NFC Forum introduces NFC payments solution alternative to QR codes.

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NFC Money Transfer Candidate Specification allows for simple and secure NFC-based payment solutions. The NFC Forum, a Massachusetts-based non-profit industry association and advocate of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology has launched an NFC payments solution. The solution, known as the NFC Money Transfer Candidate Specification (NMT) has been designed as an alternative to QR code-based payments that gives payment service providers and consumers the chance to take advantage of simple and secure NFC-based payment systems that already exist worldwide. The NMT solution eliminates the need for a camera or a…

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Microsoft is bringing a Dynamics 365 app to Android and iOS devices

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The tech giant is launching its Windows Mixed Reality platform onto mobile phones. Microsoft has unveiled its new Dynamics 365 app which is expected to be available for preview for Android Phones and Apple iOS devices in April. Each platform will preview a different app. There will be a Dynamics 365 Remote Assist application for Android and a Dynamics 365 Product Visualize application for iOS. So far, the apps are focused on businesses not consumers. More specifically, the company is launching the new Dynamics 365 AI and mixed reality applications…

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QR mobile payments app that also supports NFC launches in Belgium

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Payconiq gives Belgian debit card holders an easy way to pay in store, online and transfer money. Payconiq, the newly launched QR mobile payments app by Bancontact, supports both NFC and static dynamic QR codes contactless payment options. In addition to giving debit card users the ability to make payments in store and online, they can also transfer money direct to their contacts using a single app on their smartphone. Payments can be made at 290,000 payment points across Belgium. The QR mobile payments app was launched after the merger…

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QR code tree ID project in Florida helps to educate community

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Palmer Trinity School students complete an important tree identification program. The QR code tree ID project, which was recently completed by the students at Palmer Trinity School (PTS) in Palmetto Bay, Florida, uses QR codes to identify the many tree species within the school’s 60-acre campus. The purpose of the tree identification program is to help educate both the community and PTS visitors on the foliage that can be found around the campus grounds. Seventy-six species of trees were identified among the more then 1,000 trees on campus. Working alongside…

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German company uses QR code authenticity check to fight against counterfeiters

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Bitzer adds quick response codes to packaging to prevent the pirating of spare parts. Bitzer, a German manufacturer of refrigeration and air conditioning technology, has added QR code authenticity checks to the packaging of its original spare parts. The unique digital codes are meant to help prevent product pirates from selling counterfeit parts. The German company has previously taken action against product pirates. This isn’t the first time Bitzer has used QR code authenticity checks to protect its products from being pirated. Since 2015, the company equipped its compressors with…

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L’Oreal wearable skin sensor can measure pH levels in real-time

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The company unveiled its new wearable technology at CES 2019. The L’Oreal wearable skin sensor, called My Skin Track pH, is said to be the first wearable and companion app to easily measure personal pH levels. The French beauty giant unveiled its new tech by La Roche-Posay at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The sensor can measure personal pH levels in 15 minutes. Using trace amounts of sweat, the L’Oreal wearable skin sensor can measure personal pH levels in as little as 15 minutes. The user’s pH levels…

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Can Kimbal Musk’s QR code food tracing restore trust in American food?

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All Square Roots packaging now features quick response codes to provide the whole story. Square Roots announced the addition of a QR code food tracing barcode to all its packaging. The goal is to help Americans to see the whole story of their food so they can come to trust it again after several health scares. The Romaine lettuce recall has placed the spotlight on some serious problems in the US food supply. Among the biggest challenges to the Romaine lettuce recall was in trying to figure out exactly where…

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QR code payment system to be set up in Norway for Chinese tourists

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Vipps cooperates with Alipay to provide tourists from china with more convenient payment options. The joint QR code payment system will see Norwegian mobile payments app Vipps cooperate with Chinese mobile payment app Alipay to allow Vipps payment to be used outside Norway as well as open up the system for mobile payments by Chinese tourists visiting the nation. Chinese tourism to Norway has soared since 2007. Between 2007 and 2017, Chinese tourism to the Nordic country has climbed a whopping 575%, according to national development bank Innovation Norway. The…

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Black Friday retail revenue will represent 40 percent of the year’s total

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The sales that occur from the Friday through the Monday will bring massive returns for retailers. Thanksgiving weekend is expected to bring in huge Black Friday retail revenue right through Cyber Monday. According to a new Salesforce forecast, those four days will account for 40 percent of the total retail revenue for the year. This is clearly a vital time for U.S. retailers, especially those selling online over mobile commerce. According to a recent Forbes report A.I. will be playing an important role in the Black Friday retail revenue success.…

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Amazon QR code catalog to be snail mailed out for holiday season shopping

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Amazon is giving holiday shoppers the chance to easily link to products via QR codes. Toys R’ Us may be long gone, but this doesn’t mean the end of toy catalogs for the holiday season. In fact, an Amazon QR code catalog called “A Holiday of Play,” may soon be mailed out to consumers across the United States. QR codes will make it easier for consumers to scan and connect to product links. While the Amazon holiday catalog will look like traditional holiday catalogs that are often mailed out around…

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Sam’s Club Now mobile shopping app could replace cashiers

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A new technology is being tested in Dallas by the Walmart-owned wholesale club. Sam’s Club Now is an innovative concept store that will soon open its doors in the Dallas, Texas area. The store is designed to test out new concepts involving mobile shopping and mobile checkout. The Dallas store will be the first to test the technology developed to provide a full mobile shopping experience. In addition to testing mobile checkout, Sam’s Club Now will also be testing other concepts. Among these include electronic shelf labels, augmented reality, AI-infused…

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