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Buguroo Sounds Alarm About Malicious Apps in Google Play Store

Buguroo Sounds Alarm About Malicious Apps in Google Play Store

Buguroo is warning consumers about three malicious applications that are currently available through Google Play. All three applications take advantage of the Android Binder vulnerability, and were first uncovered by Trend Micro researchers Ecular Xu and Joseph Chen. The offending applications are Camero, callCam, and FileCrypt Manager, all three of which should obviously be avoided. The first two are…

Google Testing Biometric Authentication for Autofill

Google Testing Biometric Authentication for Autofill

Google has begun testing the addition of a layer of biometric authentication for its Google Autofill feature for use with Android and Google Chrome. With the release of Android Oreo (8.0) in 2017, Google also launched the Autofill API, which allowed third-party password manager apps the ability to offer an autofill service on Android devices,…

Snapchat Acquires Video Animation Startup AI Factory

Snapchat Acquires Video Animation Startup AI Factory

Snap, the parent company of the popular iOS and Android social media app Snapchat, has announced its acquisition of video animation startup AI Factory for a reported price of $166 million. The Ukrainian AI Factory is the team behind Snapchat’s popular new Cameos selfie-based video feature, through which deepfake-like videos of the user are generated…

FIDO Alliance Highlights Expansion of FIDO2 in 2019 Year End Report

FIDO Alliance Highlights Expansion of FIDO2 in 2019 Year End Report

The FIDO Alliance is calling attention to the global spread of FIDO-certified login technology in its 2019 year-end progress report. The organization notes that nearly every major web browser – including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera – introduced FIDO2 support in 2019, while FIDO’s WebAuthn API became an official W3C web standard. FIDO2 also extended…

Google Photos Adds (AI-assisted) Manual Face Tagging

Google Photos Adds (AI-assisted) Manual Face Tagging

Google has released an update to its wildly popular Photos app that allows users to manually tag people in their pictures, so long as Google’s facial recognition algorithm recognizes there is a face in the photo. Up until now, Photos users have had the option of enabling the “face grouping” feature in the app, which…

MyHyundai with Blue Link  App Updated With Face Unlock Support

MyHyundai with Blue Link App Updated With Face Unlock Support

Hyundai’s connected car app has recently received a major update making it the latest in a line of apps to support the Face Unlock biometric authentication system found on the Google Pixel 4. Along with the new Face Unlock support, the updated MyHyundai with Blue Link app delivers a major UI overhaul that brings it…

1Password Adds Support for Face Unlock on the Pixel 4

1Password Adds Support for Face Unlock on the Pixel 4

1Password, the popular password management app for iOS and Android, is now able to support the new Face Unlock feature on Google’s Pixel 4. After updating their 1Password app to the latest version (7.3.2) users’ can now use Face Unlock to access various apps and services for a biometric security approach. Previous versions of the…

Adobe Announces Preview Launch of Free AI-Powered Photoshop Camera App

Adobe Announces Preview Launch of Free AI-Powered Photoshop Camera App

Adobe showed off a preview of its new AI-powered Photoshop Camera app at its Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles on Monday. The app is powered by Adobe’s Sensei artificial intelligence platform to allow users to apply powerful Photoshop image filters and effects to pictures taken with their smartphone camera. Sensei is able to recognize…

WhatsApp Officially Brings Fingerprint Security to Android Users

WhatsApp Officially Brings Fingerprint Security to Android Users

WhatsApp has officially launched its fingerprint unlock utility for Android users. The feature was first introduced in a beta format back in August, but is now available to all WhatsApp users with an Android phone that supports fingerprint recognition. To activate the new feature, WhatsApp users will need to find their way to the Fingerprint…

Google Blog Post Details New ‘Biometric API’

Google Blog Post Details New ‘Biometric API’

Google has explained the shift to its ‘Biometric API’ in a new blog post on their Android Developers Blog. With the recent release of its latest flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, Google has also released Android 10, the newest operating system, and debuted Face Unlock, its newest form of biometric authentication. The 3D facial recognition…

Huawei Considering Switch from Android to Russia’s Aurora OS on Mobile Devices

Huawei Considering Switch from Android to Russia’s Aurora OS on Mobile Devices

A bombshell Reuters report suggests that Huawei is in negotiations to replace Android with a Russian operating system on at least some of its mobile devices. The Aurora OS is owned by Russia’s Rostelecom, a state telecommunications operator tasked with ordering devices for the country’s upcoming 2020 census. According to the report, Huawei will first…

IoT Botnet Targets Android Smart TVs and Set-Top Boxes

IoT Botnet Targets Android Smart TVs and Set-Top Boxes

The device security company WootCloud has uncovered an IoT botnet that targets Android set-top boxes and TVs. Dubbed “Ares”, the botnet specifically takes advantage of the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) infrastructure, which is a communications component that allows for the remote management of Android devices. WootCloud was able to discover the botnet with the help…

Samsung Takes Spotlight in Mobile-heavy Week on MIDW

Samsung Takes Spotlight in Mobile-heavy Week on MIDW

It was a mobile-heavy week on Mobile ID World – at least with respect to our most popular articles. Biometric authentication proved to be an important theme among those stories, and as for individual companies in the news, Samsung spent the most time in the spotlight. That’s thanks in large part to the company’s latest…

US Customs Brings Mobile Passport App to Puerto Rico

US Customs Brings Mobile Passport App to Puerto Rico

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it will be extending support for the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) program to several ports of entry in Puerto Rico. The feature will be available at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport on August 27th, before coming to the San Juan Pan-American Dock and San Juan Seaport…

WhatsApp Introduces Fingerprint Authentication on Android Phones

WhatsApp Introduces Fingerprint Authentication on Android Phones

WhatsApp is finally introducing a fingerprint lock security feature for Android phones. The utility is available as part of the recently released 2.19.221 beta version of the Android platform, and allows users to configure their WhatsApp settings to require a fingerprint scan to open to the app on compatible smartphones. Even with the feature enabled,…

Google Enables Web-Based Biometric Authentication on Android Devices

Google Enables Web-Based Biometric Authentication on Android Devices

Google has enabled biometric authentication for people trying to access Google services on Android phones. To use the feature, users must link their phone to their Google account, at which point they can use the fingerprint sensor on their device to prove their identity and log in. For the moment, biometric authentication is only available…

Mezu and Mastercard Introduce New Digital Debit Card

Mezu and Mastercard Introduce New Digital Debit Card

Mezu is teaming up with Mastercard to release a digital debit card that will allow Mezu users to make purchases anywhere Mastercard is accepted. Mezu is a mobile payments app that does not share any personal information or transaction history with third parties and leverages biometric authentication for added security. The partnership with Mastercard will…

Wavio Acoustic Awareness Solution to Benefit from ID R&D

ID R&D has found a new customer for its Acoustic Event Detection technology, which will be integrated into Wavio’s SoundAI platform. First announced back in March, Acoustic Event Detection allows any device with a microphone to detect and identify a range of ambient sounds, including sirens, barking dogs, breaking glass, and calls for help.  …

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