College QR code tech in China requires students to track shower times

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A new system requires Chinese college students to scan QR Codes before and after taking a shower. Mobile technology is popular in China and college QR codes are nothing new. However, according to local media, Hunan’s Changsha University of Science and Technology has launched a new shower system for students that requires them to scan a quick response (QR) code every time they take a shower. Students are required to connect their phones to a smart water meter via Bluetooth. After linking up with the smart water meter via their…

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Motorola foldable smartphone tech could prove revolutionary

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Motorola has been granted a USPTO patent. On June 14th, 2018, the mobile communications company was granted a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its upcoming Motorola foldable smartphone. The patent is called “Method to recover permeant set in foldable display,” according to a LetsGoDigital report. Motorola has reportedly figured out how to improve upon flexible OLED displays. Whether you like the idea of a Motorola foldable smartphone or not, chances are that these devices will be the future. Of course, it’s not just Motorola…

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Dumbphones and flip phones become hottest mobile device trend

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Top celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Rihanna have been spotted using versions of these devices. Dumbphones – the technology that once brought on widespread mockery when smartphones entered the scene – are returning to the trendy spotlight. In the United States and Canada, an estimated over 90 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 34 years have a smartphone. That said, trends are shifting to bring back the popularity of far more basic cellular phone models. Considering the dependence that consumers have been building to their smartphones, it’s…

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QR code turnstiles to function in all Shanghai Metro stations by year’s end

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The quick response code program first rolled out nearly two months ago and has been successful. Commuters in Shanghai have been using QR code turnstiles in the first Metro stations to feature the barcodes. The program has been deemed successful. Now, the quick response codes will be heading to the rest of the stations. The QR code turnstiles make it possible for commuters to use their smartphones as pass cards. Riders who would prefer to use their smartphones to their IC cards can scan them on the new QR code…

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Nordstrom acquires new mobile shopping tech to amp its digital retail

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The massive retailer has grabbed up a number of startups to solidify its m-commerce position. Nordstrom has been acquiring a considerable number of mobile shopping tech startups. This includes BevyUp and MessageYes most recently. The fashion retail chain is evidently seeking to give itself a sturdy m-commerce offering. BevyUp is a digital selling too provider. MessageYes is a conversation commerce provider. These are only the latest mobile shopping tech acquisitions. They were purchased in separate deals to enhance the Nordstrom mobile commerce strategy, said a press release from the company.…

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Pyeongchang Olympics showcase upcoming 5G technology

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Special booths were available to Games visitors to try out fifth generation telecommunications tech. The Pyeongchang Olympic Games were a testament to athletic mastery but also featured 5G technology for visitors to try. Booths allowed people to test out the fifth generation telecommunications tech, which is the upcoming system expected to be used in the next Games. The 2020 Tokyo Games will likely use the fifth generation technology as a fresh way to watch sports. These demonstrations have made this year’s Games the first 5G technology Olympics in the world.…

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Mobile technology adoption pushes in-store sales down among unprepared retailers

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Experts are cautioning retailers that if they want to remain open, mobile features are not optional. This last holiday shopping season saw a decline in in-store shopping that many are blaming on mobile technology adoption. In fact, the spending in retail businesses during that season it its slowest since 2012 in many markets such as in the United Kingdom. That said, while some retailers suffered, others found that they were using smartphones to bring customers in. Mobile technology adoption has presented a considerable challenge to the entire retail industry. That…

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Indian mobile phone manufacturing will provide the country with nearly all handsets

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A new report predicts that by 2020, 96 percent of smartphones in the country will have been made there. A new mobile phone manufacturing research report has forecasted that by 2020 almost 96 percent of the smartphones sold in India will have been locally made. India is pushing hard to boost its rate of domestic localization, according to the recent report. Artificial intelligence company, Enixta, joined forces with the Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) to conduct the analysis and create the report titled: “’Indian Mobile Phone market: Emerging…

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Touch sensitive technology could be the next big thing in wearables

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New elastic fibers developed by North Carolina State University researchers may open many doors for wearable tech. Touch sensitive technology developed by North Carolina State University researchers could soon be integrated into wearable devices. This tech is based on new forms of elastic fibers created by those researchers. The purpose of the elastic fibers is to make it possible to create wearables with touchscreen-like capabilities. The touch sensitive technology was created by the researchers to be both stretchable and soft. It can work to detect strain, touch and twisting, according…

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The mobile device type you carry impacts your ability to problem solve

A new study indicates that the type of smartphone you has actually changes the way you think. The Computers in Human Behavior journal recently published a study about the impact of mobile device type on the way people think. It showed that people actually think differently when they have a touchscreen smartphone in their hands when compared to how they would think while using a keyboard and mouse. The research found that people’s problem solving skills change depending on the device they’re using. People using a computer with a keyboard…

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Mobile security threats warrant great protection efforts, says DHS report

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The Department of Homeland Security released recommendations about both devices and networks. A new report addressing mobile security threats was recently submitted by the Department of Homeland Security to Congress. The document suggested that the federal government would be wise to take a more active position in the organizations developing mobile device and network tech standards. The DHS also recommended expanding the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation cybersecurity service. That is the service it provides federal agencies to inform them and equip them against mobile security threats and vulnerabilities. The report…

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