Safari 14 Adds Face ID, Touch ID to FIDO Logins

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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A feature coming to Safari 14 later this year involves logging into websites with Face ID and Touch ID through the Web Authentication API.

Facebook Considers Adding Face ID to Messenger Chats

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Facebook’s latest experiment involves adding Face ID / Touch ID protection to Messenger chats.

When enabled, users will need to authenticate their identity using Face ID, Touch ID, or their passcode before they can view their inbox, even if their phone is already unlocked. […] The company is currently testing the new security feature among a small percentage of Messenger’s iOS users, though it could eventually be available more widely, including on Android.

I’d love to seen an option to lock any app with Face ID / Touch ID.

You Can Now Lock Google Drive on iOS With Face ID, Touch ID

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Today Google updated Google Drive on iOS with a feature called Privacy Screen. It lets you lock the app with Face ID and Touch ID. Digital Trends notes:

The feature is activated each time you close the Drive app and reopen it and also locks files if you switch between Google Drive and another app, according to a Google spokesperson. You’ll have the option to turn this feature on and adjust its timing in Drive settings.

I personally would like Apple to let us lock every app with Face ID / Touch ID. Apps can clearly do this by themselves, but having it “baked” into the operating system is ideal.

App Store: Google Drive – Free

iOS 13: How to Add a Second Person to Face ID

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

You can add a second person to Face ID on iOS devices. This is great for people who share their devices. Here’s how to do it.

Two Zombie Rumors are Back: iPhone SE 2 and Display Touch ID

· Andrew Orr · Link

I’ve coined the phrase “zombie rumor” because these rumors keep getting resurrected. First it was the Apple TV set, and now it’s the iPhone SE 2 and Touch ID that is embedded into the screen. Mark Gurman tells us about both.

Apple is considering including this in-screen touch sensor in the 2020 iPhone model if testing is successful, the people said. Suppliers have proven their ability to integrate the technology into iPhones, but the company has not managed to mass-produce it yet, one person familiar with the development work said.

I think going back to Touch ID is a step backward. Face ID is more secure, so Apple would be intentionally creating less-secure devices, unless they can somehow get Touch ID up to par with Face ID.

Researchers Spoof Face ID Using Tape and Glasses

· Andrew Orr · Link

During the Black Hat 2019 conference, researchers demonstrated a way to spoof Face ID using nothing more than glasses and tape.

To launch the attack, researchers with Tencent tapped into a feature behind biometrics called “liveness” detection, which is part of the biometric authentication process that sifts through “real” versus “fake” features on people. It works by detecting background noise, response distortion or focus blur. One such biometrics tool that utilizes liveness detection is FaceID, which is designed and utilized by Apple for the iPhone and iPad Pro.

Apple Awarded Patent for Mac Face ID

· Andrew Orr · News

Apple was recently granted a patent for Mac Face ID with a smart auto-wake feature. This version sounds more intelligent than current Face ID.

Eye Tracking is the Holy Grail of Advertising

· Andrew Orr · Link

Avi Bar-Zeev, who works on AR/VR/MR, says that eye tracking is the holy grail of advertising (And he’s all for it). While I don’t disagree with that point, I do wonder how prevalent it will become. For example, when Face ID first came out, there was a fear that it could be exploited for eye tracking ads. But that isn’t possible because Apple locks down its technology. I expect the same for Apple Glasses.

Bundled into VR headsets or AR glasses, eye-tracking will, in the near-future, enable companies to collect your intimate and unconscious responses to real-world cues and those they design. Those insights can be used entirely for your benefit. But they will also be seen as priceless inputs for ad-driven businesses, which will learn, model, predict and manipulate your behavior far beyond anything we’ve seen to date.

Apple Takes a Step Backwards With Touch ID on New iPads

· John Martellaro · Editorial

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Apple has told us that Face ID is more secure than Touch iD. It’s the future. So Apple’s decision to use Touch ID on the new iPad mini and Air contradicts Apple’s privacy goal. John discusses.

Google Investigation Shows Apple Was Right About Face ID

· Andrew Orr · Link

Take this with a grain of salt because this tweet is all I’ve seen about this. But David Ruddock of AndroidPolice mentioned a Google investigation trying to determine if certain types of fingerprint sensors are secure.

Another CES Story: I’ve heard Google is currently investigating whether current optical fingerprint sensor designs are secure enough to be used for TrustZone auth (mobile payments, banking apps, etc). There is real concern optical FPRs may be too easy to spoof.

Although facial recognition came to Android first, it was there for convenience as a way to unlock your device. But Apple added it for security, and it looks like they bet on the right horse.

Cops Can't Force You to Unlock an iPhone via Face ID, Touch ID

· Andrew Orr · Link

A U.S. federal judge has ruled that law enforcement can’t force you to unlock an iPhone or iPad via Face ID or Touch ID.

In the United States, a suspect’s property has the potential to be searched by law enforcement officials as part of an investigation, but some items are typically left alone. While people are protected from having to unlock their devices via a passcode, biometric security has been considered fair game for use by investigators, bypassing the passcode rules.

This will certainly set a precedent for the future. Although it doesn’t completely stop the investigation, it does give people a bit more freedom.

Face ID Hack Talk at Black Hat Asia Canceled

· Charlotte Henry · News

A security researcher canceled a talk at Black Hat Asia on how to hack Face ID after his employer branded the research “incomplete.”

Apple's MacBook is Dying - Will Soon Be No More

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

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The MacBook, introduced in 2015, appeared to leapfrog the venerable MacBook Air. It sported a Retina display and USB-C. Now, it may be a dying breed.

Better Face ID for iPad Pro, the AI Cold War - TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-26

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why they expect to see landscape as well as portrait orientation support for Face ID on the new iPad Pro, plus they share their thoughts on the battle for AI supremacy in the U.S. and China.