Mobile payments in supermarkets shockingly most common from this generation

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Though it would be easy to assume Millennials would be the heaviest users, they’re surprisingly not. It’s easy to think of the most common users of digital commerce and transaction tools as being from the Millennial generation, but when it comes to grocery shopping, Generation X has taken the lead in using mobile payments. When shopping in supermarkets for the food they’ll prepare, Gen X often uses phones to pay. In the United States, over 9 percent of Gen Xers are using mobile payments and commerce to purchase their groceries…

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Google rolls out augmented reality advertising for eye and lip products

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The search giant has announced the launch of its AR Beauty ads targeting smartphone users. Google recently announced that it has launched a new form of augmented reality advertising option for eye and lip products in the beauty industry. The AR Beauty ads are designed to let smartphone owners use a “virtual try-on” of advertised products. Though the augmented reality marketing campaigns are initially meant exclusively for eye and lip products, the intention is to expand the availability of AR Beauty ads to include other products of this nature, the…

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Are internet outages covering up civil unrest in India?

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A recent report has spotted a trend linking political turmoil and civil unrest with a struggle to get online. India could be among the large number of countries in the world that will cause deliberate internet outages in areas where there is civil unrest or political turmoil, according to a recent Washington Post report. It’s common for countries to shut off online access in an attempt to control populations. The militaries of Sudan and Myanmar both caused internet outages in their countries when they held armed coups two years ago.…

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QR codes linked with 22 percent of phishing attacks

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New Hoxhunt data suggests that quick response barcodes are increasingly used in these attacks. QR codes are increasingly finding their way into use in phishing attacks, says data from the human risk management platform Hoxhunt, which spotted the barcodes in 22 percent of attacks of this nature on its client network during the first part of this month. The data was based on the results of the first weeks of October 2023 from a pool of almost 600,000 employees. Hoxhunt conducted a study on attacks made against almost 600,000 employees…

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Apple Wallet can now add PayPal and Venmo Cards

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PayPal has announced that it is allowing its customers to add its cards to the mobile wallet app. In what is likely a strong reflection of how popular mobile payments have become, PayPal has now announced that it will let its customers add their PayPal or Venmo credit and debit cards to their Apple Wallet. This makes it possible for the mobile payment app users to collect cashback and rewards. Using Apple Wallet, PayPal and Venmo card users will be able to accumulate cashback and rewards when they make purchases.…

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