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•  Whole Foods has announced that in Texas, its "Arbor Trails store will become the first Whole Foods Market location in the Austin area to introduce Amazon One, our palm recognition service, as a payment option to make it convenient for shoppers to pay with just a scan of their palm. Austin is the first region outside the Seattle area where Whole Foods Market is offering Amazon One as a payment option."



•  The Verge reports that there is anecdotal evidence that Amazon may be preparing to make a play in the "XR" world, which encompasses virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR).  The company is said to be hiring for engineers and software engineers with XR experience, and the story notes that "Amazon could have an advantage in AR (and VR if it decides to use that technology) given its vast range of smart home gadgets."  For example, "imagine a scenario where a pair of Amazon AR / VR glasses connect with other Alexa-enabled devices to give you an at-a-glance picture of everything going on in your home right in front of your eyes."

Various components of XR are the focus of development efforts at a number of big tech companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook).