Study finds most Americans can’t distinguish between social media bots and real humans

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Pew Research Center finds the majority of Americans believe these bots are used maliciously. A new study from the nonpartisan American fact tank has revealed that most Americans are not familiar with social media bots. Of the 4,500 adult Americans surveyed by Pew, while two thirds had at least heard of these bots, 34% said they were not aware of their existence. That being said, of those who had heard of the bots, 80% believe the accounts are used for nefarious purposes. The study gives insight into what the average…

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QR code virtual assistant introduced on Foster Farms Packaging

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DORI has been introduced by Foster Farms to make shopping for chicken easier for customers. California-based, family-owned and operated poultry company, Foster Farms, has introduced a QR code virtual assistant to benefit its consumers. Called DORI, the interactive on-package quick response code has been created for the purpose of simplifying the fresh chicken-shopping experience. DORI connects consumers to different types of useful information and savings. The QR code virtual assistance provides consumers, who scan the code with their mobile phone, access to a guide to poultry labeling terms, fresh chicken…

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Researchers develop unique AR health care tool for remote medical assistance

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New tech allows experienced medical professionals to remotely assist less-experienced doctors in war zones. Researchers from Purdue University have crated AR health care tools that enable experienced surgeons and physicians from around the world to help less-experienced doctors caring for those in war zones, areas that have been hit by natural disasters, and rural regions, perform complex procedures. The technology can help to minimize the number of casualties. The augmented reality (AR) tools connect health care professionals in remote areas with surgeons and physicians across the globe. As such, the…

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Avenir Registrars’ new QR code feature is a first in the industry

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The QR code has been implemented to improve client security. UK-based Avenir Registrars Ltd, has announced its unique QR code feature, which the company has added to each one of its client’s share or bond certificates. The quick response codes will provide an additional layer of fraud protection as well as improve broker efficiency. The authenticity of share certificates issued by Avenir Registrars can now be validated by scanning a QR code. A provider of CREST (Certificateless Registry for Electronic Share Transfer) registrar services, Avenir’s new QR code feature enables…

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New Bank of America mobile banking features give clients instant one-touch access

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The Bank of America has announced a new feature designed to improve the mobile banking experience. The Bank of America mobile banking app will soon offer a feature that enables their mobile clients to switch between its app and the apps of its subsidiaries, without having to re-authenticate. These subsidiaries include Merrill Lynch, Merrill Edge, and U.S. Trust. Mobile banking clients can now manage their banking and investing with greater convenience. Without having to re-authenticate between the mobile apps, it is easier for clients to manage their banking and investing…

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Commuter commerce is on the rise according to new survey

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Almost half of commuters use their smartphones for ordering food or shopping. Commuter commerce is a growing trend according to research from Fetch. A recent survey conducted by the mobile agency has revealed that 43% of the 1,700 US commuters they surveyed last month have used their mobile phone to shop or order food ahead. This percentage of shopping and food ordering via smartphones is higher than before. The commuters who were surveyed also revealed that they engaged in mobile commerce activities during their commute more now than they did…

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QR Codes to Offer 3D Printed Objects New Anti-Counterfeiting Protection

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Ensuring that a printed item is the real thing is now possible, thanks to the scientists who built an “exploded” QR (quick response) code into it. The number of products manufactured via 3D printing keeps increasing, therefore the potential for counterfeiting those products also rises. That is where QR codes come in. Quality Parts in 3D Printing Services Engineering scientists at the New York University have developed a system which tells 3D printers to include hundreds of tiny elements, made of inert materials located in the objects’ layers as they…

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Where is wearable health tech taking healthcare?

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Fitness trackers, wearable heart rate monitors are trendy, but are they medically sound? Wearable health tech is used in everyday life either for fitness tracking, monitoring glucose or heart rates and even to potentially diagnose various diseases. The health technology market is fast-growing and wearables, while being trendy, have made their way into medicine with their useful applications. Fitness trackers are popular with consumers and have become ubiquitous among today’s consumers Although fitness trackers such as Fitbit and smart watches like the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear are the most…

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Cellum reaches QR code mobile payments deal with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

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The mobile transaction solutions company headquartered in Hungary is partnering with the Japanese giant. Cellum Group has signed an agreement with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC to launch a new QR code mobile payments service. The idea is to bring the quick response code based transactions into Japan with more widespread success. Cellum, a mobile transaction solutions company, signed the deal with one of Japan’s largest professional services firms. The two companies want to overcome the hurdles of QR code mobile payments and create a mainstream service within the country. A…

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Where Mainstream Facial Recognition Technology is Headed (If Consumers Let It)

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Retailers now want to use consumers’ faces in everyday commerce. Facial recognition is going mainstream. It sounds good for business, but only if customers agree to smile for the camera. Beyond Searching for Bad Guys and Unlocking Phones Indeed, facial recognition is starting to be used for more than security purposes. In this world where everything has to be fast and efficient, retailers want to offer speedy customer service. Customers could be able to pay for a meal at a fast-food joint by saying cheese to a camera, check bags…

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New Avnet wearables let concertgoers feel music’s vibrations

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A new partnership between the company and Not Impossible Labs is creating a new tech experience. A new partnership has resulted in the development of Avnet wearables designed to let concertgoers feel the music they’re hearing. The Avnet and Not Impossible Labs deal brought about an entirely new type of wearable technology called “Vibrotextile.” The new wearable tech is a vest that comes with wrist and ankle bands that pulse and vibrate. The Vibrotextile Avnet wearables pulse and vibrate in sync with the music being played at concerts. This lets…

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