Last week at Mobile ID World smartphone security dominated the news while we continued our month long examination of the Internet of Things. The mobile commerce competition continued to heat up and privacy concerns had their chance in the spotlight too.
Here is a look back on the top headlines of the week that was:
PayPal was all over the industry news this week as its controversial new user agreement continued to present problems with not only users, but also the FCC and members of the US senate. This headache is coming at a critical time in mPayments, and our articles this week examine the emerging mobile commerce wars that will see PayPal, Apple, Samsung and Google battling for your wallet.
Internet of Things
In the featured articles this week, we examined five consumer applications of the Internet of Things. Meanwhile, the news on IoT contained its share of skepticism in regards to how ready the Internet of Things is for prime time. That uncertainty hasn’t stopped major companies from investing in the M2M network, as exemplified by AT&T this week, which underlined its substantial investment in the Internet of Things.
A new report released this week shows growth in the wearables market, suggesting there will be plenty of interest in the newly rumored Apple Watch 2. The current iteration of Apple’s smartwatch is only just now reservable in the company’s stores, but according to sources it won’t be long before the next generation will be making its way to early adopting wrists.
Smartphones and Apps
In smartphone news this week, we talked ear-shape biometrics, reporting on a new authentication patent awarded to Amazon. The world’s first iris-scanning smartphone was launched in Japan, while numerous fingerprint solutions made headlines. ZTE aimed at the Russian market with an Eyeprint scanning phone and a new partnership, and we also brought you news on the latest AirWatch partnership.
Take a look below at how smartphone authentication developed over the past week.
Privacy is a volatile topic in identity management right now, and this week we reported on three different face recognition stories that focused on this controversial aspect. Facebook decided to keep its new Moments app out of Europe and a US lawsuit took aim at Shutterfly for its collection of biometric data. In news that puts control back in the hand of end users, we reported on a new camera aimed at consumers that leverages facial recognition ships with customizable privacy features.
Rounding out the week we reported on Mitek’s acquisition of IDchecker, Eastern Bank’s use of Nuance voice biometrics for caller authentication, and FPC’s newest sensor order which had the company updating its revenue predictions.
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