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Details Arrive Regarding Zwipe and Iris Corporation Partnership

Details Arrive Regarding Zwipe and Iris Corporation Partnership

Zwipe is offering more details on its new partnership with Malaysia-based Iris Corporation Berhad. The companies’ collaboration was reported immediately in the wake of the Seamless Asia expo, where Zwipe demonstrated its new biometric payment card solution. Details at the time were scant, but it has now come to light that the partnership comes in…

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Precise Biometrics Enters Licensing Agreement With MELFAS

Precise Biometrics Enters Licensing Agreement With MELFAS

Precise Biometrics has entered into a new licensing agreement with MELFAS, a Korea-based sensor maker, the company has announced. The deal will see Precise Biometrics’ Precise BioMatch Mobile algorithm software integrated into mobile devices via MELFAS sensors. That in turn will bring per-unit licensing fees to Precise Biometrics, along with an annual fee and a fee…

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Appdome and BehavioSec Partnership Enables Easy Integration of Behavioral Biometrics

Appdome and BehavioSec Partnership Enables Easy Integration of Behavioral Biometrics

“BehavioSec, a member of the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA), specializes in the emerging field of behavioral biometrics; its technology analyzes users’ interaction patterns with their devices, as well as other metadata, to assess potential fraud threats” Appdome and BehavioSec have teamed up to bring more sophisticated authentication technologies into mobile apps. Appdome specializes in integrating…

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Samsung Facial Recognition Years Away from Payments Applications: Report

Samsung Facial Recognition Years Away from Payments Applications: Report

Samsung won’t use facial recognition to confirm Samsung Pay payments anytime soon, reports The Korea Herald. While Samsung’s newest flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, use the technology together with iris scanning for device unlocking, a source from within the company reportedly told the newspaper that the facial recognition technology will not be…

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Novetta Exec To Lead Development of Anti-Presentation Attack Standard

Novetta Exec To Lead Development of Anti-Presentation Attack Standard

“The appointment further raises Novetta’s profile as an analytics company capable of assessing sophisticated technologies.” A Novetta executive will help to lead the development of an ISO/IEC JTC1 standard concerning presentation attacks against smartphone biometric authentication systems, the company has announced. ISO/IEC JTC1 is a joint committee of the International Organization for Standardization and the International…

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Amazon Opens Core Alexa Tech as Cloud Service

Amazon Opens Core Alexa Tech as Cloud Service

“Now, with a program called Amazon Lex, the company is letting developers take the core of the technology to integrate it into their own offerings…” Amazon is further expanding third party access to its voice interaction technology in a bid to secure its dominance of this rapidly rising field of AI, reports Reuters. The company…

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Microsoft Launches Phone-Based Sign In

Microsoft Launches Phone-Based Sign In

“For users who choose to take advantage of the system, the new sign-in process will completely do away with passwords…” Microsoft has announced phone-based sign-in for Microsoft account users. The process operates via the Microsoft Authenticator app, available on iOS or Android. For users who choose to take advantage of the system, the new sign-in…

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US University to Issue Mobile IDs to Students

US University to Issue Mobile IDs to Students

An American university is rolling out HID Global‘s Seos smart cards and the HID Mobile Access solution. In a statement announcing the deployment, HID Global declined to name the school in question, referring to it as “a major U.S. university”. The company says that the university’s move follows a successful pilot program, with the school…

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Masterpass Extends Reach Into Vending Machines, Messenger App

Masterpass Extends Reach Into Vending Machines, Messenger App

Mastercard is extending the reach of its Masterpass digital payment platform into some novel channels – Facebook Messenger and vending machines. On Messenger, the platform will be enabled via AI bots in collaboration with Subway, The Cheesecake Factory, and online grocer FreshDirect. It’s the kind of ‘conversational commerce’ that PayPal hinted at in a recent…

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IDEX Fingerprint Sensor Featured on Mastercard’s Biometric Payment Card

IDEX Fingerprint Sensor Featured on Mastercard’s Biometric Payment Card

“The biometric payment cards are a long-sought technological innovation, adding further security to payment cards by requiring that a user scan her thumb when holding the payment card over a POS terminal.” IDEX technology is powering the biometric functionality of Mastercard’s new payment card, the company has revealed. Mastercard announced yesterday that it had completed…

