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iOS 13.5 GM released with two big COVID-19 features

iOS 13.5 GM released with two big COVID-19 features

Apple has pushed out the iOS 13.5 golden master, meaning we're just one step away from the new COVID-19 features for exposure logging and easier Face ID use arriving on iPhones. While there are numerous tweaks and changes expected in iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5, two of the most eagerly-anticipated focus on making the iPhone more useful in this time of coronavirus pandemic.

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Pixel 4 Face Unlock can finally require eyes to be open in April update

Pixel 4 Face Unlock can finally require eyes to be open in April update

The Pixel 4 prided itself with its fancy new sensors hiding behind its thick forehead. In addition to hands-free gestures, the Pixel 4 also made face unlock the only secure biometrics option for the phone, throwing the fingerprint scanner out the window. Unfortunately, some found it to be actually less secure in one specific situation which, months after launch, Google is finally addressing with the April security patch for Pixel devices and Android in general.

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Facebook Messenger may soon use face recognition to lock the app

Facebook Messenger may soon use face recognition to lock the app

Facebook may now be better known for violating the privacy of its users but it doesn't want anyone else from doing the same. All your best efforts to set all the privacy options on Facebook are all for naught, however, the moment some inquisitive friend or relative gets a hold of your phone and, therefore, your Messenger chats. That's probably why it is apparently developing a way to securely lock your chats, using your face as the key.

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iPhone exemption in San Francisco face recognition ban opens can of worms

iPhone exemption in San Francisco face recognition ban opens can of worms

Governments and legal systems are often criticized for being slow to adapt to the times especially when fast-changing technology is concerned. Some do try to catch up, sometimes in haste and often with rather disastrous results. One example is the battle to protect privacy and security against face recognition. A new San Francisco law that banned such technologies from government use amusingly included even the use of Apple iPhones. Now a silent amendment that undoes that error may have also created a precedent for surveillance equipment to be exempted as well.

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Apple’s new optical fingerprint tech is already in the wild – but not in iPhone

Apple’s new optical fingerprint tech is already in the wild – but not in iPhone

Apple has patented an optical fingerprint sensor that could be used for an in-display scanner in a future iPhone, but we don't have to wait to see that tech in action. The freshly-granted patent comes amid ongoing questions about what type of biometric security method Apple will use in its future smartphones, and speculation that Face ID won't be the only system it relies upon for user authentication.

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Facebook AI alters faces in videos to thwart face recognition AI

Facebook AI alters faces in videos to thwart face recognition AI

Facebook, along with Amazon and, of course, Google, is facing no small amount of opposition and inquiry into its use of face recognition systems. Primarily applied for things like tagging family and friends in photos, the social media giant is often accused of misusing that technology for less savory uses. Now the company's own researchers are developing AI to combat other AI, perhaps including Facebook's, that try to identify and tag faces in videos.

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Pixel 4 Face Unlock doesn’t care if you’re sleeping

Pixel 4 Face Unlock doesn’t care if you’re sleeping

Google's Face Unlock on the new Pixel 4 may make accessing the new Android smartphone more straightforward, but it could also make it easier for others to unlock the device when you're sleeping. The latest in the Pixel series does away with the fingerprint sensor on the last-generation Pixel 3, instead recognizing faces for what Google has said will be faster and more secure.

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Google fight against face ID racial bias is being questioned

Google fight against face ID racial bias is being questioned

Facial recognition is becoming more and more common these days but it is also one of the more controversial forms of biometrics because of its privacy implications. There is, however, one other problem with face ID that rarely pops up in reports: racial bias. Some users of face recognition technologies report that these systems seem to be designed to work better on people with fairer complexions. Given its prominence, Google is working to ensure it won't be accused of racial bias. Reports claim, however, that it is doing rather questionable methods, including profiling, to accomplish that.

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Pixel 4 face unlock vs iPhone Face ID will be 2019’s security showdown

Pixel 4 face unlock vs iPhone Face ID will be 2019’s security showdown

Apple may have delivered super-secure face unlock with Face ID on the iPhone first, but it seems Google is aiming to best it on performance when the Pixel 4 launches. The 2019 Android flagship isn't expected to make its official debut until October, but Google can't stop preempting the announcement with feature confirmations amid the leaks.

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iCloud on the Web will soon allow Face ID and Touch ID sign-ins

iCloud on the Web will soon allow Face ID and Touch ID sign-ins

The death of passwords is at hand, or at least that's what proponents of biometrics security would like to say. It might be a while before it becomes as commonplace as the password field but every small step takes us closer. The next small step will seemingly come from Apple who is now testing ways to more securely and more conveniently log into iCloud.com using not strong passwords but stronger fingers and faces instead.

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WhatsApp now offers Face ID and Touch ID security: What you should know

WhatsApp now offers Face ID and Touch ID security: What you should know

WhatsApp can now be locked down with Face ID on Apple's newest iPhones, allowing users of the instant messaging service to secure their chats from prying eyes. The update, released to the App Store this week, also includes support for Touch ID security on versions of the iPhone that have the fingerprint sensor.

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The Face ID and fingerprint privacy law just got settled

The Face ID and fingerprint privacy law just got settled

A magistrate judge in California has ruled that police can't compel people to unlock their phones with biometric methods like fingerprints and facial recognition. Before this ruling, biometrics weren't protected in the same way that alphanumeric passcodes are - while police can't force a suspect to give up a passcode, those rules didn't apply to biometric unlocking methods. Now, it seems, the two methods of locking and unlocking mobile devices are seen as equal in the eyes of the law (at least for the time being).

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