Amazon May Let You Pay With a Wink and a Nod


Amazon has applied for a patent for selfie-based authentication for online purchases, according to a patent application published last week. Using the technology, a prospective purchaser would take a selfie, and the image would be authenticated against an image database using facial recognition software. The buyer then would perform a requested action, such as winking, to verify that the image is of a live human being. That would trigger completion of the transaction.

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Rumor: Apple to add Touch ID to Retina MacBook Air as well as future Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad

Apple may be planning an expansion of its Touch ID fingerprint authentication technology to its portable computers and peripherals in advance of a larger Apple Pay rollout, according to a Tuesday report out of Taiwan.



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Apple activates two-step authentication for iCloud Web portal

In a bid to secure its online consumer services, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer.



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USPTO denies Apple's 'Touch ID' trademark, cites possible confusion with timecard system

Apple will not be granted a trademark for the Touch ID authentication system introduced alongside the iPhone 5s, according to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision revealed Monday, because it could be confused with an earlier Touch ID trademark assigned to timekeeping company Kronos.



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Apple rolls out two-step verification for iCloud.com Web apps

Apple on Monday appears to have rolled out a new implementation of its two-factor Apple ID authentication system with iCloud.com, requiring users who have the additional layer of security enabled to enter a special code before accessing the Web apps.



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Google flips switch on Instant Buy for iOS apps, roots deeper into Apple's mobile platform

Google on Wednesday announced iOS support for Instant Buy, the Google Wallet-based authentication and payment system that lets customers shop and buy in-app with a few clicks.



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