Evan Schuman

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Evan Schuman has covered IT issues for a lot longer than he'll ever admit. The founding editor of retail technology site StorefrontBacktalk, he's been a columnist for CBSNews.com, RetailWeek, Computerworld and eWeek and his byline has appeared in titles ranging from BusinessWeek, VentureBeat and Fortune to The New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, The Detroit News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Evan can be reached at eschuman@thecontentfirm.com and he can be followed at twitter.com/eschuman. Look for his blog twice a week.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Evan Schuman and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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Facial recognition in the new iPhone would make huge waves

Amid reports that Apple is preparing to abandon fingerprint biometric authentication in favor of 3D facial recognition coupled with iris scans, the mobile industry is preparing for authentication upheaval.

Memo to IT: You do know that a mobile phone is still a phone, right?

Memo to IT: You do know that a mobile phone is still a phone, right?

While other retailers hide their phone number, Zappos encourages its shoppers to call. There are good reasons to remember that a mobile device is still primarily a phone.

Supreme Court to look at mobile privacy. Uh-oh.

Supreme Court to look at mobile privacy. Uh-oh.

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Amazon Go is a great mobile solution, but for the wrong problem

Amazon Go is a great mobile solution, but for the wrong problem

Mobile-accessed video analytics could be a wonderful retail technology, but only if it’s used to attack the right problem.

Dual biometrics may just be the authentication answer we need

Dual biometrics may just be the authentication answer we need

It solves a big problem with biometric authentication and opens up some intriguing possibilities.

Self-checkout: What shoppers want to do is rarely what they end up doing

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One of the first things retail executives learn is that shopper surveys are horrible indicators of what shoppers will do in stores.

Amazon successfully fights off pricebots

Amazon successfully fights off pricebots

One big downside of the plethora of e-commerce shopping bots out there today is that they create the impression of a difference when there may not be one. If I may give my two cents’ worth, is a two-cent difference meaningful,...

Missing protection: Corporate B2B privacy policies

Missing protection: Corporate B2B privacy policies

The general lack of such policies is a major security hole.

Walmart.com's transformation: Too little, much too late

Walmart.com's transformation: Too little, much too late

BusinessWeek's look at how Jet.com is doing in its effort to transform Walmart.com leaves the impression that the biggest obstacle to Walmart.com being successful is Walmart itself.

With security awareness, money talks

With security awareness, money talks

One problem with what we tell employees about taking security precautions is that the precautions interfere with their jobs.

Apparel chains can fight back against Amazon, but it won't be easy

Apparel chains can fight back against Amazon, but it won't be easy

With recent reports that Amazon is preparing to make a major play in custom clothing — as well as apparel in general — clothing chains are panicking.

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