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Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Health, Wealth and Hearts

Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Health, Wealth and Hearts

This past week at Mobile ID World we had big announcements from the world of mCommerce as Apple continued to be a fixture and the news and Bionym rebranded and set a shipping date for its hotly anticipated flagship product. Here are the highlights from the Industry News this past week: Health and Hearts Sure,…

New App Allows Biometric Access Control For Macs

New App Allows Biometric Access Control For Macs

Fans of Apple’s Touch ID must find loging on to their notebook and desktop Macs tedious and antiquated. And why not? Passwords are both insecure and inconvenient. With no indications that future versions of Apple’s computers will sport built-in fingerprint sensors like the current generation of iPhones and iPads do, it seems like relief is nowhere in…

NEXT Biometrics Scores Tier One Design Win

NEXT Biometrics Scores Tier One Design Win

Biometric fingerprint manufacturer NEXT Biometrics AS has recently announced  a newly signed agreement that will see its technology built into upcoming devices from a multinational tier one company. Though the announcement is unspecified at this time, as is standard for design wins in this highly competitive space, NEXT has confirmed that its sensors will be…

Sony Adapts to Challenging Mobile Market

Sony Adapts to Challenging Mobile Market

Sony has announced that it’s going to be diminishing its smartphone business in pursuit of profitability, according to a new Wall Street Journal article by Takashi Mochizuki and Eric Pfanner. The announcement comes by way of Hiroki Totoki, the new head manager of Sony’s mobile division. Despite consistent efforts, Sony hasn’t been able to outperform…

Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Hearts, Phones, Money and The Future

Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Hearts, Phones, Money and The Future

This week at Mobile ID World we continued our month long investigation of Vital Biometrics while smartphone news took up much of our attention. mCommerce, as always, was a fixture in the news this week as well, while we also took a look at the bright future of mobility, durability and biometrics. Vital Biometrics November…

Egistec to Provide Fingerprint Sensor for Alibaba-Philips Smartphone

Egistec to Provide Fingerprint Sensor for Alibaba-Philips Smartphone

Taiwan-based Egistec has announced that it will provide fingerprint sensors for the forthcoming Philips Aurora i966 smartphone. The smartphone is a collaboration between Philips and the Chinese corporate giant Alibaba. Egistec will provide the companies with its ET300, a small, high-performance fingerprint sensor. Egistec says its ET300 “has one of the fastest enrollment and authentication…

Mobile ID News Roundup: Money20/20 and Biometric Clothing

Mobile ID News Roundup: Money20/20 and Biometric Clothing

This past week there were two major industry conferences, a ton of mCommerce news and some nifty announcements from the realm of wearable tech and smartphones. In the featured articles section we kicked off our month long look into the exciting and sometimes strange world of vital biometrics while also taking the time to talk…

Biometric Security Renders Meizu MX4 Obsolete; Long Live the MX4 Pro

Biometric Security Renders Meizu MX4 Obsolete; Long Live the MX4 Pro

Chinese electronics developer Meizu has announced a new smartphone that will feature biometric security, according to an article by Kristijan Lucic on AndroidHeadlines. The new MX4 Pro will feature a touch-based fingerprint-sensor under its screen. It’s a notable development on a couple of fronts. First, it’s a relatively inexpensive smartphone (compared to premium offerings like Apple’s…

Biometric Smart Card Prototype Ready Ahead of the Curve

Biometric Smart Card Prototype Ready Ahead of the Curve

The partnership between IDEX ASA and Card Tech has born fruit, in the form of a new Smart Card ready for mass production. The partnership started in July of this year, with biometric technology developer IDEX agreeing to provide fingerprint sensor technology to Card Tech for incorporation into a digital card, and now the companies…

Bionym Announces Wearable Biometric mCommerce Trial

Bionym Announces Wearable Biometric mCommerce Trial

Today at Money20/20, Toronto startup Bionym announced a technology trial that will see users making real life purchases with their heartbeats. The company’s flagship technology, the Nymi wristband, authenticates wearers persistently based on their unique EKG readings, offering a continuous proximity based identity verification factor. The Nymi is tied to MasterCard and can enable wearable…

Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Conferences Commerce and Consortia

Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Conferences Commerce and Consortia

This week at Mobile ID World we prepared for CARTES Secure Connexions 2014 and Money20/20, where Peter O’Neill (Mobile ID World President) will be moderating a panel on biometrics and payment. We also brought a close to Cloud Authentication Month with a look at the disruptive Biometrics as a Service (BaaS) model and covered mobile…

Final FIDO Specifications Coming Soon

Final FIDO Specifications Coming Soon

The death of the password is nearly upon us, with the newly released information that the final FIDO specifications are set to be released very soon. The news came forth in an interview between ComputerWorld’s Warwick Ashford and Philip Dunkelberger, founder and CEO of Nok Nok Labs (a founding member of the FIDO Alliance). After…

Oppo Launches Two Smartphones, One With Biometrics

Oppo Launches Two Smartphones, One With Biometrics

The two newest smartphones from Chinese manufacturer Oppo Electronics, announced today, hit a couple of major mobility milestones. First, measuring in with a width of 4.85 mm, the Oppo R5 holds the distinction of being the thinnest smartphone in the world. Second, the Oppo N3 is the first smartphone to launch with the FPC1021 capacitive…

Biometrics and Finance To Converge at Money20/20

Biometrics and Finance To Converge at Money20/20

Next week in Las Vegas the payments industry will be converging on the Money20/20 conference. Running from November 2nd to the 5th, the event is expected to host more than 7,000 attendees including over 600 CEOs from around the world as they celebrate and discuss the newest innovations in money. This year, the event will include…

Forza Silicon Unveils Super-Adaptable Image Sensor

Forza Silicon Unveils Super-Adaptable Image Sensor

Video tech developer Forza Silicon has announced a new image sensor offering a great degree of customization. Forza says it’s the world’s first image sensor offering total reconfiguration and programmability in a single chip. The company is pushing the technology’s applications in the Internet of Things, given its high degree of customizability and adaptability. It…

Interview with Zwipe CEO, Kim Humborstad

Last week, Zwipe announced that it and its partner, a little company named MasterCard, have taken on the task of disrupting the payments industry by revealing the world’s first biometric contactless payments card. Mobile ID World president Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Zwipe CEO Kim Humborstad about the big news.

Cloud Authentication Month: 3 Applications of Biometrics And The Cloud

Cloud Authentication Month: 3 Applications of Biometrics And The Cloud

Cloud authentication has a number of situational benefits when it comes to bringing consistent stronger than password security to a wide range of devices. Here is a list of three areas in which cloud based biometrics can be applied. Enterprise Strong authentication enabled access control and time tracking in the workplace is becoming increasingly critical…

Apple Accidentally Reveals Two Biometric iPads

Apple Accidentally Reveals Two Biometric iPads

The next Apple keynote is slated for tomorrow, at which it has been rumored that the next generation iPads will be revealed, but it looks like the big announcement has been spoiled by none other than the company itself. Today, the user guide for iOS 8 on Apple’s official website had its screen shots updated to…

Nok Nok Labs Strengthens Touch ID Security

Nok Nok Labs Strengthens Touch ID Security

Today, Nok Nok Labs has announced that its NNL Multifactor Authentication Client (MFAC) now supports the public Touch ID API from Apple. The news will come as a relief to developers hoping to integrate Touch ID biometric access control in their apps but are skeptical about  security thanks to Apple’s failure to significantly improve the fingerprint security…

Next iPad Expected To Feature Touch ID, Announcement Coming October 16

Next iPad Expected To Feature Touch ID, Announcement Coming October 16

The next major announcement out of Cupertino, California, regarding new innovations from Apple is set to occur on October 16. Initially rumored to be held on the 21st of October, sources recently told online publication Re/Code that Apple will actually be taking the stage ten days from today. A huge number of announcements are expected…

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