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

Android OS ban - Huawei smartphone

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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Free facial recognition software has ability to ID faces in photos

Facial Recognition Software - Photo Sleuth - Virginia Tech

A Virginia Tech assistant professor of computer science seeks to uncover the identities of Civil War soldiers. Kurt Luther, the computer science assistant prof, has developed a free facial recognition software platform that utilizes crowdsourcing to significantly enhance the ability of algorithms to identify faces in photographs. The software program, which is known as Photo Sleuth, was developed by Luther in his efforts to uncover the mysteries of the almost 4 million photographs of Civil War-era images that may exist in the historical record, reports EurekAlert!. Via Photo Sleuth, users…

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QR code pet license helps to reunite lost pets with owners in Alaska

QR code pet license - Dalmatian dog

Anchorage pet licenses now come with digital quick response codes. The Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center in Alaska now offers pet owners a QR code pet license. Essentially, Anchorage pet licenses are now available with a unique quick response code, which helps pet owners to reunite with their lost pets at a faster rate. This is not only good for the owners and pets, but also helps to free up shelter space. The codes are linked to a webpage with a pet profile. The QR code pet license tags…

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New Veterans Health API to give U.S. Veterans access to EHR data on iPhone

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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has announced mHealth upgrades. This summer, the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs will release new capabilities via the recently announced Veterans Health Application Programming Interface (Veterans Health API). These capabilities will allow Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medial data using Apple’s Health Records feature on iPhone. Veterans will be able to see an aggregated view of their health conditions via the iPhone health app. This includes an aggregated view of their allergies, medical conditions, immunizations,…

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Expensify’s Super Bowl ad shows off its patented OCR technology in action

OCR Technology - QR Code - Expensify Super Bowl LIII Commercial

Tracking your receipts and managing expenses on the go just got easier with Expensify. Using OCR technology, the Expensify app makes expense management a breeze via your mobile phone. How easy? As the highly amusing and entertaining Expensify Super Bowl commercial featuring rapper 2 Chainz and actor Adam Scott reveals, its as easy as snapping a photo of your receipt and you’re done. Expense reports with Expensify take 83% less time compared to traditional expense management methods. Expensify has been designed to automate the entire receipt and expense management process.…

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QR code tree ID project in Florida helps to educate community

QR Code tree ID project - Trees and foliage in Florida

Palmer Trinity School students complete an important tree identification program. The QR code tree ID project, which was recently completed by the students at Palmer Trinity School (PTS) in Palmetto Bay, Florida, uses QR codes to identify the many tree species within the school’s 60-acre campus. The purpose of the tree identification program is to help educate both the community and PTS visitors on the foliage that can be found around the campus grounds. Seventy-six species of trees were identified among the more then 1,000 trees on campus. Working alongside…

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Walgreens customer experience to receive boost from Zebra mobile computers

Zebra mobile computers - Walgreens

One of the US’ largest drugstore chains is transforming its customers’ shopping experience. Walgreens has partnered with Zebra Technologies to bring Zebra mobile computers to its workers and customers to both enhance customer experience and improve worker productivity. The goal is to bridge the gap between the digital and physical store experience. Store associates equipped with the latest technology improve the overall shopping experience. Zebra’s 11th annual Global Shopper Study revealed that 55% of surveyed shoppers and 74% of retail store associates believe that store associates who are equipped with…

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Military mobile app design challenge may help to prepare for future challenges

Military mobile app - Space Shuttle

A video game could be an important part of future space training in the U.S. military. MGMWERX, an Air Force innovation hub located in Montgomery, has issued a military mobile app challenge. This goal is to come up with a mobile game designed to teach important concepts to prepare for future space challenges. The challenge is a part of the Air Force’s Blue Horizons initiative. The best ideas collected from the challenge will be put together at a design session in January. MGMWERX, which opened in Montgomery back in August…

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Can Kimbal Musk’s QR code food tracing restore trust in American food?

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All Square Roots packaging now features quick response codes to provide the whole story. Square Roots announced the addition of a QR code food tracing barcode to all its packaging. The goal is to help Americans to see the whole story of their food so they can come to trust it again after several health scares. The Romaine lettuce recall has placed the spotlight on some serious problems in the US food supply. Among the biggest challenges to the Romaine lettuce recall was in trying to figure out exactly where…

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Salvation Army QR code incorporated into red kettle campaign

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The famous red kettle campaign is welcoming digital donations in Texas. Residents of Amarillo, Texas who come across the Salvation Army’s red kettle, but who don’t have any cash to donate, can now make a digital donation by scanning the Salvation Army QR code on the kettle. Many people use cashless payment methods and no longer carry loose change. Today, it’s becoming less common for people to carry cash. Most rely on cashless forms of payments such as credit/debit cards or digital wallets to make purchases. This can make it…

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Cyber Monday shopping expected to break record in 2018

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Half of US consumers will choose to shop via their mobile device this year. Cyber Monday shopping has become more popular every year. However, what was once a day dominated by online shopping has evolved into one that is slowly being taken over by mobile commerce. In fact, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF), half of the consumers partaking in Cyber Monday will do so via their smartphones and tablets. Cyber Monday sales are projected to grow. More than 164 million Americans will be shopping over…

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