News Roundup: The Apple Watch Launch

Today marked the official launch of the greatly anticipated Apple Watch, a wearable gadget that many believe might push smartwatch technology into the mainstream. As such, this past week was filled with news surrounding the new mobile device while we also brought you reports on the Internet of Things, mCommerce and a very wide range of mobile strong authentication modalities.

Here is a look at the top stories from the week in mobile identity management:

Advent of Apple’s Watch

Apple Watch EdAll week we brought you news about Apple’s newest product, the Apple Watch, which officially launched today. With all the buzz surrounding the new wearable, Samsung took an opportunity to stoke anticipation of its own upcoming watch, the Gear A, and a number of market analysts shared their views on what the Apple Watch might mean for the mobile arena.

Here is a look at all the Apple hype from the week that was:

Amid Apple Watch Fanfare, Samsung Leaks More Details on Gear A

Apple Watch Debuts on Social Media

Apple Watch a “Milestone” in Wearable Sales: Analyst

Apple Plans Subdued Launch for Smartwatch

Apple Watch Will Launch Smartwatch Revolution: Report

Usher Platform Aims to Make Apple Watch a Password Replacement

Internet of Things

Internet of Things, Smart Tech, Connectivity, Mobile EcosystemTalk of wearables is a great segue into the Internet of Things, which is proving to be a major force in the mobile ID news this year. With the looming of a wearable tech boom, users of all kinds stand to benefit from easy IoT interfacing, but experts have repeatedly voiced security concerns the M2M network. This week we reported on an upcoming IoT summit, ARM’s intention to get into Internet of Things and how connected technology can even possibly save bees from colony collapse.

RE.WORK Summit to Focus on Internet of Things

ARM Sees Major Profits from Smartphones, Eyes IoT Next

Smart Honeycomb Could Save Bee Colonies

Mobile Commerce

Mobile CommerceIn financial application news, this week we saw an update from Daon about the success of USAA’s mobile banking app, which uses multi-factor biometric security. Meanwhile, Samsung SDS announced plans to launch its own fingerprint biometric payments service and 451 Research released numbers that indicate Apple Pay is becoming a major mCommerce force to be reckoned with.

Take a look at the week’s top mobile commerce stories:

Apple Pay a Catalyst for mPayment Growth

Daon Highlights Success of Biometric Authentication in USAA Mobile App

Samsung SDS Announces Biometric Mobile Payment Service

Next Generation Security

MultimodalThe mobile identity management news was filled with biometric and strong authentication security articles this week. Diversity was the name of the game, with everything from voice, fingerprint and smart card technology to U2F security keys and facial recognition making headlines. The following news stories from the past week are an excellent indication that, while high profile smartwatch launches can sometimes hog the spotlight, mobile identity management is much more than consumer wearables.

FST Biometrics Tech Bolsters Brazilian Security Firm

Yahoo Exploring Touchscreen Biometrics

YubiKey Devices Now Compatible with Google Drive for Work

Zwipe Access Card Wins SIA Award

Adobe Lightroom Upgraded with Facial Recongition

Tactivo Approved for Swedish Healthcare Prescription System

AirWatch to Integrate GlobalSign’s Digital Certificate Tech

Nok Nok Labs Teams with DDS to Expand into Japanese Market

Good Technology to Use Trustonic TEE Solution

AGNITiO Plans Busy Schedule for Upcoming Industry Events


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