At least half a dozen Bay Area Whole Foods stores will be getting “creepy Amazon One palm scanners” later this month, SFGATE reports. The outlet says it has contacted 13 Whole Foods stores in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley to ask if the locations would be included in the 65 California stores that will receive the controversial contactless payment technology. But because the workers weren’t allowed to speak to the media, the outlet doesn’t say which stores have confirmed plans to install the devices.
News of the Palm Reader’s massive statewide rollout originally came via TechCrunch, which reports that stores in “Malibu, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, the La San Francisco Bay and Santa Cruz” will all receive the technology. Here’s how it works: Customers can save an image of their palm and a payment card at participating Amazon One locations, which will then allow them to make payments by waving their hand over a scanner. For what it’s worth, it could save a few whole seconds given that customers can already make contactless payments in a number of other ways, including with a phone, Apple Watch, through the Whole Foods app, and with some credit cards. and flow.
And of course, giving Jeff Bezos and his multinational corporation access to that biometric data isn’t something all customers are likely to be willing to do; Earlier this year, famed Denver music venue Red Rocks had to backtrack on its plans to use Amazon technology following pushback from potential concertgoers over privacy concerns.
This is the Michelin California Guide: New Discoveries for SoCal
Michelin’s restoration and tire experts announced new additions for Northern California in June and now it’s the southern half of the state tour. According to a press release, Michelin has added 18 restaurants in Los Angeles to the guide, including All Day Baby, Girl & The Goat LA, Horses and Manzke. Later this fall, when the full guide comes out, some will be further designated as receiving star or Bib Gourmand status.
Where to Catch This East Bay Mexican Ice Cream Pop-Up
Berkeleyside has the story behind Instagram-based ice cream pop-up De La Creamery, which specializes in Mexican flavors such as horchata, café de olla, agua de jamaica and elote made with charred corn and habanero lime jam. Find pints at Tahona Mercado in San Francisco or check the company’s website for pop-up dates and times.
Kokak Chocolates launches a new Emoji collection
Swing by Kokak Chocolates in the Castro for an emotional investment: The company just launched its new Emoji Collection ($21.75), which includes five tropical-inspired truffles adorned with a “mix of rainbow emoji faces “.
Mark your calendar for the Andytown garage sale this Saturday
Head to Andytown’s Outer Sunset Lawton location on Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a garage sale. The company is clearing its collection from last season and otherwise flawed (but still functional) merchandise, including “coffee brewing gear, thermoses, Andytown-brand apparel, and MORE!”