Saturday, 7 September 2019

Technology: Chinese shoppers adopt facial payments in cashless drive

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No cash, no cards, no wallet, and no smartphones: China's shoppers are increasingly purchasing goods with just a turn of their heads as the country embraces facial payment technology.

China's mobile payment infrastructure is one of the most advanced in the world, but the new systems -- which require only face recognition -- being rolled out nationwide could make even QR codes seem old-fashioned.

Customers simply make a purchase by posing in front of point-of-sale (POS) machines equipped with cameras, after linking an image of their face to a digital payment system or bank account.

"I don't even have to bring a mobile phone with me, I can go out and do shopping without taking anything," says Bo Hu, chief information officer of Wedome bakery, which uses facial payment machines across hundreds of stores.


Exceptional people: Teen, who saved the life of pedestrian hit by bus, says the incident still keeps her up at night

It happened almost two months ago but the incident still keeps Secondary 3 student Diniy Qurratuaini up at night.

Despite helping to save the life of a pedestrian who was hit by the bus the 14-year-old was travelling on, Diniy still wonders if she did the best she could.

“I didn’t know what her injuries were and I just straightaway (sic) did CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on her... I didn’t know if I applied a lot of pressure on her when doing CPR,” said the 14-year-old in an interview with TODAY.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)’s Facebook post on Wednesday (Sept 4) however gave her the reassurance that she had done well.

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Vegetarians have a 20% higher risk of suffering a stroke than meat eaters 'because they miss out on key vitamins'

Vegetarians have a higher risk of stroke than meat eaters, researchers have found.

Oxford University scientists, who tracked nearly 50,000 people for 18 years, believe low intake of the vitamins from meat may cause the additional risk.

The academics found vegetarians and vegans had a 20% higher risk of stroke than meat eaters.

This is equivalent to three more cases of stroke per 1,000 people over 10 years, mainly due to a higher rate of haemorrhagic stroke - which occur when blood from an artery starts bleeding into the brain.


People with tattoos make reckless decisions and are more impulsive than those who are not inked, study claims

People who proudly don body ink and have visible tattoos are more likely to act on impulse and make actions in haste, according to a new study.

It also discovered that, as a result of these poorly thought through snap decisions, they are likely to not consider the full scope of their actions.

To find out if people's thought processes varied depending on if they had tattoos, the researchers asked participants to play a game commonly used by researchers to assess long-term planning ability.

The study was conducted by economists and was done on more than 1,000 people.