News Roundup: Smartphones, IoT & The Golden Watch

This week at Mobile ID World brought headlines concerning the Internet of Things, wearable authentication, healthcare, mCommerce and more.

Here are the top mobile identity management stories from the first week of April:

Watching the Watches, Watching The Internet of Things

Apple Watch EditionThis week we learned a little bit more about the highly priced Apple Watch Edition -specifically how Apple intends on catering to its buyers – while also reporting on a newly patented method of two-factor smartwatch authentication from Samsung. Amazon took steps in the direction of IoT enabled commerce and IBM announced its intention to invest $3 billion in the Internet of Things over the next five years.

Here’s how the news had us talking about IoT and smartwatches this past week:

Amazon Steps Into Smart Home Market

IBM Announces $3 Billion for IoT

Samsung Aims for Multi-Factor Smartwatch Security

Apple to Promote Gold Smartwatch with Sycophancy

Smartphones and Authenticating on Them

unsplash_mobileThis week’s smartphone news was largely dominated by  fingerprint authentication. Fingerprint Cards announced yet another major order of its FPC1025 sensors, which will be used in Chinese smartphones, and both Asus and OnePlus made headlines as news surfaced regarding fingerprint authentication on each of their respective upcoming flagship handsets.

Outside of fingerprints, Apple received approval for a mobile facial recognition patent and an ultra-low cost mobile from Samsung also made headlines.

Slew of Orders Causes FPC to Revise Q1 Revenue Forecast

FPC Receives Sensor Order Worth 110 MSEK

Apple Patent for Mobile Facial Recognition Gets Approval

OnePlus Two to Feature “Laser Focus” Fingerprint Reader

Hats Off to Ear Shape Biometrics

Asus Takes Tentative Step to Biometric Security

Samsung Mobile Device on Sale for £3

Health and Finance

Mobile CommerceIn terms of healthcare, this week we learned how biometrics are going to fit into the conversation at HIMSS 2015, a medication app chose biometrics to help keep users on track with prescriptions and we reported on how one company believes mobile healthcare will help educate the doctors of the future.

Moving on to the world of finance, Cartes America announced that MasterCard will be hosting a panel at this year’s smart cards event, Vodaphone chose PIN security for its mPayment solution and Daon was recognized for its commitment to the credit union industry.

Mobile Healthcare to Help Train Future Doctors

Medication Management App Embraces Biometric Data

MD to Expound on Biometric Revolution in Remote Care at HIMSS Conference

Daon Technology Deemed Ideal For Credit Unions

Vodafone Sticks with the PIN for mPayment System

MasterCard To Host Panel at Cartes America

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