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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

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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.

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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)

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Now Make Payments via Chrome Browser

You can use this feature without having to turn on "Chrome sync"

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Google has made it easier to buy things online using its Chrome browser. Pixabay

Google has made it easier to buy things online using its Chrome browser. Now, when you’re signed into Chrome on your laptop, you’ll be able to use payment methods previously saved to your Google Account to fill in checkout forms.

You can use this feature without having to turn on “Chrome sync”. The feature takes advantage of Google Pay, which has been recently expanding to more sites across the web.

“You’ll also be able to use the payment info you’ve saved in your Google Account across your devices in Chrome where you’re signed in, and wherever Google Pay is accepted,” the company said in a statement late on Wednesday.

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Now, when you’re signed into Chrome on your laptop, you’ll be able to use payment methods previously saved to your Google Account to fill in checkout forms. Wikimedia Commons

When you’re signed-in and Chrome offers you the option of using a card from your Google Account, it will ask you to confirm the card’s CVC. If you choose to save a new card to your account, you will receive a confirmation email from Google Pay with additional information.

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“You can manage and delete the cards in your account at anytime by going to your Google Account > Payments & subscriptions > Payment methods,” the company said. Using this new feature doesn’t turn on Chrome sync. If a user prefers to save payment methods only locally on his device, he can still do that:

“Add your card in Chrome Settings > Payment methods > Add. When you sign into any Google website, you’re also signed into Chrome with the same account. You can turn off ‘Allow Chrome sign-in’ altogether in settings,” Google said. (IANS)