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Proposed NYC Biometrics Laws, a Multimodal 'Smart Gun', and More: Identity News Digest

NYC to Consider Proposed Biometrics Laws

New York City’s Committee on Technology has scheduled a meeting for April 25 to consider the oversight of the use of biometric identification systems in the city. Two proposed bills are on the agenda: One would make it illegal for a provider of public accommodation to use biometric technology to verify or identify a customer, while the other would prohibit the owner of a multiple-unit dwelling to use biometrics to identify tenants or their guests.

‘Smart Gun’ Locks Behind Fingerprint and Facial Recognition

Colorado-based startup BioFire has begun taking reservations for its biometric smart gun. The 9mm handgun is distinguished by its multimodal authentication system, comprising a fingerprint sensor embedded in its grip and a facial recognition system affixed to the rear of the weapon. BioFire’s focus is on gun safety; the company’s founder and CEO, 26-year-old Kai Kloepfer, began working on prototypes at the age of 15, after a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, near his hometown.

Five Guys BIPA Case Moves to Arbitration

A lawsuit alleging that the Five Guys burger chain violated Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) will be moved into arbitration. The case concerns Five Guys’ use of a fingerprint-scanning time and attendance system. Plaintiff Jeremiah Greenwood conceded that moving to an arbitrator would be an appropriate means of resolving his complaint after Five Guys submitted a motion that would compel it.

CLEAR Teams With LinkedIn for Identity Verification

CLEAR is enabling enhanced identity verification for LinkedIn users thanks to a new partnership with the professional networking company. Individuals with a CLEAR membership can use it to confirm who they are and their credentials via an online app. The verification process prompts the end user to submit a selfie image or enroll their government-issued ID, with data matched against their LinkedIn profile. It’s the latest sign of CLEAR’s expansion beyond the area of expedited airport screening, with CLEAR’s platform also being used for access to venues such as sports stadiums, and even for cash- and card-free biometric purchases.

Suprema Names New Sales Manager

Suprema America has named Scott Tobin as its Southeast Regional Sales Manager. Based in Florida, Tobin has held sales positions focused on the region at numerous firms including Paxton Access Ltd., Hikvision USA, Bosch, and, most recently, Honeywell. Commenting on his appointment, Tobin called Suprema “a world-class manufacturer in access control and biometrics,” adding, “I understand their strategy to market, which will also make Suprema a leader in the security industry and allow us to meet and exceed our targets.”

IDEX Solution Passes Mastercard Test

IDEX Biometrics’ latest fingerprint sensor solution has passed Mastercard’s Fingerprint Test Assessment Summary (FTAS), a development that IDEX CEO Vince Graziani called “an important milestone for IDEX Biometrics affirming our biometric solution’s compliance with highest security and functionality standards to card manufacturers, issuers and banks.” The sensor is a central component of IDEX’s biometric payment card solution, which also features Infineon’s SLC38 secure element.

Trust Stamp Obtains Notices of Allowance

Trust Stamp has received new Notices of Allowances for three patent applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. One of the patents concerns Trust Stamp’s IT² solution for irreversibly turning biometric data into an identity token, while another extends the use case for IT² into NFTs and the metaverse. The third patent “introduces a new authentication methodology utilizing evidence of control of third-party accounts,” the company explained in a statement. Trust Stamp recently reported a 46.4 percent year-over-year revenue jump for fiscal 2022.

Nok Nok Upgrades S3 Suite

Nok Nok Labs has launched the latest version of its flagship S3 Authentication Suite, delivering four new capabilities for the platform. The S3 Suite now enables organizations to configure authentication rules to detect when new devices are being used for passkey authentication and verify that the end user is the legitimate account holder. It also now enables organizations running e-commerce sites to let their customers easily sign in with a passkey, helping to reduce friction and prevent cart abandonment. Other new features include support for biometric payment confirmation and a security key tracking feature for organizations using the platform.

Partnership to Bring BenijLock Tech to Guitar Cases

BenjiLock has brought its fingerprint-scanning lock technology to the music industry, announcing a new partnership with TKL Cases that will see its biometric locks integrated into cases for fretted instruments like guitars, banjos, and mandolins. It isn’t yet clear when the first products will be launched, but BenjiLock says it is offering a first look at the technology at this week’s NAMM Show, a trade show for technology for the music industry that is underway in Anaheim, New York.

April 13, 2023 – by Alex Perala

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Clozee to headline sold-out 2023 Bass Coast music festival in Merritt | iNFOnews


Bass Coast Music and Arts Festival in 2018.


April 13, 2023 – 10:32 AM

Bass Coast Music and Arts Festival in Merritt has announced this year’s lineup.

