Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Walmart just won a patent for audio surveillance technology that measures workers’ performance, and could even listen to their conversations with customers at checkout.The “listening to the frontend” technology, as its called, is one of many futuristic ideas Walmart has sought to...
By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Washington BureauLEHI, Utah — It markets its DNA kits with promises that tug at the heartstrings: Discover ancestors. Strengthen family ties. Understand your life.Aided by venture capital and a flood of savvy marketing, Ancestry...
More than 3,000 people in Sweden have implanted tiny microchips beneath their skin to replace their credit card information, identification, keys, train tickets, among other everyday items, Agence France-Press announced Sunday.The implant, which is about the size of a grain of...
NEW DELHI — Seeking to build an identification system of unprecedented scope, India is scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents and connecting the data to everything from welfare benefits to mobile phones. Civil libertarians are...
As location-aware advertising goes mainstream—like that Jack in the Box ad that appears whenever you get near one, in whichever app you have open at the time—and as popular apps harvest your lucrative location data, the potential for leaking...
Electronic skins might not only detect health troubles in the near future, but display them for the world to see. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an e-skin that can measure vital signs like your heartbeat and display them in real time...
In some states, a driver's license will no longer cut it for domestic travel as of Jan. 22, thanks to the Real ID Act. Steve Yonkers, the Department of Homeland Security's director of Real ID, confirmed that as of...
Thousands of us unwrapped voice-activated electronic devices on Christmas Day.Amazon’s Alexa service, Apple’s Home Pod and Google’s Home speakers were among the best-sellers.Recognising the human voice, the gadgets can play music, search the web, shop online, check the weather...
In Nagoya, Japan, a city that once held an entire museum dedicated to robotics, a hospital will soon add robots developed by Toyota to its medical staff. No, they won't be scrubbing in for surgery: In February, the Nagoya University Hospital...
Russia will get a country-wide biometric database for financial services starting next summer, the central bank said.The system will expand access to banking by letting people open accounts without having to visit a branch and is a key milestone...

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