Biometrics use could explode by 2025 due to m-commerce

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The tech may not be perfect, but it is solid and provides considerably greater user convenience. Biometrics use is expected to skyrocket in popularity over the next handful of years as a result of the widespread adoption of mobile commerce. According to data in a recent Juniper Research report the mobile security tech could peak as soon as 2025. The use of fingerprints and facial recognition for identity verification rose by 650 percent in 2020. As the pandemic sent millions of people worldwide to do their jobs remotely, the use…

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Huawei sanctions hoist Apple back up to second place in smartphone shipments

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The iPhone maker still hasn’t caught up to Samsung, but it overtook the Chinese device giant. Apple has now overtaken Huawei in smartphone shipments, reclaiming the second spot in the world for 2020, according to Canalys and Counterpoint Research reports. Samsung remains the top seller when measured by the number of units shipped around the globe. The next three smartphone shipments places are held by Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo, said the Counterpoint report. This new ranking is the direct result of the wide-reaching sanctions put into place against Huawei and…

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WhatsApp data sharing receives update in an attempt to control user loss

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As users flee to the rival Signal app, clarifications are being made to the controversial privacy policy. The forced WhatsApp data sharing policy has received substantial criticism, leading many users to flock to Signal, a rival messaging service. In response, WhatsApp has responded by clarifying its privacy policy update, effective February 8. On the official website’s FAQ page, an update is posted regarding the WhatsApp data sharing policy update. Users were advised of the updated terms by way of an in-app update that require users to agree in order to…

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Personal cyber insurance expected to take off in 2021

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A recent Accenture survey found that people are no longer feeling secure in their devices. As identity theft, hacking and other digital threats have placed personal cyber insurance into the tech spotlight this year. Before 2020, it was common for people to keep phones unlocked and trust their apps. Events throughout last year – including everything from the regular use of video calls by children to a massive hack into government agencies revealed in December – placed a substantial spotlight on the lack of true security we all face in…

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School library QR codes help kids with contactless browsing

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An Alden, New York teacher created 150 quick response barcodes to make it easier to peruse books. A teacher from Alden, New York has generated 150 school library QR codes to support students who want to use the resources in a touch-free way. This allows students to access these resources and books while reducing the spread of germs. The library media specialist at Alden High School wanted to reduce the need to touch the books. Ann Sobol from Alden High School came up with the idea for the school library…

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