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Is ‘tap and go’ a better way to give to charity?

Image copyrightStand Up to CancerImage caption Stand up to Cancer and Hyundai clubbed together to make a charity donation car A quick tap of my card and I’ve given Macmillan Cancer £10. It beats trying to avoid eye contact every lunch hour with a “charity mugger” or chugger. In today’s …

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Google and Walmart agree shopping deal

Image copyrightGetty Images Corporate giants Walmart and Google are teaming up to enter the voice-shopping market, currently dominated by Amazon. From next month, US consumers will be able to buy Walmart products using the voice-activated Google Assistant platform on phones and home devices. Amazon’s AI virtual assistant Alexa already enables …

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How the barcode changed retailing

Image copyrightIBMImage caption Joseph Woodland explaining his prototype scanner in 1952 In 1948, N Joseph Woodland – a graduate student at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia – was pondering a challenge from a local retailer: how to speed up the tedious process of checking out in his stores by automating …

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Supermarkets try face-based ID system

Image copyrightYoti A new facial recognition app from British start-up Yoti could be trialled in two supermarkets, following a deal with self-service till maker NCR. It would enable shops to check the age of customers buying restricted products such as alcohol and knives, without human intervention. The free-to-consumer app works …

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Facebook critic faces partial setback

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Mr Schrems has been involved in a series of complaints against Facebook since 2011 An Austrian privacy campaigner seeking to stop Facebook from transferring personal data out of the EU has been dealt a partial setback by one of Europe’s top law officers. Max Schrems has …

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HTC unveils all-in-one VR headset

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The wires connecting current VR headsets could soon disappear HTC has officially unveiled a standalone virtual reality headset called the Vive Focus. The all-in-one gadget does not need to be connected to a computer or use a phone’s screen to show images. The move comes a …

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VTech ‘is responsible’ for kids’ data

Image copyrightArgosImage caption Argos says it is holding conversations with VTech before it decides what action to take The UK’s data watchdog has said that VTech’s new terms and conditions would not absolve it of liability in the case of future hack attacks. It emerged earlier this week that the …

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Children’s messages in CloudPets breach

Image copyrightCloudpets / Spiral Toys An open database containing links to more than 2 million voice messages recorded on cuddly toys has been discovered, cybersecurity researcher Troy Hunt has revealed. The messages were created by owners of CloudPets soft toys. At one point, the data was even held to ransom, …

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Russian ads ‘seen by 10 million in US’

Image copyrightPA An estimated 10 million people in the US saw Facebook adverts bought in Russia before and after the US presidential election. The company published the numbers in a blog post as it turned over 3,000 Russian-bought ads to federal investigators on Monday. It said most ads focused on …

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China disrupts WhatsApp messaging service

Image copyrightGetty Images The messaging service WhatsApp has been disrupted in China as the government steps up security ahead of a Communist Party meeting next month. Users have faced problems with the app for more than a week with services dropping in and out. At times, it has been completely …

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