New sandbox mobile game to launch in China from LEGO and Tencent

Sandbox mobile game - LEGO CUBE - Youtube

The upcoming mobile game to launch in China is called LEGO Cube. LEGO Cube is a kid-friendly sandbox mobile game that is the first branded mobile game Danish company LEGO is launching in collaboration with Chinese tech giant Tencent Group, in China. Earlier this year, the two companies formed a digital partnership. This game is the first digital gaming experience to come from this partnership. The focus of the game is imagination and creativity. LEGO Cube’s platform has been designed to allow players to explore creativity and imagination in a…

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Experience history with Jerusalem’s mobile VR walking tour

Mobile VR walking tour - Jerusalem VR Tours - YouTube

A mobile virtual reality (VR ) walking tour allows tourists to see Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago. Ever wished you could see what Jerusalem looked like at the time of the Second Temple 2.000 years ago? Now you can thanks to the magic of a new mobile VR walking tour. The tour allows visitors to experience the city’s historic sites using the power of virtual reality technology. The VR walking tour is the first of its kind in the country. The mobile VR walking tour is the first…

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China’s QR code security joins ongoing measures violating human rights

QR Code security - China under fire for violation of human rights

China has installed QR codes on the doorplates of Uyghur Muslim homes. China has now added a QR code security measure to its mass security crackdown on Uyghurs, a majority-Muslim Turkic population, living in the western part of Xinjiang, an autonomous region in China. The two-dimensional qr code has been added to the doorplates of Uyghur homes, with the codes containing personal information about the occupants, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported. The codes were installed on homes more than a year ago. The “smart” doorplates are scanned by Officials before…

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France has rolled out a mobile phone ban across its nation’s schools

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Children attending primary and middle schools in France are not allowed to use mobile devices in class. Students in France must now adhere to a mobile phone ban during school hours. The new law that has been passed prohibiting their use, effects students up to the age of 15 who attend both primary and middle schools. The ban includes more than just smartphones. The mobile phone ban extends to tablets and smart watches, as well. Students with any of these devices will need to either leave them at home or…

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QR code payments slowly gain ground in Japan

QR Code Payments Japan - Tokyo City

The pace payment growth through quick response codes has been slow in Japan. QR code payments are steadily on the rise in the country, with the number of convenience stores, restaurants and other shops slowly adopting this convenient form of payment. Still, the pace of growth has certainly been slow, and part of this reason is due to commission fees. Stores who offer the payment method typically have to cover a 3% commission fee. Cash still remains the primary payment option in Japan, but major information technology firms are working…

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Air Canada mobile app data has been compromised

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Canada’s largest airline confirms its mobile app data has been breached. The airline’s customers who use the Air Canada mobile app, have been notified about a cyberattack that occurred at some point last week during August 22 – 24. An estimated 20,000 of its 1.7 million app users may have been affected. As many as 20,000 Air Canada mobile app users have been affected, according to the company. This is approximately 1% of its 1.7 million app users. The airline became aware of the app data breach when it noticed…

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QR code pet license system rolls out in another Chinese city

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Dog owners in Xuzhou can now register their animals online via a mobile phone app. Xuzhou, located in Jiangsu province, is the latest city in China to introduce a convenient QR code pet license system. Under the new system, police can access license information via an app by scanning a QR code. The systems allows authorities to penalize owners who break city pet laws. The license is easy to obtain. Dog owners can register their pets online via a straightforward process. The dog owner simply uploads their documents to the…

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AR mobile shopping service provides real-world-like shopping experiences

AR mobile shopping service

KT’s AR Market is the first of its kind in South Korea. KT, South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, has launched an AR mobile shopping service dubbed “AR Market”. It is the country’s very first mobile shopping service that has been paired with augmented reality (AR) technology. AR Market allows users a 360-degree view of different products via mobile. The new AR mobile shopping service provides mobile shoppers with an online experience that is more akin to browsing through a traditional physical store. Smartphone or tablet shoppers can view 360-degree AR…

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Ugandan government collects over $1 million from social media and mobile money tax

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The newly introduced tax has already generated over a million dollars from Ugandan mobile users. Uganda announced that since introducing its social media and mobile money tax law, it has collected Ush7 billion (approximately $1.8 billion). The law imposes a tax on Ugandans every day they use social media services or make a money withdrawal via their mobile phone. The tax has been met with heavy criticism but is here to stay. Those who have opposed the new law, including both the public and politicians, argue that the social media…

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Free mobile gaming app helps combat overtourism in London

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A Mr. Bean-themed mobile game has been created specifically for London tourists. Central London is struggling with overtourism and a free mobile gaming app called Play London with Mr. Bean was launched last fall to help tackle the issue. The game shows tourists different city attractions. London travelers who download the free mobile gaming app will be shown different attractions around the city. If travelers visit these attractions, they can earn points and redeem them for discounts and vouchers around the city. The game features different levels. For instance, players…

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Improved mobile ordering makes prepurchasing beer easier for Ontario consumers

Mobile Ordering - The Beer Store

The Beer Store’s mobile commerce app is getting an upgrade. Customers of The Beer Store, a beer retail chain in Ontario, Canada operated by Brewers Retail Inc., will likely see a mobile ordering upgrade in the near future. This improvement is expected to enhance the efficiency of prepurchasing beer for pickups via The Beer Store’s mobile app. The improved m-commerce feature will be available in 100 store locations by the end of June. By the time July hits, Canadian consumers will have the option to prepurchase beer from The Beer…

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