Smartphone users being warned about malicious Android keyboard app

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A popular third-party keyboard app for Android smartphones makes unauthorized purchases. The malicious Android keyboard app is called ai.type and, according to researchers at mobile technology firm Upstream, the app has been downloaded over 40 million times. It has recently been discovered that ai.type has been making millions of purchases of premium digital content; purchases that were not authorized by users. The software masks its activity to spoof apps. The malicious Android keyboard app, which was deleted from the Google Play Store in June, is a customizable on-screen keyboard app.…

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New research uncovers facial recognition gender discrimination against transgender people

Facial recognition gender discrimination - facial ID technology

More facial recognition technology flaws uncovered by researchers. Concerns about facial recognition flaws is nothing new, but now fresh research conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that facial recognition gender discrimination is an issue, as these systems are failing to identify transgender people. The test found that facial recognition systems misidentified trans men as women 38% of the time. The researchers tested facial recognition systems from top tech behemoths Microsoft, IBM, Clarifai and Amazon. The researchers used photographs of trans men and learned that the systems misidentified…

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HarvestMark QR code allows companies to view key customer insights

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HarvestMark has developed a tool that allows food companies to improve customer satisfaction. By applying a unique HarvesMark QR code to their products, food companies can gain insights into their customers, including where and why they purchased the food item as well as how they chose to consume it. QR codes can provide companies with benefits including traceability and brand awareness. Improving customer satisfaction is important for companies that want to succeed and drive their business forward. Quick response (QR) codes applied to the products they sell can be beneficial…

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Levi’s smart jacket with Google gets an upgrade

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A new Levi’s denim jacket is equipped with tech from Google’s Jacquard platform. The new denim Levi’s smart jacket – the Levi’s Trucker Jacket with Jacquard – can answer phone calls and control your music. Jacquard, which is part of Google’s experimental ATAP group, has developed small electronic tabs that slip into the cuff of the jacket and pairs with your phone. The Jacquard Tag is smaller than a stick of gum. The electronic tab, which is called the Jacquard Tag, is smaller than a stick of gum and it…

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Square payment technical glitch leads to business owner losing thousands of dollars

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Owner of a Toronto-based mobile coffee shop says she lost $14k in payments made through Square. Monica Mustelier, a Toronto business co-owner of Little Havana mobile coffee shop lost CA$14,000 (US$10.5k) to a Square payment technical glitch and it seems that Mustelier may not be the only one. Square won’t say if the issue is widespread. According to CBC News, a glitch in the popular Square payment technology is causing financial frustration for some of the mobile payment company’s users. When asked if it is a widespread issue or if…

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