Grocery Shopping, According to Amazon; Beware This New Email Scam

Posted January 12th, 2017 at 11:58 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Kitchen staff are seen inside Amazon Go's brick-and-mortar grocery store without lines or checkout counters, in Seattle Washington, Dec. 5, 2016. (Reuters)

FILE – Kitchen staff are seen inside Amazon Go’s brick-and-mortar grocery store without lines or checkout counters, in Seattle, Washington, Dec. 5, 2016. (Reuters)

Why Amazon Go Presages New Era of Smart Supermarkets

Technology is changing everything we do, and that could soon include the way you shop at the grocery store next door, if Amazon has its way. The company is testing Amazon Go, cashier-free stores that use apps and cameras to keep track of what people buy in Seattle, Washington. Customers pick up what they need and Amazon charges their accounts and sends them a receipt as they leave the store. Still in its beta version, the store serves as an early indication of where grocery shopping is going in the days ahead.

Fake Security Email Tries to Make Your PC Part of a Botnet

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes warn that criminals pretending to belong to Microsoft’s ‘Security Office’ are sending out fake emails loaded with the Neutrino bot malware. The scam tells recipients that a virus infected their bank accounts, leading to suspicious activity. Users who fall for this end up with the malware stealing their data and using their computer as a command center to launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, among other nasty business.

Google Classroom Hopes New Year Will Be Best One Yet for Teachers, Students

Google Classroom is adding updates and new features to maximize classroom experience for both teachers and students. Beginning this week, teachers will be able to assign work to their students based on their individual needs. The ‘differentiated learning’ approach helps teachers pay more attention to individuals who need it and discretely assign them more practice time for challenging material.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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