Monday February 24, 2020
Home Lead Story Beauty Filter...

Beauty Filters on Alipay to Face Scan Payments: Report

The new feature has been brought to life to address complaints that facial recognition machines apparently make people look ugly

0
//
Alibaba Cloud
The logo is displayed at the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. VOA

Chinese retail giant Alibaba’s e-wallet affiliate Alipay is working to add beauty filters when users pay with its face recognition system.

The change comes shortly after a Sina Technology poll found that 60 per cent of respondents think next-gen payment systems make them look ugly. Alipay announced the update on Weibo and the company plans to bring the feature to retail stores within a week, the Engadget reported on Friday quoting TechCrunch.

“We are going to make you look even prettier than with a beauty camera. I bet you’ll be impressed,” Alipay had written on Weibo.

FILE – Visitors walk past a giant display at the Alibaba Group headquarters in Hangzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, May 27, 2016. VOA

The new feature has been brought to life to address complaints that facial recognition machines apparently make people look ugly.

Also Read: YouTube’s Decision to Ban ‘Instructional Hacking’ Videos Upsets Cyber Teachers

The chase of beauty in China has spawned a handful of movers and shakers in the Internet space, from Hong Kong-listed selfie-app maker Meitu to plastic surgery marketplace So-Young that recently raised $180 million from a Nasdaq public listing, according to the TechCrunch report. (IANS)

Next Story

Twitter Planning Bitcoin Payments as Tips on its Platform

Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company

0
twitter, white swan, suicide, awareness
Twitter is a social media app that encourages short tweets and brief conversations. Pixabay

Twitter is considering a feature that would allow users to tip one another – in Bitcoins though.

The Information reports that the micro-blogging platform is working on implementing a new payment feature to let people send money to each other.

It is not yet clear whether the Twitter tipping feature would integrate with Jack Dorsey’s other company, Square, which is a financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company based in San Francisco.

Dorsey has made absolutely no secret of his love of Bitcoin over the years.

NewsBTC has reported on the Twitter CEO opining that Bitcoin will one day be the currency of the internet and his company Square integrating cryptocurrency payments.

Business, Twitter, Invest, Investment, Start-up, Kochi
A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

“Dorsey has been a major investor in the Bitcoin micropayments solution Lightning Network,” said the report.

Dorsey will move to Africa for three-six months this year to “define the future”.

“Sad to be leaving the continent for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid-2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part,” said the Twitter CEO.

Also Read: Apple to Sell 80-85mn iPhones with 5G Connectivity

Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company.

He is an advocate of digital currency bitcoin but he also says it is “not functional as a currency”. (IANS)