Topic: biometrics

Google introduces new biometric authentication API for Android P

Google is looking to improve biometrics in its upcoming operating system Android P. The company announced developers can start using the BiometricPrompt API to integrate biometric authentication into their apps. According to Google, biometrics are an important part to keeping users safe. Apps and devices typically utilize knowledge factors, possession factors and biometrics factors for … continue reading

Weak biometric security systems, Microsoft’s ReactXP, and the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program — SD Times news digest: April 14, 2017

The fingerprint or biometric security system on your smartphone is not as secure as you think. Researchers from NYU and Michigan State University have discovered a way to fool biometric security systems into giving them access to smartphones. According to the researchers, fingerprint-based authentication systems use small sensors that only capture partial fingerprints. The researchers … continue reading

Gemalto acquires 3M, enters commercial biometrics market

Gemalto announced today that it will acquire 3M’s identity-management business, which will become a part of the Gemalto Government Programs business. The agreement to acquire 3M’s identity-management business totaled US$850 million, and it includes 3M subsidiary Cogent. The closing of this transaction is expected to start in the first half of 2017. When the acquisition … continue reading

Abode’s Project Comet, Apple shuts down Topsy, and Microsoft and Tobii on Windows Hello—SD Times news digest: Dec. 16, 2015

Adobe has provided an update on where the company is and what’s to come with Project Comet, its new solution for UX designers and developers. Project Comet is designed as an end-to-end solution for creating and prototyping websites and mobile apps. The company expects to release a public beta of the solution early next year, … continue reading

Replacing the password, Amazon’s first quarter financial results, and Qt 3.4—SD Times news digest: April 24, 2015

A PayPal executive wants to change the way we think about and use passwords. In a presentation by Jonathan LeBlanc, head of global developer advocacy at PayPal, he detailed a variety of ways to replace the password, from biometrics to wearables. “As long as passwords remain the standard methods for identifying your users on the … continue reading

Microsoft to debut Windows Hello biometric security in Windows 10

Microsoft wants to kill the password in Windows 10. As part of its upcoming operating system release, Microsoft announced it will introduce a new biometric security technology called Windows Hello, allowing users to unlock their Windows 10 devices by scanning their face, iris or fingerprint. Windows 10 PCs will ship later this year with Intel’s … continue reading

IDC’s Top 10 technology predictions for 2015

As the year comes to a close, it’s the season of analyst firms looking ahead at the year to come in technology. Not to be confused with Gartner’s Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, market intelligence firm IDC has released its own future forecast: “IDC Worldwide Predictions 2015: Accelerating Innovation on the 3rd Platform.” … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Microsoft is testing developer biometrics to cut software bugs

There are plenty of methods to catch and fix bugs before a piece of software is shipped, but Microsoft is testing a new one that may be a wee bit invasive for developers: biometrics. A Microsoft Research paper entitled “Using Psycho-Physiological Measures to Assess Task Difficulty in Software Development” details experiments with developer biometrics, or … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Apple patents headphones to track fitness and health

The device would be able to track biometric data like temperature, perspiration and heart rate … continue reading

FIDO Alliance works to change nature of online authentication

Organization working with members to create alternatives to passwords that strengthen Web security … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Iris scan, please, and maybe some developer DNA

Despite concerns over security and privacy, biometrics are going to become commonplace … continue reading

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