Shortage in smartphone microchips cuts into phone manufacturing

Smartphone microchips - image of snapdragon Qualcomm smartphone microchip

The global deficiency in the chips is hard on the cell phone, personal computer and car makers. A worldwide shortage in smartphone microchips is plaguing manufacturers of cell phones, in addition to personal computer makers and automakers. The global shortage is exacerbated by the supply chain hurdles put in place by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the pandemic, manufacturers and experts have pointed the finger at the impact of the US’s trade war and its heated arms race. Moreover, the shortage of smartphone microchips isn’t likely to end for several more…

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QR code newspaper strategy keeps readers informed at a critical time

QR code newspaper - Barrie Advance Newspaper with QR Code feature

An Ontario, Canada news group is making information more accessible throughout the pandemic. While print readership was already shrinking, the COVID-19 pandemic crisis caused it to rapidly plummet, inspiring a QR code newspaper option for contactless local news. The goal of the quick response codes was to direct readers to digital options without the need for print. The Barrie, Ontario, Canada QR code newspaper scan provides readers simple and rapid access to important news and updates regarding COVID-19 and many more local topics that are relevant to the papers’ communities,…

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QR code inventor happy with its use in battle against COVID-19

QR code inventor - COVID-19

Masahiro Hara first developed the square black and white barcodes for the automotive industry. When Masahiro Hara first became the QR code inventor a quarter of a century ago, the idea was to solve a problem that had nothing to do with public health. When the idea came to him, he ran off from a lunchtime game of Go to make it happen. It was the look of the ancient strategy game and the way the stones were arranged on the playing board that inspired the QR code inventor to…

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UVC light sanitizer sales explode as lab confirms COVID-19 stays on a phone for 28 days

UVC Light Sanitizer for Virus

New research from Australia shows SARS-CoV-2 can remain on some surfaces for almost a month. Researchers in Australia have determined that COVID-19 can stay viable on surfaces such as glass or even money for up to 28 days, sending UVC light sanitizer sales through the roof. This study is a powerful reminder of the importance of disinfecting surfaces and washing hands. According to the research, which was published in the Virology Journal on October 7, 2020, “SARS-CoV-2 can remain infectious for significantly longer time periods than generally considered possible. These…

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Ticketmaster enters contactless mobile payment technology partnership

Contactless mobile payment technology - Business - Handshake - Mobile Phones

The massive ticketing company has partnered with VenueNext for a broad digital fan experience. Ticketmaster and VenueNext have announced the rollout of a new contactless mobile payment technology partnership. This collaboration between the companies will make it possible for fans to manage transactions in a contact-free way. The same can be said about their mobile orders and other forms of in-venue experiences, which will all be accessible by way of their smartphones. The partnership will be based on the VenueNext point of sale and m-commerce company’s tech. The two companies…

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