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Gemalto Provides Metal Visa Cards for Cryptocurrency Platform Provider Monaco

Gemalto Provides Metal Visa Cards for Cryptocurrency Platform Provider Monaco

A Switzerland-based cryptocurrency exchange platform, Monaco, has contracted Gemalto to provide its physical Visa cards. Gemalto has developed metal payment cards for Monaco in a range of colors including dark blue, red, rose, light grey, and dark grey. The cards are available to users of Monaco’s app, and offer cashback rewards in supported cryptocurrencies. Explaining…

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Visa to Bring Wearable Payment Devices to Winter Olympics

Visa to Bring Wearable Payment Devices to Winter Olympics

Visa has announced innovative wearable devices to be used at the upcoming Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The solutions include an NFC-enabled commemorative Pin, available in four designs, and a sticker with an embedded antenna and NFC chip. But the standout wearable for the winter games could prove to be Visa’s payment-enabled…

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Hackers Announce Spoofing ‘Proof of Concept’ for Face ID

Hackers Announce Spoofing ‘Proof of Concept’ for Face ID

A team of hackers say that the iPhone X’s flagship facial recognition system can be hacked. All you need is about $150, a 3D scanner, a 3D printer, makeup, some paper, and unrestrained access to the victim’s face. Vietnam-based Bkav say they used these materials to put together a composite mask that was then used…

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Biometrics Industry Expert Jay Meier Joins FaceTec’s Advisory Board

Biometrics Industry Expert Jay Meier Joins FaceTec’s Advisory Board

FaceTec has a new biometrics industry expert on its advisory board: Jay Meier, founder and managing partner at Sage Capital Advisors, will now be offering his expertise to the company. In a statement announcing Meier’s appointment, FaceTec described him as “an award-winning financial securities analyst and expert in Identity Access Management, Credentialing and Biometrics”. From…

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Synaptics Fingerprint Sensor Tech To See In-Display Deployment This Year

Synaptics Fingerprint Sensor Tech To See In-Display Deployment This Year

Synaptics says its under-glass fingerprint sensor technology will see an in-display deployment in a mobile device this year. The company first announced its Natural ID FS9100 sensor line at the end of last year. It’s an optical fingerprint sensor that Synaptics says can scan through a full millimeter of cover glass. At the time of…

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New Report Finds Online Trust Gap in APAC Region

New Report Finds Online Trust Gap in APAC Region

There is a serious shortage in consumers’ online trust in the APAC region, suggests a new report from Experian and IDC. The report is based on a survey of 3,200 consumers and more than 80 organizations across the financial services, retail, and telecommunications sectors in the region. Results were assessed to determine a “Digital Trust…

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Automotive Biometrics Market to Reach Nearly $1B by 2023: Goode

Automotive Biometrics Market to Reach Nearly $1B by 2023: Goode

The automotive biometrics market will reach a value of $969 million by 2023, according to a new report from Goode Intelligence. Entitled, “Biometrics for the Connected Car; Automotive Biometrics Market Analysis & Forecasts 2018-2023”, the report asserts that this value will reflect a CAGR of 96 percent over the forecast period. In a statement announcing…

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No In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for Samsung’s Galaxy S9: Report

No In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for Samsung’s Galaxy S9: Report

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 won’t feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, according to a new report. Citing “local news reports” in Korean media, The Investor asserts that next year’s S9 devices will feature fingerprint sensors embedded on the rear of the devices. The news contradicts speculation from earlier this summer that predicted an in-display implementation for the…

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NXP Brings HomeKit Support to MCU, Processor Solutions

NXP Brings HomeKit Support to MCU, Processor Solutions

NXP Semiconductors has added HomeKit support to its portfolio of MCUs and processors. HomeKit is Apple’s smart home software framework, designed to allow various devices to connect to Apple products, enabling voice-based control with Apple’s Siri AI platform acting as the interface. In other words, it’s the IT framework underlying Apple’s version of Amazon’s Echo…

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US-China Trade Agreement’s MoU’s Could Funnel In-Display Biometric Tech to Mobile Brands

US-China Trade Agreement’s MoU’s Could Funnel In-Display Biometric Tech to Mobile Brands

