Setting Out a Case for Facial ID Recognition

Facial recognition

On this site and others, there has been plenty of reminders that both consumers and businesses have not wholly embraced the idea of facial ID recognition and other biometric solutions for identification purposes. It’s, understandably, a hot-button topic, one that has perhaps divided those on the idea of personal freedoms. Indeed, freedom in the sense of what governments and organisations should rightfully know about us is one of the great, almost philosophical, questions of the digital age. Part of the problem, however, is about how the question is framed. Ask…

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Smartphone iris scanner built into Samsung Galaxy S8 easily fooled

smartphone iris scanner

It takes nothing more than a photograph and a contact lens to trick the phone’s mobile security feature. The sophisticated and hyped smartphone iris scanner in the Samsung Galaxy S8 isn’t quite as secure as marketing claims have suggested. A German hacking group called the Chaos Computer Club has found a simple way around what Samsung called “one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked.” The electronics giant said that the patterns on a person’s iris are “virtually impossible to replicate.” That said, members of the German club…

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Mobile payments trends are seeing growth held back by biometrics

Mobile payments trends wallet

The technology to scan various body parts such as eyes and fingerprints may be too challenging to keep up. While it had looked as though mobile payments trends might have the potential to take off with rapid growth as more consumers look to their smartphones to replace their use of credit and debit cards, adoption has essentially flat-lined. This, despite the fact that industry giants such as Samsung and Apple have leapt into the market. Even with the best efforts of some of the largest tech giants in the world,…

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QR codes chosen over biometrics by Facebook

Scan QR Codes for our Facebook page

In the greatly desirable move to eventually step away from password use, the company is rejecting bio-based sign ins. Gregg Stefancik, a Facebook engineer, has now revealed that while he would like to eventually bring the social media company away from its reliance on traditional passwords for security, he would find that QR codes are a far superior replacement, particularly when compared to biometrics, which are being considered – and already used – by other companies. In fact, Stefancik was greatly and vocally opposed to the use of biometrics for…

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Wearable technology shirt offers awesome fitness tracking

OmSignal wearable technology shirt

This special clothing is designed to make accurate and useful biofeedback more practical to wearers. A new form of wearable technology in the form of a t-shirt from OMsignal, which features knitted electrodes to work as sensors for respiration and heart rates has now been developed to help to overcome the limitations of today’s fitness trackers and to make this tech much more practical to those who want to wear it. The idea is that when the tech has been worked right into clothing, it becomes far more palatable. The…

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