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Amazon’s palm-reading identification technology may be coming to a Whole Foods near you, if you live in California. This touchless system requires you to hold your palm over a scanning device. Once it authenticates your identity, it allows you to check in at secure locations, charge a payment to a credit card, and do other identity-requiring actions. It’s similar to current systems that rely on using your face or fingerprint, except there’s no smartphone involved. It was first launched in 2020, and now Amazon is looking to expand it to dozens of stores across the Golden State.

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Sat, Aug 13, 2022, Continue reading at the source
This image from the Gemini North telescope in Hawai‘i reveals a pair of interacting spiral galaxies — NGC 4568 (bottom) and NGC 4567 (top) — as they begin to clash and merge. The galaxies will eventually form a single elliptical galaxy in around 500 million years.

Most galaxies in the observable universe have a comfortable buffer from their neighbors, but that’s not the case for NGC 4568 and NGC 4567. A new image from the Gemini North observatory in Hawaii shows these enormous spiral galaxies barreling into each other in a preview of what may await our own Milky Way [...]

Fri, Aug 12, 2022, Continue reading at the source

Intel has yet to release its Arc discrete GPUs in the US, and already a top analyst is wondering when CEO Pat Gelsinger will decide to stop the bleeding. Respected industry commentator Jon Peddie has a new blog post asking this tough question, and his logic is based on several factors. The TL;DR version is that this new division has been hemorrhaging money for years, and what we’ve seen of Arc so far has been discouraging. Given its recent financial difficulties, how long can it keep this up?

For starters, Peddie has been around for a very long time in the [...]

Fri, Aug 12, 2022, Continue reading at the source

(Photo: Franz Boccalatte/Unsplash)When air quality or vehicular traffic is particularly bad, some cities use freeway signs or news announcements to implore residents to carpool, ride a bike, or use public transportation. But unless the viewer is a particularly gung-ho climate activist, they’re unlikely to actually change how they get around that day. Few are willing to risk being late for work or missing a class for an environmental benefit they can’t even see. However, if a city’s public transportation options are halfway decent in the first place, a monetary penalty might prompt residents to try something new—at least, that’s how [...]
Fri, Aug 12, 2022, Continue reading at the source
David Bauer, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

(Credit: David Bauer/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)In my two-decade career in journalism, I’ve been fortunate enough to work for some great sites, but I’ve spent the largest chunk of my time here at ExtremeTech, initially as a part-time contributor back in 2011. I came on board full-time in 2014 and became managing editor last fall. Over 11 years, I’ve written 5,663 stories according to the CMS—including this one, my last.

Contributing to a publication with as storied a history as ExtremeTech has been a heck of a ride, and one I feel lucky to have taken. Over [...]

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SpaceX’s behemoth could upend research with its immense capacity and low costs [...]
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Loss of vocal folds enabled a clearer, more stable speech, study argues [...]
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Logistical and ethical challenges are complicating the design of studies [...]
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The intricate process cleans clogs and feeds fish [...]
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