Biometrics

New smartphone uses iris scanning to replace passwords in Japan

New smartphone uses iris scanning to replace passwords in Japan

Biometrics have changed the way we use smartphones, but they haven't really revolutionized it, yet. Being able to unlock your smartphone with a fingerprint is convenient, but it has become so commonplace that the feature doesn't stand out anymore. One of the latest smartphones due to hit Japan this summer sets itself apart from the crowd by allowing users to unlock, sign in to apps, and go shopping using only their eyes. That's right, the iris-scanning technology that was once relegated to sci-fi movies and the higher echelons of government security can now be held in the palm of your hands.

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Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Most might be familiar with the way fingerprints can be used to uniquely identify individuals, but anyone who has watched a few seasons of CSI will probably know by now that a lot of other body parts can be used similarly. Parts like ears and palms, which, coincidentally, are body parts other than fingers that also get in contact with smartphone screens. Bearing that in mind, researchers from Yahoo have found a way to turn ordinary smartphone touchscreens into makeshift biometric scanners for these body parts.

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HTC One M9+ render leaks out again, hints at fingerprint scanner

HTC One M9+ render leaks out again, hints at fingerprint scanner

While Samsung seems to be taking a breather just before the storm of launching its Galaxy S6 flagship worldwide, HTC seems to be still busy coming out with devices left and right, from all possible tiers. We just recently saw the appearance of the One E9+, ahead of the One E9 itself. And more than that, the "larger", though not really larger, sibling of the One M9 flagship is making a few rounds over the Internet again. And in the latest scoop, the One M9+ is said to sport a fingerprint scanner on what looks like a home button.

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Android rolling out ‘on-body detection’ smart lock feature

Android rolling out ‘on-body detection’ smart lock feature

Google appears to rolling out a new lock feature to certain Android 5.0 and up devices, a new spin on biometric security dubbed "on-body detection." Imagine that situation where you unlock your phone to read an email, finish and put it back in your pocket, only to take it out again 20 seconds later to check something else. On-body detection's purpose is to free you from repeatedly unlocking your phone as long as it remains in your hand or pocket.

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Windows Hello lets your face, finger do the talking

Windows Hello lets your face, finger do the talking

Ever since Apple introduced Touch ID in the iPhone 5s, the tech world has started, or re-started, to become obsessed with using our unique body features to implement security on our mobile devices. After all, fingerprints and irises are much more difficult to hack than alphanumeric passwords. Riding on that wave, Microsoft is announcing two new complementary security features coming in Windows 10. Windows Hello lets you use some body parts to greet and unlock your device while "Passport" can use that to authenticate you to apps and websites.

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New Narbis neurofeedback glasses force you to concentrate

New Narbis neurofeedback glasses force you to concentrate

It's so easy to get distracted these days when we really need to focus. A new set of glasses may hold the key to honing your concentration. These glasses aren't prescription strength; they actually darken when you become unfocused which trains your brain to concentrate so the lenses stay clear. Perhaps calling them glasses is a bit of a misnomer. It's actually the Narbis wearable neurofeedback device. Narbis is hoping to take the focus-improving science of neurofeedback out of a clinical setting and bring it to everyone through Kickstarter.

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Synaptics Natural ID biometrics scanner will come to mobile devices

Synaptics Natural ID biometrics scanner will come to mobile devices

Your fingerprint is more important than you think. J Edgar Hoover may have been right about it being a useful law enforcement tool, but fingerprints are also a good option for securing your mobile devices. Synaptics, a leader in the field of biometric recognition, is announcing their Natural ID will be made available for high-end mobile devices. The benefit of Natural ID is that it needs a touch, not a swipe. That will have more mobile device emulating Apple’s class-leading Touch ID.

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Qualcomm’s fingerprint tech turns touchscreens Touch ID

Qualcomm’s fingerprint tech turns touchscreens Touch ID

Unlocking a phone with a fingertip on your phone's home button is certainly convenient, but Qualcomm's latest biometric sensor see your fingerprint through your display. The company has announced Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint Technology at MWC 2015, a long name for what's shaping up to be a potentially big improvement in security ergonomics. Rather than a capacitive sensor, as used in Apple's Touch ID and on the new Samsung Galaxy S6, Qualcomm's approach uses ultrasonics so that it can sense through a variety of materials.

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Microsoft makes biometrics focal point for Windows 10 security

Microsoft makes biometrics focal point for Windows 10 security

With Windows 10, you’ll have more options for password protection. In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced they’ll support new Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO) standards, which they also helped contribute to. With FIDO 2.0, you’ll have wider availability to use biometrics, which means your next-generation PC might have some biometric scanners built right in. In fact, it could make that Synaptics touchpad, which also supports new FIDO guidelines, a must-have accompaniment for Windows 10, if you’re of the mind that fingerprints are better than passwords.

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Blame Apple for the Nexus 6’s missing fingerprint sensor

Blame Apple for the Nexus 6’s missing fingerprint sensor

Apple may get blamed by many for trampling on innovation, but it turns out the company - or at least its rapacious supply chain - was to blame for the Nexus 6's cute-but-dumb dimple. The branded divot beneath the current Android flagship's camera may act as a handy place to rest your finger, but it was meant to be a far more useful location for a fingerprint sensor, according to former Motorola chief exec Dennis Woodside. Now at Dropbox, Woodside confirmed in an interview recently what many had suspected since the Nexus 6 was first unveiled.

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