drivers of Jaguar’s F-PACE, XE, and XF cars pay for gas and gas station shop purchases from the…

Yubico Launches USB-C 2FA Security Key

Yubico Launches USB-C 2FA Security Key

Yubico has officially launched the YubiKey 4C, its first USB-C second factor authentication device – and the first in the world, for that matter. The USB-C key was first announced at the start of the year, and was officially launched at this week’s RSA 2017 security conference. It’s an important step, with an increasing number…

Precise Biometrics Announces Year-End Results, Weighs in on Mobile Fingerprint Market

Precise Biometrics Announces Year-End Results, Weighs in on Mobile Fingerprint Market

Precise Biometrics has announced its Q4 and year-end results for 2016, painting a picture of a company charging through a challenging market. For the quarter, Precise Biometrics saw consolidated net sales of SEK 25.7 million and an after-tax profit of SEK 2.7 million. For the full year, consolidated net sales reached SEK 97.2 million –…

FIDO Alliance Launches Partner Showcase

FIDO Alliance Launches Partner Showcase

The FIDO Alliance has hit a big new benchmark with respect to FIDO certifications, and is launching a new way to celebrate them: The consortium has announced that, with more than 300 products now compliant with its authentication standards, it’s devoting a section of its website to highlight the organizations providing them. It’s called the FIDO…

Ericsson, Telecoms Pioneer 5G ‘Network Slicing’

Ericsson, Telecoms Pioneer 5G ‘Network Slicing’

Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom (DT), and SK Telecom have successfully trialed ‘network slicing’, a concept that could prove to be an important feature of 5G network connectivity. And in so doing, they have also successfully demonstrated the first-ever intercontinental 5G network. The test was conducted on February 14th, and entailed a repair worker using an augmented…

Android Pay, Apple Pay Prepare for South Korea Debuts

Android Pay, Apple Pay Prepare for South Korea Debuts

Google and Apple both appear to be preparing to launch their mobile payment platforms in South Korea, reports The Korea Herald. Google is said to have been working with domestic card companies including Shinhan, KB Kookmin, Lotte, and Hyundai to develop the country’s NFC payment infrastructure – which is not extensive at present – in anticipation…

BioCatch Technology Integrated Into Nuance Security Suite

BioCatch Technology Integrated Into Nuance Security Suite

“Nuance says the solution has already helped one major UK bank reduce account takeover by 59 percent within 30 days of its implementation…” Nuance is integrating BioCatch‘s behavioral biometrics technology into its platform, the companies have announced. The aim is to boost the fraud detection capability of the Nuance Security Suite, which is primarily based…

Star India Admins ‘Enjoying the Experience’ of Mobile Access Control: HID Global

Star India Admins ‘Enjoying the Experience’ of Mobile Access Control: HID Global

“The deployment’s announcement comes not long after HID Global mobile access control technology was integrated into the Honeywell Vector Occupant App toward the end of last year…” Entertainment company Star India is using HID Global technology to secure the entrances of its head office in Mumbai, HID Global has announced. The company is taking advantage of Texas-based…

Apple Granted Patent for In-Display Fingerprint Scanning System

Apple Granted Patent for In-Display Fingerprint Scanning System

Apple has been granted a patent for technology that would allow it to integrate fingerprint scanning directly into the screen of a device. The technology comes from LuxVue, a micro-LED specialist the Apple acquired in 2014. It functions via infrared light-sensing diodes embedded in a transparent substrate that lies across the surface of the display…

GSMA Unveils Mobile 360 Series Plans

GSMA Unveils Mobile 360 Series Plans

The GSMA has announced new details on its 2017 GSMA Mobile 360 Series. Describing it in a statement, the organization says it’s “a regional though leadership conference series” aimed at mobile industry executives and government and regulatory body representatives. There are eight series conferences in total. Seven have a regional focus, aimed respectively at Africa, Europe,…

Fingerprint Cards Announces Mobile World Congress Plans

Fingerprint Cards has announced that for the fourth year in a row, it will participate in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference and exhibition. FPC will be in the Fira Gran Via hall, and will highlight its solutions from booth 1B42. Among those solutions will be “market leading smartphone products, the latest smartcard trends and…

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