Retail mobile security breaches double in 2018, report

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Retailers saw two times more security breaches involving mobile devices between 2017 and 2018. A recent study published by the Verizon Mobile Security Index has revealed retail mobile security breaches are increasing. According to the study, 31% of retail respondents said they experienced a mobile compromise last year (2018), which is notably higher from the 16% reported in 2017. More than half of these security breaches were considered major. Over half (54%) of these retail mobile security compromises were considered major. Moreover, 27% had long-term repercussions. The study found that…

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Huawei joins bendable devices trend, revealing its Mate X foldable phone

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Samsung isn’t the only one to release a foldable smartphone-tablet device. Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics manufacturer, has unveiled its Mate X foldable phone. The company seeks to challenge other big-name players in the market, including Apple and Samsung, the latter of which recently showed off its foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, at its Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in San Francisco, QR Code Press reported. Images of the Huawei phone were accidentally leaked on the eve of the MWC Barcelona. Just before the start of the MWC…

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New AFCA endorsed standard likely to expand QR code adoption

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The digital ecosystem in China is set to expand with a new QR code standard. A new quick response (QR) code standard released by the Asian Financial Cooperation Association (AFCA) could lead to further QR code adoption in China. The number of Chinese who use QR codes to make payments is rising. Many merchants in China prefer customers to pay via QR code. It doesn’t matter if what the customer is paying for is breakfast, a movie or cab fare. Today, a great number of Chinese make QR code payments…

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Target mobile payments will include Apple Pay, contactless cards and beyond

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Soon Target customers will have the option to pay with their smartphone using multiple methods. Target mobile payments are set to expand to include Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay as well as “contactless cards” from credit card giants Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Target customers can use both smartphone or compatible wearable devices to make their purchases. One of America’s most popular department store retailers, and the 8th largest in the nation, Target mobile payments were first rolled out in 2017. At the time, the popular wallet feature,…

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Honda Dream Drive brings in-vehicle payments to drivers

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Honda’s in-dash system prototype uses mobile technology and voice control. Honda Dream Drive is the first integrated driver and passenger in-vehicle infotainment, commerce, service and rewards dashboard in the automotive industry. The fully integrated car experience is a collaboration between Honda and Visa. Drivers will be able to order a range of goods and services via the in-dash system. The Honda Dream Drive system, an AI (artificial intelligence) based technology, was first shown as a concept during CES 2017, under a collaboration with ConnectedTravel. Since then, the Japanese auto manufacturer…

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Survey finds that 70% of Irish consumers abandon mobile payment transactions

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Consumers in Ireland are not keen on making payments via mobile if the process is too difficult. New research from Elavon, a global payments expert, reveals that mobile payment transactions are abandoned by over two-thirds of mobile consumers in Ireland, when these consumers find the mobile payments process to be too tedious and difficult. Several aspects of mobile transaction processes frustrated online shoppers. Elavon’s mobile shopping experience study, which involved 1,000 adult mobile shoppers in Ireland, noted that there were primary sources of frustration that lead to mobile users abandoning…

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Smart dress reveals how frequently women are harassed at nightclubs

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A touch-sensitive dress shows that women are not exaggerating about sexual harassment at nightclubs. A smart dress created for a project called “The Dress for Respect,” tracked how often and how intensely women in Brazil were groped on an average night out at a club or party. The special dress was embedded with sensor technology. The sensor technology that was embedded into the garment tracked both touch and pressure. This information was immediately sent to a visual system so that the project researchers could track the harassment in real time.…

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Hong Kong subway riders will soon use QR payments

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Commuters will be able to scan a barcode to pay their fare for using the public transportation. The Hong Kong subway system will soon allow riders to use QR payments to pay their fare. This use of QR code scans as a form of ticketing is rising in popularity all over the world. The Hong Kong subway system’s mobile payments are a part of a new deal with Ant Financial. The deal between the subway system and Ant Financial – Alibaba’s payment affiliate – was first announced last week. As…

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New Taxi QR code payments service in Malaysia benefits drivers and their customers

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Touch ‘n Go announces new partnerships with EzCab and Public Cab involving QR code payments. Touch ‘n Go (TNG), the Malaysian-based contactless smart card and electronic payments system company, is helping to bring Taxi QR code payments services to both Taxi drivers and customers in Malaysia. Touch ‘n Go has partnered with two taxi services, EzCab and Public Cab, enabling customers of these companies to pay for their rides via QR codes through the Touch n’ Go eWallet app. The cashless payment method means taxi drivers will no longer have…

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QR code payment service to be offered to Thai travelers in Japan

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A QR code-based mobile payment service is to be launched in Japan for Thai tourists. MUFG Bank, Japan’s largest bank, and its Thai subsidiary, Bank of Ayudhya, is launching a QR code payment service designed specifically for Thai travelers. This service will allow these foreign travelers to make cashless purchases in Japan. Bank of Ayudhya will link its already operational QR code system to Japan. The QR code payment system, which already exists for the Thai lender’s customers in Thailand, is slated to be connected to Japan in December of…

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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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