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North Shows Off Second Generation Smart Glasses at CES2020

North Shows Off Second Generation Smart Glasses at CES2020

Smart glasses maker North showed off the prototype of its follow-up to last year’s Focals smart glasses at CES2020 in Las Vegas this month. The Focals 2.0 look to improve upon last year’s release in a number of ways, and reducing the size of the glasses is one of them. The second generation pair is…

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FacePhi Breaks Records in Strong 2019 Fiscal Year

FacePhi Breaks Records in Strong 2019 Fiscal Year

“In a statement announcing the 2019 results, FacePhi noted that it had established 13 major contracts through the course of the year in the LATAM sector, and suggested that it is aiming to replicate the growth trend it has seen in this area in the APAC market…” FacePhi has delivered on its promise of strong…

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Ericsson Pushes eSIM Tech with Launch of New Automated Solution

Ericsson Pushes eSIM Tech with Launch of New Automated Solution

Ericsson is hoping to eliminate the need for physical SIM cards through the introduction of an automated eSIM solution that will allow service providers to deliver and manage user profiles remotely. According to Ericsson, the new solution should improve the overall mobile experience for everyday consumers. That conclusion was based on a consumer survey that…

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QRails Brings Samsung Pay Benefits to UK Football Fans

QRails Brings Samsung Pay Benefits to UK Football Fans

QRails has teamed up with Samsung Pay to improve the loyalty programs for several football clubs in the UK. The partnership will allow fans of Queens Park Rangers, Swindon Town, and Peterborough United to add a club-branded debit Mastercard to a Samsung Pay account, which will then allow them to use Samsung Pay to complete…

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Visa Survey Shows More Than Half of Cardholders Prefer Biometric Authentication

Visa Survey Shows More Than Half of Cardholders Prefer Biometric Authentication

A recent study released by Visa shows that the majority of credit card holders would consider switching banks if biometric authentication was not offered by their current institution. The same study also showed that two-thirds of respondents have used biometrics for authenticating their identity and prefer it over the traditional PIN or password security methods…

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Thales and Queensland Collaborate on Digital Driver’s Licenses

Thales and Queensland Collaborate on Digital Driver’s Licenses

Thales is collaborating with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to launch Australia’s first Digital Driver’s License. The smartphone application will make its debut with a 2020 pilot on the Fraser Coast before expanding to the rest of Queensland’s 3.7 million citizens. The application is built with Gemalto’s Digital ID Wallet, which…

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Samsung SDS and Syniverse Team Up to Develop Universal Mobile Wallet

Samsung SDS and Syniverse Team Up to Develop Universal Mobile Wallet

Syniverse has formed a strategic partnership with Samsung SDS that will lead to the development of a universal mobile payments platform. The two companies came to the table to sign a Memorandum of Understanding during the recent CES event in Las Vegas. The new payments platform is designed to be wallet-agnostic, which is to say…

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Fujitsu Allies with Upstream Security to Develop In-Car Threat Detection Platform

Fujitsu Allies with Upstream Security to Develop In-Car Threat Detection Platform

Fujitsu has teamed up with Upstream Security to develop a new security platform for the next generation of connected vehicles. Upstream Security is a smart car cybersecurity specialist, and has already developed a cloud-based automotive threat feed called Upstream C4. The new joint solution will blend Upstream C4 with Fujitsu’s data processing tech, as well…

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Netki Updates Face Matching Tech for OnboardID

Netki Updates Face Matching Tech for OnboardID

Remote identity verification technology provider Netki announced the release of newly updated face matching technology for its OnboardID system at the North American Bitcoin Conference this week. The update to the tech aims to improve the system’s ability to determine whether faces scanned from various sources belong to the individual in question. “Our face matching…

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Vuzix Predicts Smart Glasses will Catch On with Gen Z

Vuzix Predicts Smart Glasses will Catch On with Gen Z

In a new blog post, Vuzix is predicting (or perhaps hoping) that smart glasses are poised to follow smartphones and tablets to become the next mainstream consumer device. In that regard, the company is placing its faith in Gen Z, implying that the younger generation (those born between 1996 and 2010) will search for more…

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Frost & Sullivan Forecasts Rise of Branded In-Car Digital Assistants

Frost & Sullivan Forecasts Rise of Branded In-Car Digital Assistants

Frost & Sullivan is predicting that digital assistants will become an increasingly important component of automotive branding in the next five years. Digital assistants allow drivers to control various navigation, safety, and entertainment features with simple voice commands to minimize the number of distractions they face while on the road. They also provide an opportunity…

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French Payments App Lydia Raises $45 Million in Round Led by Tencent

French Payments App Lydia Raises $45 Million in Round Led by Tencent

French startup Lydia announced it has raised $45 million in a Series B funding round led by Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent. Though relatively small with only 90 employees, mobile payment app Lydia is wildly popular in France, with 3 million users in the country and 5,000 people signing up every day. A large portion of…

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Turkcell Lays Out AI Principles

Turkcell Lays Out AI Principles

Turkcell, Turkey’s leading mobile phone operator, has announced the creation of its own Artificial Intelligence (AI) Principles, guidelines aimed at committing it to the ethical and responsible use of AI technologies, making it the first company in Turkey to do so. At a press conference held by the company at its Istanbul headquarters, Turkcell revealed…

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Muddled Rumors Detail New 5.4-inch iPhone with Face ID

Muddled Rumors Detail New 5.4-inch iPhone with Face ID

Tech analysts are sorting through a confusing pile of iPhone rumors in the wake of a new report from MacOtakara. The rumors primarily concern the anticipated iPhone SE 2 and an updated version of the iPhone 8. For those interested, the main takeaway is that Apple seems to be developing a new, budget friendly iPhone…

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NXP, Sony, and NTT DOCOMO Put Together UWB Payments and Advertising Demo

NXP, Sony, and NTT DOCOMO Put Together UWB Payments and Advertising Demo

NXP is teaming up with NTT DOCOMO and Sony to demonstrate new mobile payment and advertising solutions that are based on NXP’s Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology. The live demoes are scheduled to take place during the DOCOMO Open House from January 23-24. The solutions utilize NXP’s recently released UWB chipset, which was specifically designed for mobile…

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Facebook Releases Open Source Speech Recognition Platform

Facebook Releases Open Source Speech Recognition Platform

Facebook has announced that it will be making its wav2letter@anywhere online speech recognition framework more readily available as an open source platform. The framework was developed by Facebook AI Research (FAIR), which claims that it has created the fastest open source automatic speech recognition (ASR) platform currently on the market. “The system has almost three…

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Visa Token Service Participation Set to Reach $1 Trillion

Visa Token Service Participation Set to Reach $1 Trillion

Digital payments giant Visa has announced that participants in its Visa Token Service are set to reach an estimated $1 trillion in combined eCommerce transactions since the service was first introduced in late 2014. The Visa Token Service was launched as a way to replace a user’s sensitive account information with a unique digital identifier…

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GoTrustID Moves Beyond USB with New Badge-Shaped Security Key

GoTrustID Moves Beyond USB with New Badge-Shaped Security Key

GoTrustID has released a new FIDO-certified security key with a unique badge form factor that was designed as an alternative to the more conventional USB option. The new Idem Card has Bluetooth and NFC capabilities, and is roughly the same size and shape as a standard credit card. The Idem Card can be used for…

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