What is the value of all the dead cell phones in drawers across the United States?

Old Cell phones - $6 Billion

To the north, estimates in Canada are that the value of these spent devices are worth $6 billion. A recent study has indicated that the value of the unused cell phones across Canada are worth a tremendous $6 billion. As Canada’s population is considerably lower than that of the US, it indicates that there are far more here. The Canadian study was based on figures collected by Pollfish and Renegade in April 2022. That research indicated that there were about 60 million unused cell phones lying around homes in Canada,…

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FBI reminds consumers to take care when scanning QR codes

QR Codes - FBI Headquarters

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has cautioned device users about common criminal tactics. The FBI has issued a warning to device users, cautioning that cybercriminals can tamper with QR codes in order to swipe a scanner’s information. They aren’t telling consumers not to use the barcodes but are instead recommending that people take care. QR codes have become extremely commonplace since the start of the pandemic. Businesses of all forms put them into use to help ensure that information that once would have been provided on printed materials would be…

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Mobile security attacks grow as phones are used for more daily activities

Mobile security - Security Breach

As smartphone users turn to their devices to complete more tasks, hackers are exploiting vulnerabilities. People are increasingly turning to their phones to complete their regular daily activities and as this trend grows, so does the number of mobile security attacks. Hackers see the use of smartphones for personal and work purposes as a prime opportunity. The more people use their smartphones to complete work and personal tasks, the more hackers are seeing vulnerabilities that they can exploit. This, according the fifth annual Mobile Security Index (MSI) from Verizon. That…

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PayPal and PACE Telematics roll out mobile payments at gas stations

Mobile payments - gas pump

The companies are working together to let European customers pay at the pump with phones or smartwatches. PACE Telematics, a fuel station mobile payments provider based in Germany, has teamed up with PayPal to make it possible for customers to pay at the pump with their smartphones, Apple Watches or Android smartwatches. The transaction process at the European stations is expected to be quick, easy and secure. More than 1,000 gas stations in Europe already offer mobile payments using PayPal and smartwatches. They include Hoyer, BayWa, and team energie. More…

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Instagram encourages teens to take a social media break

Social media break - IG app

The platform has rolled out new safety features ahead of testifying before US lawmakers. Immediately before the head of the company was slated to face US lawmakers on the subject of child safety online, Instagram launched a new feature to encourage teens to take a social media break from the platform. This feature has been rolled out in a number of different countries including the United States and Canada. The Take a Break program was created to tell teen users to take a social media break when they’ve been using…

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