Upsie nabs $5M to build a direct-to-consumer warranty service

May 30, 2019

Warranties for purchased products is a $40 billion annual market. But in their current form, they are considered by some to be one of the bigger scams in the world of retail because they cost so much and often return too little. Now there is an alternative emerging. A startup out of Minneapolis, Minn. called Upsie has decided to wage war on the old warranty, with more reasonable pricing (typically…

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Fido Alliance adds a biometrics certification program to help fight spoofing

September 8, 2018

In a move aimed at upping standards across biometric user verification systems, the industry consortium, Fido Alliance, has launched a certification program for biometrics systems. “The goal of the Biometric Certification Component Program is to provide a framework for the certification of biometric subsystems that can in turn be integrated into FIDO Certified authenticators,” it writes on its website. While biometric verification systems such as fingerprint readers have been pretty widely adopted in…

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We love augmented reality, but lets fix things that could become big problems

May 10, 2018

Cyan Banister Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Hertel is the co-founder of Xperiel. Over the past couple of decades, the Internet and smartphone revolutions have transformed our lives, and AR has the potential to be that big. We’re already seeing AR act as a catalyst for major change, driving advances in everything from industrial machines to consumer electronics. It’s also pushing new frontiers in education, entertainment, and health care. As wonderful…

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