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Android Lollipop Introduces Voice Unlock for Smartphones

Android Lollipop Introduces Voice Unlock for Smartphones

A new app for the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS can unlock a user’s phone via voice recognition, according to a Popular Science article by Rachel Fobar. Called Trusted Voice, the system initiates when the user performs an “OK Google” voice command. Google isn’t trying to advertise the feature as enhanced security, however. When a user…

Enacomm Partners with VoiceVault Ahead of PAYMENTS 2015

Customer interaction technology developer Enacomm, Inc., has announced that it will be teaming up with voice biometrics company VoiceVault at this year’s PAYMENTS conference in New Orleans. The two companies will be presenting together on the role of voice biometrics in payments, and will participate in a panel entitled, “Voice Biometrics in Payments: When, Where,…

Precise Biometrics Announces CFO’s Departure

Precise Biometrics Announces CFO’s Departure

Precise Biometrics has announced that it’s CFO is leaving the company. Bo-Göran Jaxelius has also been a member of the company’s management team in a more general sense, but unfortunately cited family reasons have compelled him to resign from his post. In a statement, Precise Biometrics CEO Håkan Persson said Jaxelius “has done a great job” in…

Precise Biometrics Receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Software

Precise Biometrics Receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Software

Fingerprint biometrics developer Precise Biometrics has received a prestigious award for its technology. Growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded the company its 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership, for its Precise BioMatch Mobile software. The software is essentially an algorithm, which the company has been licensing to partners in…

HYPR Excited to Join FIDO Alliance

HYPR Corp., an open platform provider of cloud-based biometric security, has joined the FIDO Alliance. In making the announcement, the company highlighted FIDO’s commitment to universal authentication standards and advancements in security and privacy, and emphasized its own offerings to help in the efforts. HYPR’s platform uses biometric sensors to link mobile devices to the cloud…

American Express Explores Facial Recognition Tech

American Express Explores Facial Recognition Tech

American Express is developing facial recognition technology for use in its products and services, according to a Wall Street Journal article by Kim S. Nash. The company hasn’t yet finalized any specific applications of the technology, but it’s far enough along that it’s being presented to senior managers – and, of course, discussed with the…

News Roundup: Wearable Fever

News Roundup: Wearable Fever

This past week at Mobile ID World wearables were the name of the game as iPhone owners counted down to the impending Apple Watch street date. Mobile commerce made the news too, while the week was rounded out by smartphone updates and Internet of Things headlines. Wearables With the Apple Watch scheduled to start adorning…

Buzz Builds as Apple Takes Smartwatch Preorders

Buzz Builds as Apple Takes Smartwatch Preorders

The Apple Watch is now available for pre-order, and consumers have been flocking to Apple Stores in droves to get a first glimpse at the device, according to a Reuters report from Noel Randewich and Astrid Wendlandt. There’s a growing degree of buzz about the forthcoming device, but little by way of numbers to quantify…

Hitachi ID Systems Introduces Mobile Access to IAM System

Hitachi ID Systems Introduces Mobile Access to IAM System

Hitachi ID Systems has announced the release of a new version of its Identity and Access Management Suite. Version 9.0 will now offer mobile access via iOS and Android platforms. The Identity and Access Management Suite is essentially a mediator between users and corporate networks, with this new version improving the user’s ability to automate…

Alignment and Vivify Team Up to Deliver Home Care

Alignment and Vivify Team Up to Deliver Home Care

Alignment Healthcare (AHC), a company specializing in population health management, has teamed up with Vivify Health to develop a secure remote care platform. The partnership will see AHC patients equipped with Vivify tech kits for cloud-based remote care. In their Vivify kits AHC patients will find Samsung tablets that have been paired with Bluetooth-enabled biometric…

More Than Time: Three Major Applications For Wearable Tech

More Than Time: Three Major Applications For Wearable Tech

The Apple Watch is only weeks away from release and this week brought with it the device’s first wave of reviews and a heightened level of anticipation. While the release of Apple’s wearable is an exciting prospect for iPhone owners, it is also an event that will be carefully scrutinized by the company’s competitors. For…

Digital Insights Helps Credit Union Pioneer Smartwatch Banking

Digital Insights Helps Credit Union Pioneer Smartwatch Banking

NCR subsidiary Digital Insight has developed a Wright-Patt Credit Union app that is compatible with Android smartwatches. The app uses biometric authentication to let users access their financial services on Android Wear devices. The new app automatically syncs to the user’s Android Wear devices. After that, logging on the smartwatch is done via voice command.…

Arxan Expands IoT Security Arsenal

Arxan Expands IoT Security Arsenal

Arxan Technologies, an application security solutions provider, has announced that it has expanded its suite of security solutions for the Internet of Things ecosystem. The company will showcase its IoT app offerings at this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco. Arxan offers security solutions in a range of areas, including mobile apps using IoT connectivity,…

Xiaomi Sees Record Sales on Birthday Event, Earns Guinness Recognition

Xiaomi Sees Record Sales on Birthday Event, Earns Guinness Recognition

Xiaomi sold 2.12 million of its smartphones in just 12 hours, earning a Guinness World Record for the feat, according to an AndroidAuthority article by Jimmy Westenberg. The huge sales were promoted with a number of discounts on the company’s mobile devices as part of its Mi Fan Festival celebrating the Xaomi’s fifth anniversary. They…

Apple Pay Adds More Official Merchant Partners

Apple Pay Adds More Official Merchant Partners

Apple has added 10 new merchants to its list of Apple Pay supporters, according to an AppleInsider article. Among the new additions are such high-profile companies as Gamestop and T-Mobile. That brings the official merchant partner count on Apple the Apple Pay website to 68, but, as the article notes, there are many others that…

HTC Polishes Flagship Smartphone

HTC Polishes Flagship Smartphone

HTC has announced a new version of its flagship HTC One M9 smartphone, according to an article by James Vincent on The Verge. The new mobile device, dubbed the HTC One M9+, sports some minor technical improvements, but is otherwise very similar to its predecessor. So, what are those improvments? One is a bigger and…

Samsung Q1 Losses Not as Bad as Expected

Samsung Q1 Losses Not as Bad as Expected

Samsung’s latest operating losses aren’t as bad as anticipated and may be a sign that the worst of the company’s troubles are now behind it, according to a National Post article by Youkyung Lee. While the full figures of its quarterly report have not yet been released, Samsung says its January-March operating profit was $5.4…

Can Wearables Right Smartphones’ Wrongs?

Can Wearables Right Smartphones’ Wrongs?

Apple and Google are telling consumers to buy their wearables so they can stop having to deal with their distracting mobile phones. At least, that’s what Chris O’Brien says those companies are saying, in an article for VentureBeat. O’Brien cites two main examples. The first is a TED talk by Sergey Brin, one of Google’s cofounders.…

Biometric Innovation Boosts USAA Fiscal Results, Customer Satisfaction

Biometric Innovation Boosts USAA Fiscal Results, Customer Satisfaction

Biometric mobile authentication is paying off for USAA. Or, at least, it looks like it’s helping: The military-focused financial services company has announced strong financial results in its 2014 annual report. In a synopsis, the company credited its strong performance – which saw its net worth increasing by ten percent, reaching $27 billion – at…

New Report Predicts Major Opportunities in IoT Transportation

New Report Predicts Major Opportunities in IoT Transportation

Market research firm Research and Markets has unveiled a new report on the smart car market and related IoT systems. The report, entitled “Analysis of Connected Vehicle Opportunities in the Age of the Internet of Things (IoT)“, paints a picture of a near future in which a range of transportation devices are connected online and…

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