New Pew research shows 7 percent of Americans are living without internet connections

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The Pew Research Center study has shown that the number has dropped considerably. A new study conducted by the Pew Research Center has found that the number of Americans living without internet has dropped substantially in recent years. That said, those who continue to lack a connection to the online world include the elderly, those living in remote regions, and those living in poverty. The percentage of people in the US who aren’t going online has dropped from 15 percent in 2015. Though the current percentage of people living without…

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Figure Pay mobile payments system could offer small and local businesses an advantage

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The new fintech-created system could bring down the cost of digital transactions. Figure Pay, a mobile payments system based is aiming to bring new and more affordable digital transactions to local small businesses. Mobile payments have taken off since the start of the pandemic, but this hasn’t been easy on small businesses. The Figure Pay app was developed by Figure Technologies. That company is a small fintech from Silicon Valley using technology developed in Missoula, Montana. Its goal is to employ blockchain to slash the costs associated with this type…

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Mobile technology device assists with communication for nonverbal kids on the spectrum

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Tech developed by Purdue University researchers is helping children on the autism spectrum during the pandemic. Researchers at Purdue University have developed a mobile technology device app and platform helping nonverbal kids on the autism spectrum to be able to better communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns have closed or limited access to schools and clinics for in-person learning and care. Many of these resources have been forced to use remote options, which is challenging for children and parents at the best of times, but that has broader obstacles for…

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Biometrics use could explode by 2025 due to m-commerce

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The tech may not be perfect, but it is solid and provides considerably greater user convenience. Biometrics use is expected to skyrocket in popularity over the next handful of years as a result of the widespread adoption of mobile commerce. According to data in a recent Juniper Research report the mobile security tech could peak as soon as 2025. The use of fingerprints and facial recognition for identity verification rose by 650 percent in 2020. As the pandemic sent millions of people worldwide to do their jobs remotely, the use…

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Huawei sanctions hoist Apple back up to second place in smartphone shipments

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The iPhone maker still hasn’t caught up to Samsung, but it overtook the Chinese device giant. Apple has now overtaken Huawei in smartphone shipments, reclaiming the second spot in the world for 2020, according to Canalys and Counterpoint Research reports. Samsung remains the top seller when measured by the number of units shipped around the globe. The next three smartphone shipments places are held by Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo, said the Counterpoint report. This new ranking is the direct result of the wide-reaching sanctions put into place against Huawei and…

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