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Samsung Brings Iris Scanning to Tablet Line

Samsung Brings Iris Scanning to Tablet Line

Samsung has brought its iris recognition technology to the tablet. The company has officially launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, and it looks like the device relies primarily on iris scanning for user authentication. It doesn’t even feature a fingerprint sensor. Curiously, in its announcement of the device, Samsung scarcely mentioned its iris scanner. Nor…

Facial Recognition Gives Art History Academic New Architectural Insights

Facial Recognition Gives Art History Academic New Architectural Insights

“…Christensen says they have been able to identify unique characteristics of buildings that point to stylistic influences beyond any initial blueprints.” An art history academic is using computer vision to gather new insights into the creative forces behind architecture. Writing for The Conversation, Peter Christensen, an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of…

Samsung ‘Teaser’ Ads Point to Note 9 Highlights

Samsung ‘Teaser’ Ads Point to Note 9 Highlights

“The suggestion, of course, is that the new device will sport a better battery life, more storage, and a faster processor.” Samsung is gesturing toward the highlights of its next flagship smartphone in newly released teaser videos aimed at building anticipation for its big media event scheduled for August 9th. As always, the company is…

Apple Pay Swoops In as eBay Begins Transition Away from PayPal

Apple Pay Swoops In as eBay Begins Transition Away from PayPal

“…evidently the time has come for eBay to offer its end users more options for paying for their purchases, and that’s good news not only for Apple but for the likes of Samsung and Google, which may very well also seek to get their digital wallet platforms integrated into eBay’s system.” eBay is starting to…

Synaptics to Unveil Q4 and Fiscal 2018 Results August 9th

Synaptics to Unveil Q4 and Fiscal 2018 Results August 9th

Synaptics will unveil its Q4 and fiscal 2018 results on August 9th, the company has announced. The results will be posted after market close, with a corresponding conference call scheduled for 5:00pm Eastern Time. In a statement announcing the plan, Synaptics offered little further information on the information to be presented. But the company did…

Mobile Biometrics to Authorize Over $2 Trillion in Mobile Payments by 2023: Report

Mobile Biometrics to Authorize Over $2 Trillion in Mobile Payments by 2023: Report

Mobile biometric technology is going to play a much bigger role in payments over the next few years, according to a new market forecast from Juniper Research. The UK-based firm predicts that by 2023, such technology will be used to verify two trillion dollars’ worth of in-store and remote purchases – a value that is…

FIDO Technical Director Offers Clarity on Attestation

FIDO Technical Director Offers Clarity on Attestation

The FIDO Alliance‘s Technical Director, Adam Powers, is seeking to clarify a confusing matter in a new post on the organization’s website: Attestation. The term is often confused with “assertion,” an operation that occurs during an authentication transaction. “Attestation,” rather, refers to something that happens when a user registers for a digital service. In that…

Yoti Research Highlights Digital ID Needs in 10 African Countries

Yoti Research Highlights Digital ID Needs in 10 African Countries

Yoti is sharing some of the findings from its recent groundwork investigating the applications of its identity technology with nonprofit organizations in Africa. The research revolved around online surveys of organizations in ten countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Uganda, Liberia, Tanzania, Somalia, Rwanda, and Zambia. The company polled organizations from a range of sectors,…

Montreal-Based Computer Vision Startup Gets $10M in Series-A Funding

Montreal-Based Computer Vision Startup Gets $10M in Series-A Funding

“One of the technology’s key advantages, Airy3D says, is that it can offer 3D imaging at a much lower cost than systems based on specially designed hardware.” Another computer vision specialist is announcing millions of dollars in investor backing: Montreal-based Airy3D says it has brought in $10 million (USD) through a series-A funding round. The…

Samsung to Unveil Smart Speaker Next Month: Report

Samsung to Unveil Smart Speaker Next Month: Report

Samsung may unveil its smart speaker as early as next month, suggests a new report in the Wall Street Journal. Samsung first hinted that it had an Amazon Echo rival in development last summer, with its mobile head, DJ Koh, coyly stating, “Maybe soon we will announce it.” The company still hasn’t, but insiders are…

