mobile devices

FPC Fingerprint Sensor Tech Used in Two New Xiaomi Devices

FPC Fingerprint Sensor Tech Used in Two New Xiaomi Devices

“Xiaomi is a longtime customer of Fingerprints, having seen integrations into multiple devices over the past year” Fingerprints (FPC) has kicked off the new year with the announcement of two new smartphone integrations of its fingerprint sensor technology. Both of the integrations concern smartphones from Xiaomi. One, the Redmi Note 7, features an FPC1511 fingerprint…

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…

Gemalto Brings AT&T eSIM to IoT LTE-M Module

Gemalto Brings AT&T eSIM to IoT LTE-M Module

A new collaboration between Gemalto and AT&T could help to boost the development of the Internet of Things. Gemalto has integrated an AT&T eSIM into its Cinterion EMS31 LTE-M module, which is itself designed for integration into IoT devices. Low Power Wide Area Networks offer a high level of power and bandwidth efficiency, making them…

Synaptics Announces New SoC Line for Voice Interaction

Synaptics Announces New SoC Line for Voice Interaction

“…the new offering comprises SoC solutions that feature custom wake word support and far-field voice processing capabilities, with processing done on-device.” Synaptics has announced a new System on Chip (SoC) line of solutions for audio processing on connected devices. Dubbed the AS3xx series, the new offering comprises SoC solutions that feature custom wake word support…

Nok Nok Labs Brings Biometric Authentication to SoftBank Customers

Nok Nok Labs Brings Biometric Authentication to SoftBank Customers

“We can no longer rely on passwords for our financial or other sensitive transactions as they are weak, forgotten and easily hacked. We are very pleased with SoftBank’s decision to choose our standards-based authentication platform for their millions of customers.” – Phillip Dunkelberger, CEO, Nok Nok Labs Nok Nok Labs has brought strong biometric authentication…

Synaptics Finds New Angle for Clear ID in Notebook Integrations

Synaptics Finds New Angle for Clear ID in Notebook Integrations

“Clear ID is notable for having delivered the first instance of an in-display fingerprint scanning feature for a commercial smartphone last year, in Vivo’s X20 Plus UD smartphone.” Synaptics has found a novel application of its Clear ID fingerprint sensor technology, thanks to a partnership with notebook OEM/ODM Clevo. Just ahead of the launch of…

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…

Fingerprint Cards Announces One More Smartphone Integration Ahead of the Holidays

Fingerprint Cards Announces One More Smartphone Integration Ahead of the Holidays

“…the device in question is using an FPC1291 fingerprint sensor including FPC MoveTouch, a feature that enables navigation of the user interface through manipulation of the fingerprint sensor, essentially turning it into a kind of button or miniature trackpad.” Fingerprints (FPC) has snuck in at least one more smartphone integration of its biometric technology before…

Thai MNO DTAC Embraces IDEMIA eSIM Provisioning for Smartwatch

Thai MNO DTAC Embraces IDEMIA eSIM Provisioning for Smartwatch

IDEMIA‘s remote SIM provisioning technology is once again being used in support of a smartwatch, this time in collaboration with DTAC, a mobile operator in Thailand. The collaboration means that DTAC subscribers will be able to easily set up a new, eSIM-based smartwatch on the network, and to easily change their subscriptions and even network…

OnePlus In-display Fingerprint Sensor Learns and Becomes Faster

OnePlus In-display Fingerprint Sensor Learns and Becomes Faster

“The claims offer a counterargument to initial reviews of the OnePlus 6T noting that the in-display fingerprint sensor, while technologically impressive, was a bit slower than the standard fingerprint sensors usually placed in smartphone home buttons.” OnePlus continues to put the in-display fingerprint sensor of its latest flagship smartphone in the spotlight, asserting in a…

Civic’s Mobile ID App Integrated Into C-CURE 9000 Access Control Platform

Civic’s Mobile ID App Integrated Into C-CURE 9000 Access Control Platform

“Civic says that its Civic App uses biometric authentication, and that customer information is securely stored on a blockchain ledger.” San Francisco-based Civic has announced that its Secure ID Platform, or “SIP”, will be integrated with Johnson Controls’ C-CURE 9000 Security and Event Management Systems access control solution. The integration will allow properties using C-CURE…

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…

5G, AI, IoT to be Key Topics at MWC19

5G, AI, IoT to be Key Topics at MWC19

“…There are also going to be some big-name keynote speakers, including Huawei CEO Guo Ping, KT Corporation CEO Chang-Gyu Hwang, Citi President James Forese, and Orange Group CEO Stéphane Richard, among others.” The next Mobile World Congress is fast approaching, and organizer GSMA has revealed some key details of the big event. The industry alliance…

Have In-Display Biometric Sensors Made an Industry-wide Impact?

Have In-Display Biometric Sensors Made an Industry-wide Impact?

This week brought some important news in the world of mobile biometrics: At its Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm announced that it had developed a new, ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. Called the 3D Sonic Sensor, it was unveiled alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, its flagship chip solution for the coming year. Together with the launch of…

Apple Patent Depicts Adaptable, Biometric AirPods

Apple Patent Depicts Adaptable, Biometric AirPods

“It’s an approach that could prove appealing to health and fitness enthusiasts, and would allow Apple to compete with other new earbud solutions that use biometrics to deliver FitBit-type functionality into that category of wearables.” A newly granted patent suggests that Apple is considering the integration of biometric capabilities into an upcoming version of its…

Qualcomm Announces New Ultrasonic, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Qualcomm Announces New Ultrasonic, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

“…the solution’s announcement at the Snapdragon Technology Summit suggests that it’s going to be an important part of Qualcomm’s product portfolio over the coming year…” Qualcomm has announced a new in-display fingerprint sensor. Called the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor, it’s based on ultrasonic imaging technology. On that note, it isn’t yet clear how the new solution…

Samsung Patents Show In-Display Sensor Tech for Smartphone, Smartwatch

Samsung Patents Show In-Display Sensor Tech for Smartphone, Smartwatch

Newly published Samsung patents are further illustrating the company’s interest in in-display fingerprint sensor technology for its mobile devices and even wearables. As Patently Apple reports, the patent depicts a smartwatch featuring an in-display fingerprint sensor or even an in-display iris sensor; and it depicts a smartphone featuring an in-display fingerprint sensor within a larger…

Mastercard, Microsoft to Collaborate on Digital Identity Service

Mastercard, Microsoft to Collaborate on Digital Identity Service

“…their service will be focused on the areas of financial services, digital commerce, government services, and consumer-focused online services like music streaming and social media.” Mastercard and Microsoft have announced that they’re teaming up on a digital identity project. What exactly this project will entail is pretty vague at the moment. In a statement, the…

Scam iPhone App Exploited Misunderstanding of Touch ID, Biometrics

Scam iPhone App Exploited Misunderstanding of Touch ID, Biometrics

“…the app would dim the screen, obscuring a purchase interface asking the user to confirm an in-app transaction of $89.99, with a bright red fingerprint icon distracting the user’s attention.” An ostensibly health-related app for the iPhone was designed to use Touch ID to scam users out of almost $100. As 9to5Mac reports, the straightforwardly…

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