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iPad with Face ID confirmed by iOS 12 AvatarKit

iPad with Face ID confirmed by iOS 12 AvatarKit

Some might still find the idea either too good to be true or too ridiculous, but an iPad with no home button or Touch ID might very well be due soon. And Apple itself has provided that evidence. No, there is no leaked device but Apple did provided iOS 12 to developers and beta testers already. And in that beta form was hidden a version of AvatarKit that supports the iPad’s large screen. And with AvatarKit comes the need for a TrueDepth camera, which ultimately means Face ID.

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Huawei commits to bi-monthly updates to Android smartphones

Huawei commits to bi-monthly updates to Android smartphones

One of the biggest complaints users have with their Android phones is the slow rollout of updates, even critical security ones. But while Samsung may be the scapegoat among OEMs, it is hardly the only guilty one. Most Chinese smartphone makers are just as bad but don’t get much coverage. Attempting to buck the trend, Huawei is putting its already embattled reputation on the line by announcing bi-monthly firmware updates for an unspecified wide range of phones, starting with a Face Unlock update for its 2017 and 2018 top sellers.

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Vivo Time-of-Flight 3D sensing tech challenges Apple Face ID

Vivo Time-of-Flight 3D sensing tech challenges Apple Face ID

Vivo has some crazy ideas and it’s not afraid to use them. It wasn’t content to put an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo X20 UD, it had to turn half the screen into one as well. Plus, it moved the front camera out of the bezel and into a motorized sliding popup. It might bring it back to the front, though, at least to make its latest innovation possible. It’s simply calling it the Vivo TOF (time of flight) 3D Sensing Technology and it’s issuing a challenge to Apple’s own tech.

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Orlando drops Amazon Rekognition amid privacy outcry

Orlando drops Amazon Rekognition amid privacy outcry

It might be a small and probably temporary win for privacy advocates, but it’s a significant win nonetheless. The City of Orlando, Florida has announced that they will be ending the use of Amazon’s facial recognition software in response to protests staged by the ACLU and dozens of advocacy groups. While the government is still keeping the door open to using the technology again in the future, Orlando residents can rest assured that the frighteningly accurate Amazon Rekognition won’t scanning their faces again any time soon.

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OnePlus 6 Face Unlock fooled by photo, no surprise there

OnePlus 6 Face Unlock fooled by photo, no surprise there

Not all smartphone face unlock features are created equal. Android has long had such a basic feature and so did Windows 10. Apple's Face ID, however, introduced a new level of sophistication, not to mention marketing, that may have made consumers presume that every device advertising "face ID" features would offer the same security and accuracy. As the recent OnePlus 6 face unlock spoofing incident demonstrates, however, that's definitely not the case. And, to be fair, that was never the case for OnePlus in the first place.

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Police face recognition mistakes 2,000 as potential criminals

Police face recognition mistakes 2,000 as potential criminals

If you thought police surveillance using face scanning glasses was a nightmare that could only happen in China, better start reaching for your security blanket. Last year in South Wales, the police tested its fancy new face recognition technology on spectators at the 2017 Champions League march between Real Madrid and Juventus. But unlike how the Chinese government may be singing praises about its success, the Welsh police is a bit more forthcoming with the over 2,000 false positives its system made.

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Android phones to ape Apple TrueDepth 3D sensors next year

Android phones to ape Apple TrueDepth 3D sensors next year

The market has long been aware of what Apple might launch with the iPhone X and yet it seems that it has caught Android manufacturers unprepared to fight back. From the notch to 3D face recognition, Android OEMs are now scrambling to copy what they think are the iPhone X’s greatest strengths. Famed KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo predicts that it won’t be until next year that such manufacturers will be able to catch up, and the first one will be, unsurprisingly, Huawei.

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Fingerprint sensors on phones: we still need them

Fingerprint sensors on phones: we still need them

Thanks to sticking to a more conservative iteration, the Galaxy S9 barely dodged being compared to its biggest rival. Yes, there's the AR Emoji vs. Animoji debate, that was pretty much the highest-profile one. There is, however, one that somewhat flew under the radar. Samsung's new Intelligent Scan biometric authentication combines iris and face recognition that is a not so subtle attempt at trying to outdo Apple's Face ID. This new-old feature is just one part of a movement that's slowly gaining traction to remove the fingerprint scanner from phones completely. A trend where the cure may be just as bad as the cure.

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The Google Glass paranoia is coming true in China

The Google Glass paranoia is coming true in China

Chinese police are using a Google Glass-like wearable computer to spot criminals, with the notoriously intrusive authorities outfitting security teams with facial recognition tech. The headsets are being deployed among railway police in Zhengzhou, capital of China's Henan province. Each has a crowd-facing camera, and is linked with a police database.

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2018 iPad to borrow iPhone X’s smartest features

2018 iPad to borrow iPhone X’s smartest features

Apple's new 2018 iPad will likely adopt the company's first Artificial Intelligence chip, part of the Cupertino firm's attempt to better distinguish its tablet in the face of rivals. The so-called Neural Engine is Apple's first dedicated AI chipset, and made its debut last year in the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Next, it's expected to colonize the iPad.

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Galaxy S9 Intelligent Scan to combine face, iris recognition

Galaxy S9 Intelligent Scan to combine face, iris recognition

There is still an ongoing debate on what comes next after the traditional fingerprint scanner. Some would rather still have the same kind of biometric authentication, except under or even inside the glass. Apple prefers to have your face do the talking. Samsung, on the other hand, seems a bit still undecided. It has an iris scanner, sure, but one that isn't precise and secure enough. But it seems that the Korean OEM is playing with something it calls "Intelligent Scan" which uses both that iris scanner and face unlock features.

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Samsung Exynos 9810 processor highlights AI for face recognition

Samsung Exynos 9810 processor highlights AI for face recognition

If there were any still any lingering doubt that Samsung would be going the Face ID route sooner rather than later, its newest product announcement should clear all those away. No, it hasn’t yet revealed the Galaxy S9 but, instead, has announced the brains behind it. The Exynos 9810, its first in the Exynos 9 series, boasts of more than just improved performance and power efficiency. It will be talking a lot about its AI and machine learning capabilities that will be put in the service of image processing and face detection.

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