Fingerprint readers and facial recognition techniques are good for adding a base level of security to your phone without sacrificing convenience. However, they have their limits. It can be hard to switch between methods on a whim, and dedicated intruders can get through if they either make you unlock your phone or develop convincing fakes. Synaptics thinks it has a solution: It's unveiling a "biometric fusion engine" that can combine results from face and fingerprint detection before letting you into a mobile device or PC. Ideally, this makes it easier to sign in even as it adds an extra layer of security.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has everything to be a significant technological event. If we already had an appetizer of this during the presentation of the city as the next venue of the games during the closing of Rio 2016, little by little, more information comes to confirm this idea. The latest comes from the Japan Times website, which talks about the use of facial recognition technology during the event.
Right now, the US is trotting out an airport security plan revolving around facial recognition. It's supposed to automatically register visitors to the US when they leave, and signal when they come back. However, Customs and Border Protection now wants to expand the effort to include virtually every situation where you normally need an ID -- and that could include scanning US citizens. The agency's John Wagner has floated the possibility that face recognition could also be used to scan all arrivals, TSA checkpoints and lounge access, including citizens. CBP hasn't committed to a firm plan, but it tells The Verge it wants to "open the dialogue" to people outside its walls.
Google is expanding its pool of machine learning talent with the purchase of a startup that specializes in'instant' smartphone image recognition. On Wednesday, French firm Moodstocks announced on its website that it's being acquired by Google, stating that it expects the deal to be completed in the next few weeks. There's no word yet on how much Google is paying for the company. Moodstocks' "on-device image recognition" software for smartphones will be phased out as it joins Google. Moodstocks' team will also move over to Google's R&D center in Paris, according to Google's French blog.