TikTok challenge trend leads to warning from California Teachers Association

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A list of monthly video themes has students recording themselves as the “Slap a Teacher”. A concerning list of TikTok challenge themes has been released, encouraging students to record themselves in behaviors such as vandalism, theft, and now violence has taken off across the United States. This month, the list instructs students to “Slap a Teacher” which has raised alarm among instructors. This week, the California Teachers Association released a statement in which it warned “Educators Beware!”, and which was shared on Facebook. It informed teachers of the nature of…

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New Kindle Paperwhite models unveiled with larger screens

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These e-readers also feature a notably longer battery life than previous generations of the device. Amazon recently announced that it would be releasing three new versions of its e-reader called the Kindle Paperwhite. This represents the first update the device has seen since its last release in 2018. Many technology experts had started questioning whether the last Kindle Paperwhite devices were the final models to be released. As many people have opted for tablets and phones with large screens instead of e-readers, there had been some speculation as to whether…

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Apple Pay is barely used by anyone who has it

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Only 6 percent of iPhone users in the United States who have the mobile wallet are actually using it. According to the results of a new study, only 6 percent of iPhone users who have Apple Pay set up are actually using the mobile wallet app in the United States. The study was conducted by PYMNTS, showing far less usage than many had expected. The study showed that about 93.9 percent of US iPhone customers have Apple Pay on their smartphones. The mobile wallet service first launched in September 2014…

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Facebook faces challenges to its virtual reality remote work goals

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Cost and the nausea-inducing nature of the technology are among the biggest hurdles to the experience. Facebook has been working on the development of tools that could theoretically provide the capacity for a virtual reality remote work experience. That said, this technology has a number of challenges which must be overcome before it will become practical for employees to use to feel that they’re collaborating in the same space, even in a digital ecosystem. These challenges will need to be overcome to convince workplaces to adopt this technology. Overcoming the…

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Google Pay, Apple Pay and mobile payments are ubiquitous except in smaller areas

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It may seem that smartphone transactions are everywhere, but small communities are being left out. Being able to accept mobile payments through services such as Apple Pay and Google Pay have offered powerful advantages to both businesses and customers, but research is showing that smaller communities are being left out of this benefit. Despite widespread recognition and adoption, contactless smartphone payments are limited in small communities. Though the use of mobile payments in small communities and rural areas isn’t non-existent, it remains limited at best. The businesses offering these transactions…

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