If you'd told me a couple of years ago that one day I'd be writing about Walmart and DevOps in the same article, I probably would have laughed.
Commercial companies most commonly use big data to understand customers and to parse and predict their actions, but Walmart has been accused of using it to spy on workers taking part in the employee action group OUR Walmart, short for the Organization United for Respect at Walmart. Publicly, the giant retailer called the group's actions "just another union publicity stunt," but privately it considers the group enough of a threat to solicit surveillance aid from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and Lockheed Martin.
Google expects that Project Wing – its drone delivery service – will be up and running sometime in 2017, according to an article at BBC News.
OpenStack has been growing in popularity as a private cloud option, but Walmart doesn't seem like the kind of company that would jump into the open source world. Apparently it is, though.
The recently introduced Apple Pay makes mobile payments less "clunky, funky and junky," writes Samuel Greengard, a contributor to Baseline Magazine.
Just one week after Apple Pay--a NFC pay system for Apple devices--went into full swing, CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart batted it out of play. But it's not only Apple Pay that's getting slammed; Google Wallet and other contactless pay systems are hit too. What's the fuss about? Data.
Apple Pay has faced its share of adversity since its official launch one week ago. Whether accidentally double charging some user accounts or retailers balking at the service, the release of Apple's new mobile payment method has been anything but smooth.
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Wal-Mart's innovation lab--@WalmartLabs--is buying Stylr, a mobile app that enables shoppers to find clothes in nearby stores, for an undisclosed consideration. This marks the 13th acquisition by the retailer's technology lab in the past three years.