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Walmart and Amazon have launched cyber attacks in China with the purest of commercial motives. Walmart is unveiling a mobile shopping app while Amazon is increasing its imported item count from 80,000 to 1.6 million.
Bed Bath and Beyond is using a universal scanner featuring augmented reality for its mobile app to enhance its annual wedding registry catalog called the Howbook. The technology adds interactive product hotspots directly to the pages of the catalog and makes the app capable of scanning UPCs, QR codes and the product hotspots.
With the Internet of Things and consumer smartphones, the preeminent role of the retail checkout lane may be greatly diminished. Many shoppers carry sophisticated smartphones capable of doing everything expected of a point-of-sale system signaling that the day of the handheld self-checkout device may have finally arrived.
In a move that will expand its capabilities in the Internet of Things for business uses, Amazon has acquired 2lemetry, a startup that has developed a platform to track and manage IP-enabled machines and other connected devices.