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Hacker Cancels Black Hat Talk On Claimed Face ID Hack

Hacker Cancels Black Hat Talk On Claimed Face ID Hack

A security expert who claimed to have developed a hacking method for Apple’s Face ID system has cancelled a scheduled talk at the Black Hat Asia conference, an unusual move where such events are concerned. The researcher, Wish Wu, said he cancelled his talk at the behest of his employer, Ant Financial, which said in…

All Major Browsers Now Offer FIDO2 Support

All Major Browsers Now Offer FIDO2 Support

All of the major web browsers now offer FIDO2 support in some form, the FIDO Alliance has announced. The big news comes from a somewhat unlikely ally, with Apple having just launched a new preview version of its Safari browser that features FIDO2 support. Apple is notorious for not playing well with others and rigidly…

Qualcomm Wins Injunction Against iPhone Sales in China

Qualcomm Wins Injunction Against iPhone Sales in China

China’s Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court has granted a request from Qualcomm to halt the sale of several iPhone models in China due to alleged patent violations. The iPhone models affected in the order include the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X – in other…

Year in Review: Reflecting on the Good and Bad of Facial Recognition’s Big Year

Year in Review: Reflecting on the Good and Bad of Facial Recognition’s Big Year

Facial recognition technology has had a big year, in good ways and bad. On the positive side, Apple signaled a more or less definitive switch to 3D facial recognition as the primary mechanism for user authentication on its flagship smartphones: Having made a big splash last year with its introduction of Face ID on the…

Apple Patent Depicts Adaptable, Biometric AirPods

Apple Patent Depicts Adaptable, Biometric AirPods

“It’s an approach that could prove appealing to health and fitness enthusiasts, and would allow Apple to compete with other new earbud solutions that use biometrics to deliver FitBit-type functionality into that category of wearables.” A newly granted patent suggests that Apple is considering the integration of biometric capabilities into an upcoming version of its…

Scam iPhone App Exploited Misunderstanding of Touch ID, Biometrics

Scam iPhone App Exploited Misunderstanding of Touch ID, Biometrics

“…the app would dim the screen, obscuring a purchase interface asking the user to confirm an in-app transaction of $89.99, with a bright red fingerprint icon distracting the user’s attention.” An ostensibly health-related app for the iPhone was designed to use Touch ID to scam users out of almost $100. As 9to5Mac reports, the straightforwardly…

Competition Commission Raids Swiss Banks Over Alleged Collusion Against Apple Pay, Samsung Pay

Competition Commission Raids Swiss Banks Over Alleged Collusion Against Apple Pay, Samsung Pay

Switzerland’s Competition Commission, WEKO (for “Wettbewerbskommission”), has raided the offices of Credit Suisse, UBS, TWINT, and other domestic financial services providers in a probe concerning unfair business practices toward mobile payments platforms including Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. WEKO says it is investigating the possibility that these organizations have organized a boycott of the mobile…

Apple Wants Siri to Work During Off-Hours, Patent Suggests

Apple Wants Siri to Work During Off-Hours, Patent Suggests

A newly-surfaced patent application suggests that Apple is trying to extend Siri’s working hours to times when a user’s iPhone is offline. As AppleInsider reports, the patent filing, entitled “OFFLINE PERSONAL ASSISTANT”, describes how Siri queries could be performed on a given device (ie. an iPhone or iPad), rather than automatically outsourced to external servers…

Add Your Voice to the FindBiometrics 2018 Year in Review Survey

Add Your Voice to the FindBiometrics 2018 Year in Review Survey

It has been another remarkable year for the biometrics industry, with a lot of activity across a wide range of sectors. Apple, which spearheaded the mobile biometrics revolution with its launch of Touch ID five years ago, went ahead and confirmed its shift to 3D facial recognition with the launch of three new iPhones featuring…

Apple Sees Record Revenues in Latest Quarter, with Services at $10B

Apple Sees Record Revenues in Latest Quarter, with Services at $10B

“There are also signs that Apple is seeing more of a return on its Apple Pay mobile payments service…” Apple’s face-scanning new iPhones are a big hit, if its latest quarterly update offers any indication: Revenues are up 20 percent, year-over-year. The figure itself for those quarterly revenues is a stunner: $62.9 billion. And while…

