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Amazon Will Now Let You Pay With Your Palm in Its Stores

Slashdot - 1 hour 59 min ago
Amazon accounts for nearly 40 percent of e-commerce sales in the US today, and it takes a cut of even more online shopping by selling payments services and other technologies to external shopping sites. Now, the online retail giant is making a play to grab a piece of brick-and-mortar shopping, too -- and it wants customers to literally lend a hand to do it. From a report: Amazon on Tuesday is unveiling a new biometric technology called Amazon One that allows shoppers to pay at stores by placing their palm over a scanning device when they walk in the door or when they check out. The first time they register to use this tech, a customer will scan their palm and insert their payment card at a terminal; after that, they can simply pay with their hand. The hand-scanning tech isn't just for Amazon's own stores -- the company hopes to sell it to other retailers, including competitors, too. The technology will be available at the entrance of two of the company's Amazon Go cashierless convenience stores in Seattle, Washington, starting Tuesday, and will roll out to the rest of the chain's 20-plus stores in the future, Amazon Vice President Dilip Kumar told Recode in an interview Monday. Recode reported in December that Amazon had filed a patent application for such a hand-payment technology. The technology could also show up in Whole Foods stores, with Amazon hinting in a press release that it will introduce palm payments in the coming months at its other stores beyondtAmazon Go locations. Kumar wouldn't comment on a potential Whole Foods implementation, though the New York Post reported a year ago that such a plan was in the works.

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Director of nuisance-calls company ordered to cough up £114k after ignoring £40k fine from UK data watchdog

The Register - 2 hours 21 min ago
Cost of enforcing IT Protect Ltd's initial penalty more than treble its value... no money yet collected

A director of a company fined £40,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office has himself been ordered to pay out more than £100,000 as part of a long-running collection saga.…

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Microsoft's Bing Will Have Key Slot on Some New Android Phones

Slashdot - 2 hours 39 min ago
Microsoft's Bing search app will appear as a download prompt on new Android phones in Germany, the U.K. and France after it won slots in a Google auction for rivals. From a report: Google announced the results of its October-December auction on Tuesday, showing won slots on a choice screen for new Android phones in all 31 countries, PrivacyWall won slots in 22 countries, GMX in 16 countries and Bing in 13 countries. DuckDuckGo won just eight slots in smaller markets, down from a slot in each country in the last period.

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Groq is hard to grok but reckons its AI chips roq: Ex-Googlers' unorthodox design now shipping to customers

The Register - 2 hours 48 min ago
5U box can reach up to six quadrillion INT8 calculations per second, it is claimed

Video  Groq, an AI chip startup founded by ex-Googlers, today said it is now shipping its hardware to customers.…

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Safety watchdog to prosecute mental health trust after probe

Braintree and Witham Times - 3 hours 11 min ago
HEALTH and safety watchdogs are to prosecute a mental health trust after a probe into hanging risks on inpatient wards.
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Warning over 'disgusting' scam asking Essex residents to pay for Covid test

This Is Total Essex - 3 hours 18 min ago
Public Health England will never ask you to pay for a test
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Xen Project officially ports its hypervisor to Raspberry Pi 4

The Register - 3 hours 20 min ago
'We were about to embark on an adventure deep in the belly of the memory allocator and Linux address translation layers'

The Xen project has officially ported its hypervisor to the Raspberry Pi – the 64-bit model 4, to be precise.…

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Essex pub allowed to keep licence despite party with 3000 people

This Is Total Essex - 3 hours 30 min ago
Revellers were also seen in possession of drugs
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Arm hasn't given up on self-driving car brains – its new Cortex-A78AE is going into Nvidia's Orin chip, for a start

The Register - 3 hours 51 min ago
Yes, that Nvidia

Arm has teased us with a few details of its previously unseen Cortex-A78AE processor core – set to be the brains of Nvidia's next-gen self-driving car chip.…

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Coronavirus: Fake Test and Trace workers calling people to pay for test

Braintree and Witham Times - 4 hours 9 min ago
RESIDENTS have been warned to be on their guard after scammers posing as workers from the NHS Test and Trace service made calls asking for payment for coronavirus tests.
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Trading standards warn over test and trace phone scam

Braintree and Witham Times - 4 hours 31 min ago
A WARNING has been issued about crooks using a test and trace scam to con people out of cash.
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ESXi-on-Arm is real and VMware will use it to run networks, storage, and security on SmartNICs

The Register - 4 hours 36 min ago
Even third-party software could run there one day, managed by vSphere

VMware has, as The Register predicted, revealed plans to make the Arm-enabled cut of its ESXi hypervisor a proper product and will run it on SmartNICs in an attempt to better serve demanding applications and bring even bare-metal servers under its umbrella.…

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The perils of building a career on YouTube: Guitar teacher's channel nearly deleted after music publisher complains

The Register - 5 hours 6 min ago
Vid platform has biased its takedown procedures in favour of copyright owners, says lawyer

YouTube broadcaster Gareth Evans, who has 770,000 subscribers for his guitar tutorial channel, had an unwelcome surprise on 28 August.…

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The Essex town where Covid cases have doubled in a week

This Is Total Essex - 5 hours 8 min ago
Harlow has the second highest Covid infection rate in Essex
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Essex Cricket Club apologise after beer poured on Feroze Khushi

Braintree and Witham Times - 5 hours 39 min ago
ESSEX Cricket Club have apologised and admitted their trophy celebrations did not meet the club’s “inclusive values” after a Muslim player was sprayed with alcohol.
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Essex mum 'sexually assaulted' just two days before killing herself

This Is Total Essex - 5 hours 41 min ago
The mum-of-two posted a heartbreaking message just minutes before she ended her life
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EU's decision on UK data adequacy set to become 'political football' in broader Brexit negotiations

The Register - 6 hours 6 min ago
There are bigger fish to fry, but policy changes could still scupper a deal

No matter the legal reasoning, an "adequacy" decision to let data flow between the UK and the EU will hinge on the ups and downs of the wider Brexit negotiations, which are entering a tense final phase.…

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Powers Hall Academy to allow some students back after confirmed Covid case

Braintree and Witham Times - 6 hours 15 min ago
SOME pupils at a primary school who have been self-isolating will be allowed to return to class tomorrow, bosses have confirmed.
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Yet another twist for 2020: Google says Android 12 will make it easier to install alternative app stores

The Register - 6 hours 49 min ago
And, cough, cough, don't forget to use Google Play's billing system

Google on Monday said it intends to make it easier to install alternative app stores on Android devices next year even as it moves to tighten compliance with Google Play payment rules.…

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Column: 'Children with coughs should stay at home and get a test'

Braintree and Witham Times - 6 hours 51 min ago
* North Primary School headteacher Alan Garnett gives an update in his latest diary.
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