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Apple Pay Has 252 Million Users And Counting: Loup Ventures

Apple Pay Has 252 Million Users And Counting: Loup Ventures

About 31 percent of active iPhone users are also using Apple Pay, Apple’s biometrically secured digital payments platform, according to a new estimate from Loup Ventures. And the firm predicts this number will rise substantially. In a new post on its website, the investment firm says Apple will lead the charge for digital wallets more…

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Waldo is Latest Victim of Face-Scanning Surveillance

Waldo is Latest Victim of Face-Scanning Surveillance

There is now a robotic arm that can find Waldo in almost any Where’s Waldo picture, pointing to a dark future of surveillance in which the European Union’s ‘right to be forgotten’ is a distant memory. Developed by marketing firm Redpepper, the tool is the latest product of Google’s AutoML machine learning platform, a piece…

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Scottish Government Becomes Latest Yoti Partner

Scottish Government Becomes Latest Yoti Partner

“…Yoti said the partnership would ultimately mean that Scottish residents could use its biometric app to verify their identities to businesses, to prove they are of age to buy restricted goods, to access government services, to confirm their identities online, and to access websites without the need for a password. “ The Scottish Government has…

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New Patent Suggests Apple is Still Exploring In-Display Touch ID

New Patent Suggests Apple is Still Exploring In-Display Touch ID

Various industry reports suggest that Apple is going all-in on facial recognition, but a newly published patent filing suggests that the company hasn’t entirely given up on fingerprint recognition. Essentially, the patent outlines a system that would use one or more light sources to image a user’s fingerprint. Because the light sources would clarify the…

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FPC Biometrics Featured on New Blackberry Smartphones

FPC Biometrics Featured on New Blackberry Smartphones

“In the Evolve and Evolve X, the sensors are rear-mounted, supporting biometric user authentication together with a face unlock system. “ Fingerprint Cards biometric technology is being used in a new pair of smartphones from Blackberry licensee Optiemus Infracom. The Indian company’s new phone, the Evolve, is a budget offering, priced at about $365, and…

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New Zealand’s Mobile ID App Leverages Daon Biometrics for Onboarding

New Zealand’s Mobile ID App Leverages Daon Biometrics for Onboarding

“Our strategy remains being committed to delivering a platform through which the identity of a user can be established, authenticated and recovered. Digital onboarding represents an important area and builds on Daon’s history of delivering proven mobile biometric authentication to millions of consumers.” – Tom Grissen, CEO, Daon New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)…

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Tactilis Begins Shipping NEXT Biometrics Fingerprint Reading Smart Cards

Tactilis Begins Shipping NEXT Biometrics Fingerprint Reading Smart Cards

“Biometric smart cards represent the future for secure ID and payment-related transactions and these first volume shipments to end-users are an important first step in making that future a reality.”-Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics Singapore-based authentication solutions provider Tactilis has begun shipping NEXT Biometrics‘ fingerprint scanning smart card technology, the companies have announced. The news…

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Biometrics Industry Expert Steve Cook Becomes FaceTec VP

Biometrics Industry Expert Steve Cook Becomes FaceTec VP

“In a statement announcing Cook’s appointment, FaceTec emphasized his work consulting with banks on compliance with PSD2, the European Union’s major new payments regulation, and particularly its Strong Customer Authentication requirement.” A big new executive appointment could help FaceTec to promote its ZoOm facial recognition system in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa markets. Steve…

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Canadian Credit Unions Trial Alexa for Customer Banking Transactions

Canadian Credit Unions Trial Alexa for Customer Banking Transactions

Two Canadian credit unions are now testing a system that lets customers do their banking through Alexa, Amazon’s voice-based virtual assistant. The technology comes by way of Vancouver-based FinTech specialist Central 1, which developed it in collaboration with San Francisco design agency Point One Digital. Essentially, the idea is to make Alexa a customer service…

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University of Texas Study Highlights Impact of Identity Theft

University of Texas Study Highlights Impact of Identity Theft

People don’t like having their identities stolen. That’s the key takeaway from new research from the University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity. The academic institution’s newly published “2018 Identity Theft Assessment and Prediction Report” highlights the emotional impact of identity theft, fraud, and online abuse, and the findings are perhaps predictable. According to…

