QR code use in China may fall due to facial recognition technology

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Quick response codes are widespread for authenticating mobile payments in the country. In China, QR code use for completing mobile payments is as commonplace as the use of traditional credit cards in the United States. However, this could quickly become a thing of the past as more companies look to biometrics such as facial and fingerprint recognition. Tech giants in the country, such as Tencent, are already looking into ways to use biometrics. Most people use mobile phones to complete non-cash payment transactions in China. QR code use is the…

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New research uncovers facial recognition gender discrimination against transgender people

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More facial recognition technology flaws uncovered by researchers. Concerns about facial recognition flaws is nothing new, but now fresh research conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that facial recognition gender discrimination is an issue, as these systems are failing to identify transgender people. The test found that facial recognition systems misidentified trans men as women 38% of the time. The researchers tested facial recognition systems from top tech behemoths Microsoft, IBM, Clarifai and Amazon. The researchers used photographs of trans men and learned that the systems misidentified…

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Japanese bank to roll out facial recognition ATMs to customers

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Seven Bank and NEC Corporation have teamed up to bring the identify verification tech to ATMs. Japanese bank Seven Bank is providing its customers with facial recognition ATMs, which will be enabled with the identity verification technology and a QR (quick response) code reader for document authentication and payments. NEC Corporation, the Japanese multinational provider of information technology services and products, has provided the tech that’s been integrated into the machines. The NEC technology is part of the company’s Bio-Idiom portfolio of biometric authentication technologies. The facial recognition ATMs will…

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Facebook facial recognition is rolling out to all users

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Facebook is replacing its tag suggestion feature with facial recognition. The Facebook facial recognition feature is now being offered to all users. However, the social media giant has been careful to keep the controversial feature opt-in by default. New Facebook users and existing users who currently have the “tag suggestions” setting will be alerted to the facial recognition feature and will receive information about how it works. The feature will not automatically recognize a user in photos or videos unless it is turned on. The original feature, called “tag suggestions,”…

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London cocktail bar to test facial recognition tech to better serve customers

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The technology helps bar staff know who is next in line for a pint. Facial recognition tech has been deployed at a cocktail bar in England’s capital. However, unlike how this technology is typically used by police and airport security, the purpose of the scanners that have been employed at 5cc Harrild & Sons is to ensure that customers are served on a first-come-first-serve basis. Since being implemented, the technology has reportedly reduced serving times. The facial recognition tech used by the bar has been integrated into an internet-connected webcam,…

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