“Vivo also emphasized its collaboration with Qualcomm on in-display fingerprint sensor technology…” Three major smartphone companies have signed non-binding memoranda of understanding (MoU) agreements to purchase 12 billion dollars’ worth of Qualcomm technology over the next three years. The agreements were signed as part of a larger bilateral trade initiative undertaken upon President Donald Trump’s…

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Yoti Banks On Business Support for Free Mobile ID App

Yoti Banks On Business Support for Free Mobile ID App

A UK firm has launched a new mobile ID app that places a strong emphasis on user privacy. The Yoti app is designed to first confirm users with a selfie and a photo of a driver’s license or a passport. From there, additional personal details can be loaded to the app such as phone number,…

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Deutsche Telekom Subsidiary to Act as ‘Data Trustee’ for BioID Platform

Deutsche Telekom Subsidiary to Act as ‘Data Trustee’ for BioID Platform

BioID has entered into an agreement with Deutsche Telekom to host its BioID Web Service platform in DT subsidiary T-Systems’ data center. It’s part of an effort to ensure compliance with the European Union’s impending General Data Protection Regulation. In a statement announcing the deal, BioID explained that T-Systems is acting as a “data trustee”,…

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New Gemalto IoT Module Supports 12 Band LTE, 3G, and 2G

New Gemalto IoT Module Supports 12 Band LTE, 3G, and 2G

Gemalto has announced a new solution in its Cinterion line of IoT modules that offers 12 band LTE, 3G, and 2G connectivity. The company says its Cinterion PLS62-W IoT Module is the first of its kind in terms of not only offering LTE Cat. 1 connectivity across 12 LTE bands, but also allowing devices to…

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IDEMIA Brings PCI-CP Certification to Pakistan Personalization Center

IDEMIA Brings PCI-CP Certification to Pakistan Personalization Center

IDEMIA‘s personalization center for payment cards in Karachi has now been certified by Visa and Mastercard for PCI-CP compliance. The center has been in operation for several years under the management of Oberthur Technologies, which merged with Safran Identity and Security earlier this year to form what is now IDEMIA. The personalization center is meant…

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Apple Pay Cash Arrives in Beta Version

Apple Pay Cash Arrives in Beta Version

Apple Pay Cash has arrived as part of the iOS 11.2 beta, and early reviews suggest it’s really easy to use. It’s essentially what was promised when Apple first announced the idea this past June: iOS users can text money to each other. A new App Drawer icon at the bottom of the iMessage window…

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Apple to Bring iPhone X Design Approach to 2018 iPad: Report

Apple to Bring iPhone X Design Approach to 2018 iPad: Report

Apple is ditching Touch ID and bringing its new Face ID facial recognition system to next year’s iPad, according to a new Bloomberg report. Citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter,” the report asserts that Apple essentially wants to adapt the key design elements that make the new iPhone X stand out to its flagship…

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Pramati Builds Face ID Support Into Fingerprint Authentication App, Citing ‘Irreversible Paradigm Shift’

Pramati Builds Face ID Support Into Fingerprint Authentication App, Citing ‘Irreversible Paradigm Shift’

The iPhone X’s Face ID facial recognition system has already made a substantial impact on the mobile biometrics industry, and it looks like it could revolutionize Pramati Technologies’ flagship biometric authentication platform, to take one example. The firm first announced ThumbSignIn this past summer. It’s an SDK available to both iOS and Android developers, and…

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AimBrain Teams with iDENprotect, Targeting PSD2 Market

AimBrain Teams with iDENprotect, Targeting PSD2 Market

AimBrain and iDENprotect have teamed up, the companies have announced. The former offers a biometric authentication platform based on facial, voice, and behavioral recognition. The latter offers enterprise security solutions that leverage embedded security hardware commonly found in mobile devices. Their partnership will combine iDENprotect’s technology with AimBrain’s facial recognition, offering what they call a…

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NEC Trials Augmented Reality System for Workplace Productivity

NEC Trials Augmented Reality System for Workplace Productivity

NEC has announced an augmented reality system designed to help workers do their jobs more efficiently. The solution is based on NEC’s ARmKeypad technology, and requires a pair of smartglasses and a smartwatch for each user. As users perform tasks, they are presented with digital menus on their smartglasses screens; they can then select the…

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