Huawei smartphones aren’t recommended for Americans, say intelligence agencies

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The directors of six U.S. intelligence agencies are cautioning consumers against this device brand. The heads of six different intelligence agencies, including the FBI, CIA and NSA, as well as the director of national intelligence, have warned Americans not to buy ZTE or Huawei smartphones. These two Chinese brands are direct rivals to Apple and the intelligence directors have expressed their distrust of the companies. Those same chiefs applauded American telecom companies for resisting competition from China. The commendation of the American telecom industry were doled out during a recent…

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Mobile shopping cart abandonment greatly caused by a sense of “meh”

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A recent study showed that a leading cause of leaving without purchasing is “emotional ambivalence.” Browsing for products over various apps continues to be a growing pastime, but mobile shopping cart abandonment numbers remain as high as they ever were. According to the results of a recent study, the reason people are filling their carts and then leaving them without making a purchase has to do with “emotional ambivalence.” While certain factors encourage people to add items to their carts, they often stop at that point. The research indicated that…

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JPMorgan Chase enters into new Kroger mobile payments deal

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The Chase Pay mobile wallet will soon be entering the largest American supermarket chain. Kroger mobile payments will soon become an option for customers at the massive U.S. grocery store chain by way of a new deal with JPMorgan. The reason is that the supermarket has agreed to start accepting the bank’s mobile wallet, Chase Pay starting next year. The announcement of the mobile payment agreement was made jointly by both companies. The Chase Pay wallet will start being available for Kroger mobile payments at the start of next year.…

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Durian QR codes to help prove authenticity of the pungent fruit

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The Malaysian government will introduce a quick response code for verifying Musang King durians. The Malaysian government has announced its intentions to roll out special durian QR codes to help make it easier to tell the difference between the Musang King variety and others. The quick response codes will be used in conjunction with radio frequency identification (RFID) tech. The durian QR codes are meant to make it quick and easy to check the authenticity of this specific variety of the highly odorific fruit. The announcement was made by Agriculture…

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Pinterest QR code rolls out to help users learn about everything around them

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The image based social network’s quick response code could be handy for shoppers while in-store. A new version of a Pinterest QR code is rolling out for the social network’s users to inform themselves while they’re shopping. The barcode is designed to be used by consumers as they walk through a store in real life. The goal is to let Pinterest users access more product information by way of their accounts. The Pinterest QR code feature should help to improve the seamlessness of the effort to gain additional information about…

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Scanning QR codes lets Chinese motorists pay to have stolen car mirrors returned in new scam

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Thieves demand cash by way of quick response code to give back stolen vehicle side mirror glass. Chinese thieves stole glass from car side mirrors, telling victims scanning QR codes to make a payment is the only way to have the property returned. The motorists were told to pay anywhere from $45 to $105 to have the glass from the mirrors returned. Police in Xian, a city in central China, are investigating reports of extortion efforts by local thieves. The criminals reportedly said scanning QR codes to pay were the…

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Holiday m-commerce, voice and e-commerce will lead the way this year

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This year, technology will be playing a more important role than ever in the traditionally busiest shopping season. A new survey conducted by AlixPartners showed holiday m-commerce combined with e-commerce and voice will be vitally important to shoppers and retailers during the busiest shopping season of the year. Almost 3 out of every 4 survey respondents said they would be doing most of their holiday shopping in-store. The holiday m-commerce survey involved the participation of over 1,000 customers across the United States. AlixPartners, a global business advisory firm, conducted the…

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Augmented reality car design techniques among Ford’s latest strategies

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The automaker is using Microsoft’s HoloLens as a part of its process for creating future models. Ford has joined a growing number of companies using Microsoft’s HoloLens, in this case as an augmented reality car designing tool. The AR headset has been taking gradual steps into the commercial market in 2017. Ford is joined by NASA, Lowe’s, Volkswagen, Volvo and Audi among others testing the HoloLens. In actuality, Ford has been using the Microsoft HoloLens headset for a while now. It recently completed an initial pilot testing phase. Now, it…

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Giant QR code promotes tourism in northern China village

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In the Chinese province of Hebei, in the city of Baoding created a massive quick response code. A new Chinese tourism campaign has used 130,000 juniper trees to form a giant QR code that is viewable from the air. The quick response code was formed in a large tree field within a northern village. The trees are shaped into a QR code that is completely functional and that is meant to boost local tourism. Each of the giant QR code’s sides is about 745 feet long. The evergreen juniper trees…

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WhatsApp monetization to increase for Facebook through new business function

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The app will make it possible for companies to be able to communicate with other app users. New WhatsApp monetization efforts are going into effect as Facebook looks to boost its earnings on the messenger app. The additional income will be generated through new business tools for small companies and bigger enterprises. A new free WhatsApp Business app is being tested and developed for smaller sized companies. At the same time, an enterprise solution is in development for larger companies that operate at a bigger scale and that serve a…

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Mobile and tablet commerce see meaningful growth rates in Germany

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New research has found that both smartphone and tablet users are shopping more on their devices. While desktop continues to be the leading shopping choice for consumers, tablet commerce and smartphone shopping has taken off in Germany. A healthy and rapidly growing number of mobile device users are looking to those gadgets when they need to make a purchase. This, according to recent m-commerce and t-commerce research released by Mintel. Mintel’s mobile and tablet commerce research found that 29 percnet of Germans aged 16 and older had used their smartphones…

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