Friday, 21 April 2017

Shopify Announces New Free Card Reader for In-Person Selling

Shopify Inc. the cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses announces its new free Chip and Swipe card reader for in-person selling. With Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) support, the new Chip and Swipe reader lets any Shopify merchant in the United States sell offline in a fast and secure way. The card reader was launched at Unite, Shopify's annual partner and developer conference.

The Chip and Swipe reader is made for selling at festivals, pop-ups and markets. Unlike other readers that must plug into a headphone jack, the Shopify Chip and Swipe reader features wireless functionality and an extra-long battery life. The card reader was also developed to grow with business owners as they move from casual selling to a permanent retail location, and includes a sturdy base that allows the reader to sit on a table or counter top.

Craig Miller, Chief Product Officer at Shopify commented: "We're proud to launch a beautiful, entry-level product that lets anyone sell in-person. Now any of our merchants can use Shopify to power every aspect of their business, at every interaction."

NEC Software Uses Facial Recognition to Verify Mobile Service Users

NEC Corporation has announced the launch of NC7000-3A, a user data utilisation platform software that uses facial recognition for identity confirmation with mobile services for organisations such as financial institutions and telecommunication operators.

The software includes a powerful mobile services-oriented authentication engine that leverages "NeoFace," a facial recognition artificial intelligence (AI) engine boasting the world's highest authentication accuracy and belonging to NEC's cutting-edge portfolio of AI technologies. This enables the confirmation of a user's identity through facial recognition, resulting in greater security by protecting against identity theft caused by password leakage. Moreover, the support of fingerprint recognition helps to further reduce entry processes, helping to enhance usability, which is expected to be further, improved with additional biometric recognitions in the future.

This new software complies with "Fast Identity Online" (FIDO) industry standards for authentication without transmitting data, such as biometric information, externally from a device. This reduces the risk of leakage of data used for identity confirmation. Security enhancements also include the in-house development of dedicated software and a facial recognition engine that are integrated into terminals and servers.

Banks Join Forces for Dutch Launch of Payconiq

Six Dutch banks have announced their intention to launch Payconiq in the Netherlands this summer. Conceived by ING in 2014 Payconiq is an all-in-one app enabling users to make direct payments online, in-store and peer-to-peer.

Payments are easy; payees are selected from a contacts list, so there is no need to enter the IBAN account number. Stores are displayed on the basis of their location or selected by scanning a QR code. Online consumers can pay for their purchases via a QR code or a direct link to the Payconiq app.

"Our initiative responds to the digital revolution and changing regulations in the European payments market. After a successful pilot and introduction in Belgium, we have the ambition to make a big impact in other countries in Europe too. The partnership with the Dutch banks is a brilliant step forwards for Payconiq," said Duke Prins, CEO of Payconiq.

SSH Communications Security Patent Found Invalid by US Patent and Trademark Office

SSH Communications Security Plc. announces that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rendered its decision regarding patent US 8544079 (method and arrangement for providing security through network address translations using tunnelling and compensations) held by SSH. The PTAB found that the patent is invalid. This judgment is based on proceedings triggered by a petition filed by Sony in 2015.

"We are naturally disappointed with the result." said Erkki Yli-Juuti, VP Intellectual Property of SSH. "We are carefully studying the decision with our experts and will decide on next steps when we have the decision well analysed."

The decision relates only to one patent, and does not have any impact to other SSH patents. SSH has pending separate litigations processes against Sony in Germany regarding the German counterpart as well as in UK regarding the UK counterpart of the same patent. The UK and German litigations are separate from the US case, and the current result from the US litigation has no direct impact on them. Decisions from SSH appeal in the German litigation on infringement is expected during late 1H/2017 or early 2H/2017, and decision on the so-called nullity case on the validity of the German patent is expected during 2H/2017.

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