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.

Should IT buy the new iPhone 12 Pro? Almost certainly not

Zoom's new encryption approach is incremental, but better

Zoom's new encryption approach is incremental, but better

Max Krohn, Zoom's head of security engineering, detailed what users need to give up to get the better encryption protection that's coming.

How IT can use COVID-19 mobile crowdsourcing data to safeguard workers

How IT can use COVID-19 mobile crowdsourcing data to safeguard workers

Mobile apps galore have used crowdsourcing techniques this year to fight COVID-19. Now, a new app wants to build on those efforts by identifying communities (often down to the Zip Code) that are being aggressive or lenient in...

Dual biometrics for banking: Double trouble or super-secure?

Dual biometrics for banking: Double trouble or super-secure?

Two European banks are looking to boost security by layering a pair of biometric authentication methods – facial recognition and palm recognition – atop one another. That could mean more security, or more headaches for users.

Apple Watch's planned handwashing reminder feature? I don't trust it

Apple Watch's planned handwashing reminder feature? I don't trust it

When Apple rolled out its planned changes for iOS 14 and its companion WatchOS 7, it included a variety of interesting tweaks. Two stood out as especially interesting: a COVID-friendly Watch handwashing app and an...

Is 7-Eleven's mobile app a way to minimize COVID exposure?

Is 7-Eleven's mobile app a way to minimize COVID exposure?

Efforts by people to avoid getting COVID-19 are already affecting mobile payments, particularly contactless NFC payments. Since shoppers now want to avoid going inside stores, even briefly, app payments that happen far away from a POS...

Mobile security forces difficult questions

Mobile security forces difficult questions

As governments consider COVID-19 contact tracing and its privacy implications, it's not a bad idea for companies to take the opportunity to look more closely at their mobile agreements with employees.

Mobile payments may soar, thanks to COVID-19

Mobile payments may soar, thanks to COVID-19

One of the most frequently asked questions these days is "When will things get back to normal?" And the fair and valid answers are generally "They won't. Good-bye handshakes" and "In stages, ending when a vaccine is approved and...

Telecommuting in a post-COVID U.S. will be radically different. And that's a very good thing.

Telecommuting in a post-COVID U.S. will be radically different. And that's a very good thing.

IT execs need to start talking with other C-levels now and figure out what they want their post-COVID company to look like.

Amid the pandemic, MFA's shortcomings are clearer than ever

Amid the pandemic, MFA's shortcomings are clearer than ever

The pandemic means there is no time for security niceties, such as properly processing RFPs for apps that were thoroughly vetted. That brings us to MFA and why it has to be radically re-envisioned.

Automated car happenings: Better lane tracking, but can you trust it?

Automated car happenings: Better lane tracking, but can you trust it?

Autonomous and semiautonomous vehicles are making serious progress, but they are going to run head on into a massive obstacle: human trust.

Will pay by palm be a thing? Should it be?

Will pay by palm be a thing? Should it be?

Amazon is experimenting with a way to allow shoppers to use a palm-print biometric to authenticate payments and to do so in physical stores far beyond Amazon-owned brick-and-mortars. Amazon is reportedly looking at QSRs (quick-service...

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