When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?

When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?

I like a get-rich-quick scheme—what American doesn’t?—and not too long ago I alighted on drop-shipping.

The Amazon Case Signals a Tougher Stance on Gig Economy Firms

The Amazon Case Signals a Tougher Stance on Gig Economy Firms

But the FTC alleges that by late 2016, Amazon had begun to use an algorithm to determine new base-pay rates by workers’ locations and began to subsidize that base pay with customer tips.

In a Touch-Free World, the QR Code Is Having Its Moment

In a Touch-Free World, the QR Code Is Having Its Moment

“I’d never really thought of using them.” Now, visitors to Eat Drink Sleep hotels can access the food menu, drinks list, and details on room bookings via QR code (QR stands for quick response).Nils Engelking, cofounder of Egoditor, a mobile marketing company that runs an online QR code generator and works with companies to implement them, says the coronavirus pandemic was something of a roller coaster for the business.

How to Get Your Data-Cap Fees Waived During the Pandemic

How to Get Your Data-Cap Fees Waived During the Pandemic

AT&T announced a data-cap fee waiver on Sunday, saying, "As of March 13, and for the next 60 days, we will waive domestic wireless plan overage charges for data, voice, or text for residential or small business wireless customers incurred because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.".

Amazon Quietly Removes Some Dubious Coronavirus Books

Amazon Quietly Removes Some Dubious Coronavirus Books

Beyond saying that authors, publishers, and vendors are responsible for ensuring their books don’t violate any laws, the only other guideline is that Amazon may remove books that provide a “poor customer experience.”.

Mysterious New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems

Mysterious New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems

Over the last month, researchers at security firms including Sentinel One and Dragos have puzzled over a piece of code called Snake or EKANS, which they now believe is specifically designed to target industrial control systems, the software and hardware used in everything from oil refineries to power grids to manufacturing facilities.

Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

To streamline their operations, many sellers rely on specialized business apps that tap into the Amazon Marketplace Web Service APIs, which can integrate data including sensitive customer information like names, emails, and delivery addresses.

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

Muhammad Fahd, 34, and his co-conspirators allegedly paid AT&T employees more than $1 million in bribes over five years to install malware and spying devices at their offices in Washington, according to a Department of Justice indictment unsealed Monday.

Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency

Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency

There’s been growing support from both consumers and retailers to move away from cash in favor of digital payment options .It’s one thing for luxury brands to self-select their customers on the basis of price point, but it’s another for a retailer to deny access to a person trying to buy a pack of gum.

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Similarly, one might at first worry whether Silicon Valley food apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Seamless will survive the public outrage following a recent New York Times exposé of the hamster-wheel existence of the delivery people who use the apps to make a living.

Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders

Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders

Capitalizing on the spread of smartphones and mobile ticketing systems, which make personalized rewards much easier to administer, transit officials around the country are preparing for your daily commute to score you complimentary drinks, gift certificates, even free rides.

Health Brands Hims and Hers Flout Facebook’s Rules on Drug Ads

Health Brands Hims and Hers Flout Facebook’s Rules on Drug Ads

Such ads violate Facebook policies that prohibit promoting the sale or use of prescription drugs or suggesting that users have a specific condition. A Facebook spokesperson said that three Hims ads identified by WIRED violated Facebook’s policies by specifically referencing prescription drugs.

Amazon Debuts a New Echo Show Amid Alexa Privacy Concerns

Amazon Debuts a New Echo Show Amid Alexa Privacy Concerns

And Amazon is announcing new privacy features for the web and for Alexa, as part of a larger effort to address the concerns of its customers.

885 Million First American Financial Records Exposed Online

885 Million First American Financial Records Exposed Online

On Friday, independent security journalist Brian Krebs revealed that the real estate and title insurance giant First American had 885 million sensitive customer financial records, going back to 2003, exposed on its website for anyone to access.

Microsoft Email Hack Shows the Lurking Danger of Customer Support

Microsoft Email Hack Shows the Lurking Danger of Customer Support

Between January 1 and March 28 of this year, hackers used a set of stolen credentials for a Microsoft customer support platform to access account data like email addresses in messages, message subject lines, and folder names inside accounts.

McDonald's Bites on Big Data With $300 Million Acquisition

McDonald's Bites on Big Data With $300 Million Acquisition

McDonald’s is set to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire Dynamic Yield, a startup based in Tel Aviv that provides retailers with algorithmically driven "decision logic" technology.

The Overlooked Security Threat of Sign-In Kiosks

The Overlooked Security Threat of Sign-In Kiosks

But X-Force interns Hannah Robbins and Scott Brink found flaws—now mostly patched—in all five mainstream systems they looked at from the visitor management companies Jolly Technologies, HID Global, Threshold Security, Envoy, and The Receptionist.

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

Isabella Wren , a Hong Kong-based fashion brand, sells tailor-made jackets, dresses, and trousers with a proprietary body scanning technology that lifts a woman's exact measurements from a few photos.

Try on Your Next Pair of Glasses Using Just Your iPhone

Try on Your Next Pair of Glasses Using Just Your iPhone

Leveraging the face-mapping tech on Apple's iPhones, the Warby Parker app will now include a a "virtual try-on" feature, which lets customers preview what glasses would look like in impressive detail using augmented reality.

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

On the Ava's planned cross-country flight, the Beta team will follow along in their mobile charging vehicle, a converted tour bus outfitted with generators, solar panels, and an expanding landing pad on the roof.

The Silver Lining in Apple’s Very Bad iPhone News

The Silver Lining in Apple’s Very Bad iPhone News

And while Apple’s battery scandal of a year ago was a black mark for the company, it at least reminded Apple owners that they didn’t necessarily need a new iPhone.

Burger King’s One-Cent Whopper Offers a Taste of the Robocar Future

Burger King’s One-Cent Whopper Offers a Taste of the Robocar Future

Burger King’s One-Cent Whopper Offers a Taste of the Robocar FutureIn a world with more ride-hailing and self-driving tech, ads that have always been relegated to billboards can move into the car.At first bite, it seems no more than a clever way to boost sales at the expense of a competitor.

Apple Music Lands on Amazon Echo, as Apple Branches Out

Apple Music Lands on Amazon Echo, as Apple Branches Out

In this case, that means making one of the most popular music platforms in the US available on the most popular voice-activated speaker.“They’ve had an on again off again tussle over things like whether Kindle readers can read Kindle books on the iPad, and then years later it was whether you could buy Apple TV devices on Amazon,” says James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research.

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power Users

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power Users

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power UsersIn a ride-hail landscape where persistent competitors like Lyft, Grab, and Careem offer virtually identical services and have blocked Uber’s bid for monopoly, the program is another path to keeping customers in the house that Travis (and Dara) built.Lucas Jackson/ReutersFor a service that’s meant to be easy to use, Uber can be awful stressful.