face recognition

Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Most security researchers are stumbling to find a way to definitively prove, or disprove, the security and reliability of the iPhone X’s Face ID feature. Almost all of those, however, require a second face to bypass your legit one. It turns out that users might have something to fear even without a doppelganger. It is no secret that Apple allows third-party apps to access some Face ID data, but how much and how easy they’re getting that data could quickly become a privacy nightmare.

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Honor V10 unveiled, claims better Face ID than Apple

Honor V10 unveiled, claims better Face ID than Apple

Rumors and leaks of the Honor V10 have been floating around for a few weeks now, but it has finally been made real. As expected, the smartphone boasts of top of the line specs and an 18:9 screen that puts Honor in the running for this year’s premium smartphone race. What wasn’t expected was how Huawei and Honor would boast of the V10 having better face recognition than Apple’s Face ID, without using the same kind of hardware that the iPhone X has.

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Android peek feature just out-cammed iPhone X

Android peek feature just out-cammed iPhone X

Android over-the-shoulder peeking alert technology is just about to be presented by Google for Pixel devices. The feature wont be implemented on Google Pixel Android smartphones for some unknown period of time - but it would seem that the tech is already here, and it already works pretty gosh-darned well. This feature uses the smartphone's front-facing camera to detect faces other than the phone owner, then alerting the phone owner that someone is looking over their shoulder.

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iPhone X Face ID again reportedly tricked by new “artificial twin” mask

iPhone X Face ID again reportedly tricked by new “artificial twin” mask

If the Google Pixel 2 has bugs as its main pain point, the iPhone X possibly has Face ID as its counterpart. Drowning out almost all other discussions about the iPhone X’s strengths and flaws, the industry seems to be largely interested in seeing whether Face ID is as secure as Apple touts it to be. According to Vietnamese security outfit Bkav, is absolutely isn’t. It has, in fact, raised the alarm level after successfully demonstrating how Face ID was instantly fooled by a new type of mask it dubbed the “artificial twin”.

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OnePlus explains how it plans to fight Face Unlock spoofing

OnePlus explains how it plans to fight Face Unlock spoofing

One of the new features of the OnePlus 5T is Face Unlock. Unlike other manufacturers, however, the company isn’t making such a big deal out of it, and for good reason. OnePlus itself doesn’t believe that face recognition technology is at a point of being 100% secure and is using Face Unlock only has a matter of convenience. Nonetheless, in order to assure owners of some amount of security, CEO Pete Lau explains some of the things they plan to implement to make Face Unlock harder to trick.

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iPhone X just broke the 3D floodgates

iPhone X just broke the 3D floodgates

The next age in smartphone sensory abilities began with the iPhone X - but the biggest waves might not come from Apple. While Apple's first moves with 3D sensing technology were to unlock the iPhone and make hyper-creepy Animoji, Android's coming up real soon. Reports from China and South Korea indicate more than one hardware manufacturer is traveling full speed ahead toward creating 3D-sensing modules for a wide variety of smartphones now.

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iPhone X Face ID fooled by mom’s 10 year old son

iPhone X Face ID fooled by mom’s 10 year old son

The iPhone X’s new all-screen display and even its contentious notch have been sidelined by one new feature that may make its way into future iPhones and iPads. The attention, not to mention criticism, given to the phone’s Face ID biometric security isn’t exactly surprising. Humans have a tendency to be skeptical of new things, especially when new things initially promised the world in terms of security. And now they may have even more reason to be extra dubious of Face ID after a woman’s iPhone X was unlocked again and again by her 10 year old son.

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Galaxy S9 announcement to happen early, face recognition tipped

Galaxy S9 announcement to happen early, face recognition tipped

Samsung has so far pushed its product announcements and launches earlier and earlier after the strategy seemed to work wonders for the Galaxy S7. But when is early really too early? When it happens near the start of the year, perhaps. That seems to be the growing expectation of a Galaxy S9 announcement taking place before MWC, perhaps even at CES. This, however, may backfire if the smartphone does include a feature found in the iPhone X, which just started shipping to buyers last week.

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iPhone X Face ID beaten with 3D-printed mask

iPhone X Face ID beaten with 3D-printed mask

With its new flagship iPhone X, Apple has touted just secure the device's Face ID technology is, and for the most part it's been a hit, with relatively few reports of the system not working properly or letting the wrong person unlock the phone. The security researchers at Bkav, however, have gone to great lengths to thwart the facial recognition technology, to see what it would take. Turns out they've found success using a strange-looking 3D-printed mask.

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Nintendo needs to make Pokemon Animoji for iPhone X like, yesterday

Nintendo needs to make Pokemon Animoji for iPhone X like, yesterday

I've seen the Animoji in Apple's iPhone X and I cannot understand how Nintendo is not already a partner. How on earth is Nintendo not already working with The Pokemon Company, for example, to bring Pikachu Animoji to the iPhone X? Or maybe they already are, and we just have to wait until Apple opens the doors to 3rd-party contributions!

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iPhone X Face ID could be trained to recognize similar looking faces

iPhone X Face ID could be trained to recognize similar looking faces

Apple is naturally no stranger to controversy, especially when it comes to iPhones and its biometric security systems. There were some raised questions and eyebrows when it first introduced Touch ID and there are even more now after it launched Face ID on the iPhone X. It was almost as if Apple were daring people to prove the 3D face recognition technology to be as fallible as some critics suggest. While indubitable proof has yet to be presented, two brothers may have come across a way to train Face ID to accept someone else’ face. Provided that someone else looks like you.

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Android OEMs now looking into Face ID tech

Android OEMs now looking into Face ID tech

Like it or not, and many definitely won't, Apple has a tendency to set trends and even, sometimes, rewrite history. There has been no small amount of speculation and debate regarding Apple's use of 3D face sensing technologies to replace its fingerprint-based system, but now that the iPhone X and its Face ID feature is real, it seems that Android smartphone makers will be following suit. That is the picture being painted by popular KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, who, somewhat ironically, initially doubted reports of Apple using face recognition in the first place.

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