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FutureTech Congress Aims to Spur Innovation in Finance, Insurance, and Big Data

FutureTech Congress Aims to Spur Innovation in Finance, Insurance, and Big Data

A new FinTech event is aiming to spur innovation and development in Poland and the surrounding region. It’s called FutureTech Congress, and will take place this May in Warsaw. The two-day event will focus on the financial services, insurance, and big data industries, and will bring together leaders from across that spectrum, with a lineup of…

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Santander Finally Brings Apple Pay Support to US Customers

Santander Finally Brings Apple Pay Support to US Customers

“…the move reflects broader support for iOS users, with Santander recently having enabled Touch ID login for its mobile app.” Santander Bank has enabled Apple Pay for its American customers, allowing them to upload their Mastercard payment cards to Apple’s digital payments platform. For the Boston-based bank, the move comes surprisingly late in the game.…

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Google Demonstrates ‘Open Platform’ Approach with New Android Pay Partnerships

Google Demonstrates ‘Open Platform’ Approach with New Android Pay Partnerships

“It stands in contrast with that of Apple, which has maintained its closed system approach with Apple Pay, which has avoided integration with other payment apps.” Android Pay has attained the support of five additional financial services companies – Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank, and USAA. Announcing the banks’ support in a…

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Hit the Market

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Hit the Market

“While the full-size display is the most eye-grabbing feature of the S8, its biometric capabilities will also come as notable enhancements over previous Samsung smartphones…” Samsung has officially released its new flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and the S8+, in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, and South Korea. For industry watchers and smartphone enthusiasts, the…

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Zwipe Unveils Biometric Payment Card

Zwipe Unveils Biometric Payment Card

“Zwipe’s new smart card can operate via EMV or on a swipe basis, and the company says it meets ISO standards. It features a built-in fingerprint sensor and encrypts and stores that biometric information on the card itself, and it does not require a battery to operate.” Zwipe is finally unveiling its biometric payment card…

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Comcast Customers Can Now Pay Their Bills with Apple Pay

Comcast Customers Can Now Pay Their Bills with Apple Pay

Comcast customers can now pay their television and internet bills with Apple Pay. Or some of them can, at least – the feature is seeing a phased launch, rolling out in a new software update that should arrive to all users of the Comcast mobile iPhone app over the coming few weeks. The functionality arrives…

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Google Home Can Now Identify Your Voice

Google Home Can Now Identify Your Voice

Google is enabling voice recognition for its smart home AI assistant. It isn’t being used for authentication purposes, but rather to allow users to set up multiple accounts for voice interaction with the same device. In other words, once configured, Google Home can tell who’s talking, and will tailor its responses to that person’s preferences.…

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Gemalto Predicts Coming ‘Universal Identity’ for Authentication at Work and at Play

Gemalto Predicts Coming ‘Universal Identity’ for Authentication at Work and at Play

Gemalto is predicting the convergence of enterprise and consumer digital identities. It’s actually already happening, the company argues in a new blog post. Authentication mechanisms that were initially introduced in consumer applications, such as biometric recognition and contextual device data authentication, are more and more common in business settings, while many organizations are starting to embrace…

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Xiaomi Takes Advantage of FPC’s Under Glass Sensor Tech

Xiaomi Takes Advantage of FPC’s Under Glass Sensor Tech

“It’s the second smartphone maker to take advantage of FPC’s new sensor model, which is designed for under-glass applications, with Huawei having led the charge late last year.” Xiaomi is sticking with Fingerprint Cards for its smartphones’ biometric capabilities, with a new device, the Mi 6, featuring an FPC1268 fingerprint sensor. It’s the second smartphone…

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Supposed iPhone 8 Schematic Prompts Speculation

Supposed iPhone 8 Schematic Prompts Speculation

A social media posting of a supposed iPhone 8 schematic is prompting speculation that Apple will put the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the rear of its next major smartphone. Posted on Twitter by Sonny Dickson, who TechCrunch characterizes as a “[r]eliable iPhone leaker”, the schematic depicts the rear chassis of an iPhone device, with a…

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