QR code turnstiles to function in all Shanghai Metro stations by year’s end

QR Code turnstiles - Shanghai Metro Station

The quick response code program first rolled out nearly two months ago and has been successful. Commuters in Shanghai have been using QR code turnstiles in the first Metro stations to feature the barcodes. The program has been deemed successful. Now, the quick response codes will be heading to the rest of the stations. The QR code turnstiles make it possible for commuters to use their smartphones as pass cards. Riders who would prefer to use their smartphones to their IC cards can scan them on the new QR code…

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Chinese QR codes remain head and shoulders above NFC technology

Chinese QR Codes - Mobile Shopping and Mobile Payments

When it comes to m-commerce and mobile payments, consumers in China prefer quick response codes. Despite the fact that mobile payments based on NFC technology are present, Chinese QR codes remain most popular. Apple Pay, for example, didn’t make it into the country until 2016. This gave quick response codes lots of extra time to make it into mainstream use. Mobile payments are commonly used in China, but NFC isn’t the top tech. Two mobile payments services had been available for quite some time and used QR codes. Tencent launched…

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Drivers licenses in Davao City to feature official QR code

Official QR Code - Image of Driver's License

The city in the Philippines is working to make it easier to report traffic violations. Davao City in the Philippines is adding official QR code features to public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers licenses and identifications. That way, the public will find it easier to report traffic violations they have witnessed. The Public Utility Vehicle licenses and IDs will all have a special quick response code. Each official QR code will be unique to that particular driver. That way, if a member of the public scans the barcode to make a…

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Nordstrom acquires new mobile shopping tech to amp its digital retail

Mobile Shopping Tech - Nordstrom Store in Mall

The massive retailer has grabbed up a number of startups to solidify its m-commerce position. Nordstrom has been acquiring a considerable number of mobile shopping tech startups. This includes BevyUp and MessageYes most recently. The fashion retail chain is evidently seeking to give itself a sturdy m-commerce offering. BevyUp is a digital selling too provider. MessageYes is a conversation commerce provider. These are only the latest mobile shopping tech acquisitions. They were purchased in separate deals to enhance the Nordstrom mobile commerce strategy, said a press release from the company.…

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Blockchain technology is a top m-commerce driver

Blockchain technology - Bitcoin mobile digital technology

The same tech that powers cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are also pushing mobile commerce forward. Blockchain technology, the tech powering cryptocurrencies, is becoming a driving force in advancing mobile commerce. This, according to IBM Blockchain global director Shyam Nagarajan. IBM has been working with a number of banks to develop new paths for m-commerce and payments. IBM has been working with Bank of Ayudhaya and the Kasikornbank in Thailand. They have been working with blockchain technology, said Nagarajan. Their goal has been to boost online shopping and mobile payments platforms.…

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Toddler activates iPhone lock out on mother’s phone for 47.8 years

iPhone lock - iPhone passcode try again

The little one was meant to be watching kids videos but turned on the lock screen instead. A toddler in China managed to enter the wrong password on the iPhone lock screen enough to block access for almost 48 years. The child continually entered the wrong password on the screen. The kid had been watching educational videos on the iPhone and had been left unsupervised. The Shanghai family must now face an iPhone lock out for over 25 million minutes. A South China Morning Post report stated that the two…

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Technoparks of Moscow: effective infrastructure for innovative future

Technoparks of Moscow

Moscow is already the capital of the future. At least according to a recent study of the Foreign Direct Investment Intelligence. The city systematically raises investment attractiveness in all of its spheres, ensuring the building of infrastructure and platforms for all the participants of the market. One of such directions of the city is the creation of modern technoparks and technopolises (or science or technology or research parks) under the aegis of the Moscow City Investment Agency. The first technopark in Moscow was opened in 1991 at the National Research…

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Japan Bank Consortium looks to Ripple app mobile payments

Ripple App - Image of Mobile User with iPhone

The cryptocurrency has been attracting considerable financial sector attention and is set to explode. The Ripple app is taking the spotlight in front of the massive Japan Bank Consortium. The cryptocurrency has been drawing considerable global financial sector attention. The company behind it is developing a unique method of streamlining cross-border transactions. Many feel the Ripple app could turn the banking industry on its head. The Japanese bank consortium is looking to get in early to adequately revamp to keep up. The new mobile app recently launched in the country.…

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BNM dives into QR code payment services, calls itself a disruptor

QR code payment services - Bank Negara Malaysia

Bank Negara is taking on the many challenges associated with quick response codes in Malaysia. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is placing a focus on rolling out QR code payment services. This is a part of a broader strategy to disrupt the traditional banking industry. At the Malaysia Fintech Expo, BNM specifically referred to itself as “the biggest disruptor in the room.” The bank referred to itself in that way as a part of a question its director of its payment systems policy department, Tan Nyat Chuan, asked in his keynote…

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Smart speakers are in 1 in 5 American homes

Smart Speakers - Amazon Alexa

Over 47 million people in the United States are now using these Internet of Things devices. Americans appear to be more than ready to embrace smart speakers in their homes. In fact, nearly 20 percent of Americans currently use one of these devices. These digital assistants are becoming rapidly more popular with a very healthy growth rate. Voicebot.ai released the report showing that over 47 million Americans are using smart speakers. This data specifically reflected the people who use the devices in their homes. The sales growth rate of these…

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