Month: September 2017

At A Chinese KFC, New Technology Lets Patrons Pay for Their Food with a Smile

A strange new payment method has been unveiled at a KFC in Hangzhou, China. Patrons need only look at the camera and smile for their identity to be recognized, and to be charged for their food. The technology is the product of Ant Financial, a subsidiary of the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. It needs about one to two seconds to take a facial scan with a 3D camera and run it against a “liveness algorithm” to confirm the identity of the payer. The company released a short video detailing how this new payment system would function, and how it...

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Stephen King Was Not Prepared for How Good The New It Is

We’re just a couple days away from the release of the highly-anticipated It remake, and already we’re being inundated with good early reviews. Most recently, the movie has received praise from another important source: the author of the original book. In a recent interview with Bloody Disgusting, Stephen King was quick to heap praises on the movie, stating: “I had hopes, but I was not prepared for how good it really was. It’s something that’s different, and at the same time, it’s something that audiences are gonna relate to. They’re gonna like the characters. To me, it’s all about...

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New Destiny 2 Trailer Finds the Funny Side of Armageddon

The original Destiny was met with a strong love-hate polarity. Fans of narrative and mission variety were let down by the game’s rigid and repetitive structure, while lovers of the classic formulas of MMORPGs (or Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) loved its challenging raids and varied loot. Now, in a new trailer, it seems like Bungie is trying to meet fans half-way by keeping the abundance of guns, armor and power-ups, but throwing in more character and narrative for good measure. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (director of this year’s Kong: Skull Island), the video begins with a wise-cracking...

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