“Presenting the full Bass Coast 2023 music lineup,” reads the Festival’s announcement on Facebook. “Spanning genres from DnB to techno, disco to dubstep and house to jungle, this year’s roster is an exciting snapshot of electronic music from across the globe.”

Clozee, a DJ from France, is listed as the sole headliner.

Other familiar artists include SkiiTour, Funk Hunters and Lazy Syrup Orchestra.

The festival takes place July 7 to 10 at the festival grounds in Merritt.

Tickets have sold out but can still be found through the Bass Coast Ticket Exchange Facebook group.

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SSO brings Western and Eastern classical music together


The SSO performs Vibrant Light on April 15 at TCU Place.

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In its latest offering, Vibrant Light, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra sets out to prove that music is a universal language capable of bringing cultures together.

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This weekend, the SSO invites audiences to experience the fusion of North American and North Indian classical music with Canadian-based composer Dinuk Wijeratne’s Concerto for Tabla & Orchestra (or Tabla Concerto).

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In the role of guest conductor, Wijeratne is excited to direct the orchestra through his popular work, which he says reflects his own dual life — growing up in Sri Lanka and Dubai and training in England and North America.

“In the sense that it tries to combine East and West, it’s quite an autobiographical piece,” he said.

This is Wijeratne’s first time conducting both the SSO and Canadian tabla player Shawn Mativetsky, with whom he has worked before.

“I think the collegiality of music is very special. You just keep meeting different families of people and different collaborators and you get to share these experiences with them,” Wijeratne said.

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Mativetsky said he’s excited to work directly with Wijeratne on his Tabla Concerto.

“Because who knows the piece better than the composer, right? So to work with him on this is kind of the best case scenario, really,” he said.

“He’ll be able to share and to lead the piece in the way that he designed it, that he conceived it.”

Trained in both western and North Indian classical music, Mativetsky said bringing the two musical cultures together is important to him. He hopes it will create more western awareness of the tabla, a pair of North Indian pitched drums that are played with the fingers.

“If people go home and they’ve heard something new or they’ve developed a new appreciation … that would be great,” he said.

Classically trained Canadian percussionist and tabla player Shawn Mativetsky brings western and North Indian classical music together.
Classically trained Canadian percussionist and tabla player Shawn Mativetsky brings western and North Indian classical music together. Photo by Caroline Tabah /Supplied photo

The concerto includes moments when Mativetsky speaks to the audience, in what he calls rhythmic recitation.

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“I speak the compositions and then play them. So, the audience will hear the poetry of the composition, then followed by how it actually sounds on the drums,“ he said.

With the concerto, Wijeratne said he set out to showcase the tabla and the orchestra in the context of one another.

“What they share in common is a lot of colour that’s very captivating,” he said.

“I hope people will be captivated by colour in the concerto just in the same way as they usually are with Scheherazade … where the orchestra really sort of bursts with colour.”

Performed in the same concert, the tabla concerto and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Op. 35 showcase a contrast between the old ideas of the Eastern world and modern awareness.

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“Scheherazade is a depiction of the East as some kind of fantastical place … In a more connected world, there’s more of an authenticity in the Tabla Concerto,” Wijeratne said.

“I think it’s good to see the juxtapositions of these things and understand certain kinds of cultural contradictions … I think it invites you to ask and answer a few questions for yourself.”

Whether the audience has heard the tabla before or is experiencing it for the first time, Wijeratne hopes to show them something new.

“If people know the instrument a little bit, they will hear, I hope, a whole range of what it can do. I hope they’ll hear it in the beautiful context that is a Western classical orchestra. And if people don’t know the instrument, I do hope that something magical happens, that they’ll get a good introduction to it and really hear a wide range of colours and things,” he said.

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Entertainment News | Mary Quant, Designer Who Epitomised Swinging 60s, Dies at 93


London, Apr 13 (AP) Mary Quant, the designer whose fashions epitomised the Swinging 60s, has died at the age of 93.

Quant’s family said she died “peacefully at home” in Surrey, southern England, on Thursday.

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The family called her “one of the most internationally recognised fashion designers of the 20th Century and an outstanding innovator of the Swinging Sixties.”

Quant helped popularise the miniskirt — some credit her with inventing it — and the innovative tights that went along with it, creating dresses and accessories that were an integral part of the look.

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She created mix-and-match, simple garments that had an element of whimsy. Some compared her impact on the fashion world to the Beatles’ impact on pop music. (AP)

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Colin Hay, Colleen Ironside to Be Honored – Billboard


Colin Hay, the singer, songwriter and frontman of beloved Australian rock group Men At Work, and the late trailblazing tour promoter Colleen Ironside are this year’s recipients of the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music.


