Face Masks

Kimberly Redmond | |

Despite the mask mandate being lifted in Texas and Mississippi, face masks will remain a requirement at several big businesses in those states.

Target Corporation, Kroger Company, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen Company, Best Buy Co, Macy’s and JC Penney Company are among the companies that will continue to require masks for both employees and customers.

Kimberly Redmond | |

Apple Inc is testing new iOS software that will enable iPhone users to unlock their device while wearing a face mask – as long as they are wearing an Apple Watch.

The update released this week, which is part of a beta test expected to be broadly rolled out soon, enables an iPhone to communicate with a synced Apple Watch when the smartphone is raised to use Face ID.

Reuters | |

Japan’s NEC Corp has launched a facial recognition system that identifies people even when they are wearing masks, adapting to a new normal where face coverings have become a key form of protection against the spread of the coronavirus.

The technology firm had already been working on a system to meet the needs of allergy sufferers who wear masks - a common practice in Japan - when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted it to accelerate development.

“Needs grew even more due to the coronavirus situation as the state of emergency (last year) was continuing for a long time, and so we’ve now introduced this technology to the market,” Shinya Takashima, assistant manager of NEC’s digital platform division, told Reuters.