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The Apple Watch Can Accurately Detect Hypertension and Sleep Apnoea

The data that fitness trackers collect about your body goes far beyond just how many steps you’ve taken, and researchers are just beginning to understand how to harness all that valuable data-collecting power. Read More >>

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Costcutter Trials Vein-Reading Biometric Payment System

You might soon be able to pay by scanning some sort of veiny part of your body in at the supermarket till, with a trial backed by supermarket chain Costcutter using a bizarre gadget known as Fingopay to scan the veins of a... finger. Other body parts TBA. Read More >>

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Blowing Up a Rainbow Probably Looks a Lot Like Dropping an Anvil on Spray Paint Cans

When you get exclusive access to a 150-foot-tall tower, you’re going to want to do more than just take in the view. So when the team from How Ridiculous got just such an opportunity, they made the most of it, hauling a heavy anvil to the top and then dropping it on a stack of spray paint cans on the ground below. Read More >>

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TSB and Samsung Launch Iris-Scanning Account Logins

The subset of UK civilians that own a Samsung Galaxy 8 and have a TSB bank account are going to have a fun toy to play with this September, as the bank and the phone maker are teaming up to allow iris identification to access their account details. Read More >>

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MasterCard Wants to Turn Your Thumbprint Into a PIN Number

On Thursday, MasterCard announced a “next generation biometric card” which embeds fingerprint recognition into debit cards. That may not be good news. Read More >>

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Fujitsu Is Helping Banks Identify You By Your Veins

We all know passwords are on the way out: partly because people keep stealing them and partly because by 2020, we'll have run out of ideas for new ones ("password must not be one of your 10,000 previous choices.") Read More >>

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Your Computer Might Become an Expert Lip Reader to Keep Your Data Safe

Despite being the most common way to protect computers and sensitive data, passwords are a terrible security solution. So scientists at Hong Kong Baptist University are teaching computers to read a user’s lips as a far more secure method of biometric security. Read More >>

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Xiaomi is Teasing an Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner

Fingerprint scanners have made our phones more secure and convenient to unlock, but they still only seem to exist as obvious-looking buttons and sensors. What if there was a better way? Xiaomi is teasing one for its upcoming Mi 5s smartphone. Read More >>

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This Device Can Wirelessly Detect Your Emotions 

Our modern environment is saturated with wireless signals, a consequence of our insatiable desire to transmit data seamlessly and efficiently. A new device developed by scientists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) can use these ubiquitous signals to detect our inner emotional states. Read More >>

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Leaks Say Galaxy Note 7 Iris Scanner Can’t Handle Glasses, Sunlight or Your Puffy Face

Supposed technical specifications for the eye scanner that Samsung's assumed to be sticking in its latest Note phablet have appeared, confirming the device's existence -- but also coming with a large list of disclaimers about how and when it won't actually work. Read More >>

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A 3D-Printed Finger is Being Used to Unlock a Phone and Solve a Murder Case

A team at the Michigan State University is investigating a really quite novel way of solving a murder case while also battling today's fingerprint-based phone security systems -- 3D printing a version of the victim's finger to unlock a mobile. Read More >>

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Wrong Kind of Sun Breaks Stansted’s Biometric Passport Readers

The setting sun has been blamed for passenger delays at Stansted airport, as the cameras attached to biometric passport readers in one particular hall are failing to take photos properly due to... it being the summer. Read More >>

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Ultra-Thin Dongles Make it Easy to Add Biometric Security to Your Old Laptop

Using your fingerprint to verify your identity is not only more secure than a password, there’s also no complex string of characters for you to forget or repeatedly mistype. But if you’re also determined to use your ancient laptop until the day it dies, Synaptics’ will soon have an easy and unobtrusive way to upgrade it with another layer of security. Read More >>

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You’ll Never Forget Your Password When it’s the Sound Your Skull Makes

If you're lacking a decent keyboard for password entry, it’s tricky to secure a wearable computer so that someone else can’t just put it on and access your private files. But researchers have come up with a better alternative, by listening to the unique sound of the wearer’s skull. Read More >>