Amazon QR code catalog to be snail mailed out for holiday season shopping

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Amazon is giving holiday shoppers the chance to easily link to products via QR codes. Toys R’ Us may be long gone, but this doesn’t mean the end of toy catalogs for the holiday season. In fact, an Amazon QR code catalog called “A Holiday of Play,” may soon be mailed out to consumers across the United States. QR codes will make it easier for consumers to scan and connect to product links. While the Amazon holiday catalog will look like traditional holiday catalogs that are often mailed out around…

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Google Change the Game contest challenges teenage girls to design mobile games

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Google wants to see more mobile games developed by female gamers. Google Change the Game Design Challenge was launched by the internet giant last spring and challenged thousands of teenage girls to design games they would like to play. After receiving thousands of submissions, five finalists were selected by a group of Google employees and guest judges. The grand prize winner received a $10,000 college scholarship and a $15,000 technology contribution to her school. In addition to these awards, the grand prize winner, Christine – an 11th grader from Vancouver,…

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West Virginians living abroad cast their election ballots via mobile voting

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The remote voting system via mobile device is a pilot project. Almost 140 West Virginians living abroad in 29 counties have used mobile voting in order to participate in the 2018 midterm elections. West Virginia is the first state to run a blockchain-based voting project at such a large scale. The statewide pilot project covers 24 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. It uses a variety of tech, including a combination of smartphones, facial recognition and blockchain to create a large-scale and secure method for West Virginians, including service members, Peace…

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New mobile commerce report reveals key trends about consumer mobile shopping

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Ibotta’s report finds that 47% of consumers prefer shopping on their mobile device. In its first ever Mobile Commerce Report, Ibotta, the Denver-based mobile shopping app, revealed that there were key trends regarding how and when consumers engage in mobile shopping. Knowing these trends could help retailers strengthen their m-commerce strategies to reach and connect with new audiences in the future. Fewer consumers are shopping in-store retail locations today than five years ago. Over the last ten years, mobile shopping has significantly changed. Both mobile devices and retail mobile shopping…

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Facial recognition school surveillance has been added to New York school district

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New security technology has been implemented in schools to keep students safe. Lakeport City School District has been making headlines for installing a facial recognition school surveillance system in a high school, a middle school, six elementary schools, and an administrative building within its district. The technology scans student’s faces upon their entering the school, checking for matches in the security database. A state grant awarded the school distract the $4 million in funds required to install the system. The Lakeport City School District is using a facial recognition system…

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QR code virtual assistant introduced on Foster Farms Packaging

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DORI has been introduced by Foster Farms to make shopping for chicken easier for customers. California-based, family-owned and operated poultry company, Foster Farms, has introduced a QR code virtual assistant to benefit its consumers. Called DORI, the interactive on-package quick response code has been created for the purpose of simplifying the fresh chicken-shopping experience. DORI connects consumers to different types of useful information and savings. The QR code virtual assistance provides consumers, who scan the code with their mobile phone, access to a guide to poultry labeling terms, fresh chicken…

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New Bank of America mobile banking features give clients instant one-touch access

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The Bank of America has announced a new feature designed to improve the mobile banking experience. The Bank of America mobile banking app will soon offer a feature that enables their mobile clients to switch between its app and the apps of its subsidiaries, without having to re-authenticate. These subsidiaries include Merrill Lynch, Merrill Edge, and U.S. Trust. Mobile banking clients can now manage their banking and investing with greater convenience. Without having to re-authenticate between the mobile apps, it is easier for clients to manage their banking and investing…

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Commuter commerce is on the rise according to new survey

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Almost half of commuters use their smartphones for ordering food or shopping. Commuter commerce is a growing trend according to research from Fetch. A recent survey conducted by the mobile agency has revealed that 43% of the 1,700 US commuters they surveyed last month have used their mobile phone to shop or order food ahead. This percentage of shopping and food ordering via smartphones is higher than before. The commuters who were surveyed also revealed that they engaged in mobile commerce activities during their commute more now than they did…

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Both Instagram founders have suddenly resigned without leaving an explanation

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The social network’s CEO Kevin Systrom, and CTO Mike Krieger are both leaving in a few weeks. The two Instagram founders currently heading the company have both announced their resignations. CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger resigned suddenly and didn’t give any explanation as to why they plan to exit the social media company within upcoming weeks. A statement was left saying that both the chief executive officer and chief technology officer are leaving. Systrom released a statement earlier this week saying that both he and Krieger didn’t intend…

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American students design QR code merchandise for upcoming midterm elections

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T-shirts and hoodies feature a unique American flag containing a QR code for online voter registration. The QR code merchandise designed specifically for the upcoming November 2018 midterm elections is a project from March For Our Lives. This is a student-led protest group created by a group of students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. The QR codes will lead directly to online voter registration when scanned. The QR code merchandise enables smartphone users to easily scan the design and register to vote in the upcoming elections. The…

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Amazon mobile shopping expands with online grocery pickup

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Curbside online grocery pickup at Whole Foods now available via Amazon. The new Amazon mobile shopping grocery pickup experience will offer American Prime members the option of ordering their groceries online and picking them up in person (without having to leave their car) at its Whole Foods Market stores. The new service will begin in California and Virginia. According to the recent announcement from Amazon and Whole Foods Market, initially, the online grocery ordering and digital pickup system will first be rolled out in Sacramento, California and Virginia Beach, Virginia.…

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