Google location data for 131 countries published in coronavirus lockdown reports

Google location data - Report

Alphabet Inc. provided the data in order to help determine whether lockdowns are working. At the end of last week, Alphabet Inc. published Google location data reports for 131 countries to help show whether visits to workplaces, parks and shops had reduced throughout March. That was the month in which many governments issued stay-at-home orders to their populations to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This analysis from billions of individual phones is the largest available public dataset. The Google location data analysis provides health authorities with the largest available…

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FinTech ANNA Money partners with TrueLayer for instant QR code payments

Instant QR Code - mobile quick response code scan

ANNA users will have a new option to use instantaneous quick response codes for mobile payments. ANNA Money users will now have the option to choose the use of instant QR codes to make payments through a new partnership between the FinTech and TrueLayer. Using the quick response codes would eliminate the requirement for terminals and payment cards. ANNA is a provider of financial administration, business accounts and debit cards for customers such as small businesses and freelancers. Using an instant QR code makes it possible to eliminate some of…

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Will facial pay technology be the next stage in mobile payments?

Facial Pay - mobile payments with face ID

Will consumers and businesses be willing to adopt it and how will their privacy be secured? The technology for facial pay already exists. That said, developing a transaction method and encouraging individuals and businesses to use it are entirely different challenges. The tech uses mobile payments that verify transactions using an individual’s own face. The idea behind using facial pay technology is that a person would be able to walk into a store, pick up the desired items, then look into a camera at the checkout area to confirm identification.…

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7-Eleven mobile payments project launches cashierless store

7-Eleven mobile payments - 7-Eleven Store

The shop, located at its headquarters in Irving, Texas, has opened its doors in pilot mode. A unique 7-Eleven mobile payments project has led to the opening of the brand’s first ever cashierless store. The shop, located at the headquarters, is already operational and is open to company employees. So far, the 7-Eleven mobile payments project is in a pilot phase of testing. The first cashierless store is in Irving, Texas, at the 700 square foot headquarters store. Only company employees are able to shop at the location for the…

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Mobile retail shopping represents 42 percent of online sales, study

Mobile retail shopping - woman using mobile phone

Smartphones have also increased revenue for 65 percent of retailers according to the research. Mobile retail shopping is rapidly playing a growing role in the online shopping experience, and new research helps to show just how this evolution is occurring. Not only are more shoppers using smartphones to shop but retailers are earning more as a result. About 42 percent of online sales now come from mobile retail shopping sources such as smartphones, said the results of a new study commissioned by Quiq, a messaging software firm, as reported by…

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