Horizon Workrooms in Facebook VR Meetings App to include Zoom in 2022

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The company explained that the option is still in beta, but that it will be providing integration. The Horizon Workrooms in the Facebook VR Meetings App connect virtual reality and video chat users within the same space using avatars to represent the people present. The social network company has now announced that it intends to integrate with the Zoom platform. Although the Horizon Workrooms in the Facebook VR Meetings App are still in their beta, it has been announced that they are working on Zoom integration within that space as…

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University of Maryland launches QR codes for student contact tracing

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The school is collecting data on where students are seated in the classrooms to trace COVID-19 exposure. The University of Maryland has launched a new program that uses QR codes to collect student seating data in support of its contact tracing efforts for COVID-19 exposures. The quick response barcodes are scanned when a student enters a classroom at College Park university. When the QR codes are scanned by University of Maryland students upon entering a classroom, it registers the individual’s ID number, and the date and time when they entered…

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Facial recognition systems are on the rise by US government agencies

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Despite massive opposition and calls for a moratorium, feds are moving forward with this technology. Even as opposition rapidly rises, the US government is staying the course for increased use of facial recognition systems and related technologies. The US Government Accountability Office recently released a report with plans for the tech. The US Government Accountability Office report was called “Facial Recognition Technology Current and Planned Uses by Federal Agencies”. It outlined the existing and planned use of facial recognition systems and related technology by federal government agencies. It included a…

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Australia tests NFC technology for travel visa into country

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The country’s Department of Home Affairs is piloting a Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) application. The Australian Department of Home Affairs has announced that it will be testing a new Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) app using NFC technology for a contact-free entry visa. The use of near field communication will help to quickly verify and authenticate a traveler’s credentials. The NFC technology would work through an enabled mobile device in conjunction with the individual’s passport. The application will use both near field communication and optical character recognition (OCR) to read, capture…

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QR code payments now possible between Thailand and Indonesia

QR code payments - Thailand and Indonesia partnership

Quick response codes will be making cross-border transactions considerably smoother in the area. Indonesia and Thailand have announced that they are launching a new cross-border QR code payments system. This option is still currently in its pilot testing stage. That said, there is every faith that the quick response barcodes will prove themselves for completing real-time transactions between merchants located in Thailand and consumers located in Indonesia, as well as the other way around. This has become a growing trend among countries in that region of the world. Over the…

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