Mobile payment apps preferred over cash for Nordic face-to-face purchases

Mobile payment apps - smartphone payment at POS

Consumers in Nordic countries now prefer using their phones to pay even when in-person. Mobile payment apps have now risen to the second highest spot in terms of preferred transaction methods in Nordic countries. One in 10 consumers there prefers to use their phones when paying for in-person purchases. The percentage of people who prefer to use mobile payment apps is about twice as large as that of people whose top preference is for using cash (5 percent) when shopping in person. This makes the applications the second most popular…

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Apple Music app integration expected soon in Tesla vehicles

Apple Music app - Tesla driver

The electric car maker has been teasing the addition of the service into its vehicle software. Though the majority of automakers have chosen to integrate their vehicle software with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay for their media playback, Tesla is teasing integration with the Apple Music app and others. The electric car company is hinting at the addition of other media app integrations into its user interface. Tesla has been integrating various music streaming services into its vehicles for years, featuring applications created to work on its vehicle center displays.…

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Founder of Oculus says he’s made a VR headset that can kill you

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Palmer Luckey has said that he has created a device that is actually deadly if you die in a game. The original founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, who sold his VR headset company to Facebook in 2014, has been working primarily on national defense technology since he left the company. Luckey has now announced that he has successfully created a custom device that can kill a player. Luckey said that he has developed a custom VR headset that he says has the ability to kill a player that dies…

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NITI Aayog thinktank recommends improved facial recognition security in India

Facial recognition technology - man being scanned

The National Institute for Transforming India is calling for enhanced safeguards for collected personal data. The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) an Indian government think tank, has called for clearer safeguards regarding personal data collected using facial recognition technology. They are pushing for improved security for personal data collected from citizens across India. NITI Aayog was particularly concerned about improvements regarding the facial recognition data collected through the Digi Yatra airport biometrics system. The think tank has issued a draft discussion paper as the latest updated version of…

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Apple is making it harder to buy Spotify audiobooks

Spotify audiobooks

The music streaming app has essentially given up on trying to make it simpler for consumers to shop. Spotify audiobooks have become such a nuisance due to Apple’s actions that the music streaming app has all but abandoned its efforts to simplify the process of shopping for consumers. Instead, it is now telling its users that they will need to find their own way to listen to books. The app had initially tried to create a Spotify audiobooks button that would make it possible for a user to email a…

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