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MWC 2015: Day 2 – Accessibility and The Connected Globe

Today was day two of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where Mobile ID World president Peter O’Neill is investigating the identity management industry presence. Facebook and Google both held presentations today, and the topic that had everyone talking was accessibility. Where as yesterday we were concerned with digital identity and the GSMA’s Mobile Connect platform we…

MWC 2015: Cypress Debuts Fruits of IDEX ASA Partnership

MWC 2015: Cypress Debuts Fruits of IDEX ASA Partnership

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has unveiled its new fingerprint scanner developed in conjunction with partner IDEX ASA. The company unveiled the TrueTouch Fingerprint Reader at the Mobile World Congress, currently underway in Barcelona. The company teamed up with IDEX ASA, a fingerprint biometrics developer, last spring, in an agreement that would see the latter’s fingerprint scanning…

MWC 2015: Mobile Identity on Day One

MWC 2015: Mobile Identity on Day One

Mobile World Congress began today in Barcelona, Spain, and while last year biometrics had a substantial presence, 2015’s exhibition is placing digital identity at the center stage and Mobile ID World president Peter O’Neill is right there where the action is. Day one of MWC 2015 brought with it an overwhelming number of exciting announcements,…

MWC 2015: MasterCard Study Finds Consumers Continue to Warm to Mobile Payment

MWC 2015: MasterCard Study Finds Consumers Continue to Warm to Mobile Payment

Consumer attitudes toward mobile payments have shifted radically over the past two years, according to MasterCard researchers. Presenting the findings of their third annual Mobile Payments Study at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, MasterCard representatives said that consumers have a much more favorable view of mobile payments today. The study was based on social…

Apple Watch Launch Event Set to Follow Daylight Savings Change

Apple Watch Launch Event Set to Follow Daylight Savings Change

Apple will host a launch event for its forthcoming Apple Watch on March 9, according to a Guardian article by Samuel Gibbs. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, and conveniently coincides with the North American time change, when many of us will have our watches…

Beset on All Sides, Samsung Freezes Wages

Beset on All Sides, Samsung Freezes Wages

Samsung is freezing its employee wages for the first time since the Great Recession, according to a Reuters article. It’s widely seen as a cost-cutting move in the wake of recent struggles the company has faced, particularly in the mobile sector. While a spokesperson for the company declined to explain the rationale for the move,…

Mobile Identity Industry News Roundup: The Road To MWC 2015

Mobile Identity Industry News Roundup: The Road To MWC 2015

This week at Mobile ID World eyes started to turn to Barcelona where Mobile World Congress will be held next week ,March 2 through 5. We also reported on a bunch of FIDO Alliance centered news, saw some interesting numbers regarding Apple Pay and found reason to be hopeful regarding smartphone battery life. Here are…

Biometric Registry for Cell Phone Users Continues in Pakistan

Biometric Registry for Cell Phone Users Continues in Pakistan

The Pakistani government has extended its deadline for citizens’ enrolment in its biometric registry of cellphone users, and progress continues apace, according to an Arab News article by Asif Shahzad. At the urging of the country’s major cellular providers, the government has pushed the deadline back from February 26 to April 13. The project was…

Smartphone Battery Life Could be Extended Dramatically with New Technologies

Smartphone Battery Life Could be Extended Dramatically with New Technologies

Emerging technological advancements could bring major extensions to smartphones’ battery lives, according to a Forbes article by Jay McGregor. The advancements come in the forms of phone design breakthroughs, scientific research, and even more advanced operating systems. McGregor’s wide-ranging survey starts with Samsung. That company has created a new memory module design called the ePoP…

Cypress Joins FIDO Alliance Just in Time for MWC

Cypress Joins FIDO Alliance Just in Time for MWC

Touch sensor developer Cypress Semiconductor Corporation has joined the FIDO Alliance. The move comes just in time for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the company will be its wearable tech and Internet of Things solutions. Cypress was in the news last year when it partnered with IDEX ASA to implement that company’s fingerprint…