2019 iPhones to Get Upgraded Face ID, iPad to Get ToF Tech: Ming-Chi Kuo

2019 iPhones to Get Upgraded Face ID, iPad to Get ToF Tech: Ming-Chi Kuo

Respected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that next year’s iPhones will get an upgraded Face ID system and that future iPad models might also incorporate Time of Flight (or ToF) sensor technology. The predictions come by way of a note to investors in which Kuo explains that the upgraded Face ID system will feature…

Apple Brings Face ID to iPad, and Touch ID to MacBook Air

Apple Brings Face ID to iPad, and Touch ID to MacBook Air

Apple continues to expand its use of biometric authentication, bringing its flagship facial recognition system to its newest iPad and keeping Touch ID alive on the new MacBook Air. The iPad Pro news confirms longstanding speculation. Even before Apple announced its 2018 lineup of iPhones this September, confirming that it had definitely made Face ID…

[Money20/20] High Profile FIDO2 Support Sets Stage For Strong Authentication Proliferation

[Money20/20] High Profile FIDO2 Support Sets Stage For Strong Authentication Proliferation

FIDO Alliance Executive Director Brett McDowell took the stage with digital financial services expert David Birch on Money20/20’s opening day, and took the opportunity to make the case for the implementation of FIDO standards in financial services (and everywhere else). Speaking to Birch as part of the “Identity Around the World: Global Case Studies in…

New Huawei Flagship Combines In-Display Fingerprint Sensor with 3D Face Scanning

New Huawei Flagship Combines In-Display Fingerprint Sensor with 3D Face Scanning

“…the device’s biometrics really help it to stand out from the pack, with Huawei combining fingerprint-based security with a 3D facial recognition system…” The cat is out of the bag: The fingerprint sensor of Huawei’s new flagship smartphone is under its display. The new Huawei Mate 20 Pro was officially unveiled in London this week,…

Student IDs Go Mobile in Apple Wallet

Student IDs Go Mobile in Apple Wallet

Apple is now bringing university student cards into its digital wallet platform, announcing that it has teamed up with multiple schools to enable students to use their iPhone or Apple Watch as a student card. Such functionality is now available for students at Duke University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Oklahoma. According…

Apple Exploring Thermal Imaging for Computer Vision, Patent Suggests

Apple Exploring Thermal Imaging for Computer Vision, Patent Suggests

A new patent application suggests Apple is working on computer vision technology that incorporates heat mapping. Vaguely titled “Method And System For Determining At Least One Property Related To At Least Part Of A Real Environment,” the patent application details computer vision techniques for assessing objects in a dynamic environment with multiple moving elements, most…

Why It’s Such a Big Deal That All of the New iPhones Use Face ID

Why It’s Such a Big Deal That All of the New iPhones Use Face ID

Ever since Apple introduced the world to its Face ID facial recognition system with the launch of its iPhone X last autumn, there have been rumors and speculation that Face ID would quickly become Apple’s primary biometric authentication system, at least on the iPhone. And last week, Apple confirmed those rumors, unveiling three new iPhones,…

Samsung Mobile Head Promises Big Changes for Galaxy S10

Samsung Mobile Head Promises Big Changes for Galaxy S10

In the shadow of last week’s big iPhone announcements, Samsung is trying to churn up the anticipation for its next Samsung Galaxy smartphone, with the company’s mobile head, DJ Koh, asserting that the forthcoming Galaxy S10 will feature “very significant” design changes. The comments were made at a Chinese media event last week, though Koh…

BRIEF: What Does Apple’s Switch to Face ID Mean for the Mobile Industry?

BRIEF: What Does Apple’s Switch to Face ID Mean for the Mobile Industry?

Apple confirmed longstanding speculation last week with its unveiling of its three new iPhone models for 2018. Like last year’s iPhone X, all of the new devices have abandoned Apple’s pioneering Touch ID fingerprint authentication system in favor of Face ID, an infrared, 3D facial recognition system. Face ID is now the sole means of…

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