Mobile phone ban to go into effect in Canadian province at start of new school year

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The Ontario Government plans to ban cellphone use in the province’s classrooms. Ontario, Canada’s largest province by population, has made headlines after news broke that its government will reportedly be placing a mobile phone ban in Ontario classrooms. The ban will go into effect for the 2019-2020 school year. Although a formal announcement regarding the province-wide mobile phone ban in classrooms has yet to be made, government sources informed the Canadian Press that the province will issue a directive to all public schools for the 2019-2020 school year, which begins…

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Huawei develops its own operating system in case of Android OS ban

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Building its own PC and smartphone operating system (OS) is part of the company’s backup plan. Huawei, the Chinese multinational telecommunications company, has announced a contingency plan in the event it faces an Android OS ban. Huawei has revealed that it has built its own operating system for its PC and mobile products. Huawei fears that it may face a similar punishment as its rival ZTE. Increasing trade tension between the China and the US coupled with the mounting legal problems Huawei is facing in the United States has bolstered…

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New AFCA endorsed standard likely to expand QR code adoption

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The digital ecosystem in China is set to expand with a new QR code standard. A new quick response (QR) code standard released by the Asian Financial Cooperation Association (AFCA) could lead to further QR code adoption in China. The number of Chinese who use QR codes to make payments is rising. Many merchants in China prefer customers to pay via QR code. It doesn’t matter if what the customer is paying for is breakfast, a movie or cab fare. Today, a great number of Chinese make QR code payments…

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Social media companies may face new rules from UK government ministers

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Concerns continue to grow in the UK regarding the effects of social media on children’s mental health. Following increasing concerns over children’s use of social media and its effect on their mental health, UK government ministers are considering taking official action on social media companies by imposing new regulations on them. Past and recent research reveals the negative emotional impact social media can have on young people. Recent research from Ofcom that was published on January 29, found that 11% of children 12 to 15 years of age said that…

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UK mobile commerce expected to grow by leaps and bounds in 2019

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British smartphone shoppers to spend £10 billion more in 2019 compared to 2018. A new report from uSwitch, a leading UK comparison and switching service, reveals that UK mobile commerce and tablet commerce is expected to break records this year. In 2019, it has been forecasted that £25 billion ($32.9 billion) will be spent by British mobile shoppers, which is £10 billion (over $13.1 billion) more compared to the country’s m-commerce figures in 2018. Thirty million Brits are expected to use their phones to shop this year. If uSwitch’s projections…

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DBS Bank launches world’s first QR Ang Bao

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QR codes makes it easy to give money gifts this Chinese New Year. Those who wish to give electronic money gifts this Chinese New Year in traditional red packets can easily do so with DBS Bank’s new QR Ang Bao. Instead of having to procure new cash for the envelopes, Singaporeans can simply scan, load and gift with DBS PayLah! The unique QR code money gift system combines the best of both the physical and digital worlds. In 2018, eAng Baos (electronic Ang Baos) reached a record number of transactions,…

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Mobile game addiction blamed for negatively impacting student exam scores

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Student association in India wants to ban PUBG. The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association in India has called for a ban on the popular mobile game version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The student association claims that students are suffering mobile game addiction from playing PUBG Mobile and it is causing poor test results. The students association says the mobile game is more addictive than drugs. The student body reportedly appealed to the governor of Jammu and Kashmir state to ban PUBG Mobile. The association claims that the game is extremely…

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GPS technology deployed in Thailand to keep CSD Police in line

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The tech tracks the movements of on-duty CSD police to prevent them from skipping their duties. The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) in Thailand has cracked down on on-duty CSD officers by tracking their whereabouts in real-time using GPS technology. The technology has been implemented to keep on-duty officers honest, ensuring that they are actually completing their rounds when on patrol. Some officers have been finding their way out of patrols by scanning QR codes at home. There are certain areas in Thailand that require an increased level of policing. In…

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Self-service QR code payments launched in Sydney for Chinese residents and visitors

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The Inspiry Smart Box is now available in Sydney. Chinese mobile payment solution Inspiry has launched a self-service QR code payments terminal in Sydney, Australia. Called the Inspiry Smart Box, the terminal has been installed in many of the city’s shopping malls, restaurants, supermarkets, jewelry shops and cafes. Users of the self-service payment terminals simply need to scan a QR code to make a transaction. Using the self-service QR code payments system is quick, easy and convenient for consumers. To make a transaction via the Inspiry Smart Box, consumers simply…

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Nearly one million people in India are testing WhatsApp payments

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India is WhatsApp’s biggest market. With 210 million monthly WhatsApp users, India is clearly WhatsApp’s biggest market. Still, in spite of the Facebook messaging app’s so far successful test of WhatsApp payments service in the country, the digital payments system has yet to become a nationwide service. WhatsApp began testing its payments service back in February of last year. Since WhatsApp payments began testing in February 2018, the service has processed about a million transactions per month. This is according to people close to the National Payments Corporation of India…

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Lodhi Garden QR codes to provide visitors’ information about its historic trees

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The famous city park in New Delhi invites smartphone users the chance to conveniently learn about its history. Starting January 1, Lodhi Garden QR codes will be available to scan by any smartphone user who comes across these unique 2D black and white barcodes when they visit one of India’s most iconic city parks. Visitors can learn unique details about the old trees found within the park. Lodhi Garden, also known as Lodi Garden, is a famous city park located in New Delhi, situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb…

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