Entersekt Embraces GSMA’s Mobile Connect

Entersekt Embraces GSMA’s Mobile Connect

The GSMA’s Mobile Connect platform has a new backer: London-based mobile security specialist Entersekt has announced that it’s now offering Mobile Connect to its institutional customers. The platform is designed to offer mobile users a single sign on solution for a range of services, identifying users primarily by their phone numbers, with additional authentication factors,…

Vivo’s In-Display Fingerprint Biometrics to Reach New Markets

Vivo’s In-Display Fingerprint Biometrics to Reach New Markets

In-display fingerprint scanning technology is poised to continue its expansion beyond the China market with the international launch of Vivo’s Nex smartphone. The company has announced that its latest flagship device will soon launch in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Russia, and Taiwan. It’s the third smartphone from Vivo to feature in-display sensor technology, which Vivo…

Jumio, Monzo Recognized for FinTech Collaboration

Jumio, Monzo Recognized for FinTech Collaboration

“Revolving around document reading and facial recognition, Jumio’s system can leverage an end user’s selfie camera to verify their identity, allowing for a fast and accurate verification process.” Jumio has won yet another industry award, this time with a partner: The company and its client Monzo took the top awards in the categories of “Financial…

Samsung Bringing Iris Recognition to Budget Smartphone

Samsung Bringing Iris Recognition to Budget Smartphone

Samsung may be looking beyond iris recognition for its next flagship device, but it appears that the technology could soon get a bigger role in the company’s budget smartphones. Files pertaining to the firmware of this year’s Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus include an intriguing hint that the mobile device will use iris recognition for…

Nikon Filing Details Mood-Detecting Biometric Camera

Nikon Filing Details Mood-Detecting Biometric Camera

“The company’s patent details how its biometric sensors could be used to detect the user’s mood at the time a photograph is taken, based on things like heart rate, perspiration, blood pressure, and so on.” A newly published patent filed by Nikon suggests that biometric technology may be on the verge of catching on in…

ArcSoft, Cadence Collaborate on Biometric DSP Solution

ArcSoft, Cadence Collaborate on Biometric DSP Solution

“The combination of Cadence’s vision and AI DSP and ArcSoft’s software technology make on-device vision and AI experiences possible on today’s mobile platforms.” – Pulin Desai, Product Marketing Director, Tensilica Vision DSP product line at Cadence ArcSoft and Cadence Design Systems have teamed up to develop an AI-driven digital signal processing (DSP) solution for imaging. The…

Components Suppliers Predict Face ID Boon: Report

Components Suppliers Predict Face ID Boon: Report

“… one supplier involved in the VCSEL laser technology needed for Face ID, Win Semiconductors, posted revenues of about $149.47 million for Q2 of 2018, a 19.71 percent year-over-year increase.” A new industry report offers further evidence that Apple is planning to bring its 3D facial recognition system to all of its new iPhones and…

Selfie Identification Comes to the Home Buying Process via Acuant and Noodigs

Selfie Identification Comes to the Home Buying Process via Acuant and Noodigs

“We believe in empowering individuals to create secure transactions and found that Acuant has the same mission with products to enable trust while keeping processes streamlined.” – Ryan Harris, CEO, Noodigs An innovative new Acuant client is taking advantage of its AssureID identity verification platform. Called Noodigs, the client is aiming to launch a digital…

BRIEF: Mobile Biometrics at a Turning Point

BRIEF: Mobile Biometrics at a Turning Point

Just a few years ago, biometric authentication was something of a novelty for consumers. Now, it’s in more consumer tech products than ever, and its upwards trajectory remains solidly in place – particularly in the mobile sector. Nevertheless, mobile biometrics tech is also at a turning point, with conventional fingerprint scanning starting to look just…

Samsung Drops Payments Platform from Budget Phones

Samsung Drops Payments Platform from Budget Phones

Samsung is no longer including its mobile payments platform in budget-friendly devices. Whereas budget devices like the Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 launched with Samsung Pay last year, in 2018 only three of 10 Samsung smartphones featured the payments app – the new Galaxy S9 devices, and the A8. According to new reports, the strategy…

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