US mobile consumers would give up social media for mobile games, study

US mobile consumers - mobile game

Nearly 70% of mobile users would give up social media than lose their favorite mobile games. According to a recent study from Tapjoy, US mobile consumers prefer mobile gaming to social media, with 69% saying they would rather give up social media apps or TV than lose their favorite games they play on mobile. The study’s findings help to explain why many social networking companies are branching out into mobile games. The mobile advertising and app monetization company surveyed over 18,000 US consumers ages 18 and older in February and…

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San Francisco to become first major US city to pass facial recognition ban

Facial Recognition Ban - Biometric technology

The Californian city has banned the use of the technology by its police and other agencies. A facial recognition ban is likely to be enforced in San Francisco after an 8-to-1 vote in favor of banning the technology was carried out by the Board of Supervisors. This will make San Francisco the first major city in America to reject using the biometrics search tool to identify criminal suspects. Civil liberty groups have expressed concerns about the use of the technology after it was used last June. Back in June 2018,…

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Student creates QR code graduation cap to honor victims of school gun violence

QR Code Graduation Cap - Gina Warren's compiled list of school shooting victims

A high school student from Ohio has used her creativity to pay homage to victims of school shootings. Eighteen-year-old Gina Warren of Ashville, Ohio, designed a QR code graduation cap for her graduation ceremony at Teays Valley High School. Anyone who scans the unique 2D barcode will their phone will be shown a list of students killed by gun violence in US high schools. The “ridiculously long” list of students killed goes all the way back to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Warren compiled the list of names of…

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Arizona cellphone driving ban to go into effect in 2021

Arizona cellphone driving ban - Texting while driving

The statewide law bans texting while driving and other hand-held mobile use while driving. An Arizona cellphone driving ban has been passed into law, making Arizona the 48th state to ban drivers from using hand-held mobile devices when behind the wheel. The law prohibits texting while driving and even holding or supporting a cellphone with any part of the body while driving. Drivers caught violating laws will not face fines until January 2021. Although Arizona Republic Governor Doug Ducey signed the Arizona cellphone driving ban into law, the ban has…

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JCPenney Apple Pay option removed from stores without warning

JCPenney Apple Pay - JCPenney Store

The American retail chain has surprised customers by dropping the popular mobile payment method. JCPenney Apple Pay support has been dropped this month, surprising many of its customers who use the payment method. What makes the removal of support for this mobile wallet so surprising is that the company didn’t give its customers any warning that it would no longer be a payment option. JCPenney first rolled out Apple Pay as payment option to all its stores in 2016. Following JCPenney Apple Pay testing, which occurred in select stores in…

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