Walmart adds augmented reality shopping features into its app

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After a considerable testing period, the retail giant has announced that the AR feature will roll out. This week, Walmart announced that it will start rolling out two new app features that use augmented reality technology. The two features are meant to help make it easier for consumers to make informed shopping choices. The first app update is slated for implementation in July for iOS devices. It will make it possible for customers to view the way furniture and home décor items will look in their own rooms. The augmented…

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Microsoft announces facial recognition AI phase out

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The technology giant is shutting down a substantial project in response to rising distaste for the tech. Microsoft has been feeling the ire of organizations and individuals alike toward facial recognition AI technology and has announced that it will be shutting down a substantial project in light of the backlash. According to the company, it will be “retiring” that tech in many of its forms. Microsoft has stated that it intends to “retire” the facial recognition AI technology that is capable of spotting emotions in addition to certain characteristics such…

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Mobile payments are replacing cash and cards for younger consumers

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A growing number of young people are turning to their phones to complete transactions. Young people are increasingly turning to mobile payments to make their purchases, as they use traditional transaction methods to a decreasing degree, said the result of new Marqeta data. The card issuing platform released the results of a recent survey of 4,000 customers across 3 continents. The Marqeta survey involved the participation of 4,000 respondents living on three continents. Of those respondents, 1,000 were from the United Kingdom. What the survey found was that most (61…

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Artificial intelligence robot sailed Mayflower boat across the Atlantic

Artificial Intelligence - AI and automation power the Mayflower Autonomous Ship - IBM Technology YouTube

The AI powered ship was crewless and followed the historic journey of the original Mayflower. A boat called the Mayflower powered by an artificial intelligence robot has recreated the original sailing ship’s 1620 journey across the Atlantic. The heads of the project were confident that the AI would accurately sail along the 400-year-old route. The ship didn’t have a crew and will sail autonomously the entire way, steered only by artificial intelligence. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) successfully travelling along a 2,700-mile route from Plymouth, UK to Halifax, Canada, arriving…

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Amazon removes Kindle digital product purchases from its Android apps

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The online marketplace made the move in response to the Google Play Store’s billing policy. Amazon has announced that it has already started removing the option for Kindle digital product purchases from its Android apps including Shopping, Audible, Music and Prime Video. The company has started notifying customers that they will need to make their purchases on the website. Amazon has stopped kindle digital product purchases through its various Amazon apps in response to Google’s Play Store billing policy. The change first rolled out on its Shopping and Prime Video…

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