Biometrics

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.

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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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It bed by Sleep Number has integrated sensors to improve sleep

It bed by Sleep Number has integrated sensors to improve sleep

Sleep Number has been around making beds that use air to let users choose how firm they want their beds to be on any given night. At CES 2016 Sleep Number has unveiled a new bed called the it bed by Sleep Number. The bed uses SleepIQ tech to track sleep, offer insights, and make suggestions to help you sleep better. It has touch-free biometric sensors inside that track the user's entire body hundreds of times per seconds.

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ZTE Blade A1: mid-range smartphone with a fingerprint sensor

ZTE Blade A1: mid-range smartphone with a fingerprint sensor

Fingerprint sensors might soon be as common as the GPS in your smartphone or maybe even more common than NFC. You can tell by how many new models are coming out with the sensor these days. And it's not just the high end either. ZTE revealed something surprising when it announced the new Blade A1 in China. What is, for all intents and purposes, a low to mid tier smartphone is made special by having a fingerprint scanner, making it the first budget smarrtphone to have that feature.

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Grasp Lock uses biometrics to unlock your bike

Grasp Lock uses biometrics to unlock your bike

Bicycles, convenient as they are, are vulnerable to theft, and no sane person would leave one parked somewhere sans a bike lock. Not all bike locks are created equal, of course, but most of them have one thing in common: inconvenience. Depending on the lock, securing and unlocking your bike can be cumbersome, an issue eliminated by “Grasp”, the team behind the Grasp Lock.

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Synaptics bringing biometric and print-reading handles to cars

Synaptics bringing biometric and print-reading handles to cars

Would you like your vehicle to let you enter with a fingerprint and have settings ready for you when you open the door? How about a vehicle that starts only when your finger touches the ignition? The folks at Synaptics have revealed a set of touch-based technology products for vehicles, showing off their touchscreen technology for smart screen controllers as well as biometric touchpads (and fingerprint readers) for your vehicle's ignition and car handle.

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Nymi Band testing heartbeat-authenticated mobile payments

Nymi Band testing heartbeat-authenticated mobile payments

With Apple Pay gaining popularity, and more mobile payment systems like Android Pay and Samsung Pay in the pipeline, fingerprint authentication is quickly becoming the new security standard when it comes to making payments without a credit card. But the Nymi Band is testing something said to be even more secure than fingerprints: heartbeat authentication. The band uses a sensor to track and identify the electrical activity in the owner's heart, a biometric that can't be copied or stolen.

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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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