Welcome to Five at Five, your late look at the day’s payments and commerce news. Today’s coverage includes the latest move by Apple on privacy, and a new “walking” car. WeChat makes vocal progress, mobile food ordering attracts new investments and biometrics spreads to new devices.
Apple has reportedly hired Sandy Parakilas, an ex-Facebook employee who became a prominent critic of the company, as part of its privacy team.
Hyundai said the concept vehicle, dubbed Elevate, is the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle that blends technology found in electric cars and robots, enabling it to traverse terrain that is beyond what most off-road vehicles are able to achieve.
The digital assistant, which is being called Xiaowei, will work with Tencent services, including its music streaming.
Olo, a mobile and online food ordering platform, announced the investment by New York investment firm Tiger Global Management on Wednesday (Jan. 9).
The launch of the new feature, which is aimed at boosting privacy for users, reportedly will require users to authenticate their identity to unlock the device.