Tech Travel: How Being Power Certain Saved a Life

I mocked my sister for giving me such a nerdy gift and as it turns out, it saved her life. They say “it’s the little things that matter the most”.  In my case, that’s an understatement.  This little thing saved my vacation and maybe even my sister’s life.  My sister and I both returned home from our recent trip, and it’s all because of a battery pack! My sister’s joke-worthy gift Last Christmas, I gave my sister a custom printed and framed canvas of her beloved St. Bernard and a…

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Facebook has selected London as its base to develop WhatsApp payments

WhatsApp Payments - WhatsApp App

The social network giant wants to drive the messenger service’s mobile payments globally Facebook is serious about developing WhatsApp payments and has chosen London, England as the center of the mobile payments platform’s development. The messenger service will hire on 100 new software engineers from London and Dublin. The reason that Facebook decided on London instead of a US city is that it is widely used in the UK and England’s capital city is known for attracting talent from other markets where WhatsApp is popular. This includes markets such as…

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HonkMobile app to expand across the United States

HonkMobile - Parking Meter

A recent partnership made the expansion of this Canadian mobile app for parking in the US possible. HonkMobile, the Toronto, Canada-based app that provides on-demand mobile payment for parking, is expanding across the US. This was made possible due to a partnership with international parking operator Secure Parking USA. The provider of on-demand mobile payments for parking is now live in over nine US cities. HonkMobile app is now up and running in more than nine cities in the United States. Among these include Houston, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Memphis. According…

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New Shutterstock AR feature lets users see how an image would look IRL

Shutterstock AR feature - Wall Art

The popular stock photography company has launched its “View in Room” app feature. Called “View in Room,” the Shutterstock AR feature allows users to digitally view any of the company’s millions of images to see how they would look on a wall of their choosing in real life (IRL). The feature was built using Apple’s ARKit. Currently the Shutterstock AR feature is available only for its iOS app. The company used Apple’s iOS ARKit to create the experience. As a result, customers with iPhones have the ability to position any…

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QR code standards to be implemented by Indonesia later this year

QR Code Standards - quick response codes

Bank Indonesia wants higher interoperability between various providers of payment solutions. Bank Indonesia (BI), Indonesia’s central bank, is presently conducting a trial to establish QR code standards for the country’s various payment system providers. QR codes are starting to be used by the country’s citizens for mobile payments. Called QRIS (Indonesian Standard QR Code), Bank Indonesia’s QR code standards trial is about developing one code to be used by multiple payment system providers at every merchant. The bank believes that the standardization of the quick response code will result in…

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