Brazil rolls out the PIX mobile payments system for faster transactions

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QR codes are expected to play a vital role in the country’s move away from using cash to pay. Brazil has announced the launch of the PIX mobile payments system, which is the nickname of the Brazil Instant Payment System from Banco Central do Brasil. The goal of this strategy is to make digital transactions convenient enough to stop relying on cash. The PIX mobile payments strategy has been in the works for over a year. The idea behind its use is to place QR codes in the way of…

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Google and NOAA team up for AI weather forecasting research

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The goal is to be able to develop better predictions in the face of climate change. Google and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have recently signed a deal to partner up on AI weather forecasting for the next three years. This will focus on using artificial intelligence and machine learning from the tech giant. Its goal is to enhance the NOAA’s weather forecasting, environmental monitoring and climate research. The announcement of the new three-year partnership was made jointly last week. At first, the research under the AI weather…

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Queen of Angels church QR codes promote physical distancing among congregants

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The barcodes compensate for the lack of Missals in the pews or printed bulletins on posting boards. New Queen of Angels Church QR codes in Brooklyn are helping the clergy and the faithful to remain safer during service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Gathering can be a risky activity and the Diocese of Brooklyn has suffered numerous illnesses and deaths. The pandemic has hurt both the clergy and the congregants in the Diocese of Brooklyn, requiring careful efforts for physical distancing and meticulous disinfecting practices. The Queen of Angels church…

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Grindr app security gap opens accounts to easy hacking

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Anyone with the account’s email address could reset the user’s password and take over a profile. A hack into Grindr app security made it possible for anyone with the email address associated with a valid account to simply reset the password and gain full control over the profile. The vulnerability was revealed online by security experts who reported it to the application. The Grindr app security problem was reported to the owners of the application. The vulnerability made it possible to gain full access to an individual’s account in the…

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Skyrocketing use has led many people to overlook QR code security risks

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A recent study has shown that quick response codes are rising in use, but awareness is not. Consumers are increasingly scanning quick response barcodes, said a new MobileIron study, but they are not considering QR code security risks to the extent that they likely should. 64 percent of survey respondents said that they felt the barcodes made contact-free tasks easier. In a pandemic-struck world requiring more options for conducting tasks in a touch-free way, quick response barcodes offer a simple scanning solution to get the job done. However, these are…

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