Xiaomi's Face ID-rivalling 3D facial recognition module appears in render

Xiaomi’s rumored 3D facial recognition module has appeared in a new render. It’s been reported for some time now that the low-cost brand would be the first Android manufacturer to introduce a true alternative to Apple’s Face ID with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 7. Now, with just a week left until the unveiling, a new render gives a closer look at the components of the new security feature.

Looking at smartphone’s notch, it appears Xiaomi has packed it full with different hardware elements. Starting on the left side, what appears to be a large infrared camera is present that should help improve …


Facebook faces Class Action suit over facial recognition on photos

Whoa! We nearly went a full day without some negative news on Facebook breaking. As it turns out, in San Francisco federal court today, U.S. District Judge James Donato certified a class action suit against Facebook. This allows for the consolidation of several suits against the company, all with the same allegations, down to one. In this case, the plaintiffs are claiming that the social network illegally used a facial recognition system on photos without users’ permission.

Facebook is creating and storing “face templates” based on facial characteristics found in photos. It has been doing …

Huawei's uphill battle for brand recognition

There’s a lot to say about a product that’s instantly recognizable to consumers, especially when there’s no description whatsoever to indicate who it’s from or what it is. Somehow, people just know, which goes to show the magical powers of having strong brand recognition. It seldom develops in a short span of time, but it can happen quickly. Some companies end up working tirelessly to build up their brand, while others stumble onto something that ends up rapidly building momentum.

Chinese telecom equipment provider and handset maker Huawei has been on this uphill battle for quite …

Special baseball cap is invented to trick facial recognition systems

A newly invented baseball cap that is equipped with laser dots, can fool facial recognition systems like Apple’s Face ID into thinking that you are someone else. The inside of the cap features tiny LED lights. When the cap is worn, the lights project dots that cannot be seen by the human eye. However, facial recognition systems know that they are there; with the dots appearing in strategic locations, Face ID and other similar unlocking and verification tools are fooled. This process is called “adversarial learning.”

The LED lights can be placed under a person’s real hair, under a wig, or …

When are Android devices getting face recognition hardware?

Android’s Open Source Project is an interesting place to explore, as it may give you a brief idea what the future beholds for Android or, more accurately said, what Android beholds for us, the users.
Recently, a line of code was discovered, which may have inadvertently hinted at possible support for facial recognition in a future Android version. Nothing special, you might say, and you might be right, but this code has raised an important question: when are Android devices actually getting a hardware-enabled facial scanning technology?
Software-enabled …

Pictures of clouds can bring you NASA recognition

Do you want to get NASA recognition and potentially be mentioned in a “thank you” video made by the association? Well, just take a picture of the nearest cloud and upload it to the GLOBE Observer app until April 15.
What may seem cloudy (ha-ha) at first is part of NASA’s Globe (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) program, which aims to incentivize students and science enthusiasts to collect useful data and participate in scientific processes. You can currently help science by taking pictures of random clouds, which will be used by NASA in classifying …

BLU Vivo XL3 makes its debut in the US: Android Oreo, facial recognition and 18:9 display

The sequel of the Vivo XL2 is finally available for purchase in the United States, in case you were looking for a mid-range Oreo-powered smartphone priced at less than $200. Although it packs mid-range specs, the BLU Vivo XL3 promises to offer a premium feel design-wise.

Amazon has the BLU Vivo XL3 smartphone up for purchase for $190 (free shipping included), a decent price for what it has to offer, at least on paper. Before talking about the insides of the handset, it’s worth noting that the phone features a metallic finish that incorporates a so-called “electrolyzed metal” effect.

BLU …

Cortana's music recognition feature not working any longer due to Groove Music closure

If you have a device that uses Cortana, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised to know that the music recognition functionality will not work anymore. Microsoft announced last year that it will shut down its Groove Music streaming service at the beginning of 2018.

Because of that, Cortana’s music recognition functionality has been retired, Microsoft recently confirmed. Even so, if you’re using Cortana on a smartphone, there are plenty of alternatives that some would say that make a better job.

It’s unclear whether or not this feature will make a comeback to Cortana …

Samsung officially unveils the Exynos 9810, touts AI features, advanced 3D "hybrid" face recognition

Back in November, we caught first wind of Samsung’s next-gen Exynos chipset, which was revealed in passing in press materials from Samsung. However, at that time, information about the new SoC was scant, with details being withheld for a final reveal further down the line. And here we are now, with an official announcement from Samsung, outlining some of the best new features and capabilities of the chipset.

The Exynos 9810 is still being built on Samsung’s 10nm manufacturing node, contrary to earlier rumors alleging an 8nm process, but the second-generation …

Words with Friends 2 is breaking the Pixel 2's song recognition feature


You have to feel for those poor Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users. It almost sounds as though the world is stacked against them. Between various issues with the screens and multiple problems reported about the speakers, even the two-year warranty that Google gave phone owners isn’t going to make them feel better about the whole affair. And nearly every day, it feels as though there is a new problem to report.

The latest issue has to do with the Pixel 2’s “Now Playing” music recognition feature. Like Shazam, the app that Apple spent a reported $400 million to acquire, “Now Playing” will give …