Chinese social commerce comprises 11.6 percent of online sales

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Retail sales over this channel have been skyrocketing across the country and will continue growing. Chinese social commerce is rapidly rising and is expected to reach $242.41 billion in 2020, comprising 11.6 percent of the total online retail sales in the country, according to a new eMarketer forecast report. The report predicts that by 2023, the growth rate will bring that figure to almost double that level. The report indicated that Chinese social commerce would continue an extremely rapid rise for retail sales, almost doubling by the close of 2023,…

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Amazon halts use of facial recognition software by police

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The e-commerce giant hopes the move “might give Congress enough time to put in place appropriate rules” Amazon announced last week that it would stop allowing police to use its facial recognition software for one year. This places a wider spotlight on the rising concerns over the technology’s unfair discrimination on certain groups of people. The company did not provide any explanation for having made the decision. Amazon released a short blog post announcing the withdrawal of its facial recognition software use by police. That said, it comes at a…

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IBM facial recognition programs cancelled

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The technology giant has also called for public debate over law enforcement use of the tech. The IBM facial recognition programs are being shut down as the tech giant calls for urgent public debate on if and how law enforcement should use this tech. The company’s CEO sent a letter to Congress at the start of this week regarding AI’s responsible use. CEO Arvind Krishna wrote that the company wants to work with lawmakers on its IBM facial recognition software to advance justice and racial equality through educational opportunities, police…

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Apple is warning people with stolen iPhones that they’re watching

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“Local authorities will be alerted,” cautions a message popping up on the device screens. The looting that took place in the United States and other areas around the world have led to a wave of stolen iPhones. This occurred last week during early protests after George Floyd was pronounced dead while in police custody. Apple has decided to take action against the theft of devices from its burglarized stores. The Apple Stores in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Portland were all burglarized. Among the property to have…

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AI beauty technology to revolutionize personalized skin care

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Advancements in new device tech uses algorithms to extract information about a user’s face. AI beauty devices are becoming more technologically advanced using algorithms similar to those originally developed for medical purposes. Algorithms can process photos and deduct vital medical information about a patient’s wellness. The technology scans images seeking and evaluating certain specific criteria that has to do with the health of a picture’s subject. What researchers are now trying to determine is what AI beauty algorithms will be capable of offering. They are seeking to know how much…

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