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INTERPOL Delves Into AI, Robotics

The world’s biggest police organization is now officially delving into artificial intelligence and robotics. The technologies were on display at this week’s INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, organized by the INTERPOL Innovation Centre and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. The two-day event featured about 50 participants law enforcement, academia, and the…

IDVoice Can Now Identify a Speaker Within 1-2 Seconds of Natural Speech

IDVoice Can Now Identify a Speaker Within 1-2 Seconds of Natural Speech

“What’s more, the system is highly accurate, offering an Equal Error Rate of 0.3 percent on microphones and 0.6 percent for speech collected through a telephone.” ID R&D has upgraded IDVoice, its voice recognition system. The company says that IDVoice can now identify a speaker within one to two seconds of natural speech, making it…

Samsung Drops Payments Platform from Budget Phones

Samsung Drops Payments Platform from Budget Phones

Samsung is no longer including its mobile payments platform in budget-friendly devices. Whereas budget devices like the Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 launched with Samsung Pay last year, in 2018 only three of 10 Samsung smartphones featured the payments app – the new Galaxy S9 devices, and the A8. According to new reports, the strategy…

Apple in Talks to Bring Payments Platform to Austria

Apple in Talks to Bring Payments Platform to Austria

Apple’s biometrically secured mobile wallet may soon be in the pockets of many Austrians. The company is now in talks with Payment Services Austria (PSA), which is reportedly negotiating on behalf of all of the country’s banks. An Austrian launch would represent Apple Pay’s continuing march across Europe, with the platform having recently gone live…

Veridium Becomes a Founding Sovrin Network Steward

Veridium Becomes a Founding Sovrin Network Steward

Veridium has become a backer of the Sovrin Network, an identity platform based on blockchain technology. Administrated by the non-profit Sovrin Foundation, the platform is envisioned as a kind of global, public utility that is independent of government and business interests. The Sovrin Network is meant to store end user information on a distributed ledger,…

Financial Services Must Embrace AI, Automation to Compete Against Disruptors: Report

Financial Services Must Embrace AI, Automation to Compete Against Disruptors: Report

“…45 percent of the financial services firms surveyed for the report said that they see major tech companies like Apple and Google as their key competitors over the next five years.” AI and smart automation could add up to $512 billion in revenues to the financial services industry over the next couple of years, according…

Alcinéo Integrates Trustonic Security Into mPOS Apps

Alcinéo Integrates Trustonic Security Into mPOS Apps

France-based Alcinéo, a specialist in embedded software for payments, is taking advantage of Trustonic technology to secure its mobile Point of Sale apps. The security comes by way of the Trustonic Application Protection (TAP) SDK, which allows Alcinéo to integrate digital payment microkernels from Mastercard and Visa into a given device’s Trusted Execution Environment. Meanwhile, Trustonic’s Trusted…

ThreatMetrix Summer ’18 Release Delivers Two Big New Security Features

ThreatMetrix Summer ’18 Release Delivers Two Big New Security Features

ThreatMetrix has upgraded its eponymous digital security platform with a couple of important new features. One is the implementation of a “risk engine API” for 3DS 2.0, or “EMV 3-D Secure“, the platform used for payment security systems like Verified by Visa. Essentially, the solution will assess a user’s real-time transactions against those recorded in…

P2P Transfers, Virtual Tickets Come to Google Pay

P2P Transfers, Virtual Tickets Come to Google Pay

“Google Pay can now support digital concert tickets and boarding passes in its virtual wallet.” Google continues to refine its mobile payments platform as its confusing rebranding effort starts to smooth out, announcing new features to improve the user experience. Perhaps the most important one is the integration of peer-to-peer payments into the Google Pay…

New Backbase Partnership Could Further Boost Jumio in Financial Sector

New Backbase Partnership Could Further Boost Jumio in Financial Sector

“The companies already share some common customers including HSBC and Metro Bank, but the partnership could help to further expand Jumio’s client roster.” A new distribution partner could give a further boost to Jumio‘s ongoing ascent. The company has teamed up with Backbase, a financial digitization consultancy that offers a range of FinTech solutions to…

