Face ID

Chrome for iOS could lock Incognito tabs behind Face ID

Chrome for iOS could lock Incognito tabs behind Face ID

Smartphones have become extensions of ourselves and have become pretty personal devices but it's not exactly unheard of to pass our phones to someone. Sometimes a family member or friend needs to borrow your phone for one reason or another and, with direct physical access, even your most secret incognito tabs are rendered ineffective. Google is now experimenting with a simple yet effective way to keep Chrome's Incognito tabs incognito using iOS Face ID or Touch ID.

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iOS 14.5 public beta released with tracking permission, dual-SIM 5G, facemask Face ID

iOS 14.5 public beta released with tracking permission, dual-SIM 5G, facemask Face ID

Today Apple delivered the iOS 14.5 public beta for the masses. This is the latest version of iOS, Apple's mobile operating system made specifically for iPhone devices. Perhaps the most noteworthy addition this update adds is an opt-in to a Face ID unlock with a partially-obscured face - for people wearing a face mask.

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iPhone 13 in-display Touch ID could have mask mandates to thank

iPhone 13 in-display Touch ID could have mask mandates to thank

The iPhone 13 could see the return of fingerprint security, a new report suggests, with work underway at Apple to reboot Touch ID for the upcoming 2021 iPhone range. The technology was effectively superseded in most iPhone models with the launch of the iPhone X back in 2017, when Apple added Face ID facial recognition.

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iPhone 12 to get faster Face ID, improved digital zoom

iPhone 12 to get faster Face ID, improved digital zoom

Apple's next major event is less than 48 hours away but it seems there's still some room for last-minute leaks and tips. Much about the iPhone 12 series, including the iPhone 12 mini moniker, has been going around the Internet for quite a while but, as they say, the devil is in the details. And since this is Apple we're talking about, each of those details count. A lot of attention has been lavished on the iPhone 12's cameras but apparently, even the TrueDepth Face ID camera may have something interesting to offer this year.

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10.8-inch iPad leaked with iPad Pro features

10.8-inch iPad leaked with iPad Pro features

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ were clearly attempts at grabbing back a huge chunk of the tablet market pie but it won't be long before Apple tries to bite back. Cupertino is expected to announce a few new slates, perhaps across its entire iPad line, but details about the upcoming tablets aren't as solid as those for the iPhone 12. In fact, some seem to be conflicting with each other at this point, like these details about a cheaper iPad with expensive features.

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Your next MacBook may have Face ID and a 3D light sensor

Your next MacBook may have Face ID and a 3D light sensor

Code included with the latest update to builds of macOS Big Sur suggest that FaceID and/or TrueDepth camera tech are coming to the Mac. MacBooks and iMac computers could very well get their own 3D depth-sensing cameras in the very near future if what this code indicates comes to fruition with what's called "PearlCamera."

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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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