Mobile payment apps preferred over cash for Nordic face-to-face purchases

Mobile payment apps - smartphone payment at POS

Consumers in Nordic countries now prefer using their phones to pay even when in-person. Mobile payment apps have now risen to the second highest spot in terms of preferred transaction methods in Nordic countries. One in 10 consumers there prefers to use their phones when paying for in-person purchases. The percentage of people who prefer to use mobile payment apps is about twice as large as that of people whose top preference is for using cash (5 percent) when shopping in person. This makes the applications the second most popular…

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Paytm now enabled for third party UPI app mobile payments

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The Indian company has now officially announced the implementation of this new app feature. Paytm, a mobile payments company from India, has announced that it has implemented a new feature making it possible to make UPI transactions to phones registered with third party UPI applications. The goal of the feature is to make it faster and easier for users to complete money transfers. By using this new feature, Paytm users can use the mobile payments app to complete money transfers quickly and easily when sending to any phone number, even…

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Apple Music app integration expected soon in Tesla vehicles

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The electric car maker has been teasing the addition of the service into its vehicle software. Though the majority of automakers have chosen to integrate their vehicle software with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay for their media playback, Tesla is teasing integration with the Apple Music app and others. The electric car company is hinting at the addition of other media app integrations into its user interface. Tesla has been integrating various music streaming services into its vehicles for years, featuring applications created to work on its vehicle center displays.…

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Artificial intelligence model helps researchers predict shrinking snow cover

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Mountains worldwide have been experiencing a recession of their snow cover for decades. Artificial intelligence modeling is being used to map out the details of what mountain hikers and climbers have been experiencing for years as they have been working with record high temperatures. According to AI models, mountains around the globe have been losing their snow cover for forty years. The rising temperatures have made for receding snow cover as well as less predictable conditions, as was the case last July when a substantial chunk of the Marmolada Mountain…

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Five billion phones will become electronic waste this year

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Of those devices, under 20 percent are expected to be disposed of through recycling programs. By the end of this year, an estimated 5.3 billion mobile phones are expected to have become electronic waste worldwide, and only a small fraction of those devices will have been recycled, according to the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) forum. The estimates were based on global trade data and places the spotlight on a skyrocketing environmental problem. Research shows that many people hang on to their old devices instead of recycling them. That…

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