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Union Bank of the Philippines Using Daon Biometrics For Mobile App

Union Bank of the Philippines Using Daon Biometrics For Mobile App

“…with the remarkable success of its IdentityX deployment in the mobile app of American bank USAA, Daon has gone on to work with heavyweights like Mastercard and has become one of the most notable success stories of the mobile biometrics revolution.” Daon‘s mobile biometrics technology has found its way into a big new deployment in the…

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Testing Has Been Completed on NEXT Biometrics’ A2 ASIC Chip

Testing Has Been Completed on NEXT Biometrics’ A2 ASIC Chip

NEXT Biometrics has completed testing of its A2 ASIC chip, which its CEO calls a “cornerstone” of the company’s strategy. NEXT says the ASIC chip has applications in smart cards, access control, and notebooks, and that the first order for the chip has already been placed. The company also says the chip could reduce costs…

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Samsung Seeks to Recycle Galaxy Note7

Samsung Seeks to Recycle Galaxy Note7

Samsung is working to ensure that its recalled Galaxy Note7 smartphones don’t go to waste. In a new statement, the company laid out its efforts to recycle the device’s various components. The company explained that, for one thing, “salvageable components shall be detached for reuse.” And for another, “metals extraction” will be performed “using environmentally…

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Hitachi System Can Spot a Face in a Crowd, or a Backpack, or a Hairstyle…

Hitachi System Can Spot a Face in a Crowd, or a Backpack, or a Hairstyle…

Hitachi has announced a new video surveillance system designed to be able to track individuals based not only on their faces, but what they’re wearing, their age, their sex, and various other factors. The company says the system is able to identify more than a hundred such characteristics, and once it has targeted a particular…

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Wells Fargo Customers Can Now Access ATMs with Their Phones

Wells Fargo Customers Can Now Access ATMs with Their Phones

Users of Wells Fargo’s mobile app can now access ATMs without their bank cards. The company has announced a new feature that allows ATM access via One-Time Access Codes. To use an ATM, a customer needs only to go into the mobile app, get one of these temporary 8-digit codes, and enter it at the ATM…

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Microsoft Licenses Smart Car Tech to Toyota

Microsoft Licenses Smart Car Tech to Toyota

Microsoft is going to start licensing connected car technology to Toyota, with plans to establish such agreements with other auto makers going forward. In a blog post announcing the partnership, Microsoft VP and Chief IP Counsel Erich Andersen explained that the move dovetails with the rise of the connected car, asserting, “we’re at a critical…

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Two-Factor Authentication Comes to Instagram

Two-Factor Authentication Comes to Instagram

Instagram has embraced two-factor authentication, announcing such security is now available to users of the photo-sharing app. The new security feature operates via text message. Users who turn on two-factor security in their settings will thenceforward receive a text from the app containing a six-digit code each time they go to log in; that code…

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Samsung Brings LTE Connectivity to the Smartwatch

Samsung Brings LTE Connectivity to the Smartwatch

Hot on the heels of the original’s release, Samsung has announced a new version of its Gear S3 Classic smartwatch featuring 4G LTE connectivity. The new connectivity capability should further improve the user experience, providing a high speed network for data usage as well as sending and receiving texts and making calls, with the latter…

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Android Pay Gets In-App Support on Etsy

Android Pay Gets In-App Support on Etsy

Etsy has enabled in-app payments via Android Pay. The support means that users of the vintage goods and crafts-focused marketplace are now able to place orders using Google’s digital payment platform. The simplicity of that – Android Pay users can authorize transactions using a PIN or fingerprint, rather than filling out all their payment details…

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Gemalto Offers Microsoft Azure Clients a New Security Tool

Gemalto Offers Microsoft Azure Clients a New Security Tool

Gemalto is offering Microsoft Azure clients a new security tool. The company has announced that its Hold Your Own Key (HYOK) capability based on the SafeNet Luna Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) is now available to customers of Microsoft Azure Information Protection. The solution allows users to manage their own encryption keys using on-premises HSMs care…

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Apple Pay Gets More Support in US, China, Australia

