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.

The limitless potential of mobile gesture communications — and how it will trip up users

Is mobile sensor-based authentication ready for the enterprise? Some big players think it might be.

Is mobile sensor-based authentication ready for the enterprise? Some big players think it might be.

An Arizona security company is working on an interesting approach to mobile authentication, one that leverages the exact angle a user holds the phone as a means of making replay attacks a lot more difficult.

With cashier-less checkout, retailers should be careful what they wish for

With cashier-less checkout, retailers should be careful what they wish for

As the battle for cashier-less stores rages on, it's worth questioning whether an employee-less checkout system is something that retailers should truly want.

The game-changing potential of smartphones that can smell

The game-changing potential of smartphones that can smell

Sniffing smartphones won't merely replicate what a human nose can do. They will be able to detect aromas far more precisely. What is the enterprise IT potential here? Quite a bit.

Amazon's Echo privacy flub has big implications for IT

Amazon's Echo privacy flub has big implications for IT

Amazon has confirmed that one of its Echo devices recorded a family's conversation and then messaged it to a random person on the family's contact list. The implications are terrifying.

BJ's baffling mobile right-swipe machine-learning move

BJ's baffling mobile right-swipe machine-learning move

When BJ's Wholesale Club on Thursday (May 3) said that it would leverage machine learning in its mobile app, it joined the crowded club of companies boasting A.I. capabilities while remaining vague on the details.

Has a U.K. company figured out how to fix the loyalty problem with its mobile banking app?

Has a U.K. company figured out how to fix the loyalty problem with its mobile banking app?

One of the longest-running retail problems involves loyalty points and gift cards and the fact that shoppers tend to either forget about them or find them too much of a hassle to redeem.

Walmart’s mobile checkout trial is a major advance

Walmart’s mobile checkout trial is a major advance

In-aisle checkout gets a big push from the world’s largest retailer.

A bad day with mobile 2FA

A bad day with mobile 2FA

Texting confirmation numbers is a very weak link; texting them to my landline is just dumb.

IT beware: University finds new 4G security holes

IT beware: University finds new 4G security holes

Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Iowa have found quite a few new security holes in the popular 4G mobile networks.

Will an EZPass mobile payment partnership work? It very well could

Will an EZPass mobile payment partnership work? It very well could

With a smartphone and an RFID tag on the window, shoppers may be able to forgo using plastic at all gas stations and drive-through restaurants. But will they?

PCI's embrace of mobile PIN is a real game changer

PCI's embrace of mobile PIN is a real game changer

The PCI Council is allowing the most sensitive part of a payment card transaction to happen on a device that it acknowledges is highly dangerous and unstable.

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