Facebook payments to come to WhatsApp in the future

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The social media giant is reportedly seeking to enter the mobile payments space with its own cryptocurrency. Facebook payments may be around in the not too distant future. The social networking company is jumping on the cryptocurrency bandwagon and is reportedly developing its own digital currency called Facebook Coin. The company’s supposed goal, reports CNBC, is to allow users of its cryptocurrency to transfer money through WhatsApp. Facebook’s move would mimic China’s popular WeChat Pay. The Facebook Coin, which would be attached to the US dollar, and would allow users…

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Free facial recognition software has ability to ID faces in photos

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A Virginia Tech assistant professor of computer science seeks to uncover the identities of Civil War soldiers. Kurt Luther, the computer science assistant prof, has developed a free facial recognition software platform that utilizes crowdsourcing to significantly enhance the ability of algorithms to identify faces in photographs. The software program, which is known as Photo Sleuth, was developed by Luther in his efforts to uncover the mysteries of the almost 4 million photographs of Civil War-era images that may exist in the historical record, reports EurekAlert!. Via Photo Sleuth, users…

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Samsung Galaxy Fold to launch in April in the US

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Samsung has shown off more of what its new foldable phone can do. At its Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in San Francisco, Samsung revealed its new foldable phone that it teased back in November, will be called the Galaxy Fold. Although not yet on the market, Samsung intends to launch its foldable phone at the end of April. The foldable phone can easily fold to fit in a pocket or opened to a tablet-sized screen. The Galaxy Fold features a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display. It is this display that allows…

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Kroger Pay gives customers new mobile payment option

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Kroger Co. now gives their mobile shoppers the chance to pay with their phone. The American retailing company has jumped on the mobile payments bandwagon and has launched Kroger Pay, a single-use QR code-based system. The app’s single-use QR code can be scanned to pay for purchases. Kroger Pay is an app that has been designed to generate a single-use QR code that can be scanned at the checkout counter to pay for a purchase. Users of the app can link it to any major credit or debit card. Additionally,…

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mHealth games may be new promising treatment for children with autism and ADHD

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Video game technology could help to improve care management for kids diagnosed with both autism and ADHD. mHealth games could help to improve attention spans in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring attention/deficient-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The mHealth platform which uses video game technology may help the parents of these children, too. In addition to improving care management for these children, CHOP says that the digital health platform, which is called Project: EVO, can help the parents and/or caregivers…

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Amazon facial recognition technology found to be gender and racial bias

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An MIT lab study has revealed Amazon’s Rekognition underperformed when trying to identify females or individuals with darker skin. Amazon facial recognition technology, Rekognition, is widely used by police departments and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) across the US. However, recent research has revealed that the deep-learning software, which has emerged as a leader in the facial recognition field, still has a few serious bugs to work out in regard to gender and racial bias. Rekognition made no mistakes when identifying the gender of a light-skinned man. According to a…

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GPS technology deployed in Thailand to keep CSD Police in line

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The tech tracks the movements of on-duty CSD police to prevent them from skipping their duties. The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) in Thailand has cracked down on on-duty CSD officers by tracking their whereabouts in real-time using GPS technology. The technology has been implemented to keep on-duty officers honest, ensuring that they are actually completing their rounds when on patrol. Some officers have been finding their way out of patrols by scanning QR codes at home. There are certain areas in Thailand that require an increased level of policing. In…

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Study finds over half of consumers use retail mobile apps when shopping in-store

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Consumers are using their mobile devices to enhance their in-store shopping experiences. A new study from Yes Marketing has found that 57% of consumers surveyed used retail mobile apps while shopping in-store. Consumers used the retailer’s app to locate items that were on sale, to redeem coupons, etc. The results of the study suggest that retailers need to focus on delivering a multichannel experience to consumers. According to Yes Marketing, the discovery made in its “Surviving the Retail Apocalypse” report indicates that the industry has reached a tipping point in…

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Military mobile app design challenge may help to prepare for future challenges

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A video game could be an important part of future space training in the U.S. military. MGMWERX, an Air Force innovation hub located in Montgomery, has issued a military mobile app challenge. This goal is to come up with a mobile game designed to teach important concepts to prepare for future space challenges. The challenge is a part of the Air Force’s Blue Horizons initiative. The best ideas collected from the challenge will be put together at a design session in January. MGMWERX, which opened in Montgomery back in August…

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New Target augmented reality tech helps make holiday home decorating easier

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American retail giant rolls out new augmented reality (AR) feature for its app. If you still need to put up a Christmas tree or you have some last minute holiday decorating to do, the new Target augmented reality feature introduced in its app earlier this month, could be a big help. The “See It in Your Space” tree feature helps you find the perfect artificial tree for your space. All homes are not created equal. Rooms come in all shapes, sizes and angles, which can make finding the right sized…

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New Formula 1 VR channel to revolutionize the experience of F1 fans

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Formula 1 (F1) has signed a deal with virtual reality (VR) company Dream VR. The prestigious and popular racing series Formula 1 will soon provide its fans with an immersive virtual reality experience via a new Formula 1 VR channel. This will be made possible through the motorsport’s partnership agreement with The Dream VR, which provides VR 360º experiences. Via the new experience fans will gain access to unique behind-the-scenes content. The Formula 1 VR experience will give viewers the chance to get a unique look at some of the…

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