Mobile Black Friday shopping predicted to be a top choice for UK shoppers

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An estimated 77% of UK consumer will carry out most of their Black Friday Shopping online. Independent research conducted by Market and Brand Intelligence platform Attest has revealed that there will be an upswing of mobile Black Friday shopping in the UK. The recently released findings show that more than three out of four (77%) of UK shopper will do most of their Black Friday shopping online. This research is bad news for UK high streets. The research suggests that the British high street is likely to suffer from the…

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West Virginians living abroad cast their election ballots via mobile voting

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The remote voting system via mobile device is a pilot project. Almost 140 West Virginians living abroad in 29 counties have used mobile voting in order to participate in the 2018 midterm elections. West Virginia is the first state to run a blockchain-based voting project at such a large scale. The statewide pilot project covers 24 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. It uses a variety of tech, including a combination of smartphones, facial recognition and blockchain to create a large-scale and secure method for West Virginians, including service members, Peace…

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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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Cellum reaches QR code mobile payments deal with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

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The mobile transaction solutions company headquartered in Hungary is partnering with the Japanese giant. Cellum Group has signed an agreement with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC to launch a new QR code mobile payments service. The idea is to bring the quick response code based transactions into Japan with more widespread success. Cellum, a mobile transaction solutions company, signed the deal with one of Japan’s largest professional services firms. The two companies want to overcome the hurdles of QR code mobile payments and create a mainstream service within the country. A…

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SGQR Code launches as a universal QR Code payment in Singapore

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The national QR Code allows consumers to scan and transfer funds from 27e e-payment apps. SGQR code is a universal QR code that was recently launched in Singapore to give merchants the ability to accept different cashless payments without having to display multiple quick response codes. The SGQR enables consumers to scan and transfer funds from as many as 27 e-payment applications. SGQR is now ready for commercial roll out. While the fist technical specifications of the SGQR code were first unveiled in November 2017, it is only now ready…

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Instagram mobile shopping app is reportedly in the works

The social media network is developing a standalone mobile app for online shopping. An Instagram mobile shopping app may be developed in the future as the Facebook-owned social media network’s potential for e-commerce grows. The new app may be called IG Shopping. The possible standalone Instagram mobile shopping application would reportedly allow users to look through goods from online merchants and purchase them directly in the app, according to The Verge. Although the new app does not yet have a name, it may be called IG Shopping, which would be…

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New report reveals women are top mobile game spenders

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Women are 79% more likely to make an in-app purchase after installing a game. A mobile games study from Liftoff reveals that women are the big mobile game spenders. Women make in-app approximately 16.7% of the time after installing a mobile game app. In-app purchase conversion rates for iOS gamers is nearly double that of Android gamers. The mobile users acquisition firm learned through its analysis that not only are women more likely to make in-app purchases, but iOS users are bigger mobile game spenders compared to Android users. The…

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Newly filed patents reveal Walmart VR shopping could be the future

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The retail giant is furthering its reach into the digital realm with virtual reality tech. Rumors are flying around that a Walmart VR shopping experience could be available for future Walmart shoppers. These speculations erupted after it was discovered that the world’s largest retailer applied for two patents involving the use of virtual reality (VR) technology. Customers can wander around digital Walmart stores from the comfort of their home. The two patents the company applied for with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, detail a “virtual show room” and…

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Celebrities are being investigated for social media advertising practices

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UK regulator wants full disclosure from celebrities who endorse products on social media. Many celebrities and other influencers use social media advertising to endorse products for companies who pay them to do so. While there is nothing illegal about this practice, the UK regulator Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating celebrities and other influencers amid concerns that these celebrity social media users are not making it clear when they are paid to endorse products. Celebrities were warned by the UK watchdog that they were breaking Britain’s consumer laws. As…

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AmBank partners with Digi to deliver vcash QR Code payment service to merchants

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AmBank Group is improving its adoption of electronic payments. AmBank Group, one of Malaysia’s largest banking groups, has teamed up with Digi Telecommunications, the country’s leading telecommunications provider, and will be making Digi’s vcash QR code payment service accessible to its wide merchant network. This additional e-payment service is AmBank’s continued progress toward stepping up its digital strategy. POS terminals will be enabled to accept QR code transactions. For starters, the new electronic payments (e-payments) partnership between AmBank and Digi will see all AmBank’s merchant POS (point-of-sale) machines enabled to…

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Ugandan government collects over $1 million from social media and mobile money tax

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The newly introduced tax has already generated over a million dollars from Ugandan mobile users. Uganda announced that since introducing its social media and mobile money tax law, it has collected Ush7 billion (approximately $1.8 billion). The law imposes a tax on Ugandans every day they use social media services or make a money withdrawal via their mobile phone. The tax has been met with heavy criticism but is here to stay. Those who have opposed the new law, including both the public and politicians, argue that the social media…

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