Apple Pay Gets More Support in US, China, Australia

Apple has extended support for its biometrically secured wallet among financial institutions in the US, China, and Australia. Apple Pay got its biggest additional boost in the US, with a number of banks and credit unions coming on board, including names like Barksdale Federal Credit Union and Lyons National Bank. Santander also found its way…

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Samsung, Smartlink, and Ingenico Introduce CCP Contactless Payments Solution

Samsung, Smartlink, and Ingenico Introduce CCP Contactless Payments Solution

Samsung, Smartlink, and Ingenico have announced the Contactless Companion Platform (CCP), a contactless payments solution for digital cash. The solution uses Samsung’s dual interface smart chip technology to enable transactions through virtually any form factor, from smartwatches to key fobs. The overall platform, meanwhile, lets users combine digital money with points programs and vouchers. In…

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Oppo Sticks with FPC Sensor for Latest Device

Oppo Sticks with FPC Sensor for Latest Device

Oppo is sticking with Fingerprint Cards‘ biometric technology in its latest device. The company’s new F3 Plus smartphone features an FPC1245 fingerprint sensor. It’s the same sensor model used in numerous previous devices from the China-based smartphone maker, including the R9 and R9+, the F1s, and, most recently, the A57 launched late last year. In…

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Starbucks Card Transfers Are Coming to Apple’s Messages App

Starbucks Card Transfers Are Coming to Apple’s Messages App

iPhone users will soon be able to gift Starbucks cards to each other through Apple’s Messages app. Starbucks revealed the new feature during the company’ investors conference this week, revealing that the functionality will arrive in April. The company also indicated that its virtual barista app, which lets users place orders via speech interaction, will…

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Iconectiv Raises Alarm Over Mobile Number Porting

Iconectiv Raises Alarm Over Mobile Number Porting

Iconectiv, a communications brand owned by Ericsson, is warning about the dangers of mobile account takeover in a new white paper, arguing that such attacks can bypass authentication systems like fingerprint scanning. Entitled Never Underestimate the Power of Identity, the paper asserts that certain kinds of fraud involve porting a victim’s phone number to a…

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Alexa Can Take Prime Now Orders – from Chips to Cough Syrup, and Even Alcohol

Alexa Can Take Prime Now Orders – from Chips to Cough Syrup, and Even Alcohol

Amazon’s voice-based AI assistant, Alexa, can now place orders through Amazon’s Prime Now shopping service. Just by asking (or demanding), Alexa users can order a range of common household items, which are then delivered free within the next two-hour delivery window. It’s a natural evolution of Amazon’s smart home ecosystem. In 2015, Amazon announced Amazon…

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Galaxy S8’s Fingerprint Sensor is Right Next to Its Camera

Galaxy S8’s Fingerprint Sensor is Right Next to Its Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor will be positioned right next to its camera, suggest new images of the device tweeted last night by mobile reporter Evan Blass. The images show three different color models of the smartphone, each from the front, side, and back. As many had anticipated, almost the entire front side of…

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Car-Sharing App to Use Jumio for User Authentication

Car-Sharing App to Use Jumio for User Authentication

Jumio has announced that its Netverify authentication system will be used by Free2Move, a Europe-based mobile app designed to aggregate car-sharing services like Zipcar and Car2Go onto one platform so that users can see all available options in an area. Jumio’s Trusted Identity as a Service system will be used to verify the identities and…

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Samsung Pay Gets Amex Support in India

Samsung Pay Gets Amex Support in India

With Samsung Pay now up and running in India, Samsung is keen to further promote the service with the newly added support of American Express. The credit card issuer joins Mastercard, Visa, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards and Standard Chartered in supporting Samsung’s mobile payment platform in the country. Samsung has also…

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FPC is Reigning-in its Previously High Expectations for 2017

FPC is Reigning-in its Previously High Expectations for 2017

“In its statement, FPC suggested that it will ultimately overcome these challenges…” Fingerprint Cards is reigning-in its previously high expectations for this year, officially withdrawing its revenue guidance for 2017 as the company faces a difficult business situation. In a statement, FPC predicted a decline in revenues of over 50 percent for the first quarter…

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