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Samsung Aims for Multi-Factor Smartwatch Security

Samsung Aims for Multi-Factor Smartwatch Security

Samsung has filed a patent for a method of multi-factor biometric user authentication on a smartwatch, reports Jack Purcher on Patently Mobile. The method is surprisingly elaborate, using a two-tiered security system, and will play an important role in securing mobile commerce and payment transactions via the device, among other functions. Essentially, the system looks…

News Roundup: The Internet of Things Is Changing Identity

News Roundup: The Internet of Things Is Changing Identity

This week at Mobile ID World, in the featured articles section, we took a look at how the recent focus on expanding the Internet of Things (IoT, M2M) has been changing the identity conversation. The industry news was appropriately themed in this manner, with IoT and connected cars dominating the discourse this week. Fingerprint news…

Britons Skeptical About Smartwatches, Excited About IoT: Survey

Britons Skeptical About Smartwatches, Excited About IoT: Survey

A new poll has found Britons somewhat wary of Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch, according to an article by Lauren Davidson in The Telegraph. The survey of 2000 British adults, conducted by Hive by British Gas, found that only 25 percent of its respondents indicated they thought the Apple Watch would improve their lives. That’s actually pretty…

AGNITiO Cheers On the Password’s Demise

AGNITiO Cheers On the Password’s Demise

Society is edging closer and closer toward the end of the password, and AGNITiO is cheering us on. Writing on its blog, the company refers to an AFP story that appeared in Business Insider in which biometric technology’s increasing pervasiveness – and acceptance – is discussed. A lot of the credit goes to Apple for…

IoT: The Internet of Change

IoT: The Internet of Change

How The Internet of Things Is Changing The Identity Conversation The conversation around identity is changing quickly in terms of mobility thanks to the rising interest in the Internet of Things and connectivity in general. So far, 2015 has been host to a number of big announcements and major presentations at global technology events that have…

Report: $3.1 Billion in 2015 Revenues for Consumer, Enterprise Biometrics

Report: $3.1 Billion in 2015 Revenues for Consumer, Enterprise Biometrics

ABI Research, a market research firm, has predicted that the enterprise and consumer sectors of the global biometrics market will reach $3.1 billion in revenues this year. The prediction is a product of two of the firm’s market research reports: Digital Authentication and Embedded Security, and Biometric Technologies and Applications. The researchers attribute much of…

Samsung S6 Devices Launch in India

Samsung S6 Devices Launch in India

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge have launched in India, according to a new article in The Hindu. The devices are available at a price of Rs. 49,900 and Rs. 58,900, respectively. The new devices are said to essentially put Samsung at “feature parity” with its rival Apple’s latest smartphones, though the company hopes to have…

Poll Finds Strong Consumer Interest in Apple Watch

Poll Finds Strong Consumer Interest in Apple Watch

A new poll has found that 39 percent of iPhone owners expressed interest in buying an Apple Watch, according to a Reuters article by Alexei Oreskovic in the Globe and Mail. The poll was conducted by Ipsos, and surveyed 2469 American adults between March  9 – the date of the official launch of the Apple Watch – and…

Report: Mobile Biometrics Has Reached ‘Tipping Point’

Report: Mobile Biometrics Has Reached ‘Tipping Point’

Market research firm Research and Markets has issued a new report on the future of mobile biometrics, and says that the industry has “reached a tipping point”. The researchers predict that the market will grow from $249 million this year to $3.5 billion in 2024, with cumulative revenue reaching $17.5 billion over that period. The report…

EgisTec Providing Biometrics for Acer Cloud Platform

EgisTec Providing Biometrics for Acer Cloud Platform

Taiwan-based Egis Technology Inc. (EgisTec) has teamed up with Acer to bring biometric fingerprint sensor technology to Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud ecosystem. EgisTec’s YuKey SmartBand will provide the means by which users will authenticate to access Acer’s BYOC. Recently showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the YuKey SmartBand is, of course, a wearable…

