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Weekend poll: Which do you prefer — face unlock or a fingerprint scanner?

Weekend poll: Which do you prefer — face unlock or a fingerprint scanner?

Smartphones have long since evolved beyond the need to tap in a PIN or password at a keyguard prompt, and these days you've got two broad options for biometric security: a fingerprint sensor or a face unlock system. Implementations between the two do vary, and there are several kinds, from in-display readers to capacitive sensors and from camera-based security to radar or infrared systems. You can buy phones today with either, so which is your favorite?

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WhatsApp adds biometrics authentication requirement to link account to PC

WhatsApp adds biometrics authentication requirement to link account to PC

Following a change in its privacy policy that caused an exodus to competing apps like Signal and Telegram, WhatsApp is adding a new layer of security to the process of linking an account to a computer. The Facebook-owned messaging service is now pushing an update that will allow users to take advantage of biometrics on their phone for authentication.

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Qualcomm's new larger 3D Sonic Sensors touted to scan fingerprints 50% faster

Qualcomm's new larger 3D Sonic Sensors touted to scan fingerprints 50% faster

Qualcomm is ploughing through with ultrasonic fingerprint-sensing technology as it introduces its second-generation 3D Sonic Sensor. The chip, set to go out into smartphones in the extreme near0future, features a reading surface that's 77% larger than the original and better processing that should result in 50% faster scans. However, something that hasn't been addressed here and has been challenged multiple times is the reliability factor.

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Google Autofill on Android can require biometric authentication now

Google Autofill on Android can require biometric authentication now

It's been a couple of years since the Autofill API was added to Android and you've been able to use Google or other password managers to fill in your credentials and log in to apps. However, while most third-party password apps require you to verify your identity before releasing your details to another app, Google's autofill just surrendered those details willy-nilly as long as your phone was unlocked. That's not so secure. A recent change to Play Services fixes that by letting you require an on-the-spot authentication before Google autofills the data fields.

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Chrome on Android adding biometric confirmation for credit cards and an improved sign-in experience

Chrome on Android adding biometric confirmation for credit cards and an improved sign-in experience

Autofill is one of the handiest features a browser can have. Whether it's not having to remember your card details for online shopping or just saving time filling out address fields, it's super helpful. Now Google is announcing that the Chrome's Autofill on Android is getting even more quick and secure when it comes to payments and passwords.

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Google Chrome is working on biometric authentication for payment autofill

Google Chrome is working on biometric authentication for payment autofill

A few months ago, we spotted Chrome working on Windows Hello integration for payment autofill authentication, sparing you from digging out your physical card to enter your CVC over and over. We've now found out that Windows isn't the only place where Google wants to make access to payment cards easier and more tightly integrated. The company is also working on system-wide authentication for Android (and possibly Chrome OS, Linux, and macOS). Sadly, the feature isn't fully live on any iteration of Chrome for Android yet.

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Chrome spotted working with Windows Hello for payment autofill authentication

Chrome spotted working with Windows Hello for payment autofill authentication

If your browse the internet with Google Chrome on a Windows PC, you may be able to take advantage of a new security integration with Windows Hello for autofilling your credit card information.

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Pixel 4 Face Unlock broken after reverting from Android 11 developer preview

Pixel 4 Face Unlock broken after reverting from Android 11 developer preview

If you plan on just dipping into the latest developer preview for Android 11 with your Pixel 4 or 4 XL before proceeding back to normal life, be warned: a number of users are reporting that they cannot enroll in Face Unlock after reverting to a stable Android 10 build.

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First Android 11 Developer Preview lands today for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4

First Android 11 Developer Preview lands today for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4

Android 11 is now official, and Google is releasing the first Developer Preview for this new version starting today. The software changes this time sound ambitious, with Google essentially taking most of its work on Android 10 and (literally) turning it up to 11, featuring enhancements to privacy and security, improvements to Project Mainline, a new dedicated "conversations" section for notifications, and tweaks to better harness 5G — all among a much longer list of changes just too big to include here. You can check it out for yourself by manually flashing it onto supported Pixel phones (everything but the 2016 OGs).

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Investment app Betterment picks up support for Pixel 4 face unlock

Investment app Betterment picks up support for Pixel 4 face unlock

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