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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.

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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.

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MasterCard’s about to roll out selfie and fingerprint payments

MasterCard’s about to roll out selfie and fingerprint payments

MasterCard is about to change the way you authenticate your mobile payments, and it’ll simply require the hardware your phone (probably) already has: a front-facing camera and/or a fingerprint sensor. The company has announced a newly developed mobile technology that, once launched, will allow customers in North America and parts of Europe to authenticate their payments by snapping a selfie or scanning their finger, eliminating the need for PINS, passwords, and other more vulnerable codes.

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FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

Flexible displays may be a mainstay of science-fiction, but it's only recently that they've started to filter through into production. FlexEnable hopes to overshadow Samsung's curved OLED with its own technology, relying on cheaper LCD panels that use plastic substrates rather than glass so as to be both more imaginatively-shaped and more resilient to impacts and other damage.

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New Synaptics fingerprint sensor can fit under a volume button

New Synaptics fingerprint sensor can fit under a volume button

Fingerprint scanners are really becoming sundry, to the point that even mid-range smartphones like the Nexus 5X and, the perhaps inappropriately nameed, Huawei 5x have them. But like any additional component, they do incur costs, not only in build materials but also in design changes, especially when one has to carve out space for the sensor on the back like Huawei's smartphones or force the addition of home button like HTC's. Synaptics' new FS4304 solves both situations because it is small enough to fit under a volume rocker.

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Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact US models won’t have fingerprint sensors

Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact US models won’t have fingerprint sensors

It is really hard to fathom Sony's smartphone strategy and long-term plans these days. Publicly, it says it has no plans (yet) to leave the smartphone market, yet at the same time it seems to be doing everything it can to dig its own grave. While fans in the US were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Sony's most recent, and better, flagships, their enthusiasm may have just been doused with cold water. Sony has confirmed that the US models of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact won't have fingerprint sensors inside.

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Apple patents activating “Panic Mode” with a fingerprint

Apple patents activating “Panic Mode” with a fingerprint

"Apple picking", as New York law enforcers called the spate of iPhone theft, is now a thing of the past. Well, at least mostly, partly thanks to Apple's strong stance on encryption and locking down stolen phones. But there might be times when it isn't your iPhone that is in danger but you yourself. Presuming you still have some presence of mind, and an iPhone of the future, you might be able to not only lock down your phone but also discretely call for help, thanks to a recent patent that Apple filed.

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Security issues in some Android handsets leave fingerprints exposed

Security issues in some Android handsets leave fingerprints exposed

A team of researchers with FireEye have discovered a serious security vulnerability in some Android phones involving biometric security. The flaw leaves fingerprints open to hackers by storing them in a "world readable" folder as an image file. Both the HTC One Max and the Samsung Galaxy S5 were cited as vulnerable, but other Android phones from other manufacturers could also be at risk. The HTC One Max was cited as being the most vulnerable, however, storing the fingerprints as unencrypted BMP files that could be read by any unprivileged app or process.

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Yankee Stadium adds biometric security ‘Fast Access’ option

Yankee Stadium adds biometric security ‘Fast Access’ option

Security lines at big events take a long time to pass through, and so it isn’t surprising some are willing to put aside their privacy concerns for the sake of speeding things along. Yankee Stadium has announced plans to roll out new “Fast Access” entries that will, as the name suggests, get visitors into the stadium faster. The catch is that in order to do so, you’ll need to register with Clear beforehand and will need to provide your fingerprints while registering. This is the same service used in some airports and a couple other stadiums across the nation.

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Smartphone fingerprint scanners are still not secure enough

Smartphone fingerprint scanners are still not secure enough

Android just can't seem to get a break lately. After the really frightening Stagefright bug and then a slightly related vulnerability exposed by security firm Trend Micro, another component is being branded as insecure. Granted, it's not a widespread malady this time as only Android smartphones with fingerprint sensors are affected. Tao Wei and Yulong Zhang, both researchers from FireEye, are singling out the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One Max as the most vulnerable examples of this case at the Black Hat security conference this week.

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Sonovation unveils ultrasound fingerprint biometric touch sensor under glass

Sonovation unveils ultrasound fingerprint biometric touch sensor under glass

Fingerprint scanners are common today on smartphones and other devices. The benefit of having the fingerprint reader is that the user of the smartphone doesn't need to remember a password and since fingerprints are unique, no one else can gain access to the device. A company called Sonovation has announced a breakthrough in fingerprint sensors with its ultrasound fingerprint biometric touch sensor under glass.

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OnePlus confirms fingerprint scanner for the OnePlus 2

OnePlus confirms fingerprint scanner for the OnePlus 2

There is little doubt that Chinese startup OnePlus really wants to bring on the heat, figuratively and literally. It has already revealed that it will be using the highly contentious Snapdragon 810, v2.1, come what may. Now it is confirming that the OnePlus 2 will also have a fingerprint sensor. Of course, it's not enough for OnePlus to say that. It is also claiming that this particular sensor is a "fingerprint sensor done right", which will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows from fans of Apple's Touch ID tech, so far considered to be the best implementation there is.

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