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The prestigious honor will be presented at the 2023 APRA Music Awards, to be held April 27 at ICC Sydney, on Gadigal land.

Hay will be on hand to receive his circular trophy, recognition for a stellar career that launched in the early ‘80s with Men At Work’s hit debut album Business As Usual, and its standout single “Down Under.”

It was a dream breakthrough, the type few acts have done before or since, as the single and its parent topped simultaneously topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and the group went on to win the Grammy Award for best new artist.

“Who Can It Be Now” logged a single week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, and “Down Under” would climb the summit later that year, holding top spot for four weeks. Today, the latter song has passed more than one billion streams across all platforms, and is treasured as Australia’s unofficial anthem.

“Overkill” and “It’s a Mistake” both hit the top 10 on the Hot 100, “Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive” cracked the top 40 (at No. 28). Followup LP Cargo peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The band called it quits in 1985, but the music lives on. Career record sales top 30 million, according to APRA.

This award is “for outstanding services to Australian Music,” notes Hay in a statement. “I think services is the key word here. It’s important to realise at some point in your life that it is a valuable thing to be of service. To be of some use.”

Hay’s music would be introduced to new generations through Scrubs and Garden State, and he continues to tour, both as a solo artist and as a guitarist in Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band. “Down Under” has been revisited in recent years with a hit drum ‘n’ bass cut by DJ Luude, and by award-winning Yolŋu surf rockers King Stingray.

Speaking to Billboard over Zoom from Sacramento, CA, Hay admits “Down Under” is “very dear to me. When I wrote the song, I had a lot of fear and trepidation about Australia becoming overdeveloped, like you know, Florida or something,” the Scottish-born artist notes, “and on the other side of the coin, there was this beautiful uniqueness and incredible — a kind of awesomeness — of the country which I thought, ‘we don’t want to lose that’. We have to nurture, it’s a precious thing we have.”

Also at the APRAs, Ironside will be posthumously saluted for a career during which she set the groundwork for a pan-Asian touring network and producing scores of tours in the region.

Ironside, who died in 2022, is equally remembered for her force-of-nature personality.

The concerts giant cut her teeth as a booking agent for the Harbour Premier Agency in Sydney, Australia. She went out on her own, establishing and running APA Booking Agency, which booked INXS, Ratcat, James Reyne, Jenny Morris, Wendy Matthews and Def FX for Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

In 1994, Frontier Touring recruited Ironside as head of its Asia division, where she managed tours by Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Tom Jones and others. In 1999, she established Live Limited and toured the Rolling Stones, Elton John, David Bowie, Sting and other titans of rock and pop music.

Later, in 2005, she began a five-year stint with Live Nation as senior VP of bookings in Pan-Asia, before reviving Live Limited, through which she promoted Janet Jackson in Hong Kong, Bruno Mars in Malaysia and Bob Dylan in Hong Kong and Vietnam.

“Colleen championed Australian songwriters and artists and created live music pathways into Asia with a business acumen that was years ahead of her peers,” comments Dean Ormston, CEO, APRA AMCOS.

And Hay “is a songwriter of the highest level and with the biggest heart, whose songs continue to connect and hit No. 1 on the charts. We look forward to honoring them with the Ted Albert Award at this year’s APRA Music Awards”.

The Ted Albert Award is one of the Australian music industry’s highest accolades, and is decided by the APRA board of writer and publisher directors.

Previous recipients include Paul Kelly, the late Mushroom Group founder Michael Gudinski, Slim Dusty, The Seekers and last year’s recipient The Wiggles.

In other APRA Music Awards news, the most performed international work has been awarded to global smash “As It Was” by Harry Styles, with co-writers Thomas Hull and Tyler Johnson). Universal Music Publishing and Concord Music Publishing are publishers.

As previously reported, Grammy Award winners Flume and Rufus Du Sol are among the artists and songwriters scoring multiple nominations for this year’s ceremony.

Established in 1982, the Australasian Performing Right Association’s annual songwriters’ ceremony is one of the Australian music industry’s favorite events, a worthy counterpart to Britain’s Ivor Novello Awards.

The special moments in the APRAs program includes the performance of those song of the year nominees, often completely reimagined by another star from Australia’s music scene.

For more information visit the APRA website.

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Entertainment News | Anupam Kher to Celebrate Best Friend Satish Kaushik’s Birthday with ‘music, Love and Laughter’


Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], April 13 (ANI): Anupam Kher took to Instagram on Thursday morning to wish his late friend Satish Kaushik a happy birthday.