Researcher Continues to Proselytize on Biometrics at SXSW

Researcher Continues to Proselytize on Biometrics at SXSW

Biometrics evangelist Dr. Leslie Saxon continues to preach the power of the technology at this year’s SXSW festival. In a new interview with Popular Science, Dr. Saxon highlights the utility of wearables, and even the potential for injectable biometric technology. On the subject of current technology, Dr. Saxon decries the prevalence of “dumb sensors” – the…

Major Chinese Sports Apparel Maker to Embrace Wearable Tech

Major Chinese Sports Apparel Maker to Embrace Wearable Tech

Chinese athletic apparel company Li-Ning has announced a partnership with Xiaomi to produce “smart” running shoes, according to a Reuters report by Donny Kwok and Ryan Woo. The move comes as Li-Ning attempts to turn around sagging fortunes, as it prepares to post what many expect will be its third consecutive annual loss in profits.…

Apple Bringing Big Biometric Data To Medical Research

Apple Bringing Big Biometric Data To Medical Research

Yesterday’s Apple event in Cupertino, California, sparked a lot of excitement mostly thanks to the Apple Watch announcement. The wearable iPhone peripheral was priced, given a release date in ten countries, and demonstrated in a way that made smart watches finally seem essential to the future of consumer technology. That said, Apple made an arguably…

Apple Watch Demo Makes Wearables Seem Essential

Apple Watch Demo Makes Wearables Seem Essential

Today in Cupertino, California, Tim Cook and his band of execs, techs and designers took to the stage to introduce the world to the newest initiatives and products from Apple. As was announced last week, today’s event would mark the full unveiling of Apple Watch, building on the product’s initial announcement last September. While the…

FIDO Lauds Government Embrace of Strong Authentication Systems

FIDO Lauds Government Embrace of Strong Authentication Systems

Governments are now recognizing the importance of strong, secure authentication in the digital world, writes FIDO Alliance Vice President Ramesh Kesanupalli in a post on the FIDO Alliance website. Kesanupalli praises the Obama administration for organizing the recent Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Summit, and for coming out strongly in favor of stronger authentication. An afternoon…

MWC 2015: ZTE Smart Projector Wins Global Mobile Award

MWC 2015: ZTE Smart Projector Wins Global Mobile Award

ZTE’s Spro smart projector has picked up a major award at the 20th Global Mobile Awards conducted by the GSMA. Announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the device was acclaimed as the “Best Mobile Enabled Consumer Electronics Device”. The Android-based device lets up to eight users connect via Wi-Fi at 4G LTE speed to project…

Prestigio to Include Intel Security True Key in Mobile Devices

Prestigio to Include Intel Security True Key in Mobile Devices

Consumer electronics developer Prestigio has announced that it’s going to be one of the first mobile device makers to integrate Intel Security’s True Key application for products rolling out across the EMEA market. The company is going to debut the app on its Android smartphones and tablets in Russia. True Key is a security platform…

MWC 2015: Day 2 – Accessibility and The Connected Globe

Today was day two of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where Mobile ID World president Peter O’Neill is investigating the identity management industry presence. Facebook and Google both held presentations today, and the topic that had everyone talking was accessibility. Where as yesterday we were concerned with digital identity and the GSMA’s Mobile Connect platform we…

MWC 2015: New Cyberphone Offers “Military-Grade Security”

MWC 2015: New Cyberphone Offers “Military-Grade Security”

A new high-security line of smartphones has been unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The Cyberphone line of mobile devices comes by way of digital security firm 1DataWorld, Inc., and Macate Group Corporation, a tech company specializing in security and communication software and hardware. The first model, 1DW LF1, will hit the market in…

MWC 2015: Saygus “Super-Phone” Makes Appearance

MWC 2015: Saygus “Super-Phone” Makes Appearance

American smartphone maker Saygus has brought its very American smartphone to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, hoping to make an impression on the European and international market. The Saygus V2, which first debuted at this year’s CES, comes packed with as many features as its makers could fit into it, reflecting an attempt to make…

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