News tagged: Facial Recognition
Apple has reportedly acquired a startup involved in AI-based face recognition, lending support to rumors that an upcoming iPhone will offer facial recognition. The deal between Apple and RealFace, an Israeli startup, is said to have gone down for "several million dollars."
Some of the features that'll reportedly be found in the iPhone 8 are advanced facial scanning and support for some augmented reality capabilities. Those features were discussed in recent reports from JP Morgan's Rod Hall and Goldman Sachs' Simona Jankowski.
An iris scanner will reportedly be included with the iPhone 8, the highest-end iPhone model that'll be released in 2017. The component would let users authenticate themselves just by looking at their phone. DigiTimes says the phone offers an iris scanner and wireless charging.
Facial and gesture recognition might be included with the iPhone 8. Timothy Arcuri, a Cowen and Company analyst, believes the phone may use a laser sensor and an infrared sensor near the front-camera for facial recognition. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed the same.
Microsoft is working on a new Windows security feature that'll automatically lock your computer when it detects you've stepped away. Called Dynamic Lock, the feature is present in Windows 10 test builds. It's easy to see how Windows Hello facial recognition could be utilized.
Synaptics announced a new multi-factor biometric engine made in partnership with facial recognition company KeyLemon that incorporates both fingerprint and facial recognition, allowing devices to be unlocked in multiple ways depending on what's most convenient for the user.
Over a hundred million Americans are currently in the FBI's facial recognition database, according to a report from Georgetown Law. The system is closing in on half of the US population. While the database is meant to assist in criminal justice efforts, there are concerns.
A pilot program managed by the FBI has collected hundreds of thousands of iris scans from Americans. The program began in 2013 and the FBI pulls in scans from police departments around the country. Individual police departments are collecting hundreds of scans per day.
Photos of millions of people are being used by the FBI and law enforcement for facial recognition and many of those affected by the system are nothing more than law-abiding US citizens. A report from the US GAO reveals 411.9 million photos are in the system.
A limited version of Facebook Moments, a photo sharing tool, has arrived in Europe and Canada. Unlike the version available in the US, Moments lacks facial recognition in its latest markets due to privacy concerns. That means Moments is unable to auto-identify people.
A patent application from Amazon shows the company would like to hold the rights to a selfie-based authentication option, allowing people to replace their password with a photo or video. The patent describes a system which would see a user performs basic actions with their head.
MasterCard's "selfie pay" system for payment confirmations has been trialed in the US and Netherlands, and now MasterCard is bringing it to 15 other countries by the summer. With selfie pay, you can confirm a payment via facial recognition, allowing you to avoid pin codes.
With the growing popularity of fingerprint scanners and the upcoming iris recognition, the security factor seems to be improving. Many apps have improved their security recently, and now Dropbox has announced that it has further expanded its partnership with Microsoft.
Facebook is making facial recognition features more available in its Messenger app with Photo Magic. The feature has already been tested in Australia and now it is available to more, but not all, users. Photo Magic improves the photo sharing process by identifying other users.
Using facial recognition technology, Facebook Messenger will begin examining your photos to find out who you may want to share them with. This technology is the same as what Facebook uses to tell people who they should tag in a photo. Facebook wants to encourage interaction.
Face detection is one of the new features found in Windows 10 and it is advanced enough to avoid being confused by twins. The feature, called Hello, isn't supposed to reduce security and if that's the case, it is a superior way to log into your Windows 10 PC.
Windows 10 will include a biometric security feature called Windows Hello, but that feature will only be supported on some Windows 10 computers. A list of the 10 laptops and desktops that will initially support Windows Hello facial recognition has come out.
Facebook has introduced yet another application, Moments. The new app uses facial recognition to look through a user's camera roll in order to locate individuals with the goal of making sharing easier. Facebook finds people by scanning a user's photo library.
The world's first ATM with facial recognition technology has been shown off in China. A team from Tsinghua University and Tzekwan Technology created the new ATM with the goal of reducing illegal withdrawals. It is much harder to scam an ATM when the system is scanning your face.
An official with the state of California wants to use more facial recognition technology. In front of a crowd, Robert Morgester, head of the California eCrime unit, said "possibilities are limitless" with the technology. While talking about facial recognition, Morgester