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Senior U.S. Commerce Official at Center of 5G, Huawei Battles Resigns

Senior U.S. Commerce Official at Center of 5G, Huawei Battles Resigns

Earl Comstock, a senior U.S. Commerce Department official who has been a vocal proponent of export restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei is resigning, effective Friday, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. In a statement on Comstock’s resignation, Ross said that he valued his “wise counsel, his deep policy expertise, his innovative thinking and leadership,”…

Trinamix Teams with Qualcomm to Bring Facial Recognition Tech to Android

Trinamix Teams with Qualcomm to Bring Facial Recognition Tech to Android

Trinamix, a subsidiary of the German chemical giant BASF, has announced a partnership with Qualcomm’s Software Accelerator Program to promote its facial recognition technology to Android phone manufacturers. Founded in 2015 by researcher Ingmar Bruder, Trinamix has a unique proprietary technology that uses the backscatter from infrared beams in combination with 2D infrared images and…

U.S. Officials Say Huawei Has Secret Back Doors Into Mobile Networks

U.S. Officials Say Huawei Has Secret Back Doors Into Mobile Networks

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, U.S. officials say they have evidence that Chinese telecom and 5G network systems giant Huawei has secret back doors into mobile networks that it maintains across the globe. The accusations from the U.S. arrive after years of tensions between the U.S. and China that have been…

UK Grants Huawei Limited Role in National 5G Spectrum

UK Grants Huawei Limited Role in National 5G Spectrum

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that Chinese tech giant Huawei will be granted a limited role in Britain’s 5G cellular network, despite the fact that the United States has been calling on its allies to exclude the company. Huawei, who Britain referred to as a “high-risk vendor”, will be allowed into non-sensitive parts of…

FPC’s Biometric Payment Card Tech Gets Approval from Chinese Testing Authority

FPC’s Biometric Payment Card Tech Gets Approval from Chinese Testing Authority

Fingerprint Cards has achieved an important milestone in its ongoing efforts to pave the way for global adoption of biometric payment card technology. The company’s T-Shape fingerprint sensor module and its FPC-BEP biometric software platform have both passed accuracy and security tests conducted by China’s Bank Card Test Center, or BCTC. BCTC is an independent…

Mobile Account Registration in China Now Requires Facial Recognition Scan

Mobile Account Registration in China Now Requires Facial Recognition Scan

The government of China has formally implemented a new rule that makes a facial recognition scan a required part of the mobile registration process. Anyone hoping to sign up for mobile phone services will now need to undergo a scan, expanding on the previous system that only asked customers to provide an identity card. The…

China Launches Massive 5G Network Rollout

China Launches Massive 5G Network Rollout

China has launched 5G capabilities in 50 cities across the country in what is being called one of the biggest single rollouts of the super-fast mobile network technology. Experts warn that the massive switch to 5G threatens to vault China past the U.S not only with regards to the consumer benefits the technology can afford…

Apple Could Ditch Face ID to Cut Cost of Chinese iPhones

Apple Could Ditch Face ID to Cut Cost of Chinese iPhones

Apple is reportedly planning to release a new version of the iPhone designed specifically for the Chinese market. The new phone would ditch Face ID in favor of an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, largely in an effort to cut costs and remain competitive during the ongoing trade war between the US and China. The move would…

Biometric Card with IDEX SmartFinger Tech Undergoing Certification by Beijing Testing Center

Biometric Card with IDEX SmartFinger Tech Undergoing Certification by Beijing Testing Center

“I’m more confident than ever that biometric smart cards are poised for mass adoption.” – Stan Swearingen, CEO, IDEX Biometrics IDEX Biometrics announced today that biometric payment cards featuring its SmartFinger sensor technology have begun a certification process on behalf of a “major global payment scheme in Asia.” The Bank Card Testing Center, an independent…

AI Specialist Megvii Raises $750 Million in Latest Funding Round

AI Specialist Megvii Raises $750 Million in Latest Funding Round

Hong Kong-based AI specialist Megvii has raised $750 million through its latest funding round, the company has announced. The news comes after Megvii raised $600 million in an investment round last year, and amid speculation that the company is planning an IPO. It’s now valued at a little over $4 billion. The announcement also comes…

GSMA China Report Projects Major 5G Expansion

GSMA China Report Projects Major 5G Expansion

The GSMA has released the findings of its first Mobile Economy report on China, revealing that the mobile industry was responsible for 5.5 percent of the country’s GDP in 2018. The industry generated $750 billion in value, all while supporting 8.5 million jobs and adding $84 billion in tax revenue to the country’s coffers.   …

IDEX Intensifies China Focus with Latest Biometric Cards Partner

IDEX Intensifies China Focus with Latest Biometric Cards Partner

“It’s beyond doubt that the market for biometric cards will ramp significantly in 2019. During the second half of 2018 a vast range of card integrators have geared up their efforts to commercialize biometric cards which will provide simple, secure and personal authentication for all. We see especially strong pull in China, and we are…

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…

Chinese Gov’t Pressures Tencent to Verify Players’ Ages with Biometrics

Chinese Gov’t Pressures Tencent to Verify Players’ Ages with Biometrics

“Tencent says its aim is to use facial recognition technology to match players against their government databases in order to verify their ages, which suggests it’s working closely with government authorities.” At the Chinese government’s behest, Tencent Holdings says it is exploring the use of facial recognition technology to prevent minors from playing its wildly…

Hong Kong Smartglasses Firm Sees ‘No Shortage of Budget’ in Gov’t Surveillance

Hong Kong Smartglasses Firm Sees ‘No Shortage of Budget’ in Gov’t Surveillance

Xloong, a Hong Kong-based tech company specializing in Augmented Reality glasses, is looking to the government’s growing interest in biometric surveillance technology to turn the company to profitability. The firm was founded in 2015, and has tailored its smart glasses technology to a number of applications including industrial engineering, messaging displays in military helmets, and…

INTERVIEW: NEXT Biometrics CEO Ritu Favre

Mobile ID World President Peter O’Neill recently had the opportunity to speak with Ritu Favre, CEO of NEXT Biometrics. The conversation starts with a review of her first year as the company’s leader and her major accomplishments in the role. The conversation moves on to the major security benefits of NEXT’s large area sensors and…

Another Chinese AI Firm Gets Millions in Backing

Another Chinese AI Firm Gets Millions in Backing

Chinese AI startup Yitu has brought in $300 million in investments over the last two months. The total is the product of a newly announced investment of $100 million from China Industrial Asset Management, which follows after a $200 million series-C investment round in June. Investors are evidently excited about Yitu’s artificial intelligence technology, which the…

China’s AI Giant Branches Into Autonomous Driving, AR

China’s AI Giant Branches Into Autonomous Driving, AR

“It’s another sign of the rapid growth of SenseTime, which announced earlier this year that it had become the world’s most valuable AI company after a series-C funding round that brought the company $600 million.” Facial recognition specialist SenseTime is branching out into autonomous driving and augmented reality, according to one of its co-founders. Speaking…

Goodix is Once Again Vivo’s In-Display Tech Supplier for the Nex S

Goodix is Once Again Vivo’s In-Display Tech Supplier for the Nex S

Goodix is the supplier behind the in-display fingerprint sensor technology of Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone, the China-based biometrics specialist has announced. Officially unveiled this week, the Vivo Nex S is the third device from Vivo to feature in-display technology, after the pioneering Vivo X20 Plus UD launched in China near the start of the year,…

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