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Stores are using facial recognition!

If the idea of being shown ads for something you only talked about with your friends was creepy…

From Macy’s to Ace Hardware, facial recognition is already everywhere [Vox] – “While you may not have heard of it before, stores using facial recognition isn’t a new practice. Last year, Reuters reported that the drug chain Rite Aid had deployed facial recognition in at least 200 stores over nearly a decade (before the company suddenly committed to ditching the software). In fact, facial recognition is just one of several technologies store chains are deploying to enhance their security systems, or to otherwise surveil customers. Some retailers, for instance, have used apps and in-store wifi to track users while they move around physical stores and later target them with online ads.” I wasn’t aware this was happening and it kind of reminds me of the ads in Minority Report.

Some Fascinating Retirement Statistics… [The Retirement Manifesto] – “Today, I’m pleased to publish the resulting work and share what I’ve found during my research. A variety of fascinating retirement statistics, dedicated to all of the fellow retirement nerds in the house.” Some big eye openers in this one… and one reason likely why “society” scoffs on the idea early retirement.

As you may know, I love a good list of hacks… 🙂

33 Invaluable Travel Hacks From Experienced Jet-Setters [InsideHook] – “So, to make things moderately less frustrating, we went ahead and asked some of expert jet-setters — agents, bloggers and various other industry professionals — for their top tips and tricks for navigating the often rocky terrain that is travel. The result is a compendium of wayfaring wisdom that will make budget-friendly travel feel more accessible and the process as a whole hopefully more palatable. We hope that you’ll soon find the opportunity to put them to good use.”