Why it matters: Excessive data collection has become a major problem in modern society. Walmart's biometric shopping cart handle patent is the perfect example of a company going too far under the guise of doing something good. Shopping carts are a utilitarian asset meant to help haul goods you intend to purchase to the checkout lanes. Walmart, it seems, believes carts should be capable of far more. The big box retailer filed a patent earlier this year for a connected shopping cart with a biometric feedback handle. As per the patent, the cart’s handle could measure a shopper’s heart rate, temperature, their grip strength on the handle, their oxygen saturation, how long it has been since they last grabbed the cart’s handle and even the cart’s speed. Walmart asserts that the system could help the sick or elderly by dispatching an associate to perform a wellness check. Other embodiments describe linking cart data to a smartphone app to track calories burned and … [Read more...] about Walmart patents biometric shopping cart to track your vitals
March 7, 2018 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak Cryptocurrency isn’t the only way to stay anonymous while shopping online and startup Token is looking to drive that point home with its self-titled app that launched on Android and iOS devices this fall. The service provides users with a broad range of fake payment details they can use to mask their identities while making Internet purchases, guaranteeing their actual info will stay secure, i.e. won’t be exposed to the risk of being stolen. The Token app leverages the company’s algorithms to create unique and completely fake names, addresses, credit card numbers, and other payment details one is usually required to enter when making a purchase on the World Wide Web.Everything users need to get started is a U.S. credit card or bank account from which Token will actually be pulling funds, even though it will deliver an entirely different set of information to online merchants. There’s no limit on the number … [Read more...] about Token App Enables Secure Shopping With Fake Payment Details
There aren't many days left out of the 12 days of Christmas right about now, so we figured it's time to round up our ideas for 10 Android and iOS apps that can help you with the shopping, cooking, mixing, travelling, and straight-up celebratory part of the most wonderful holiday! Hopefully, you've conducted yourself properly throughout the year and Santa will bring you the exact smartphone, or tablet, or whatever is it that you've yearned for the most! No matter whether you're 3, 33, or 93, nothing beats the joy of receiving a wonderful gift from the people closest to you. By the way, we've been doing our Christmas apps roundups for a while at PhoneArena, so when you're thorough with this one, be sure to check out our lists from 2013 and 2012 - those actually hold up really well, and might even bring some wonderful memories back. Are you in the mood yet? 10 Christmas apps for Android and iOS 10 Christmas apps for Android and iOS 1. Quicket (Android & iOS) is for your … [Read more...] about 10 Christmas apps for Android and iOS to help you with the shopping, cooking, mixing, travelling, and straight-up celebrating!
Google’s Android operating system has reached global dominance with an 85% market share, but security researchers are often saying that this popularity is also the reason why most of the mobile malware targets Android squarely.Luckily, Android is made with security being a top priority, using a model called ‘sandboxing’ where each app has a limited domain it can have influence on. Plus, each app is granted permissions that further limit its (potentially) malicious intents.Combine this safe model with having a Google Play Store which is monitored for malicious apps, and you are not in a huge risk. However, steer away from those safe havens, and you’re in the wild wild west - with millions of APKs that are not checked for viruses, and plenty of other treats that some are willing to exploit. So what should you do to keep your Android phone or tablet safe from viruses? How to keep your phone safe from malware How to keep your phone safe from malware 1. Stick … [Read more...] about Android antivirus tutorial: how to keep your phone safe from malware
This is part of our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted," about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all. Editors' note: On October 24, French police began to clear refugees out of the Jungle as a prelude to demolishing the camp, which charities say holds 5,500 people. Earlier in the year, we visited the facility. This story describes what we found. In March, French authorities bulldozed the northern half of a squalid tent city in Calais that houses about 5,500 refugees and is known as "The Jungle." In its place, people were offered clean beds, running water and secure shelter at a camp built from shipping containers. You might think that's an easy trade. But Afghan refugee Darya Khan, 30, agonized over the decision. Khan's concern: Claiming one of the 1,500 beds in the container camp would require him to use the high-tech hand scanner that unlocks the facility's turnstiles. That's a problem for the inhabitants of the camp, who associate … [Read more...] about Fingerprint scanner scares refugees away from safe haven