Anupam wrote in Hindi, “Mere pyare dost Satish Kaushik! Janamdin ki hardik subhkamnaye! Aaj Baisakhi wale din tum 67 barsh ke ho jate. Magar tumhare jeevan ke 48 barsho mujhe tumhara birthday manane ka soubhagya prapt hua.”

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Anupam continued, “Isliye maine faisla kiya hain ki aaj sham ko hum tumhara janamdin shandar tarike se manane ki koshish karenge! Sashi aur Vanshika ke saath wali seat khali hogi. Come my friend and watch us celebrate #SatishKaushikNight with #Music #Love and #Laughter! #HappyBirthdaySatish #BestFriend”

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Anupam shared a reel video in which all the beautiful moments with Satish have been captured. In one frame, Satish with his family joined Anupam’s family. In another frame, the duo was joined by Anil Kapoor, or in another they were seen with Gulshan Grover. Anupam treated his fans with a time machine which will definitely make them nostalgic today.

A fan wrote on Anupam’s post, “Ohhh this made me so emotional.. …it’s so true life ends but friendship never ends… May God give power to his family and close friends. Another one wrote, “What a beautiful ode!”

Satish Kaushik died on March 8 following a sudden cardiac arrest in New Delhi. Anupam Kher first broke the news of his demise on social media.

Sharing the news, Anupam tweeted in hindi, “Death is the ultimate truth of this world!” But I never thought in my dreams that I would write this thing about my best friend #SatishKaushik while alive. Such a sudden full stop on a friendship of 45 years!! Life will NEVER be the same without you SATISH! Om Shanti!”

Since then, Anupam has posted several videos and notes in memory of his friend and shared how he is trying to heal from this loss and coming to terms with the reality. (ANI)

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Jeremy Renner attends premiere, months after snowplow accident


Jeremy Renner attended the premiere for his new series Tuesday, capping a remarkable recovery less than four months after the “Avengers” star was nearly killed in a snowplow accident.

Renner was surrounded by family and supporters at the “Rennervations” premiere in Los Angeles, where he posed for photos and did interviews, at times making use of a cane and a knee scooter. At one point he flashed photographers a thumbs up sign while moving down the carpet.

Renner was crushed by his 7-ton snowplow on New Year’s Day while trying to help free a relative’s car at his Nevada home. The actor has said he broke numerous bones and suffered a collapsed lung and pierced liver in the accident.

“Rennervations,” which premieres on Disney+ on Wednesday, follows Renner as he transforms large vehicles into community spaces for young people in India, Mexico, Chicago and Nevada. The purposes range from serving as a mobile music studio to a water filtration truck for a community in India.

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Renner said his aim was to give young people access to things they might not already have and present opportunities they might not know existed.

Renner wrote the theme song for the show, something he did while working on another show.

“I use music and piano to write songs and use it like therapy for me,” he said.

Construction and music have been creative outlets for Renner, who is best known for playing the superhero Hawkeye in the Marvel “Avengers” films and his own spin-off TV series.

Marvel co-star Anthony Mackie appears in the show, and Renner said the secret to their friendship is they “laugh a lot.”

Renner, a two-time Oscar nominee, told Diane Sawyer in an interview that aired that while he thought he might die from his injuries, he refused to be “haunted” by the accident.

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New Las Colinas business campus going up across the highway from Toyota Music Factory


A new Las Colinas business campus will bring seven small offices to a high-profile location along State Highway 114 in Irving.

The Highway 114 Office campus is being built at 200 West John Carpenter Freeway and Fuller Drive. The professional and medical campus is a project of Dallas’ Savannah Developers and is part of a larger site previously occupied by the first office building constructed in Las Colinas in the 1970s.

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The property is across the highway from the Toyota Music Factory restaurant, entertainment and office complex. It’s near the Irving Convention Center.

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Savannah said the project will include seven buildings totaling 57,000 square feet. Planning documents filed with the state estimated the project cost at more than $10 million.

“The site encompasses approximately five acres and will accommodate professional offices, including business and medical,” according to Savannah’s marketing materials.

Dallas’ O’Brien Architects designed the new business park, which is set to open next year, according to the state planning documents.

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The office campus is being built on part of an 18-acre property acquired last year by Dallas’ Rosewood Property Co. Rosewood demolished the three-story building at 200 W. John Carpenter Freeway that originally housed offices for Allstate Insurance.

The rest of the site is planned for 370 apartments, a five-story office building and 60 townhomes.

It’s one of three projects Savannah is building in Las Colinas. The developer is constructing a 46,000-square-foot boutique office condominium campus adjacent to the former Four Seasons Hotel & Resort on MacArthur Boulevard.

Savannah is also building 64 residential “flats” on almost eight acres at 200 O’Connor Ridge Blvd. overlooking the TPC Las Colinas golf course.

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