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Google Assistant Code Suggests Facial Recognition in the Works

Google Assistant Code Suggests Facial Recognition in the Works

Google appears to be working on a new facial recognition system for its mobile devices, according to a new XDA-Developers report. It’s mostly conjecture, but it’s based on pretty solid footing. Essentially, XDA-Developers has been digging around in code for Google Assistant, Google’s AI-driven virtual helper, and found snippets suggesting that a mysterious feature codenamed…

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Qualcomm Chip Supports Samsung Galaxy Note9’s AI, High-Speed Connectivity

Qualcomm Chip Supports Samsung Galaxy Note9’s AI, High-Speed Connectivity

With Samsung’s next flagship smartphone due to hit the market in less than two weeks, Qualcomm has revealed that it once again has a hand in Samsung’s underlying technology: The Samsung Galaxy Note9 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. In announcing the integration, Qualcomm highlighted its chipset’s connectivity and artificial intelligence capabilities. The Snapdragon 845…

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Safaricom to Implement Biometric SIM Registration

Safaricom to Implement Biometric SIM Registration

A major East African telecom is preparing to implement biometric registration for customers who want to swap SIM cards into new devices. Announcing the plans to media, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore explained that the idea is to curb fraud. One such criminal incident recently led to the arrest of 22 individuals, including Safaricom staffers, according…

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IDEX Biometrics to Present Q2 Update at Live Event on August 16

IDEX Biometrics to Present Q2 Update at Live Event on August 16

“…it’s fair to expect that the event will have a strong focus on biometric cards, which have become IDEX’s key focus in recent months.” IDEX will issue its Q2 update on August 16th, the company has announced. And it’s taking the somewhat unusual move of presenting its results in a live event at the Vika…

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Apple Wants to Put Your Passport in Your Phone, Patent Suggests

Apple Wants to Put Your Passport in Your Phone, Patent Suggests

A new Apple patent suggests the company is considering the idea of letting users put their passports into their virtual Apple wallets. As AppleInsider reports, the patent was filed on March 30th, and describes a system in which an electronic device could import credential data from an official piece of ID such as a passport…

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Biometrics-Powered Airport Automation is Taking Off: Acuity

Biometrics-Powered Airport Automation is Taking Off: Acuity

“The age of seamless international travel has arrived. Integrated, frictionless passenger facilitation is the next wave of biometric automation for expedited travel.”  – Maxine Most, Principal, Acuity Market Intelligence Acuity Market Research is predicting considerable growth for the airport biometrics market over the next few years. Entitled, “The Airport Automated Biometric Facilitation Report: Form Curb to Gate,”…

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ImageWare Sees Substantial Improvement in Q2 Update

ImageWare Sees Substantial Improvement in Q2 Update

“In its statement, ImageWare also highlighted important business developments including its partnership established with Japan-based security solutions provider TwoFive in July…” ImageWare is on the upswing in its newly published fiscal results for Q2. Revenues for the quarter came in at $1.9 million, compared to $1.1 million in Q2 of 2017 – a 78 percent…

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New Android OS Plays On Key Mobile Trends

New Android OS Plays On Key Mobile Trends

“Android 9 highlights another major tech trend, too: The growing prominence of biometric security.” Google has launched the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, and is placing a strong focus on artificial intelligence this time around. In announcing Android 9 Pie on its blog, Google explained that its AI technology is designed to…

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Thales Extends Gemalto Acquisition Deadline Amid Antitrust Investigation

Thales Extends Gemalto Acquisition Deadline Amid Antitrust Investigation

“Essentially, according to the new arrangement, the acceptance period will close two weeks after the deal attains all necessary regulatory approvals, and no later than March 31st, 2019.” Thales has dramatically extended the deadline for its acquisition offer for Gemalto. The move comes soon after the European Commission’s announcement last month that it would open…

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VCSEL Orders Point to New Face-Scanning iPhones: Report

VCSEL Orders Point to New Face-Scanning iPhones: Report

Evidence that Apple is planning to bring Face ID to its new smartphones this year continues to mount, this time thanks to a quarterly update from VCSEL supplier Lumentum. As a provider of vertical cavity surface emitting laser technology, Lumentum is a key supplier for Apple’s flagship facial recognition system, which is designed to create…

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