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Amazon launches palm reading payment technology for shoppers

Amazon has introduced a new form of payment technology involving the scanning of shoppers’ palm.

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Amazon invents Palm reading Payment Technology for Shoppers.

Amazon.com inc. launched a new biometrics technology that permits its customers to make payments at the stores with their palm.

Amazon One is a computerized technique that connects the buyers’ palm through their credit card after which they can subsequently pay by placing their palm on a scanning machine. It enables a prompt payment of items.

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The company is in talks with some prospective customers as it intends to sell this device to other companies and retailers. It had earlier stated in March that it would commence with the sales of the technology fueling its cashless stores known as the “Just Walk Out’’.

The process requires that customers enter the store by scanning an application and depart with ease. Meanwhile, they would be charged for items bought through a track by sensors and cameras. Customers also have the option of not linking to an Amazon customer account.

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Amazon’s vice president of physical retail and technology, Dilip Kumar told Recode that Amazon One would gather data where customers shop, but not what they buy or the period they spend in third parties stores.

Amazon, however, addressed privacy concerns in the launch of its Amazon One, saying it designed the technology to be “highly secure.” It further clarified that the Palm images are not stored on the Amazon One device and are alternatively encrypted and stored in a secure area that is “custom-built in the cloud.” Its users could also demand to delete their data when they choose on the device or online.

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Twitter launches Clubhouse competitor, Spaces

Twitter has launched Spaces, an app that could rival the popular Clubhouse.

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Social media giant, Twitter has announced the launch of a voice content app for use mainly on iOS. Several users have been invited to join the Spaces feature for testing so far.

Twitter disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday announcing product updates and then during a Q&A session for the Spaces feature.

“Spaces is a place to come together, built around the voices of the people using Twitter, your Twitter community. Spaces are live for as long as they’re open; once ended, they will no longer be available publicly on Twitter,” Twitter said.

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It added that the feature would be rolled out to a select few to learn and gather feedback from a variety of communities on Twitter.

“While anyone on iOS will be able to join a Space, only people in the small group will be able to create Spaces. We will expand the list of people who can create Spaces over time,” Twitter added.

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What you should know 

  • Twitter is not the only social media giant working on a Clubhouse competitor. Nairametrics reported that Facebook is creating an audio chat similar to the popular audio chat app, Clubhouse.

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New feature on Android allows you schedule text messages to send later

A new feature introduced on Android phones will allow users to schedule a message to be sent at a later time.

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New Feature on Android Now Lets You Schedule Text Messages to Send Later

Google announced a new feature for Android phones that will allow you to schedule text messages to send at a later time and date.

This new feature will be available on Android 7 or newer versions of Android. You also need to have the latest version of Google Messages to enjoy this feature.

This new feature will allow you to compose a message ahead of time, whenever it’s convenient for you, then schedule it to be sent later when it’s a more appropriate time.

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According to Google, over half a billion people across the world use Messages to seamlessly and safely connect with family, friends, and others every month so this feature can be particularly helpful especially if you have friends, family, or coworkers, and colleagues at other times zones.

To use this feature, Download the latest version of Google Messages

  • Open Google Messages on your Android phone and choose who you want to send a message to.
  • Create your text.
  • Tap and hold the send button (instead of just tapping it).
  • A schedule menu pops up. Choose when you’d like to send it — either later today, later tonight, tomorrow, or a date and time in the future.

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That’s it. you’ll see a confirmation that it’s a scheduled message that won’t arrive at the recipient until your chosen date and time.

Other features released for Android includes a new password checkup tool available on devices running on Android 9 and above that lets you know if the password you used has been previously exposed and what to do about it, along with other improvements to products like its screen reader TalkBack for the visually impaired.

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More intuitive gestures, a unified menu, a new reading control menu have been added to TalkBack, Dark theme on Google Maps, Assistant, and Android Auto.

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