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The future of online shopping: Pay by selfie

Amazon files a patent to allow customers to pay with a selfie, and it's not the first to try this concept. Also, eBay makes selling easier with free packing services by Shyp, and iRobot unveils its cheapest cleaning robot yet: a tiny mopping bot.

Soon we'll be making duck face to buy duct tape.

When passwords can be easily compromised, companies are turning to alternative methods of verifying users. Fingerprints have become pretty common, but what about facial recognition? Amazon filed a patent so that customers can make a purchase with a selfie. Watch CNET Update below to learn how it will prove you are a real human, and what MasterCard is also doing in this space:

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If passwords are a thing of the past, so is boxing up your own mail. To compete with other sell-your-stuff apps, eBay is giving some users free access to Shyp's pack-and-mail pick-up service. And with all this shopping and selfie-taking, you may need some help with the chores from iRobot's newest bot, the Braava Jet 240.

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