Drivers licenses in Davao City to feature official QR code

Official QR Code - Image of Driver's License

The city in the Philippines is working to make it easier to report traffic violations. Davao City in the Philippines is adding official QR code features to public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers licenses and identifications. That way, the public will find it easier to report traffic violations they have witnessed. The Public Utility Vehicle licenses and IDs will all have a special quick response code. Each official QR code will be unique to that particular driver. That way, if a member of the public scans the barcode to make a…

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Nordstrom acquires new mobile shopping tech to amp its digital retail

Mobile Shopping Tech - Nordstrom Store in Mall

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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Blockchain technology is a top m-commerce driver

Blockchain technology - Bitcoin mobile digital technology

The same tech that powers cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are also pushing mobile commerce forward. Blockchain technology, the tech powering cryptocurrencies, is becoming a driving force in advancing mobile commerce. This, according to IBM Blockchain global director Shyam Nagarajan. IBM has been working with a number of banks to develop new paths for m-commerce and payments. IBM has been working with Bank of Ayudhaya and the Kasikornbank in Thailand. They have been working with blockchain technology, said Nagarajan. Their goal has been to boost online shopping and mobile payments platforms.…

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Toddler activates iPhone lock out on mother’s phone for 47.8 years

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The little one was meant to be watching kids videos but turned on the lock screen instead. A toddler in China managed to enter the wrong password on the iPhone lock screen enough to block access for almost 48 years. The child continually entered the wrong password on the screen. The kid had been watching educational videos on the iPhone and had been left unsupervised. The Shanghai family must now face an iPhone lock out for over 25 million minutes. A South China Morning Post report stated that the two…

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Technoparks of Moscow: effective infrastructure for innovative future

Technoparks of Moscow

Moscow is already the capital of the future. At least according to a recent study of the Foreign Direct Investment Intelligence. The city systematically raises investment attractiveness in all of its spheres, ensuring the building of infrastructure and platforms for all the participants of the market. One of such directions of the city is the creation of modern technoparks and technopolises (or science or technology or research parks) under the aegis of the Moscow City Investment Agency. The first technopark in Moscow was opened in 1991 at the National Research…

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Japan Bank Consortium looks to Ripple app mobile payments

Ripple App - Image of Mobile User with iPhone

The cryptocurrency has been attracting considerable financial sector attention and is set to explode. The Ripple app is taking the spotlight in front of the massive Japan Bank Consortium. The cryptocurrency has been drawing considerable global financial sector attention. The company behind it is developing a unique method of streamlining cross-border transactions. Many feel the Ripple app could turn the banking industry on its head. The Japanese bank consortium is looking to get in early to adequately revamp to keep up. The new mobile app recently launched in the country.…

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BNM dives into QR code payment services, calls itself a disruptor

QR code payment services - Bank Negara Malaysia

Bank Negara is taking on the many challenges associated with quick response codes in Malaysia. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is placing a focus on rolling out QR code payment services. This is a part of a broader strategy to disrupt the traditional banking industry. At the Malaysia Fintech Expo, BNM specifically referred to itself as “the biggest disruptor in the room.” The bank referred to itself in that way as a part of a question its director of its payment systems policy department, Tan Nyat Chuan, asked in his keynote…

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Smart speakers are in 1 in 5 American homes

Smart Speakers - Amazon Alexa

Over 47 million people in the United States are now using these Internet of Things devices. Americans appear to be more than ready to embrace smart speakers in their homes. In fact, nearly 20 percent of Americans currently use one of these devices. These digital assistants are becoming rapidly more popular with a very healthy growth rate. released the report showing that over 47 million Americans are using smart speakers. This data specifically reflected the people who use the devices in their homes. The sales growth rate of these…

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Singapore Land Transport Authority uses QR code geofencing to control bike parking

QR Code geofencing - Bicycle Sharing

Bike sharing programs are highly popular in the country, leading to new licensing and parking rules. The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced a new QR code geofencing system meant to help control indiscriminate parking of shared bikes. Bicycle sharing programs have spiked in popularity in recent years. A new licensing strategy has been developed and is starting to roll out across the city state. Among the main issues the QR code geofencing is designed to overcome is indiscriminate parking. Shared bicycles have been parked pretty much anywhere they…

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QR code based payments next up for Japanese banking coalition

QR code based payments - Yen symbol

A new quick response code system for mobile transactions will be ready by the end of March. A Japanese megabank coalition is moving forward with a new QR code based payments system. The system will be ready by the end of March. That said, the whole thing won’t roll out until the 2019 fiscal year. The coalition is composed of three very large and powerful banks headquartered in the country. The three banks making up the coalition are Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.…

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Best Buy mobile stores will all close by the end of May

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The electronics retailer has decided to shut down all 250 of its American mobile shops. Best Buy mobile stores will be shutting down as of May 31, said the electronics retail giant. The company plans to close down all the 250 locations in the United States. This was not much of a shocking revelation to consumers who were used to seeing the tiny shops. Many of the Best Buy mobile stores are located in shopping malls. For shoppers who saw them regularly, the news may sound as though it is…

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