Android 5.0’s improved face unlock feature could replace passwords

Google is offering a new security feature hidden inside its Android 5.0 Lollipop update, which provides an improved version of its face unlock technology, according to a report by TechnoBuffalo. Called “Trusted Face”, the feature could potentially replace the use of a regular passcode and improves on the previous version of its facial recognition technology it first introduced with Android 4.0. The original feature took too long to unlock the screen and could even be hacked by an image of

WVU Office of Technology Transfer licenses biometric technologies to Confirmix

The West Virginia University Office of Technology Transfer has granted a license for particular biometrics technologies to startup Confirmix, which was formed by the WVU faculty member who developed the technologies and a team of entrepreneurs. Confirmix will use the biometric technologies to develop enterprise and consumer identity authentication products, marketing the enterprise products through its flagship brand, Confirmix, to combat the identity theft and online fraud activities. Additionally, Confirmix will market the consumer products through its SecureSelfies brand and

Apple Pay praised in reviews, availability criticized

The technology press has been generally impressed with the debut of Apple Pay. As reported previously, Apple partnered with credit card companies, financial institutions and retailers for the new payment service, along with major merchants including Walgreens, McDonald’s, Macy’s and Staples to introduce a NFC-powered mobile payment service. Biometrics Research Group, Inc. has noted that Apple had been preparing to launch its Apple Pay service for months, which would allow customers to use the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to

Cirque du Soleil performers wear Hexoskin smart shirts to record biometrics

Hexoskin announced that 10 Cirque du Soleil performers are wearing its smart shirts to record their biometrics during the live Beatles Love show. Though Cirque du Soleil performers around the world normally wear Hexoskin smart shirts during training routines, this marks the first time that they will be wearing the smart shirts for the Beatles live show. Hexoskin said it will continue this trial for the next six weeks to analyze the artists’ performances and identify new ways on how

Biometric Update: most popular news for week ending October 19

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: biometrics the future of traveller screening, White House talks biometrics over passwords, Icahn optimistic on Apple Pay, biometric tech usage protocals, Bionym shipping Nymi band, financial institutions embracing biometrics, fingerprint authenticated payment card, Bill Gates talks biometric ID and banking, privacy advocates concerned about voiceprints and a special report on Port security. Biometrics could be the future of

Financial institutions are embracing biometrics … but with due caution

More than 25 banks are registered to attend an upcoming seminar discussing biometric technology and implementations in the European financial sector organized by the European Association for Biometrics. The seminar, “Biometrics in Banking – A New Era of Enabling Service and Security”, will be held on October 24, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Citibank branch at 25 Canada Square in London. View or download the up-to-date conference program here. Practitioners and experts in the field will

Alipay turns to facial and fingerprint recognition for secure payments

Chinese electronic payment service, Alipay, is turning to biometric identification technologies to protect users from fraud, hacking, identify theft and other threats, according to the Wall Street Journal blog. “Biological identification will become very important in the future,” said Cao Kai, a senior director of Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services Group, the Alibaba affiliate that owns Alipay, at a recent conference in Beijing. Users normally use a number of different screen names and passwords to log into online

Acer partners with fingerprint technology firm Egis to develop cloud payment system

Computer manufacturer Acer announced it is partnering with fingerprint sensor provider Egis Technology to develop a cloud-based payment system that will allow users to make secure purchases on Acer mobile phones or wearable devices, according to a report by Want China Times. Maverick Shih, president of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud and tablet business group, said that Acer’s partnership with Egis Technology will allow Acer to enter the payment market — a space that was most recently joined by Apple

Apple adds Touch ID fingerprint sensor to iPad

Apple’s new generation of iPads will come be equipped with Touch ID fingerprint-reading sensor, according to a report by CNET. At its media event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the new iPads will include the biometric scanner. Apple’s iPhones have been equipped with the Touch ID sensor for more than a year now, which lets users unlock their iPads and make secured purchases using Apple’s new digital wallet, Apple Pay. According to Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, Touch ID

Bionym begins shipping biometric wearable Nymi Band to developer community

Bionym announced it has begun shipping its biometric wearable wristband, Nymi Band, to the developer community. Previously reported, Bionym recently closed a US $14 million Series A round of funding led by Ignition Partners and Relay Ventures. Nymi Band is a wearable device that authenticates a person’s identity by analyzing their heartbeat, or unique electrocardiography. The device can also be used with applications that require passwords, PINs and keycards. “We recognized early on that the Nymi would be limited without