Face ID

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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Mobile in 2019: upcoming smartphone trends

Mobile in 2019: upcoming smartphone trends

2018 has ended and 2019 has begun. And while most end-of-the-year posts usually and rightfully look back on what has transpired in the past, we cannot forever walk forward with our heads turned backward. 2019 will be an interesting year for the mobile industry, smartphones specifically, not because of how many new things there will be. Instead, it will be interesting exactly because there might not be enough of those novelties. Here are some of the things we expect to see, or in some cases not see, in smartphones in 2019 and beyond.

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Android phones’ face recognition fooled by 3D printed head, report says

Android phones’ face recognition fooled by 3D printed head, report says

With fingerprint sensors disappearing, either behind screens or, in the case of the iPhone, completely, there is a great deal of attention and scrutiny being placed on face recognition. Although most of the tests have moved past using photos or even images displayed on a phone screen, there is no expense spared for trying to dupe this new breed of face recognition technologies. A new report uses a carefully crafted 3D printed head to test the iPhone X and four Android phones. And the results, while disappointing, were hardly surprising.

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2019 iPhone models may pack improved Face ID system

2019 iPhone models may pack improved Face ID system

The 2019 iPhone models may feature an updated Face ID system designed to better handle invisible ambient light, according to an analyst's note. Apple is expected to launch two OLED and one LCD iPhone next year, all of them supposedly featuring this updated Face ID hardware. This joins the growing body of 2019 iPhone speculation.

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iPhone Face ID: police warned not to look at screens to protect login attempts

iPhone Face ID: police warned not to look at screens to protect login attempts

The issue of law enforcement and their need to unlock someone's smartphone is a complicated one, both technically and ethically. It turns out Apple's Face ID devices, like the iPhone X and iPhone XS, are only making this more difficult. A new leak has revealed that a forensics company is teaching police to not look at the screens of suspects' iPhones with Face ID, in turn ensuring they get as many chances as possible to unlock the device.

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2018 iPad Pro still coming with these features in tow

2018 iPad Pro still coming with these features in tow

Apple’s iPhone XS event last month was almost everything that we’ve expected except for one thing. Well, two if you count the still MIA AirPower wireless charging pad. The anticipated new iPad Pros were nowhere to be seen, disappointing some fans of the larger iOS device. Fret not, however, since Apple will reportedly have an event this month dedicated especially for its professional slates and it could very well be the biggest change the iPad Pro line has seen since the very first iPad Pro.

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