This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes increasing appetite for tech workers; chip-and-pin skimmers; and more.
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New skimmers target chip and pin
TechCrunch, citing security blog Krebs on Security, has reported that a new wave of credit card skimmers has been designed targeting chip-and-pin cards. The cards have been rolled out in recent years to enhance security for consumers.
The device is smaller than previous card skimmers and automatically transmits data to a nearby storage device via Bluetooth.
While the hotel industry has been working to integrate the chip-and-pin technology in recent years, this first wave of skimmers seems to target card readers at self-checkout lanes of retail outlets.
Tech workers increasingly important for hotels
The Times-Picayune in New Orleans reports the hotel industry has an increasing appetite for workers with a tech-related background to help with tasks like data analytics and web design.
Scott Dobroski, who works in corporate communications for Glassdoor, tells the newspaper that this is something seen across various industries at the moment.
"All companies are becoming technology companies to some degree, and this is especially true in the hospitality industry,"Dobroski said.
Gen Z want tech that flows with experience
Design experts said the guests of the future, the group currently referred to as Generation Z or post-millennials, has similar desires to millennials, but they expect hotel technology to seamlessly and easily sync with their personal devices, writes Hotel News Now’s Danielle Hess.
Justin Colombik, senior design at Puccini Group, said it’s a matter of balance.
“So having that sort of sense of history but the convenience of technology is really important, and I think it’s very unique to their generation,” he said. “If there’s no technology, they feel like it’s not connected to them, but if it feels too technical, then it’s meant for someone else.”
Compiled by Sean McCracken.