Forthcoming Notebook PCs To Feature Synaptics Biometrics

Forthcoming Notebook PCs To Feature Synaptics Biometrics

“The technology is being used together with Windows Hello, the biometric authentication platform built into the Windows 10 operating system.” Synaptics has teamed up with US-based chip maker AMD to deliver biometric security to computer products. More specifically, forthcoming notebook PCs based on the AMD Ryzen Mobile platform will integrate fingerprint sensors from Synaptics –…

Jumio Reports Its Best Sales Quarter Yet

Jumio Reports Its Best Sales Quarter Yet

“The company attributes its Q2 success primarily to the APAC market, which it has targeted through a new Singapore office established this past March.” Jumio continues to be one of the great success stories of the authentication industry with the news that it has just finished its best sales quarter yet: Q2 saw a year…

21M Users Affected in Social Media App Data Breach

21M Users Affected in Social Media App Data Breach

Administrators of the Timehop social media app may be wishing they could go back in time themselves to stop a July 4th hack attack that has affected some 21 million users. The attack was carried out through Timehop’s cloud computing account, with the perpetrator having acquired an administrator’s credentials and then used them to create…

Businesses Are Addicted to, and Clueless About, Consumer Data: Survey

Businesses Are Addicted to, and Clueless About, Consumer Data: Survey

“Sixty-eight percent of the IT professionals surveyed said they believed that unauthorized users could access their corporate networks, and almost a third – 27 percent – said their perimeter security had suffered a breach in the past year.” Businesses are addicted to consumer data, collecting so much of it that they don’t know what to…

Nuance Communications Gets Top Score in AI Assistant Vendor Guide

Nuance Communications Gets Top Score in AI Assistant Vendor Guide

Nuance Communications has won the highest combined rating of intelligent assistant and bot vendors in Opus Research’s “Decision Makers’ Guide to Enterprise Intelligent Assistants,” the company has announced. This is the second consecutive year the company has won this distinction. The report grades enterprise-focused AI solutions providers on the basis of technology, track record, and…

NEXT Biometrics Announces New Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

NEXT Biometrics Announces New Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

  “Alain Faburel’s leadership, background and experience will strengthen our ability to deliver outstanding technology to customers in the smart card, government ID, access control and notebook markets.” – Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics NEXT Biometrics continues to bulk up on the personnel front as the company pursues opportunities in the emerging biometric payment cards…

Megazone Achieves FIDO UAF Certification for Mine Pass

Megazone Achieves FIDO UAF Certification for Mine Pass

“Utilizing Megazone’s Mine Pass, we will be able to customize development and deployment to meet the needs of enterprise customers in addition to SaaS services in the future, and will provide customers with a market-proven solution that has been officially accredited by FIDO.” – Max Lee, CEO, Megazone Korea-based cloud services provider Megazone has acquired FIDO…

Galaxy S10 Leaks Suggest Samsung Has Heard Fingerprint Feedback

Galaxy S10 Leaks Suggest Samsung Has Heard Fingerprint Feedback

Samsung has finally learned from the negative feedback it received over the rear-mounted fingerprint sensors of its most recent flagship smartphones: According to new leaks, two versions of next year’s Galaxy S10 smartphone line will feature in-display fingerprint sensor technology, while a budget option will place the fingerprint sensor on the side. The in-display options…

Twitter Suggests FIDO U2F Keys for User Security

Twitter Suggests FIDO U2F Keys for User Security

Twitter has officially endorsed FIDO U2F certified security keys for users, as well as two-factor authentication more broadly. The social media giant’s advocacy came by way of a larger update on how the company is working to fight spam and malicious bots, with Twitter announcing in a blog post that it had “identified and challenged”…

PSD2 Will Give Rise to Biometric Payments, says Mastercard

PSD2 Will Give Rise to Biometric Payments, says Mastercard

Mastercard is anticipating a big jump in biometrically authenticated payments thanks to new regulations in the European Union. The PSD2 regulation has already officially been implemented in the EU, but its requirements for Strong Customer Authentication won’t come into play until this September. When they do, online payments and account access will require two of…

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