Biometrics

2020 Tokyo Olympics facial recognition tech will scan thousands of faces

2020 Tokyo Olympics facial recognition tech will scan thousands of faces

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will heavily rely on facial recognition technology for security purposes, according to sources who say the tech will ultimately scan up to 400,000 faces during the event. The technology will be primarily used for getting athletes and journalists to their destinations quickly, the sources claim, with the overall system making it more difficult for stolen or forged credentials to be used for access.

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Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Apple is investing almost $400m into the one of the companies responsible for its TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X, and it's likely just the first step in rolling the technology out further in its range. The decision to grant millions from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Finisar, the US-based manufacturer of lasers used in TrueDepth, is being billed as a win for American industry; however, it'll also give Finisar the scope to make more advanced versions. As they get smaller, more capable, and more precise, that opens the door to putting the clever camera into new places.

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Samsung patent uses palm recognition for passsword hints

Samsung patent uses palm recognition for passsword hints

Fingerprint scanning is secure and reliable. 3D face recognition is fast but still in development. Samsung has the former and is reportedly working on the latter for the Galaxy S9. But why stop there? Indeed, a recently surfaced patent reveals that Samsung is toying with the idea of using palm recognition for a related purpose. No, it won’t unlock your phone using your unique palm lines. It will just help you remember your password or PIN code.

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iPhone X Face ID fooled by mom’s 10 year old son

iPhone X Face ID fooled by mom’s 10 year old son

The iPhone X’s new all-screen display and even its contentious notch have been sidelined by one new feature that may make its way into future iPhones and iPads. The attention, not to mention criticism, given to the phone’s Face ID biometric security isn’t exactly surprising. Humans have a tendency to be skeptical of new things, especially when new things initially promised the world in terms of security. And now they may have even more reason to be extra dubious of Face ID after a woman’s iPhone X was unlocked again and again by her 10 year old son.

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Galaxy Note 9 will go with under-display fingerprint scanner, says Kuo

Galaxy Note 9 will go with under-display fingerprint scanner, says Kuo

Ming-chi Kuo is more famous for his analysis and predictions on Apple products, though some think he's been losing steam of late. He has also dabbled on Android devices recently, and now he has word on what Samsung might be planning next year. While he thinks that Android devices are heading the way of Apple's Face ID and TrueDepth camera, Samsung is still pushing through, at least temporarily, with the under-display optical fingerprint sensor, which might debut in the Galaxy Note 9.

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Galaxy S9 to keep rear fingerprint sensor, Note 9 to debut under-display reader

Galaxy S9 to keep rear fingerprint sensor, Note 9 to debut under-display reader

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is barely three months old and already we're hearing news about its successor, next year's S9. It turns out that the latest report from Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI analyst with an accurate track record when it comes to Apple releases, has details about the upcoming "iPhone 8" that include implications for what Samsung has planned not only for the Galaxy S9, but next year's Note 9 as well.

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On-screen fingerprint sensors are not coming this year

On-screen fingerprint sensors are not coming this year

We just passed the half year mark, but it’s almost all too clear that fingerprint sensors embedded in smartphone displays aren’t going to be a thing in 2017. Even though the flagships for late 2017 have yet to hit the market, it’s far too late already for them to include such a novel and untested technology. Sources familiar with matters claim that both Apple and Samsung have given up commercializing what would have been one of the major features of the year. All because they may have bitten of more than they could chew, and probably too soon at that.

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iPhone 8 face unlock confirmation found in HomePod firmware

iPhone 8 face unlock confirmation found in HomePod firmware

Sometimes you find the biggest clues in the strangest of places. In this case, one of the iPhone 8’s most debated feature has been more or less confirmed in a device far removed from an iPhone: a smart speaker. That is exactly the little piece of treasure that developer Steve Troughton-Smith discovered when digging through the Apple HomePod’s firmware, which Apple itself accidentally leaked. But while it does seem to answer one question, it still leaves plenty of room for other questions.

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Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is Vivo’s secret weapon

Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is Vivo’s secret weapon

Although fingerprint scanners hiding underneath glass displays is quite the hot topic in smartphones these days, the dream isn't actually new. It has been around a few years back and some even had nearly working solutions. One of those is Qualcomm and it is now reminding everyone of that. At MWC Shanghai, the mobile chip maker will be showing off its latest ultrasonic fingerprint scanner running underneath the display of an actual commercial smartphone. And, in a way, it will be showing Samsung what it might be missing out on.

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Forget irises! Next Sony Xperia could have 3D face sensor

Forget irises! Next Sony Xperia could have 3D face sensor

Smartphone makers have been trying to make it easier for users to secure their smartphones without having to remember strong passwords and PINs. But aside from the fingerprint, which itself isn't infallible, very few technologies have offered both security and convenience in a single package. Even Samsung concedes it won't use its own iris scanning as the only authentication for Samsung Pay, for example. Sony, however, might have something better in mind, one that involves not only your eyes or even your face but your entire head as well.

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MasterCard now has a fingerprint-protected card

MasterCard now has a fingerprint-protected card

Fingerprint sensors are now everywhere. Once the stuff of science fiction and spy movies, the biometric system now unlocks smartphones, laptops, and credit cards. Yes, credit cards. That is, if MasterCard’s pilot test is successful. The financial services giant has just announced that it has kicked off test in South Africa for a “next generation” card that combines the usual chips you find in cards today with a biometric sensor that promises more secure transactions and less opportunities for fraud.

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Apple acquires facial recognition firm RealFace

Apple acquires facial recognition firm RealFace

It seems those recent rumors about Apple looking to implement facial recognition and other biometric features into future iPhone models are ringing true, as it's been reported that Cupertino has acquired RealFace, an Israel-based startup that specializes in facial recognition. This news comes from the Times of Israel, which adds that Apple purchased the company for an estimated $2 million.

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