Alipay to enable iPhone 5s users in China to make online payments via fingerprint authentication

Chinese online payment solution firm Alipay announced it will enable Chinese users of the iPhone 5s running iOS 8 to authenticate online payments by scanning their fingerprint, according to Mobile World Live. Alipay has already previously enabled fingerprint-based payments with the Huawei Mate 7 and Samsung Galaxy S5. So far, only the iPhone 5 is reported to enable Alipay payments, with no mention of whether other Apple devices that feature the Touch ID sensor will also have the same capability.

Bring on the fingerprint apps: Apple debuts TouchID API at WWDC 2014

Apple held its annual WWDC event yesterday, and during the keynote the company made a huge announcement regarding biometrics. Along with the unveiling of iOS 8, the company also announced the debut of an API for the Touch ID senor. This means that third-party developers will soon be able to code apps that leverage the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S (and likely any upcoming iterations of the phone, too). This is big news, because up to now, the fingerprint

USPTO publishes Apple patent application addressing biometric spoofing

The USPTO has just published a new anti-spoofing concept and patent application from Apple. The new anti-spoofing concept – called Doodle – describes a method of distinguishing between “push” and “pull” swipes from the finger to capture a larger more comprehensive image of the finger, besides just ridges and valleys. According to a report in Patently Apple, this can also be configured to generate the “doodle” created by the finger’s motion on the device’s screen, and could also be used

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 falls to the same fingerprint hack as the iPhone 5S

The fingerprint sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been spoofed with a fake fingerprint made of wood glue. Announced shortly after the phone hit the market, the circumstances of this latest hack are almost identical to that of the iPhone 5S last year. Showed in a video from SRLabs (below), a finger is enrolled on the device, which is then unlocked with the dummy print. In addition to unlocking the phone, the same dummy fingerprint was used to access

Apple publishes whitepaper on iOS security, details Touch ID fingerprint sensor specs, functionality

Apple has just launched a new whitepaper, explaining its security in iOS and goes into depth explaining how its fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S – the Touch ID – works. “[The Touch ID] reads fingerprints from any angle and learns more about a user’s fingerprint over time, with the sensor continuing to expand the fingerprint map as additional overlapping nodes are identified with each use,” the whitepaper explains. According to the whitepaper, the sensor can be trained to recognize up

Has Samsung embedded a fingerprint sensor beneath the touchscreen on the Galaxy S5?

Samsung will probably launch its new smartphone – the S5 – at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. That phone will also probably include a fingerprint sensor – but the kind of sensor (or how it is embedded) is what we’ll have to wait to find out. Who knows – the S5 could launch without a fingerprint sensor altogether. But it probably won’t. There have been many major rumors about Samsung and its plans for biometric functionality

The top 10 most-read stories on in 2013

2013 was a pretty big year for biometrics. If not just for the products that launched, this year has certainly been the one in which the term “biometrics” entered the public consciousness. We’ve gone back to look at the stories that captured the greatest attention of the community and represented the most-read articles on our site this past year. Here are the top 10 most read articles on in 2013. 1. Homeland Security to test BOSS facial recognition at

Why context is the key to make biometrics a force to be reckoned with

Widespread exposure of the new Apple iPhone and the new biometric feature has certainly caused a stir. Comment has been driven as to whether its biometric fingerprint scanner is ultimately secure or hackable. But haven’t they missed the point? The innovative means by which users have attempted to overcome the biometric check are certainly worth a read, for example Germany’s Chaos Computer Club  claimed to have found a method by which they take a fingerprint of the user, photographed from

Top consumer biometric gadgets for 2013

It’s this time of year that the term “gadget” gets thrown around quite a bit. “Gifts for the gadget-lover on your list,” “the year’s best gadgets,” “joy for gadget-hungry consumers” and “last-minute gadget gift ideas” are just a few of the lines I’ve heard on TV in the last couple of hours. Snuggies, coffee makers, clock radios – these are shelf-filler at best. Let’s be honest, biometric devices are the ultimate “gadgets.” They’re just starting to make their mark on

USPTO publishes Apple’s Touch ID patent application

The USPTO has just published a patent filed by Apple for its Touch ID sensor. Specifically, the patent covers the sensor design, as well as the sapphire glass cover the sensor lies beneath. According to Apple Insider, the patent, called “Capacitive Sensor Packaging” includes an element to detect the proximity of a user’s fingerprint, the stainless steel ring that surrounds the home button and the glass cover. The mention of embedding the sensor behind a “display element” has already stoked