Shortage in smartphone microchips cuts into phone manufacturing

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The global deficiency in the chips is hard on the cell phone, personal computer and car makers. A worldwide shortage in smartphone microchips is plaguing manufacturers of cell phones, in addition to personal computer makers and automakers. The global shortage is exacerbated by the supply chain hurdles put in place by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the pandemic, manufacturers and experts have pointed the finger at the impact of the US’s trade war and its heated arms race. Moreover, the shortage of smartphone microchips isn’t likely to end for several more…

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Apple Pay will accept Bitcoin cryptocurrency through BitPay cards

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US cardholders can link their Prepaid Mastercard to their mobile wallet to use the crypto. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment provider BitPay has announced that its US cardholders will be able to use their cards to complete transactions through Apple Pay. The card makes it possible to link the account to transactions paid with Bitcoin. To use Bitcoin to complete Apple Pay transactions, cardholders must add their BitPay Prepaid Mastercard to their Apple Wallet app. From there, they can use the mobile wallet normally and can use it to pay through…

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QR code ticketing system on its way to Delhi Metro airport express line

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The transportation system is integrating the barcodes into its RuPay-based payments. The Delhi Metro airport express line has received an upgrade involving a QR code ticketing system. This allows customers to complete their transactions in a contactless way in order to ride the train. The airport express line is the first to use the quick response codes, though expansion will follow. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced the introduction of the QR code ticketing system on top of other contactless payment opportunities for passengers. The DMRC has been investigating…

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Mobile Girl Scout cookie orders through GrubHub app allow contactless delivery

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Scouts across the country won’t be selling door-to-door this year due to the pandemic. A new partnership with GrubHub has made it possible for mobile Girl Scout cookie orders in a year during which traditional door-to-door sales are simply not safe. This mobile commerce app makes it possible for the nationwide fundraiser to continue this year. The mobile Girl Scout cookie orders ensure that there is a contactless way for the organization to be able to keep up its popular fundraiser. Usually, scouts are sent door-to-door. With the pandemic continuing…

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Doorbell cameras boost security and deter porch pirates while spiking privacy risks

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While they may reduce package theft, experts caution that these gadgets come with serious concerns. Porch piracy – the theft of packages off people’s doorsteps – have led to a rapid rise in the popularity of doorbell cameras. However, while they may help in the case of package theft, experts are warning that they also come with a spectrum of security concerns. These devices are internet-connected and aren’t nearly as secure as many users believe. As is the case with all smart devices, when doorbell cameras are used without enhanced…

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