Biometrics

Chromebooks might sport fingerprint scanners soon

Chromebooks might sport fingerprint scanners soon

Chromebooks
are experiencing a revival in market interest, in no small part thanks to Google’s promise to bring Android apps to the platform. Given that renewed uptake, it is probably high time that Chromebook makers update their wares to modern standards. Acer’s new Chromebook R 13, for example, is trying to take on the tablet and convertible laptop market. Based on some commits to Chromium, on which Chrome and Chrome OS are built upon, upcoming Chromebooks could also start supporting stronger security measures, including support for fingerprint scanners.

Continue Reading

Acer’s IFA 2016 gaming monitors keep an eye on your eyes

Acer’s IFA 2016 gaming monitors keep an eye on your eyes

Display makers these days are trying to think up of ways, some would say gimmicks, to invigorate the PC monitor market and especially appeal to the usually lucrative and high-spending gaming crowd. Samsung and LG both have their new UltraWide curved monitors, and while Acer does have a rather curious curved screen laptop, the first of its kind, it isn’t stopping there. At IFA 2016, it is unveiling three new monitors,, the Predator Z271T, Predator XB251HQT, and Predator XB271HUT, all designed for gaming that, while varying in specs, share one thing in common. All three sport Tobii’s eye-tracking technology, promising new areas of innovation in reactivity and input for games.

Continue Reading

iPhone patent will collect thieves’ fingerprint, photo, data

iPhone patent will collect thieves’ fingerprint, photo, data

“Apple Picking”, referring to the spate of iPhone thefts a few years back, might no longer be as common, but unauthorized physical access to smartphones and mobile devices is still pretty much a thing. Apple, how has been very aggressive with anti-theft measures, has apparently filed a patent that takes things a step further. Based on the patent, an iPhone, under a set of circumstances, could collect biometric information as well as photos of an alleged thief. Or basically anyone trying and failing to unlock the smartphone.

Continue Reading

Samsung might push iris scanners even to mid-range phones

Samsung might push iris scanners even to mid-range phones

One of the new stars of the new Galaxy Note 7 is undoubtedly its iris scanning technology. Although fast, reliable, and useful, especially when paired with Samsung's equally new Secure Folders, iris scanners, as a whole, are still too new for mobile devices. But if Samsung has its way, that won't be for long. According to the company's mobile division president DJ Koh, the technology could eventually trickle down even to mid-range devices in the not so distant future. With some cost cutting, of course.

Continue Reading

3D-printed fingerprints may help police access locked phones

3D-printed fingerprints may help police access locked phones

Law enforcement isn't happy about the rise of biometric phone security -- that is, fingerprint sensors -- because it is incredibly hard to bypass. To get around the pesky issue, police have turned to 3D-printing, requesting a lab recreate and 3D print a phone owner's fingerprints in a way that they can be used to unlock the phone. Though the 3D-printed fingerprints haven't yet been verified as functional, the issue has already raised a new round of criticism and privacy concerns.

Continue Reading

Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner “confirmed” in leaked photos

Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner “confirmed” in leaked photos

With Samsung's next phablet so close to being revealed, naturally the leaks are piling up. We've recently heard about the Galaxy Note 7's possibly thin display and touch sensor combo and have even seen what is allegedly the smartphone itself, complete with curved edges. Now, for a treat, we're seeing yet another aspect of the device, complete with "proof" that it is indeed a Galaxy Note 7. This time, we're seeing the long rumored iris scanner that might be, once and for all, coming to an actual retail device.

Continue Reading

Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner to come from Patron

Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner to come from Patron

That an upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone is rumored to have an iris scanner isn't exactly new. Those rumors have been circulating as far back as 2013, but never really came to pass in the 2015 models. Nth time's the charm right? That seems to be the case yet again for the Galaxy Note 7 (or Note 6 or Note 7 edge) but this time around, Korean media is giving a name to the manufacturer of said sensor. In this case, Korean camera module maker Patron is named as the source of the iris scanner that will grace the face of Samsung's next premium phablet.

Continue Reading

Synaptics USB fingerprint scanner gives any PC biometric security

Synaptics USB fingerprint scanner gives any PC biometric security

Synaptics is a name known to many in the industry as a company specializing in interface controllers, like laptop touchpads and mobile touchscreens. Lately, it has also been raising its profile in the biometrics markets, making such technology more accessible to device manufacturers and, therefore, users. Last February it announced a fingerprint sensor small enough to fit under a smartphone volume button. At Computex last week, it unveiled a fingerprint USB module that can give any desktop or laptop better security features.

Continue Reading

Acer’s new Windows 10 notebooks tote fingerprint scanners

Acer’s new Windows 10 notebooks tote fingerprint scanners

Microsoft introduced Windows Hello as the blanket term to cover its biometrics-based security system that launched together with Windows 10. While fingerprint scanners were starting to become commonplace in smartphones, few laptops, and even fewer desktops, sported such sensors. So at launch, Microsoft went with using face and iris detection to demonstrate Windows Hello. With Acer's latest Windows 10 laptops, however, Microsoft is starting to put the focus on our fingers, advertising the ability securely and quickly log into those notebooks using only your finger.

Continue Reading

Windows 10 Mobile will soon have fingerprint support

Windows 10 Mobile will soon have fingerprint support

Some time this summer, Microsoft will add fingerprint support to Windows 10 Mobile, giving mobile users another security option. Microsoft recently confirmed the planned fingerprint support at the WinHEC conference, saying that it’ll be available as part of Windows Hello, the Windows 10 feature in which a device recognizes its owner using facial recognition and more.

Continue Reading

Your password could soon be a sound from your skull

Your password could soon be a sound from your skull

Fingerprint scanners are becoming the norm for unlocking our mobile devices these days, while iris and facial recognition are also being explored, but the next big solution in biometric authentication might be something that can only come from inside your head. Literally. A group of university researchers in Germany have come up with a system that uses a unique sound that comes from within a user's skull.

Continue Reading

Japan looks to fingerprint payment system for tourists

Japan looks to fingerprint payment system for tourists

Forget NFC, heck forget even plastic. Japan is going for fingerprint currency instead. Almost like a page out of a sci-fi novel, the Japanese government is eying the use of fingerprints to implement not just identification but also payment systems for tourists. This will practically fill in the need for tourists to present passports at hotels and inns as well as the need to use credit cards for purchases. Japan intends this sure to be contentious method as a way to increase the volume of tourists, in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralymic Games.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 5 6 7