Amazon is developing a grocery store that won’t have any cashiers or checkout counters at all. Instead, they’ll intelligently track whatever your pick up and tie it to your Amazon account. That and more in today’s news. It’s called Amazon Go, and they’re currently testing one location in Seattle with the intent to open to the public next year. The way it works is you scan an app connected to your Amazon account when you enter the store, and then “computer vision” and “sensor fusion” (?) keep track of the items you take. It’s like self checkout with even less human interaction. Sounds great! It looks like more of a convenience store than a fully-fledged grocery store. The Wall Street Journal reports that it’s just one of a few formats that Amazon is experimenting with. See a demo below. [Amazon] In other news, YouTube now supports live-streaming in 4K at up to 60 frames per second. That will require some major bandwidth. [YouTube] Some users of the MacBook Pro with the new Touch Bar are reporting that the battery doesn’t last nearly as long as advertised. Apple had claimed the laptop has a potential “all day” battery life of 10 hours,… Read full this story
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