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SceneTap: Nightlife app or loan application?

The smartphone revolution can make even nightlife more efficient. If a simple app spares clubgoers from paying a $20 cover to enter a venue that turns out to be empty, and helps club owners figure out how to prevent slow nights, then there’s value to it. But when the goal is to enjoy the company of friends, or meet someone new, it’s possible to be too businesslike — as is evident from the controversy around a new app called SceneTap.

As a recent Globe story noted, the start-up that makes the app has put up facial-detection cameras in more than local 30 bars and uses software to assess the number of people present, their approximate average age, and the ratio of women to men.

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