BYOD Month: 3 Essential Considerations in BYOD

BYOD Month: 3 Essential Considerations in BYOD

The BYOD phenomenon in the workplace is an interesting beast. While throwing mobility into the mix at work offers a great amount of potential for efficiency, it also presents a huge vulnerability in terms of information flow and cyber security. What’s more is that mobility can and will enter a workplace whether it has a…

IDEX Repositions for Global Market

Fingerprint biometrics developer IDEX ASA has announced some big changes to its management team and its general business strategy. Two key positions have been added, while another executive will step down to take a consultant role. First, the new positions: Art Stewart, a fingerprint sensors veteran with experience in AuthenTec and Synaptics, has been appointed…

ElevenPaths to Showcase Authentication, eSignature Solutions at MWC

ElevenPaths to Showcase Authentication, eSignature Solutions at MWC

Digital security company ElevenPaths, in partnership with Spanish telecom company Telefónica, S.A., has announced two new security solutions that they’ll be showcasing at the Mobile World Congress 2015. Dubbed SmartID and SealSign respectively, both new solutions prominently feature biometric security. SmartID is a user authentication system designed both for apps and physical equipment. The system uses a…

Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Payments, Security, Innovation

Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Payments, Security, Innovation

The past week at Mobile ID World was about payments, security and innovation. While Samsung made friends and alienated others in some mCommerce posturing, Microsoft fully committed to the next generation of authentication. Apple is potentially branching into connected car territory in a new way and this year’s upcoming SXSW festival is already shaping up…

Spies Hack Gemalto Networks, Steal Encryption Keys

Spies Hack Gemalto Networks, Steal Encryption Keys

Dutch mobile security company Gemalto has suffered a major security breach, according to an investigation by Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley for The Intercept. British and American spy agencies apparently hacked into the company’s servers and stole encryption keys used to protect the SIM cards on Gemalto client phones. The spy agencies in question are…

Smart Toys Will Chat with Children and Get to Know Them

Smart Toys Will Chat with Children and Get to Know Them

The Internet of Things has expanded to include toys, with a number of high-profile smart toys on the way, led by the iconic Barbie, according to a BBC News article. The toys feature internet-connected artificial intelligence systems allowing them to have conversations with kids. The upcoming smart Barbie doll, called Hello Barbie, is the product…

Google’s Zero Tolerance Policy of Security Flaws Draws Ire of Rivals

Google’s Zero Tolerance Policy of Security Flaws Draws Ire of Rivals

An aggressive new policy on security is getting some major IT players angry at Google, according to a Globe and Mail article by Christ Strohm and Jordan Robertson. Essentially, Google is publicly calling out its rivals on security flaws in their software. Google’s approach isn’t quite draconian, though: When a security flaw is found, the…

MWC 2015: SuperCom to Showcase Device Agnostic mPayment Security

MWC 2015: SuperCom to Showcase Device Agnostic mPayment Security

SuperCom has announced that it will be exhibiting its digital security solutions at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, running from March 2nd to 5th in Barcelona. The company is going to highlight its SuperPay suite of mobile payment solutions. With SuperPay, SuperCom’s aim is to provide a range of device agnostic security solutions for the…

Visa Replaces Account Info with Token System for Digital Payments

Visa Replaces Account Info with Token System for Digital Payments

Visa has announced that it’s phasing out the use of 16-digit account numbers in digital payments, opting instead to expand its new Visa Token Service. VTS essentially replaces the account number with a randomly-generated series of numbers for each transaction. It’s a more advanced form of security, as advocated by industry experts like the FIDO…

New App Further Cheapens Dating Experience

New App Further Cheapens Dating Experience

A new bot can automate the selection process on Tinder, according to a lifehacker article by Chris Jager. The bot, called Tinderbox, relies on a facial recognition algorithm. Justin Long, the bot’s creator, explains that it uses the Tinder APIs and the user’s swiping history to build an algorithmic model of the user’s preferences in…

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