Amazon Prime Day has more competition than ever

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Other big retailers are giving Amazon a run for its money. Amazon Prime Day launched on July 15, 2015 to celebrate the eCommerce giant’s 20th birthday. What began as a 24 hour sales event in nine countries has expanded over the years into an annual 48 hour event across 18 countries. However, Target, Macy’s and eBay are offering big sales of their own to compete with Amazon’s Christmas-like-deals-in-July sales event. Competition soars among retailers wanting to cash in on the back-to-school shopping season. Amazon Prime Days, which launched today (July…

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Indonesia’s Immigration Office wants to impose QR code surveillance on foreigners

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The country’s Immigration Office is reportedly developing a monitoring system for foreigners. Anyone thinking of travelling to Indonesia may one day soon find themselves subject to a QR code surveillance system. According to the institution’s Immigration Director Ronny Franky Sompie, the Indonesia’s Immigration Office is developing a monitoring system that uses a quick response (QR) codeto track foreigners who come into the country. The 2D square barcode will be added to passports or visas. “We are developing a QR code technology to be placed on the passports or visas of…

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Bank Indonesia officially launches national QR code payments standard

National QR Code Payments Standard Launched in Indonesia

The Quick Response Indonesia Standard (QRIS) code system has been released. Bank Indonesia (BI) has finally launched its national QR code payments standard, the QRIS code system. The goal of this system is to universalize cashless payment in the country. The system allows for a consumer to transfer funds from one payment system to any other within the BI ecosystem. As QR Code press reported back in April, Bank Indonesia, Indonesia’s central bank, had been working on conducting a trial to establish national QR code payments standards for the country’s…

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New QR code security system in Japan to help boost cashless transactions in the country

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Electronic payments have been slow to expand in Japan. A new QR code security system is in the works that could help cashless payments take off in Japan. The country wants to increase its number of digital transactions to not only reduce the number of cash transaction, but to also make it easier for the government to collect taxes with better efficiency. Japan wants to increase total digital payments of all transactions to 40% by 2025. In Japan, cashless payments have been slow to take off, with 80% of people…

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PUBG mobile replaced in China with a government-approved patriotic game

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Tencent shut down its test version of PUBG in China and replaced it with a more patriotic game. Tencent Holdings Ltd. pulled the PUBG mobile video game on Wednesday, announcing the end of the testing for the game. The company said it had launched an anti-terrorism-themed game called “Game for Peace,” instead. Unlike PUBG, Tencent managed to gain monetization approval for Game for Peace. Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG for short, is an extremely popular battle royale shooter game. When it was first introduced on mobile to the Chinese market…

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