Microsoft lands US Army $21.9B contract for Integrated Visual Augmented Systems

Integrated Visual Augmented Systems - US Army

The tech giant has scored yet another sizeable government contract, now for wearable AR devices. Microsoft has landed another large government contract, now in the form of producing its Integrated Visual Augmented Systems (IVAS) based on its HoloLens 2 AR device. The Army awarded the technology giant the wearable augmented reality device contract last week. The purpose of the Integrated Visual Augmented Systems devices is to assist soldiers to “fight, rehearse and train using a single platform,” said a statement released by the US Army. The contract is for five…

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Will QR code adoption in 2021 break 2020’s records?

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The barcodes are continuing to climb in popularity and use after having had their best year. QR code adoption took off at unprecedented rates last year due to the impact of the pandemic as companies, governments and individuals sought ways to complete more tasks contact-free, simply and affordably. That said, the usage trends this year are continuing to climb for the quick response codes. This has led mobile marketing and commerce experts to speculate that 2021 may prove to be a bigger year for QR code adoption than last year.…

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Revolut Business QR codes for contact-free payments

Revolut Business QR codes - Mobile Payment

The quick response codes are being used to facilitate transaction completion while social distancing. New Revolut Business QR codes are being launched in order to make it easier to complete payment transactions while social distancing, said the company. The barcodes are being increasingly used to help to complete various forms of contactless tasks. The Revolut Business QR codes are among the most recent additions to smartphone-based strategies for avoiding contact while interacting with a company. Retailers, cafes, restaurants and tradespeople are commonly using quick response codes for precisely these reasons…

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Android anti-tracking feature may follow in Apple’s footsteps

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Google could be tinkering with the option, which many assume won’t be as strict as the iOS version. As Apple’s upcoming App Tracking Transparency leaves developers scrambling and Facebook seething, Google is believed to be tinkering with its own Android anti-tracking feature. The concept is likely to be a similar one, though notably less restrictive, if past trends are indicators. An Android anti-tracking feature would come in some form of an opt-in requirement. Apple’s upcoming version will require developers to request permission to track iOS users across the websites they…

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New AI prostate cancer testing technology precisely diagnoses through urine test

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Researchers have successfully used artificial intelligence to detect the presence of this disease. Scientists at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) have used AI prostate cancer testing to accurately diagnose this disease using a urine test. The artificial intelligence technology was considerably more effective than the conventional PSA test. PSA tests detect a cancer factor in blood. However, accuracy can be as low as 30 percent, and as this is one of the most common cancers in men, it is important to find improved accuracy in non-invasive tests.…

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