Fraggle Rock reboot shot in creators’ homes using iPhones

Fraggle Rock Rock On - Apple TV YouTube

Producers of the new Apple TV+ series of mini-episodes stuck to the “Safer at Home” guidelines. The producers of the new Fraggle Rock: Rock On! mini-episode series were recorded in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic but stuck to the “Safer at Home” guidelines and indeed remained home. Still, they were able to put together the show in time for the release the first of the mini-episodes. The free Fraggle Rock episodes will be released on Tuesdays and will feature all the original Muppets from the series, including Gobo, Boober,…

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Green QR code checks needed to enter Shanghai Disney Resort

QR Code checks - Shanghai Disney Metro Station

Though the park in the Chinese city has been closed some of its properties opened March 9. Certain Shanghai Disney Resort properties are operating to a limited extent and now require green QR code checks for anyone to step foot inside. Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, Disneytown, and Wishing Star Park have boosted safety protocols. Shanghai Disneyland shut down entirely throughout the main COVID-19 outbreak in late January. However, on March 9, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, Disneytown, and Wishing Star Park resumed operation on a limited basis. That said, those locations implemented strict…

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Virtual reality shopping experience makes home delivery more like in-store

Virtual reality shopping - young woman on couch with VR headset

As more customers must rely on e- and m-commerce, VR lets people feel like they’re still at the mall. As social distancing shuts down more brick-and-mortar shops, LifeStyles In 360 is providing a virtual reality shopping experience. This lets those brands close their physical doors while still allowing customers to feel as though they’re not just buying through a screen at home. The Florida-based tech firm created the VR commerce experiences for several large brands. LifeStyles In 360 is the company behind the virtual reality shopping experiences offered by large…

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London artists called the Dazzle Club use makeup to defy facial recognition technology

Dazzle Club - RT UK YouTube

The artists use colorful geometric shapes on faces in a design they call “reverse contouring”. Once per month, a group of artists calling themselves the Dazzle Club have been making their way through the streets of London with strategically painted faces. Camera and facial recognition surveillance on London streets are heavy throughout the city. The Dazzle Club has become a monthly gathering as a component of an open-source project that tests various strategies to dodge facial recognition technology. The tech is widespread throughout the city of London and is used…

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Will the novel coronavirus lead to a positive mobile payments trend?

Mobile payments trend - paying via smartphone

Usage has been slowly picking up in the western world, but contactless transactions may rise in appeal. When examining mobile payments trend data in North America, it’s clear to see that there isn’t much of a rush toward consumer uptake. Usage is increasing more rapidly now than it has since the beginning, but a factor has arisen that may speed the appeal of this type of transaction: COVID-19. Consumers hesitant to try the technology may start finding contactless transactions more appealing. As the novel coronavirus makes its way around the…

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