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Google is Developing a New API to Bring Digital Driver’s License to Android Devices

Google is Developing a New API to Bring Digital Driver’s License to Android Devices

A new report suggests Google is developing an “IdentityCredential” API aimed at allowing users to replace physical identification documents with secure digital versions that could be stored on Android devices. The tech giant is currently focusing on Digital Driver’s Licenses, but plans to expand the platform to other forms of documentation, up to and including…

Google Assistant to Become Your Translator

Google Assistant to Become Your Translator

” Interpreter Mode will translate what the user is saying into the selected language through synthetic speech, or into text if it’s being used with a Google Smart Display. “ Google has announced a number of new features and integrations for its AI-driven virtual assistant platform at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but one of…

Google Reveals Big AI Ecosystem Push at CES 2019

Google Reveals Big AI Ecosystem Push at CES 2019

“It’s a clear signal that Google wants to get as many partners into its AI ecosystem as possible.” Google is aiming to connect more third party partners and devices to its Google Assistant AI platform, if its big new announcement for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show offers any indication. Detailing its Google Assistant innovations for…

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…

Singapore Hosts Advisory Council on AI Ethics, Featuring Google, Microsoft Execs

Singapore Hosts Advisory Council on AI Ethics, Featuring Google, Microsoft Execs

“Together, the council members discussed a draft model framework on the responsible use of AI published by Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission earlier this year…” Singapore’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence and Data has just convened its inaugural meeting. The group includes representatives from some high-profile global companies, including Google’s Asia…

[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…

Google’s New Smartphones and Tablet Feature Biometrics Sensors from Fingerprints

Google’s New Smartphones and Tablet Feature Biometrics Sensors from Fingerprints

“The Pixel 3 smartphones’ fingerprint sensors are rear-mounted, while the Pixel Slate’s fingerprint sensor has been integrated into its power button.” With the unveiling of Google’s latest mobile devices, Fingerprints (FPC) is celebrating some very high-profile deployments. The company has revealed that Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, as well as its Pixel Slate…

Computer Vision Takes Spotlight in Latest Google Smartphones

Computer Vision Takes Spotlight in Latest Google Smartphones

Google’s focus on artificial intelligence has been central to its strategy in delving into hardware over the last couple of years, and with this week’s launch of its latest Pixel smartphones, that focus is sharper and clearer than ever, with computer vision in particular at its center. To be clear, the voice-based Google Assistant is…

Google Assistant Update Accommodates Users’ Fondness for Voice Interaction

Google Assistant Update Accommodates Users’ Fondness for Voice Interaction

“The company has sought to make sophisticated AI a key selling point of its newest hardware products, and its rivals have also been pouring money into AI R&D as consumer expectations shift to demand smarter products and services.” Google has updated the user interface for its virtual assistant platform, seeking to both accommodate use trends…

Google Exec Emphasizes AI on Company’s 20th Anniversary

Google Exec Emphasizes AI on Company’s 20th Anniversary

Google’s leadership is betting on sophisticated conversational AI as the next big technological leap, suggest comments from the company’s head of search, Ben Gomes, on Google’s 20th anniversary. Speaking to The Guardian, Gomes placed a strong emphasis on the evolution of speech recognition technology, highlighting Google’s efforts over time including its initial experiments in the…

Fingerprint Authentication is Finally Coming to Chrome

Fingerprint Authentication is Finally Coming to Chrome

A beta version of the latest Chrome browser for macOS and Android points to the rise of FIDO2-based biometric authentication on the web. The new Chrome 70 feature allows websites to access a fingerprint sensor on their device, and, as 9to5Google reports, this is enabled by default in the Web Authentication API. Websites that take…

NXP Announces Security Chip for Google’s IoT Cloud Service

NXP Announces Security Chip for Google’s IoT Cloud Service

NXP Semiconductors has announced a new security solution for the Internet of Things. Dubbed the “A71CH”, it’s an authentication chip designed for integration into IoT devices, in which it will sign a secure token for validation by Google’s Cloud IoT Core networking service. The device’s credentials are “pre-injected” into the authentication solution, while public keys…

Google Assistant Goes Bilingual

Google Assistant Goes Bilingual

The Google Assistant is now bilingual, and is on its way to a lot more smart devices. The voice-controlled AI assistant’s bilingualism represents an industry first. All the major virtual assistants, including Google Assistant, already supported multiple languages; but this is the first time that such a platform is able to fluently switch between two…

Google Upgrades AI Designed to Flag Child Porn

Google Upgrades AI Designed to Flag Child Porn

Improved computer vision technology from Google could make a substantial impact in the fight against digital child sexual abuse material (“CSAM”). This kind of technology is already in use, leveraging sophisticated artificial intelligence to flag media that may depict the sexual abuse of children. It’s a disturbing but profoundly important application of computer vision technology,…

Fingerprint Biometrics Coming to Chromebooks, Code Reveals

Fingerprint Biometrics Coming to Chromebooks, Code Reveals

New code for the Chrome OS suggests that a forthcoming Chromebook laptop will feature fingerprint-based biometric security. The code snippets concern the enrolment of fingerprints in a Chrome OS device, and indicate that the user can register up to three fingerprints at a time, with the option of resetting them later. And, as 9to5Google points…

New Code Suggests Google Will Deliver Face Unlock in Coming Chrome OS Devices

New Code Suggests Google Will Deliver Face Unlock in Coming Chrome OS Devices

It looks like Google is preparing to bring a Face Unlock system to future devices running on its Chrome OS. The revelation comes by way of some newly added code in Chrome’s back-end. While the clues offered in code snippets can sometimes be a bit ambiguous, this sample seems pretty clear, with its key line…

Google Has Been Listening to How You Talk to Your Assistant

Google Has Been Listening to How You Talk to Your Assistant

“Google Assistant is only two years old, but users certainly don’t talk to it like a two-year-old.” These days, it’s not unusual for someone to set their alarm by voice command, whether it’s through a phone or a smart speaker device. But there is a huge amount of variety in how people say it –…

Google Pay Support Sees Big Expansion

Google Pay Support Sees Big Expansion

“…the new Google Pay supporters are mostly small and mid-range in size, with examples including the Bank of Colorado, Freedom Northwest Credit Union, and The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.” Google has dramatically extended its Google Pay payment platform’s base of support in the US, with the addition of 111 banks and credit unions to…

Google Assistant Code Suggests Facial Recognition in the Works

Google Assistant Code Suggests Facial Recognition in the Works

Google appears to be working on a new facial recognition system for its mobile devices, according to a new XDA-Developers report. It’s mostly conjecture, but it’s based on pretty solid footing. Essentially, XDA-Developers has been digging around in code for Google Assistant, Google’s AI-driven virtual helper, and found snippets suggesting that a mysterious feature codenamed…

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