Dozens of Whole Foods stores will soon let you pay with just a scan of your palm

Image: Amazon Amazon’s palm scanning technology is expanding to 65 Whole Foods locations across California. The checkout devices were introduced in 2020 as part of the Amazon One payment service, allowing customers to pay with a scan of their palm. This is the biggest rollout by the company yet, with the first new Whole Foods locations adding support today in Malibu, Montana Avenue, and Santa Monica. Customers can set up Amazon One by registering their palm print using a kiosk or at a point of sale station at participating stores. To register, you need to provide a payment card and phone number, agree to Amazon’s terms of service, and share… Read More

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Ex-Twitter employee convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia

Illustration by Alex Castro Former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo was found guilty of spying for the government of Saudi Arabia, according to a report from Bloomberg. The jury handed down its judgment in a San Francisco federal court on Tuesday, where Abouammo was also convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering, and falsifying records. Abouammo previously worked at Twitter as a media partnerships manager, and helped prominent figures in the Middle East and North Africa promote their accounts. However, he leveraged his position to access the email addresses, phone numbers, and birth dates of users who were critical of the Saudi government. Abouammo then transmitted that information to… Read More

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UK government again plugs strike-busting dream of driverless subway trains

It’s strike season on the London Underground, and that means one thing for the UK’s interminable Tory governments: time to rev-up the driverless hype train. Conservative politicians have long called for a fully-autonomous metro. In 2012, then-London Mayor Boris Johnson said Britain’s capital would have driverless trains within 10 years. A decade later, he claimed the switch would free people from being “prisoners of the unions.” The government reiterated the case during recent funding talks with Transport for London (TfL), which operates the local underground network. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made working towards driverless trains a condition of the bailout. Shapps… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Your Amazon wedding registry definitely isn’t as private as you think

Amazon gift registries are a treasure trove of personally identifiable information, and due to some glaring security flaws, one that needs no keys, experts have warned. Findings from The Intercept found anyone is able use these registries to find out all kinds of sensitive information about people around the world, living – and even those that are yet to come to this world. The Intercept says the data Amazon gathers through its wedding, birthdays, new babies, and other registries, is available to anyone who knows where to look, given that the default visibility settings are preset to public. Stealing identities  For a wedding registry, for example, the company takes the… Read More

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Here’s what iOS 16’s new battery percent indicator should have looked like

There’s a new indicator in the latest iOS 16 beta, but it’s not great. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Apple finally added the battery percent indicator back to the status bar in the latest iOS 16 beta, and as my colleague Victoria Song wrote, it’s hideous. I’m normally somebody who keeps battery percentages off anyway, but the new one seems like it’s just bad. As Victoria pointed out, one particularly egregious issue is that the icon’s “battery” is full no matter what the percentage says, which makes the icon harder to parse. That said, I’ve seen one mockup that’s in line with the new style for the… Read More

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Drug dealers are hacking into pharmacy accounts to steal Oxy prescriptions

Cybercriminals are breaking into pharmacy websites and apps, and then stealing accounts with prescriptions for different medications, experts have warned. According to cybersecurity researchers from Kasada, those accounts are then sold on the black market, giving access to dangerous drugs to people who do not have their doctor’s permission. Kasada spotted that since April 2022, the number of pharmacy accounts sold on the black market started to rise. Over the past 60 days, the number of stolen accounts increased fivefold, they said, reaching “tens of thousands”. What’s more, these are not accounts on third-grade pharmacies, with some of them among the biggest in the US.  A hacker’s guarantee “This activity… Read More

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Waymo designed new features to improve AV access for passengers with disabilities

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Waymo is introducing a raft of new features designed to make its fleet of autonomous taxis more accessible to passengers with visual impairments and other disabilities. The new features are sure to draw attention when they start hitting the streets. They include displaying the rider’s initials on the rooftop dome as a visual way to identify their assigned vehicle at a near-to-medium distance. The display shows the user’s customizable “Car ID,” which consists of two colored letters that can be configured via the Waymo app. Another feature offers turn-by-turn navigation to guide the rider on the most appropriate path to their awaiting robotaxi,… Read More

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China’s secretive space plane flies higher and longer than before

Enlarge / A Long March 2F carrier rocket carrying the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on June 5, 2022. (credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images) Last week one of China’s most reliable rockets, the Long March 2F vehicle, took off from a spaceport in the Gobi Desert carrying a secretive space plane. In a short report on the launch by China’s state-owned Xinhua news service, the government provided little detail about the “reusable test spacecraft” beyond saying it would remain in orbit for “a period of time” and providing technical verification of reusable and in-orbit services. This is the second time China launched what is believed… Read More

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Spotify is reorganizing its app to better separate podcasts and music

Spotify’s new Home screen, which includes filters for music and podcasts. | Image: Spotify Spotify has been working on a new design for its home tab that will create separate feeds for your music and your podcasts. The company says it’s part of an effort to give you more and better recommendations, but it also addresses a common criticism of the Spotify experience: with every kind of audio smushed together in the app, it can sometimes be hard to figure out. The new home feed, which is rolling out now for Android users and is coming to iOS “in the near future,” actually doesn’t look that different at first glance.… Read More

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Xbox Elite 2 white controller leaked in unboxing video

A white version of the Xbox Elite 2 controller. | Image: Nicholas Lugo (YouTube) Microsoft appears to be working on a new white version of the Xbox Elite 2 controller. Video of the unannounced Xbox Elite 2 controller has appeared on YouTube, sporting a white face plate and black grips. The video comes months after a white Xbox Elite 2 controller was reportedly spotted at a retailer in the US earlier this year. The brief unboxing video, uploaded to a YouTube account identified as Nicholas Lugo, includes someone claiming the unannounced white Xbox Elite 2 controller was obtained in the US. Twitter users spotted this video recently after it was… Read More

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have some instant competition from Xiaomi

A Motorola Razr 2020 (Image credit: Future) Analysis: another foldable contender is also arriving Xiaomi isn’t the only company announcing a foldable phone just after Samsung, as Motorola is doing the same, with the August 10 (tomorrow at the time of writing) is a big date in this year’s tech calendar, as Samsung is holding an event where it’s expected to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Galaxy Z Flip 4, and the Galaxy Watch 5 line. But just one day later, it’s set to have some foldable competition. That’s because, as spotted by PlayfulDroid, Xiaomi has now taken to Weibo – a Chinese social network – to… Read More

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iOS 16 beta brings back a feature that never should have been removed

(Image credit: MacRumors) Analysis: an obvious option that never should have been removed A battery percentage indicator is such a useful and obvious feature to have at a glance, and it’s baffling that Apple ever removed it. The current battery indicator is better than nothing, but it can’t provide more than a vague indication of battery level, and you shouldn’t have to swipe to the Control Center to find the percentage every time. On phones without a notch, such as the The biggest feature we’re expecting with iOS 16 is customizable lock screens, but in the latest beta, Apple has quietly added a feature that some users might find even… Read More

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Oppo and OnePlus halt phone sales in Germany following Nokia lawsuit

Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge Chinese smartphone maker Oppo and its sub-brand OnePlus have halted sales of smartphones in Germany after losing a patent lawsuit with Nokia. Nokia has accused the companies of using its patented technology for processing 4G and 5G signals without paying for a license, reports European patent news site Juve Patent, and won an injunction to halt sales last Friday in a German court. (For clarification: this is Nokia the Finnish telecoms giant, a massive player in European telecoms equipment. Nokia the mobile brand is owned by a separate company, also Finnish, named HMD Global.) Oppo and OnePlus have complied with this order, as… Read More

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