facial recognition

iPhone 14 under-display Face ID will still have a punch-hole cutout

iPhone 14 under-display Face ID will still have a punch-hole cutout

In the Android world, smartphone makers have long moved away from traditional notches to punch-hole cutouts. Some, like ZTE, Xiaomi, and now Samsung, have even jumped on under-display cameras, sometimes called under-panel sensors or under-screen cameras. Apple, however, has so far remained a loyal bucket notch user, but that might be changing soon. The iPhone 14 could very well see the first time Apple switches to an under-display Face ID implementation, but that doesn't mean the camera will actually be hidden behind the display as well.

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iPhone 13 Face ID could work with face masks and foggy glasses

iPhone 13 Face ID could work with face masks and foggy glasses

Just when face recognition was shaping up to be the de facto biometric security system for smartphones, the world was hit with a pandemic that required people to wear masks most of the time. That threw off many face recognition systems, including Apple's advanced Face ID. Rather than return the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the iPhone, Apple applied workarounds while working on a more permanent solution. The latter could be coming soon, maybe even on the iPhone 13, and would let Face ID recognize you even when your face is mostly covered by face masks and foggy glasses.

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Galaxy S10 5G update reportedly breaks face recognition

Galaxy S10 5G update reportedly breaks face recognition

Samsung has been making good in its promise to roll out Android updates more regularly, even if a bit belatedly. Part of that involves improving its process for integrating and testing those security patches and bug fixes so that they don't become disasters waiting to happen instead. Unfortunately, it's not unusual for bugs to slip into some cracks, like what some owners of the Galaxy S10 from 2019 are now reporting. According to complaints, the phone's facial recognition feature suddenly stopped working after installing the latest July update.

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Windows Hello can be bypassed using a fake USB camera

Windows Hello can be bypassed using a fake USB camera

Smartphones have been using biometric authentication like fingerprints and faces long before those became more common on laptops and even desktops. Microsoft's Windows Hello framework is its attempt to bring the same mix of convenience and security to its desktop platform, and, for the most part, it seems to work well enough. New security research, however, reveals a fatal flaw in Windows Hello's face recognition process that could bypass authentication using a custom-made USB device. Fortunately, exploiting that in real life isn't as simple as the flaw itself.

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Tencent taps facial recognition to stop kids in China from gaming past curfew

Tencent taps facial recognition to stop kids in China from gaming past curfew

Tencent has announced that it is now using facial recognition to enforce China's gaming curfew for minors, one that forces them to play games only during allotted hours during the day and to turn off their games by 10 PM. The law, which has proven controversial within China and beyond, doesn't apply to adults.

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Intel RealSense ID promises Face ID-style security for ATMs and smart locks

Intel RealSense ID promises Face ID-style security for ATMs and smart locks

Intel has launched a new facial recognition system, aiming to bring Face ID-style biometric access to ATMs, smart locks, and more. Intel RealSense ID pulls together an active depth sensor to scan the user's face, with a special neural network running on a local chipset for increased security without PINs, passwords, or having to scan your fingerprint.

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August and Yale smart locks can now use fingerprints, faces for security

August and Yale smart locks can now use fingerprints, faces for security

Smart locks have been offering hi-tech ways to secure our homes but their apps ironically only provide old and less secure ways of securing access to those locks. Many phones these days provide biometric security in the form of face recognition and fingerprints to have a more accurate and foolproof way to gain access to a smartphone or files. Finally, August and Yale smart locks can now take advantage of these same technologies but the feature comes with one important catch.

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Another major US city bans use of facial recognition for surveillance

Another major US city bans use of facial recognition for surveillance

Another major city in the United States, Boston, has banned the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes, stating that not only does this tech trample 'on everyone’s rights to anonymity and privacy,' but it also enforces systemic racism and makes it easier for communities to target minorities. Boston joins five other regions in Massachusetts that have also banned their respective governments from using these systems.

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Amazon puts police use of facial recognition tech on hold for a year

Amazon puts police use of facial recognition tech on hold for a year

From the very start, there have been concerns about how facial recognition technology was being made available too easily to "the right people" with the privacy safeguards often provided by laws. Recent events in the US seem to have been the rude awakening that both companies and lawmakers needed to rise to the challenge of regulating the use of this potentially invasive technology. Since that will take time, however, tech companies like IBM and now Amazon is temporarily putting a stop to these technologies are at least in providing these tools to law enforcers.

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