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Beauty Search Engine Leverages AI and Face Biometrics

Beauty Search Engine Leverages AI and Face Biometrics

Mira, a new beauty and cosmetics-focused search engine with biometric facial recognition capabilities was launched today. Founders Jay Hack and Brandon Garcia are Stanford graduates with backgrounds in facial recognition and artificial intelligence who are aiming to democratize the beauty industry by empowering users to find the beauty products that are right for them. “We like to think…

ZenGo Updates Its Biometrically Secured Crypto Wallet

ZenGo Updates Its Biometrically Secured Crypto Wallet

Having been live in the App Store for only a few weeks, ZenGo has updated its eponymous cryptocurrency app. Most of the enhancements concern the app’s redesigned user interface, with ZenGo calling it “the most handsome wallet you’ve ever seen” in its announcement. There’s a new “quick action” menu, and account balances can be upgraded…

Yoti Expands Reach Through ForgeRock Partnership

Yoti Expands Reach Through ForgeRock Partnership

Yoti is expanding its reach through a new partnership with ForgeRock. Specifically, the digital identity specialist has announced that it has developed a marketplace app for ForgeRock’s open source BackStage platform. The new app is compatible with the Forgerock Access Manager, and will make it much easier for other ForgeRock users to integrate Yoti’s secure…

Over 400 Police Departments Have Partnered for Access to Smart Doorbell Footage

Over 400 Police Departments Have Partnered for Access to Smart Doorbell Footage

More than 400 police departments are participating in a surveillance program with Ring, an Amazon-owned smart doorbell platform, according to a new Washington Post report. As a consumer product, the Ring smart doorbell is a straightforward enough proposition: It’s designed to record video footage of whoever is at a user’s door. The user can view…

ZenGo Lets Users Trial Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency, with Biometric Security

ZenGo Lets Users Trial Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency, with Biometric Security

“…ZenGo’s support for the Libra testnet paves the way for the integration of real funds once Libra goes live.” ZenGo has become the first consumer cryptocurrency wallet to support Libra, Facebook’s new offering in the growing digital currency market. To be clear, Libra hasn’t yet officially launched; what Facebook has made available at present is…

Apple Promotes Transparency, Biometric Security with New Credit Card

Apple Promotes Transparency, Biometric Security with New Credit Card

“The Apple Card number is stored on the iPhone’s Secure Element, and purchases made with the virtual card are authorized biometrically through either Face ID or Touch ID.” Apple has officially launched its new credit card, the Apple Card, in the US. Virtual versions of the card will be hitting users’ digital Apple Wallets today,…

Yoti Gets Another Youth-focused Proof of Age Partner

Yoti Gets Another Youth-focused Proof of Age Partner

Yoti has found another youth-focused partner for its biometric mobile identity platform. Called ‘Native’, the new partner operates an app-based platform aimed at offering tickets for concerts and other events to university students. For Native users, the partnership means that they will be able to log into the Native website without the need to enter…

US Customs Brings Mobile Passport App to Puerto Rico

US Customs Brings Mobile Passport App to Puerto Rico

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it will be extending support for the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) program to several ports of entry in Puerto Rico. The feature will be available at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport on August 27th, before coming to the San Juan Pan-American Dock and San Juan Seaport…

Melissa Releases New Mobile KYC Solution

Melissa Releases New Mobile KYC Solution

The identity verification specialist Melissa is hoping to simplify the onboarding process with a new selfie-based Know Your Customer solution. Appropriately dubbed Melissa KYC, the mobile app combines document reading with liveness detection and facial biometrics to confirm the identities of new customers during registration. “Whether verifying an address or working to prevent online fraud,…

Mezu and Mastercard Introduce New Digital Debit Card

Mezu and Mastercard Introduce New Digital Debit Card

Mezu is teaming up with Mastercard to release a digital debit card that will allow Mezu users to make purchases anywhere Mastercard is accepted. Mezu is a mobile payments app that does not share any personal information or transaction history with third parties and leverages biometric authentication for added security. The partnership with Mastercard will…

Voatz Brings Mobile Voting to Utah County

Voatz Brings Mobile Voting to Utah County

Utah County has officially become the third US jurisdiction to take advantage of Voatz’s mobile voting technology. The County will conduct a trial run during its municipal primary election in August, allowing active-duty military and overseas voters to weigh in using their smartphones. To use Voatz, eligible voters must first request an absentee ballot, and…

FaceApp Raises Privacy Concerns About Social Media

FaceApp Raises Privacy Concerns About Social Media

“In all likelihood, the information uploaded by FaceApp is already available somewhere else on the internet, whether it is being used for surveillance, AI training, or another purpose…” The viral sensation FaceApp came under scrutiny in the wake of the #FaceAppChallenge, which flooded social media with aged-up photos created with the app. As it became…

Truxtun Capital Releases FIDO-Certified Payment Card with Acoustic Tech

Truxtun Capital Releases FIDO-Certified Payment Card with Acoustic Tech

Truxtun Capital has released a new payment card that leverages acoustic technology for an additional layer of security. The new Wega 3DSA 2.0 is available in the UK through the company’s partnership with the Manchester City Football Club, and is being billed as the first commercial deployment of a FIDO-certified payment card. “Truxtun’s Acoustic technology…

SWORD Security Solution Gets a Vuzix Blade

SWORD Security Solution Gets a Vuzix Blade

Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses have been integrated into SWORD, a new Augmented Reality security solution with IoT capabilities. SWORD is a combined app and case built for the iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Pro, and is designed to help security personnel identify and respond to threats in real time. Those threats include concealed weapons, suspicious…

Password Manager Upgrades with BioID Face Biometrics

Password Manager Upgrades with BioID Face Biometrics

TESIS SYSware has upgraded its password manager, “ASPR”, with the help of BioID’s facial recognition tech. The automated password service is designed for enterprise level clients, with BioID providing liveness detection to prevent fraudsters from taking advantage of the reset process. The BioID integration is device and platform agnostic, making it ideal for companies with…

Facial Recognition App Helps Save the Pandas

Facial Recognition App Helps Save the Pandas

In an effort to better understand their subjects, the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas has created a panda-centric facial recognition app that gives researchers a legitimate business reason to spend entire days staring at pictures of adorable pandas. The new app is able to discern the identities of individual animals, a trick…

Yoti Approved for Age-Restricted Purchases in UK Convenience Stores

Yoti Approved for Age-Restricted Purchases in UK Convenience Stores

Yoti users can now use the app for age-restricted purchases at convenience stores in the UK. The news comes after the Association of Convenience Stores agreed to recognize Yoti’s digital IDs, making it the first smartphone-based ID solution to make its way to Britain’s brick and mortar corner stores. To implement the system, Yoti will…

uBuck Pay is a New Digital Wallet Designed for People Without a Bank Account

uBuck Pay is a New Digital Wallet Designed for People Without a Bank Account

LiteLink is launching a new digital wallet designed for customers without a bank account. Developed by the LiteLink subsidiary uBUCK Technologies, the new payment app is called uBUCK Pay and is scheduled to begin its closed beta in June 2019. uBUCK Pay is built on the Waves blockchain, and has a few features that are…

GoTrustID Turns Your Phone Into a Biometric FIDO2 Security Key

GoTrustID Turns Your Phone Into a Biometric FIDO2 Security Key

“…by using Bluetooth Low Energy to pair a user’s smartphone to their computer, GoTrustID’s mobile app can essentially use the smartphone as a faux-USB security key, since a BLE connection still requires physical proximity.” GoTrustID is taking advantage of the FIDO Alliance‘s latest authentication standard in a particularly creative way, announcing a new login system…

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