New Pinterest mobile shopping features improve user purchasing capabilities

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Pinterest users can now enjoy a more “shoppable” experience on the social network. Although Pinterest mobile shopping isn’t a new feature on the popular social network and visual search engine, the company has rolled out new features that will reportedly make it easier for users to buy products on the platform. The company has improved its product pins to enhance mobile commerce. To make its mobile app and website more “shoppable” for its estimated 250 million monthly active users, Pinterest has rebuilt the infrastructure behind its product pins, according to…

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British supermarkets to trial facial recognition software for age verification purposes

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Facial recognition will be used for the first time in UK supermarkets. Facial recognition software will be used in UK supermarkets for the purpose of verifying the age of people purchasing cigarettes and alcohol. This is the first time this technology will be used in the nation’s supermarkets. The pilot project is slated to be operational by the end of 2018. By the end of the year, the facial recognition software program is expected to roll out and is likely to be applied more widely in UK supermarkets in 2019.…

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Palm smartphone isn’t the typical mobile device you’re expecting

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Palm is back and is now in the form of a small phone designed to support your regular smartphone. That’s right, the Palm smartphone hasn’t been designed to replace today’s smartphones, but to support them, giving users the option to take this tiny phone with them when they don’t feel like taking their larger mobile device out and about. The miniscule smartphone is palm sized with a data plan and synching technology. If the name Palm sounds familiar, you may remember the brand when it was first popular during the…

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Study finds most Americans can’t distinguish between social media bots and real humans

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Pew Research Center finds the majority of Americans believe these bots are used maliciously. A new study from the nonpartisan American fact tank has revealed that most Americans are not familiar with social media bots. Of the 4,500 adult Americans surveyed by Pew, while two thirds had at least heard of these bots, 34% said they were not aware of their existence. That being said, of those who had heard of the bots, 80% believe the accounts are used for nefarious purposes. The study gives insight into what the average…

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QR code virtual assistant introduced on Foster Farms Packaging

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DORI has been introduced by Foster Farms to make shopping for chicken easier for customers. California-based, family-owned and operated poultry company, Foster Farms, has introduced a QR code virtual assistant to benefit its consumers. Called DORI, the interactive on-package quick response code has been created for the purpose of simplifying the fresh chicken-shopping experience. DORI connects consumers to different types of useful information and savings. The QR code virtual assistance provides consumers, who scan the code with their mobile phone, access to a guide to poultry labeling terms, fresh chicken…

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Researchers develop unique AR health care tool for remote medical assistance

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New tech allows experienced medical professionals to remotely assist less-experienced doctors in war zones. Researchers from Purdue University have crated AR health care tools that enable experienced surgeons and physicians from around the world to help less-experienced doctors caring for those in war zones, areas that have been hit by natural disasters, and rural regions, perform complex procedures. The technology can help to minimize the number of casualties. The augmented reality (AR) tools connect health care professionals in remote areas with surgeons and physicians across the globe. As such, the…

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Avenir Registrars’ new QR code feature is a first in the industry

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The QR code has been implemented to improve client security. UK-based Avenir Registrars Ltd, has announced its unique QR code feature, which the company has added to each one of its client’s share or bond certificates. The quick response codes will provide an additional layer of fraud protection as well as improve broker efficiency. The authenticity of share certificates issued by Avenir Registrars can now be validated by scanning a QR code. A provider of CREST (Certificateless Registry for Electronic Share Transfer) registrar services, Avenir’s new QR code feature enables…

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New Bank of America mobile banking features give clients instant one-touch access

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The Bank of America has announced a new feature designed to improve the mobile banking experience. The Bank of America mobile banking app will soon offer a feature that enables their mobile clients to switch between its app and the apps of its subsidiaries, without having to re-authenticate. These subsidiaries include Merrill Lynch, Merrill Edge, and U.S. Trust. Mobile banking clients can now manage their banking and investing with greater convenience. Without having to re-authenticate between the mobile apps, it is easier for clients to manage their banking and investing…

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Commuter commerce is on the rise according to new survey

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Almost half of commuters use their smartphones for ordering food or shopping. Commuter commerce is a growing trend according to research from Fetch. A recent survey conducted by the mobile agency has revealed that 43% of the 1,700 US commuters they surveyed last month have used their mobile phone to shop or order food ahead. This percentage of shopping and food ordering via smartphones is higher than before. The commuters who were surveyed also revealed that they engaged in mobile commerce activities during their commute more now than they did…

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QR Codes to Offer 3D Printed Objects New Anti-Counterfeiting Protection

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Ensuring that a printed item is the real thing is now possible, thanks to the scientists who built an “exploded” QR (quick response) code into it. The number of products manufactured via 3D printing keeps increasing, therefore the potential for counterfeiting those products also rises. That is where QR codes come in. Quality Parts in 3D Printing Services Engineering scientists at the New York University have developed a system which tells 3D printers to include hundreds of tiny elements, made of inert materials located in the objects’ layers as they…

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Where is wearable health tech taking healthcare?

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Fitness trackers, wearable heart rate monitors are trendy, but are they medically sound? Wearable health tech is used in everyday life either for fitness tracking, monitoring glucose or heart rates and even to potentially diagnose various diseases. The health technology market is fast-growing and wearables, while being trendy, have made their way into medicine with their useful applications. Fitness trackers are popular with consumers and have become ubiquitous among today’s consumers Although fitness trackers such as Fitbit and smart watches like the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear are the most…

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