Zara Turns to Robots as In-Store Pickups Surge WSJD - Technology

To speed up the process, Zara said earlier this year it would roll out a robot-run version of click and collect, automating the service.

Amazon celebrates Alexa's third birthday with these deals


Amazon's voice-powered digital assistant Alexa just turned three, so the company is acknowledging its three years of existence by offering deals on the Alexa-powered devices below. Please note: Amazon says the deals will last for just over day, starting at 9 PM PST on Nov. 5 and ending at 11:59 PM PST on Nov. 6. Here's our take on the Fire Tablet, which Mashable senior tech writer Raymond Wong called "cheap" but "basic. Mashable tech writer Karissa Bell already calls this a good deal, because the Fire TV stick costs $69.99 on its own. Every editorial product is independently selected by Mashable journalists.

How to stop Google Home or Amazon Echo from making unwanted online purchases


There's no denying that Google Home and Amazon Echo (or the less-expensive Echo Dot, if you're not using it for music) have changed the way we interact with our homes. Turning on the lights has never been easier, nor has it been simpler to field the latest traffic report or order delivery for dinner. The future is here, and we're reveling in it! But the proliferation of these devices around our homes leaves room for error. Google's and Amazon's connected speakers must always listen for us to utter their magic "wake" words--OK Google or Alexa respectively--in order to perform their tasks.

Finery wants to fix your wardrobe malfunction


Finery, which is currently only for women (children's clothes are next, followed by men's clothing), gets to know you, your closet and clothing and style preferences by scanning through every online clothing purchase you've ever made. It also looks at other details included in the receipt emails like product images, which will help Finery pick up color, style, and other details. The site will use that information to recommend outfits, find clothing redundancies and help you return outfits you don't want. A September 2016 study found that 81% of surveyed online adults reported making an online purchase and a whopping 87% of those shoppers are willing to buy clothing online.

What's A Chatbot? Most Americans Don't Know


More than one in three Americans (37%) are willing to make a purchase through a chatbot, spending an average of $55.80 per purchase, according to a new report from Publicis Groupe's DigitasLBi. A chatbot is defined as computer software that can interact conversationally via text messages to solve simple, quick response requests from consumers for product information and to make online purchases. While only one in five Americans (22%) have heard of chatbots, men are nearly twice as likely to have heard of them (29% vs. 16%). But many consumers seem willing to interact with chatbots if they benefit from the exchange. Nearly six in 10 (59%) have or would be willing to communicate with chatbots to either receive offers and coupons, receive recommendations or advice (37%), and/or conduct online banking (14%).

The role of machine learning in real-time fraud detection


With the overall number of transactions rising hugely, and developments such as real-time payments helping make settlements faster, the solutions banks have in place for fraud detection are coming under more pressure than ever. As more people turn to digital solutions for all their everyday activities, including banking and making payments, they will generate huge amounts of data that forward-thinking banks can use to identify trends and highlight suspicious behavior. It was recently noted by that PayPal, for instance, uses machine learning technology that studies users' purchase history. For example, if a system is put in place to flag up any payments over a certain amount for a more in-depth review, criminals will quickly learn to place transactions that come in just under this limit.