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Touch ID Could Make In-Display Comeback in 2020: Barclays Analysts

Touch ID Could Make In-Display Comeback in 2020: Barclays Analysts

“It would be a surprising move for Apple after the company dropped fingerprint scanning in its pivot to 3D facial recognition, but Apple has gestured in this direction in recent patents…” Analysts with Barclays have laid out some predictions for Apple’s 2019 and 2020 iPhones, and they include a potential comeback for Touch ID. The…

Engineering Firm Confident in Acquisition of Face ID Laser Tech Provider Finisar Despite US-China Trade War

Engineering Firm Confident in Acquisition of Face ID Laser Tech Provider Finisar Despite US-China Trade War

US-based engineering firm II-VI is reassuring investors that its acquisition of Finisar should proceed as planned despite the US government’s placement of Huawei on its trade blacklist. The acquisition was approved by shareholders of both companies earlier this year, paving the way for a merger that could significantly extend the applications of Finisar’s 3D Sensing…

Apple Patent Expands the Touch Bar with Face ID and Retinal Scanning

Apple Patent Expands the Touch Bar with Face ID and Retinal Scanning

A newly published Apple patent application suggests that an unexpected biometric modality could be on its way to Mac computers. The patent application was originally filed with the European Patent Office in 2017, and, as Patently Apple reports, expands the number of features that could potentially be delivered through the Mac Touch Bar from 12…

Face ID is Key to New Platform That Rewards Ad Watching with Movie Tickets

Face ID is Key to New Platform That Rewards Ad Watching with Movie Tickets

A co-founder of MoviePass is looking to leverage Apple’s Face ID system for a new movie ticket platform, according to Adweek. The aim is to force members to watch ads in exchange for movie tickets, and the company is hoping that early adopters will pay for the privilege through a Kickstarter campaign. Whereas the idea…

Apple Innovates on the Credit Card Concept with Biometric Security, Daily Cash Back

Apple Innovates on the Credit Card Concept with Biometric Security, Daily Cash Back

“A titanium physical card will also be available for shopping in stores, but the card won’t feature a card number, CVV, signature, or even an expiry date – all of that information will need to be accessed from the iPhone.” The rumors were true: Among its other announcements this week, Apple has unveiled a new…

Alcatraz AI Rakes-in $6 Million in Funding Round

Alcatraz AI Rakes-in $6 Million in Funding Round

“Alcatraz AI has indicated that it will use its new capital to further refine its computer vision technology…” Alcatraz AI, a biometric AI startup founded by a former Apple engineer, has brought in $6 million in venture capital through a new funding round. The company specializes in 3D facial recognition for access control. It was…

Report Shows Mobile Wallet Usage Rates will Continue to Rise Through 2020

Report Shows Mobile Wallet Usage Rates will Continue to Rise Through 2020

The growth of mobile wallets doesn’t look like it’s likely to slow down anytime soon. That’s according to new research from Germany’s yStats.com, which indicates that the usage rates for Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay will continue to rise through 2020. Apple Pay was the most popular of the three, and is expected…

Apple Patents Illustrate Face ID Enhancements

Apple Patents Illustrate Face ID Enhancements

Newly published patent applications from Apple suggest that the company is still working on improvements to the renowned 3D facial recognition system used to authenticate users on its latest iPhones. As Patently Apple reports, one of the patents concerns the use of ‘subepidermal imaging’ to assess features such as blood vessels to establish an even…

Apple Pay Now Has 383 Million Users: Loup Ventures

Apple Pay Now Has 383 Million Users: Loup Ventures

Apple’s biometrically secured digital payments platform continues to attract new users, according to a new analysis from Loup Ventures. The venture capital firm had estimated in August of last year that Apple Pay had attained 31 percent of active iPhone users; now, after assessing data points from Apple’s December 18th earnings call, the firm says…

Samsung Introduces In-Display Fingerprint Biometrics with Galaxy S10

Samsung Introduces In-Display Fingerprint Biometrics with Galaxy S10

The cat is out of the bag, and the fingerprint sensor is under the display in Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S10. In officially announcing the new device this week, just ahead of this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung was keen to emphasize the all-around technical prowess of the S10, but the…

LG Turns ToF Tech Into New Business Line

LG Turns ToF Tech Into New Business Line

Having revealed that its new flagship smartphone would feature 3D facial recognition technology earlier this month, LG has now announced plans to become a major supplier of the underlying technology to the broader tech industry. Originally developed by Infineon and Pmdtechnologies, LG’s 3D imaging system is based on Time-of-Flight technology, assessing spatial information based on…

New Patent Points to HomePod with 3D Hand Gestures and Face ID

New Patent Points to HomePod with 3D Hand Gestures and Face ID

A recently published Apple patent suggests that the company could be planning to introduce Face ID and 3D hand gestures to its HomePod line of products. The patent specifically refers to a voice-controlled assistant such as a “countertop speaker,” and would allow such devices to recognize faces, as well as hand waves and other basic…

Two Apple Patents Could Bring Safety and Security to Self-Driving Cars

Two Apple Patents Could Bring Safety and Security to Self-Driving Cars

A pair of recently published Apple patents suggests that the tech company is looking for ways to make self-driving cars safer and more secure. The first of the two patents is particularly intriguing in relation to Project Titan, Apple’s foray into self-driving vehicles. Filed as “Wireless vehicle system for enhancing situational awareness,” the proposed device…

LG to Debut Its Own 3D Facial Recognition System at MWC

LG to Debut Its Own 3D Facial Recognition System at MWC

LG is taking a run at Apple’s 3D facial recognition dominance, with plans to introduce a similar solution in its forthcoming LG G8 ThinQ smartphone, to be unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The smartphone will leverage Time-of-Flight technology developed by Infineon and Pmdtechnologies. Their sensor chip, first announced over a year ago, is…

Touch ID and Face ID Security Come to WhatsApp

Touch ID and Face ID Security Come to WhatsApp

“…they’ve not only delivered support for fingerprint authentication via the Touch ID system built into older iPhones, but have also delivered a facial recognition option based on the Face ID system used for authentication in Apple’s latest iPhone models.” WhatsApp users can now take advantage of the biometric security capabilities of the iPhone, thanks to…

Altek and CyberLink Collaborate on 3D Facial Recognition for Consumer Tech

Altek and CyberLink Collaborate on 3D Facial Recognition for Consumer Tech

A new collaboration between two Taiwanese companies could help to foster the proliferation of 3D facial recognition systems in consumer devices. One of the partners, Altek, specializes in sophisticated camera technologies. The other, CyberLink, is a facial recognition specialist. And the two have essentially put their heads together, with Altek integrating CyberLink’s biometric technology into…

Apple Patent Suggests Multimodal Biometrics on iPhones

Apple Patent Suggests Multimodal Biometrics on iPhones

A newly-published Apple patent suggests that the company may not be finished with fingerprint scanning on the iPhone, with engineers considering how the Touch ID system could be used alongside facial recognition. While the patent is almost entirely focused on Apple’s new Face ID 3D facial recognition system, it also takes a moment to illustrate…

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…

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…

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