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Top biometrics news stories, week ending September 14


Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week.

Biometrics Week in Review: Fingerprint Cards CEO suspended, 30,000 Australians register voiceprints, Paypal and Samsung, Barclays biometric reader, Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Aware SDK INQUIRE, Aadhaar, Intel facial recognition, NameTag on Google Glass.

Fingerprint Cards CEO suspected of insider trading – Fingerprint Cards AB announced last Thursday that its CEO Johan Carlström and a company shareholder were under investigation for insider trading. The company is cooperating with the Swedish Economic Crime Authority and has launched an internal investigation.

More than 30,000 Australians registered voiceprints with ATO in biometric authentication rollout – The Australian Taxation Office announced that it has recorded more than 30,000 “voiceprints” from Australian citizens since the agency rolled out its new biometric authentication system.

PayPal adds fingerprint authentication to more Samsung devices – PayPal announced at the Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 event in Berlin, Beijing and New York that it is now allowing users to swipe their fingerprints to log in to pay with PayPal on the new Samsung Note 4 and Gear S.

Barclays introduces biometric finger vein reader for customers – Barclays new customer authentication solution, Barclays Biometric Reader, is backed by Hitachi’s Finger Vein Authentication Technology (VeinID) and will be available in 2015 to its Barclays Corporate Banking customers.

Apple adds smartwatch, biometric payment capabilities to iPhone – Apple announced its new Apple Watch, a “smartwatch” featuring four sensors that will measure its user’s pulse and also unveiled its latest set of iPhones that have added biometric capabilities.

Aware discusses new software development kit INQUIRE – In an exclusive interview with BiometricUpdate.com, David Benini, VP of Marketing at Aware, Inc., provided some insight about INQUIRE, its new software development kit, which it will be debuting at the Global Identity Summit in Tampa.

DNA evidence identifies Jack the Ripper – DNA found on a shawl belonging to one of the serial killer’s victims has unmasked the identity of “Jack the Ripper”, the infamous murderer who terrorized London’s East End 126 years ago.

Aadhaar to be used to issue bank accounts to all Indian households – In a stunning policy reversal, India’s new government is examining new ways to expand Aadhaar, including to issue bank accounts to all Indian households.

Intel wants biometrics to replace passwords – Intel is currently working on a facial recognition system as security measure for its users that will replace the existing password system.

FacialNetwork releases new demo of facial recognition app on Google Glass – FacialNetwork announced it has released the second demo video of its facial recognition search engine NameTag on Google Glass.

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