Posts tagged with: biometrics
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    Not bigger, yet better. So LG Innotek says as it debuts a new "ultra slim optical bio sensor module" that measures heart rates, stress indices and blood oxygenation, perhaps better than one recently introduced by Samsung. The module's just 1mm thick, thanks to an advanced PCB with a mounted integrated circuit and a photo diode layered on top. There are five LEDs on the module encased in a gold-plated chamber to enhance luminescence. This should result in a 30 percent improvement in signal penetration, a 20 percent reduction in battery consumption and a 38 percent reduction in margin of ...

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    For as much thought as we put into PINs, passwords, and biometric authentication on our phones, security often feels like an afterthought – or not thought about at all – when it comes to wearables like smartwatches. To an extent, that makes sense; after all, we're a lot less likely to accidentally lose track of a gadget that's securely strapped to our wrist. But as we start using wearables for more and more functions, maybe especially in terms of mobile payments, is it worth thinking a little more about how to properly secure them? Samsung seems to be doing just that, and a recently ...

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    Plenty of that smart wearable tech we have in our offices are equipped with heart rate monitors of some sort. If those little sensors do anything else, we can't tell — all we can tell as that they measure heart rate to varying degrees of accuracy. But what if you could learn more about what your body's doing at all times? Yep, that includes exercising. Fear not, fitness fans and fatty friends, as Samsung is now ready to mass-produce an "all-in-one" bioprocessor chip that it will plan on implanting into health-focused smart devices within the first half of 2016. In addition to heart rate ...

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    There's a convergence of news in the mobile technology sphere today from the second-largest bank in the US. And we're not just talking about a design refresh for its main smartphone app. Apparently, Bank of America has been making use of its resource diversion from Windows Phone or at least has not spilled word on any developments it might have for a Windows 10 Mobile app. But with that operating platform done with for now, another one comes into play today with the bank's new watchOS app. You can now check out account balances, recent transactions and any urgent notifications on your ...

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    I suppose it was inevitable. I mean, I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold out for too long. I thought I’d last longer, but I hear that’s common in tech reviewers my age. But here I am, finally. I may as well just accept it. I’m using two consecutive phones with biometric unlock capability. What did you think I was talking about? Anyway. I picked up an iPhone 6 plus for another work-related experiment. The iPhone 6 Plus, of course, features Touch ID, arguably the gold standard of fingerprint unlock in the smartphone space. Before that (and after), I was using the Samsung Galaxy S6 ...

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    Today there are more ways than ever before to authenticate your identity when trying to access a device. We've got more phones with fingerprint scanners than at any other time in history, and companies are always coming up with new login techniques, like NFC-enabled body stickers. As all those fingerprint scanners can attest to, biometric ID systems are hot, and improving technology only promises to make them better. Today we learn of a new effort from Microsoft to embrace all these disparate security measures, as it announces Windows Hello for Windows 10. Windows Hello delivers ...

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    Apple did one thing right when it comes to Touch ID biometrics. They made it cheap. Or at least, they made it cheap enough to fit into a smartphone while keeping the cost down – for Apple, that is. Of course, I've already talked at length about Apple's Touch ID and whether or not it's a good idea or not (Spolier alert, it's not). But it occurs to me, maybe we're all just not used to this new fangled technology, and perhaps what we need to make this technology a part of our lives is ubiquity. Now that Apple has brought the price of biometric technology to the smartphone level, maybe it's ...

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