Samsung HSBC wearable technology rolls out at the bank’s flagship branch

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The bank and consumer electronics giant are equipping bank employees with smartwatches. New HSBC wearable technology by Samsung is rolling out at the bank’s flagship branch. The bank’s employees are being equipped with a customized version of the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch. As one of the world’s leading financial services institutions, this could hint at the future for banks. The HSBC wearable technology strategy was unveiled as the Money20/20 event was underway in Las Vegas. HSBC Bank USA N.A. – an HSBC Group arm – made the announcement along with…

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New shared bicycle QR code system to launch in Singapore in 2019

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The bike rentals system will be highly enforced and offenders face bans and fines. Singapore is implementing a new QR code parking system for shared bicycles. It will launch as of the start of next year. The goal is to stop users from parking indiscriminately, according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA). The QR codes will make it possible to track down the rider who last used any given shared bike. The QR code parking system is meant to encourage shared bicycle users to park the bikes in designated areas.…

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Both Instagram founders have suddenly resigned without leaving an explanation

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The social network’s CEO Kevin Systrom, and CTO Mike Krieger are both leaving in a few weeks. The two Instagram founders currently heading the company have both announced their resignations. CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger resigned suddenly and didn’t give any explanation as to why they plan to exit the social media company within upcoming weeks. A statement was left saying that both the chief executive officer and chief technology officer are leaving. Systrom released a statement earlier this week saying that both he and Krieger didn’t intend…

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Confirmed: New Twitter unfollow suggestions feature undergoing testing

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The micro blogging social media platform is piloting the opposite of its “Who to Follow” suggestions. A new Twitter unfollow feature is currently being tested as an opposite suggestion to the “Who to Follow” tool. The company has confirmed an original report made by Slate indicating that the micro blogging social media platform was trialing this option. Though Twitter has confirmed that the test is in process, it did not expand on the details. The “Who to Follow” suggestions have been around for years. They make suggestions for users regarding…

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Augmented reality royal wedding features add fun to ABC News report

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At the same time that the AR function was amusing, it didn’t offer users any new images. ABC News did its best to draw as many viewers as possible this weekend, including using augmented reality royal wedding features. The news outlet was said to have invested heavily in search engine advertising and other ways to appeal to viewers. The AR features allowed iPhone and iPad users to view 3D models of certain royal wedding components. The details weren’t new or live. Instead, the augmented reality royal wedding images were 3D…

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Starbucks mobile loyalty apps lead the way as customer favorites

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Considering the success of the coffee chain’s applications and mobile payments, this is not surprising. Starbucks mobile loyalty has proven strong once again as the coffee chain’s apps win out as most popular among consumers. This, according to a recent survey by The Manifest. The survey examined consumer behavior and preferences when it comes to restaurant apps. The strength of the popularity of Starbucks mobile loyalty apps likely isn’t a surprise to many people. The company has long been considered to be the top success story when it comes to…

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Bitcoin QR code on murals earns street artist a cool $1,000

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Pascal Boyart is using quick response codes to help kick start his street art with cryptocurrency donations. A street artist named Pascal Boyart has decided to take a more modern route to funding his art, using a Bitcoin QR code. This way, he has allowed himself to earn an income without relying on traditional avenues. Boyart managed to earn revenues from his murals without needing an exhibition in a gallery. The Bitcoin QR code was a part of a growing movement artists have been using to replace the need to…

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Dumbphones and flip phones become hottest mobile device trend

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Top celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Rihanna have been spotted using versions of these devices. Dumbphones – the technology that once brought on widespread mockery when smartphones entered the scene – are returning to the trendy spotlight. In the United States and Canada, an estimated over 90 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 34 years have a smartphone. That said, trends are shifting to bring back the popularity of far more basic cellular phone models. Considering the dependence that consumers have been building to their smartphones, it’s…

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Amazon robot reportedly in the works for help around the house

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A Bloomberg report stated that the AI device has computer vision to navigate the home as a type of “mobile Alexa.” A new Amazon robot is underway to help consumers around the house, said a recent Bloomberg report. Project codename “Vesta,” the “mobile Alexa” is named after the Roman goddess of the heart. Amazon’s hardware R&D center, Lab126, is developing the robot. Lab126 is known for having developed the Kindle, the Fire Phone and more recently the Echo. As of yet, there have not been any reports regarding the way…

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Amazon app makes it easier for international customers to shop

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The application has launched an International Shopping feature on both its iOS and Android versions. Countries around the world with their own official Amazon app and website are used to its convenience. However, there are still many nations without their own version of the marketplace. Amazon has launched an International Shopping feature on its mobile commerce apps for those consumers. This feature makes it possible for consumers around the world to use the Amazon app (US) to purchase products that can be shipped to their countries. This new feature not…

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Instagram cracks down on drug hashtags, deleting many

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Facebook, the parent company, decided to remove #opioids, #fentanyl, #oxycontin and others. Instagram has decided to crackdown on drug hashtags, taking down some based on medication names. Among those Facebook – the parent company – has decided to delete include #oxycontin, #fentanyl and #opiods. Many others have also been taken down based on upgrades to Instagram’s community guidelines. Searches for #xanax and #fentanyl shortly after the drug hashtags crackdown produced no recent posts but shared a message stating that those posts “are currently hidden because the community has reported some…

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