TECHNOLOGY

Giving back with feedback

BY CSA STAFF

The National Retail Federation is donating $1 (up to $10,000) to RetailROI for every unique session review on the NRF mobile app at the association’s annual “Big Show” in New York City.

RetailROI (the Retail Orphan Initiative) is a charity started by the retail community to help orphans and vulnerable children worldwide through clean water, education and computer learning projects.

The annual NRF convention will be held January 15-17, 2017, at the Jacob Javits Center. Click here for more information.

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Amazon Web Services makes new cyber-security play

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Amazon is bolstering end-user cyber-security.

The online giant’s cloud services group quietly acquired cyber security firm harvest.ai, a San Diego-based startup that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyze online user behavior, according to TechCrunch.

The acquisition, which Amazon hasn’t confirmed, will help the division identify and stop data breaches before cyber-criminals swipe valuable customer data, TechCrunch said.

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Target execs share their ‘wow’ picks from 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

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Voice-activated technology and connected devices are among the hot tech trends that caught the attention of Target executives at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Target posted the faves of some of its executives on a blog on its website. Here’s a sampling:

“As we’ve seen in recent years, connected devices continue to be a mainstay at CES. This year, the acceleration of voice-activated platforms is changing the game — everything from cars to core electronics to sporting goods and more. The noticeable change this year is the increase in guest usage and adaption as these devices become more mainstream. Consumers want convenient solutions that will simplify their lives.” — Scott Nygaard, senior VP, merchandising, hardlines

“I think that Artificial Intelligence (AI) integration will become the new mobile integration. Basically, if a product doesn’t have some sort of AI component, it won't be taken seriously." — Ryan Broshar, managing director, Target + Techstars Retail Accelerator

“In 2017, we’ll see a much bigger presence of voice technology, and it will accelerate connected device adoption. The voice interface will ‘humanize’ the tech, because everyone knows how to talk to something.” — Gene Han, VP, consumer IoT, and head of Target’s San Francisco innovation office

"For me, the power of CES is about seeing larger trends that are on the horizon. This year, there were two trends that will shape the way I think about the year. First, computing technology is growing quickly, which helps explain why there is so much automation being developed for things like driverless cars, health diagnostic tools and dryers that fold your clothes. Second, CES was a good reminder on the power of data and how it can enable us to serve our guests even better.” — William White, VP, marketing

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