Free mobile gaming app helps combat overtourism in London

Free Mobile Gaming App - London - Sign - England

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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Students in India benefit from QR codes in textbooks

QR Codes for Textbooks - School Textbooks

Digital content is being viewed by hundreds of students thanks to quick response codes. Schools reopened across the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on June 1 and data has shown that students are keen on using the QR codes included in the revamped syllabus for the new textbooks for Classes I, VI and IX, reported The Hindu. The new access to digital content is hosted on DIKSHA. The online content accessed via QR codes within the textbooks is hosted on the national digital platform of the Ministry of Human Resource…

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Special walking lane created for the heads-down tribe in China

Heads-down tribe walking path - Zone area marked for walking - pink sneaker

A new pedestrian lane has been created for cell phone users in a Chinese shopping mall. This new path added to the outside of the Bairui Plaza has been specifically created for the heads-down tribe; a nickname for pedestrians who constantly have their heads down with their eyes glued to their mobile phone as they walk and text, use apps, watch videos, etc. Over 65,000 pedestrians are killed each year in China. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 68,000 pedestrians are killed every year in China. With an increasing…

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QR Code based payments coming to Hong Kong’s rail network

QR Code Based Payments - Hong Kong Rail

MTR plans to implement a payment system that uses quick response codes. In an official statement released by MTR Corporation, Hong Kong’s rail operator, the company announced that it intends to implement QR code based payments on existing AFC (Automatic Fare Collection) gates. Passengers will be required to pre-generate a QR based transit code. The new QR Code based payments system will be built on a travel first and pay after payments model. Under this new system, passengers will need to pre-generate a quick response based transit code to enter…

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Social media tax and mobile money tax to hit Ugandans

Social Media Tax - WhatsApp - Facebook - Mobile Apps

Uganda’s parliament approves new tax laws for Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter A new social media tax will soon come into effect for Ugandans. The approved law will impose a tax every day a citizen uses WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter or other social media services. Mobile money transactions will also be taxed. In addition to the social media tax, Ugandans will be taxed for all mobile money transactions. Citizens will be required to pay a 1% tax on all mobile money transactions. As for taxation on social media, the fee that will…

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Mobile banking apps usage predicted to surpass online banking by 2019

Mobile banking apps - Increase in mobile banking over computers

More and more consumers are turning to their smartphones for their banking needs. The CACI reported that 22 million people chose to use mobile banking apps to manage their accounts via their smartphone in 2017. It’s forecasted that by next year (2019), more consumers will choose their phone for banking than their computers. 35 million people are expected to bank via a smartphone app by 2023. In addition to this CACI report prediction, it was said that by 2023, consumers would likely visit a bank branch only twice per year.…

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College QR codes help applicants find a Delhi University College

College QR Codes - QR Code Scan

Delhi University administration is making the lives of new applicants easier. During admissions this year, students new to Delhi and its colleges will have the advantage of using the new college QR codes to help them discover the appropriate departments, colleges and institutes that are part of Delhi University. The unique QR Codes have been synched with Google Maps. India is no stranger to using quick response codes in its educational system. As QR Code Press reported back in 2017, India’s Education Minister announced the launch of an enrollment program…

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Forged QR code at kids’ gym leads to porn site

Forged QR Code - Kids Playing in Park

Parents were alarmed to discover a spoofed quick response code near an elementary school. Canadian parents were shocked to discover a forged QR code at an outdoor gym located near an elementary school. The Edmonton mother decided to use her smartphone to learn more about how to use the gym’s features. The park provides users with signage to guide users through the safe use of its equipment. That said, one of the signs featured at the Norwell Outdoor Fitness Park showed a quick response code. The retail provider for that…

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Canadian shoppers can use Bitcoin payments for Newegg purchases

Bitcoin Payments - Canada Newegg Accepts Bitcoin

The online computer hardware and consumer electronics retailer will now accept the top cryptocurrency. Newegg recently announced that its Canadian customers will be able to make bitcoin payments to complete purchase transactions. The cryptocurrency is now listed among the retailer’s accepted transaction methods. The company revealed its new adoption of cryptocurrency in a recent press release. American consumers have been able to make bitcoin payments at Newegg since August 2014. This made the company one of the first ever major retailers to accept the cryptocurrency. According to Newegg, since it…

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QR code turnstiles to function in all Shanghai Metro stations by year’s end

QR Code turnstiles - Shanghai Metro Station

The quick response code program first rolled out nearly two months ago and has been successful. Commuters in Shanghai have been using QR code turnstiles in the first Metro stations to feature the barcodes. The program has been deemed successful. Now, the quick response codes will be heading to the rest of the stations. The QR code turnstiles make it possible for commuters to use their smartphones as pass cards. Riders who would prefer to use their smartphones to their IC cards can scan them on the new QR code…

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