News Roundup: eBay Commits to Strong Authentication

Last week at Mobile ID World FinTech was in the news as we prepared to head to Copenhagen where we will be reporting live this week from Money20/20 Europe. Apple, Samsung and eBay were all also in the news with big headlines, as we reported on the latest biometrically enabled mobile devices and more.

Here’s a look back on all the top news stories from last week in mobile digital identity:

Talking about Mobile ID

News Roundup: eBay Commits to Strong AuthenticationLast week we featured two interviews on Mobile ID World. David Pollington, Head of Applications & Services at GSMA, spoke to Peter O’Neill about the most recent, highly successful Mobile World Congress and the nuances of Mobile Connect. O’Neill also spoke with Javier Mira, Executive Vice-President at FacePhi, about facial recognition and the company’s involvement in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program.

Read the full interviews below:

INTERVIEW: Javier Mira, Executive Vice-President, FacePhi

INTERVIEW: David Pollington, Head of Applications & Services, GSMA

Finance and Money20/20

News Roundup: eBay Commits to Strong Authentication

Money20/20 Europe starts today in Copenhagen, and Mobile ID World is there, reporting from the floor and hosting a panel on biometrics in FinTech. Financial services were well represented in the news last week with Morpho (Safran) subsidiary Syscom selected to produce EMV debit cards in India, and MasterCard weighing in on the progress that that same standard has made in Europe. UK bank MBNA announced that it will be supporting Android Pay when it inevitably launches this year, and stateside we learned that USAA will be one of the first companies to support the biometric features on Microsoft Edge. All of that and more made mobile commerce the topic to talk about last week:

Get Ready for Money20/20 Europe

Money20/20 Europe: HSBC Joins Biometrics Panel

Morpho Subsidiary Selected for India’s EMV Card Production

MasterCard Cites Progress in US EMV Shift

USAA  Among First to Take Advantage of Microsoft Edge Web Biometrics

Square Moves to Open Ecosystem in Bid for Marketshare

MBNA Confirms Android Pay Support Ahead of UK Launch

Technavio Highlights Top Vendors in mPayment Services


News Roundup: eBay Commits to Strong AuthenticationSamsung Pay launched in China last week, following its rival Apple Pay into a region that experts have been dubbing oversaturated with mobile wallet solutions. Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones were in the news last week too, with reports of a new Active iteration on its way to consumers, and the announcement that the S7 and S7 Edge use Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree solution for speech recognition.

Samsung Pay Launches in China

Galaxy S7 Devices Feature Embedded Sensory Speech Recognition Tech

Galaxy S7 Active Model Revealed Via App Update


News Roundup: eBay Commits to Strong AuthenticationIn Apple news, last week we saw some patent applications suggesting fun new innovations for the Apple Watch and Touch ID, while Apple Pay became a little more accepted in China thanks to support no being offered through PayEase. US Bank enabled Touch ID login for its mobile app and we heard rumor of new biometric modalities slated for future iPhones.

Apple May Bring Attachable Peripherals to Apple Watch

2017 iPhone Could Mark Major Design Departure

China’s PayEase Offers Apple Pay Support Via Apple Store App

US Bank Adopts Touch ID Login for Mobile App

Patent Application Details How iPhone’s Touch ID Could Unlock a Mac

New Handsets and a Tablet

News Roundup: eBay Commits to Strong Authentication

New mobile devices from Vivo, Xiaomi, and Gionee were launched last week, each one of them featuring a biometric sensor from Fingerprint Cards (FPC). Additionally, we saw the launch of a new tablet in India which features biometric scanning capabilities that, in concert with Aadhaar, will enable mobile government eServices.

Vivo X6 and X6 Plus Use FPC Biometrics Tech

New Tablet Could Extend Access to Aadhaar Services

Latest Redmi Handset Sports FPC Fingerprint Sensor

FPC, Precise Biometrics Tech Returns in New Gionee Device

Strong Authentication

News Roundup: eBay Commits to Strong AuthenticationeBay made huge news last week when it joined the FIDO Alliance and simultaneously announced its FIDO Certified authentication server. Meanwhile, we also reported on WordPress’ embrace of Google Authenticator for two factor account security.

eBay Joins FIDO Alliance, Launches UAF Server

WordPress Embraces Two-Factor Authentication with Google Authenticator

Vertical Markets

News Roundup: eBay Commits to Strong AuthenticationAMREL announced that its rugged XP7-ID biometric handheld achieved FBI certification, making it well suited for border control and law enforcement deployments. Last week we also reported that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be equipping its agents with NeoScan mobile biometric technology from NEC Corporation of America. In healthcare, meanwhile, we saw Calgary Scientific putting the spotlight on medical imaging solutions in the wake of this year’s HIMSS conference.

Here are last week’s big stories in the vertical markets:

ICE Agents to be Equipped with NeoScan45 Biometric Readers

AMREL Handheld Gets FBI Certification

Calgary Scientific Highlights Imaging, Cloud-Based Solutions at HIMSS


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