security
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 >>

watch this
Timelapse Footage of Sweating Fingerprints Ready to Smear Your Smartphone

Thousands of nearly invisible sweat pores live amongst the spiralling ridges on your fingertips. They only reveal themselves if you’re patient enough to wait for them to start working. Luckily, the good folks of YouTube’s Timelapse Vision Inc. channel were kind enough to create footage of sweating fingerprints that look like a car crash: you don’t want to look at it, but once you do, it’s impossible to look away. Read More >>

internet
Twitter and Facebook Randomly Crack Down on Terrorist Videos After EU Warning

Yesterday, Twitter announced it would come together with Facebook, Microsoft and YouTube to stop terrorist content online by creating a shared database of “‘hashes’ — unique digital ‘fingerprints’ — for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images that we have removed from our services.” This announcement comes on the heels of a warning the EU issued those four companies—fix your hate speech problem or we’ll make you do it. Read More >>

security
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 >>

security
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 >>

uncategorized
First Direct and HSBC Will Offer Biometric Alternatives to the PIN

First Direct (you know, the one behind those annoying platypus ads) and HSBC have announced that customers will soon be able to access their accounts with their voices and fingerprints. By ‘soon’, we’re not talking about next year. First Direct will make the options available in March, with HSBC following suit in the summer. Read More >>

crime
New Chemical Trickery Can Tell Gender From a Fingerprint

Fingerprints may be unique, but without an existing record they can’t help identify a person. Now, though, researchers can use chemical analysis of the prints to identify the gender of whoever left them behind. Read More >>

security
3D Fingerprint Scans May Be the Ultimate Security Tool

Compared to a password that’s either too simple to be effective, or too hard to remember, a fingerprint is a great security tool. But they’re not infallible; in fact, they can be easily replicated with just a photo. So researchers are taking fingerprint security one step further and scanning them in three dimensions. Read More >>

security
New Software Turns Any Capacitive Touchscreen Into A Biometric Scanner

In an effort to fix our broken password system, manufacturers are looking to the world of biometrics, sticking fingerprint scanners into everything from photocopiers to, um, school buses. Now, a team of Yahoo researchers might’ve come up with a way to extend biometric recognition to anything with a touchscreen. Read More >>

gadgets
Qualcomm’s New Fingerprint Recognition Could Be Better Than Touch ID

With the launch of the iPhone 5S, Apple set an incredibly high bar for fingerprint recognition with TouchID. Until now Android phones have failed to compete — but now Qualcomm is launching a fingerprint sensor that could change that. Read More >>

watch this
The Ultra-Laborious Way the FBI Matched Fingerprints to Paper Files

The FBI just switched over to Next-Generation Identification, a new digital system for keeping track of the 83 million fingerprint cards the bureau maintains. That means dismantling thousands of filing cabinets that were once hand-searched by Bureau employees, twenty-four hours a day. Here's how they did it. Read More >>

rumours
Nexus 6 Rumour Daisy Chain Suggests LG Hardware and a Fingerprint Reader

Google's Nexus line may be the next to leap aboard the fingerprint sensor train, with a rumour claiming the Nexus 6 will be based around LG's forthcoming G3 model -- and that there'll be a fingerprint reader/viewer built into the hardware. Read More >>

science
New Method for Analysing Fingerprints Uses Tiny Patterns of Sweat

Fingerprints, as most of us know, are composed of whorls, loops, and arches. But keep zooming in, and you'll find tiny, tiny sweat pores arranged in patterns equally unique. Scientists in Korea have found a new way to map those pores that could help identify decade-old fingerprint fragments. Read More >>

apple
It’s OK, the iPhone 5S Fingerprint Reader Won’t Work With Cut-Off Fingers

The jokers of the internet have had their fun ruined by some annoying facts, which suggest the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that comes with the iPhone 5S will only work with living fingers attached to their owners. So unless a phone thief also steals your DNA and clones you, your sexy texts ought to be safe. Read More >>