Bank app works in the blink of an eye

The TSB has unveiled plans for its customers to use an app that will enable access to their account with the blink of an eye.

The iris recognition software will be introduced from September for some Samsung Galaxy phones.

The bank says that this is a secure form of biometric authentication.

A spokesman for the bank said: “Iris recognition will enable a customer to unlock their TSB mobile app with a simple glance so there’s no need for passwords, IDs or memorable information.

“It’s also a customer friendly approach to identification and a secure method.”

However, one national newspaper asked cyber security experts what they thought about biometric logins.

Their reaction was for the bank not to assume that a biometric login cannot be compromised.

One chief executive, Richard Parris of Intercede, said that biometrics are quickly becoming the de facto security measure for a range of consumer and business applications.

He added: “However, German hackers have been able to trick the Samsung Galaxy S8 iris scanner with a picture of the phone owners eye and a contact lens.”

He said that biometric authentication is not immune to potential attacks and should not be the sole means of verifying a user’s identity.

App tracks students phone usage

For students in Australian schools a new app has been unveiled that will control their phone usage.

The app will monitor the students use of their mobile phone and can disable ‘distracting’ apps.

Developed by Family Zone, the app will give schools control over how students use their devices and help control online predators and cyber bullying.

Parents must give the school permission to apply the service and the option of monitoring mobile phone use in their home.

So far 40 schools in Australia have begun using the app which also gives parents control over the apps being accessed and the ability to deactivate the phone’s camera.

Messaging app usage continues growth

The worldwide appeal for mobile messaging apps is continuing to grow with usage set to increase by 15.5% this year.

The research from eMarketer reveals that there will be more than 1.8 billion people using apps such as WeChat and Facebook Messenger.

In addition, they are also predicting that an extra 243 million people will start using mobile phone messaging apps this year.

While growth is expected around the world, the popularity of mobile messaging apps is being fuelled by new users in five countries: China, the US, India, Brazil and Indonesia.

They will also be home to the biggest number of mobile messaging app users – though, not surprisingly, they are also the most populated countries in the world.

Gory app unveiled

For lovers of history that like to learn about dark moments and gory sites, academics in Bristol have developed a mobile app for them.

The app will notify users who pass some of the region’s gory historic sites of what occurred there hundreds of years ago.

The University of the West of England has funded a series of guides that will play court proceedings and ballads to a listener when they pass the scene of a gory and notorious crime.

In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …

A survey of Brits and their disposable incomes has revealed that the amount being spent on mobile phone apps has rocketed by 227% over the past year.

The Chinese mobile phone market has seen a huge rise in the number of date-for-hire apps to help meet the growing demand from users to have a date when meeting relatives. Some apps aim to find an ‘instant partner’ who the user can hire and present to their relatives when visiting to help prevent conversations about getting married.

Microsoft has begun testing its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps under its new ‘Fluent Design’ aesthetics.

A new app for making public transport payments by smartphone has hit the buffers with pioneers struggling to use it. The firm behind the app in the Netherlands says the ability to pay by mobile phone has been ‘chaotic’ and the first few days of operation has been ‘worthless’.

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