Chinese president pushes for global COVID QR code

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Xi Jinping may be facing an uphill battle in convincing the world to use a barcoded tracking system. Chinese President Xi Jinping is encouraging other world leaders to implement a global COVID QR code system comparable to the one his country rolled out months ago. The goal would be to help fast-track international business and travel even as the pandemic continues. Earlier this year, China required the use of QR codes in a color-coded public access system in its cities. It has been credited with being a major tool in…

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Vatican Library employs AI security strategy to keep hackers at bay

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The 600-year-old collection is digitizing over 80,000 manuscripts but is working to protect them. The Vatican is likely the last place that comes to mind when thinking about the latest in AI security technology. However, as the 600-year-old institution moves to digitize 80,000 manuscripts from its collection, it is turning to artificial intelligence to protect itself from hackers. The library has been using the last decade to create a digital copy of its entire collection. The idea behind digitizing its collection is to help protect the Vatican Library against the…

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Indian regulator bans new QR codes from being launched in the country

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The Reserve Bank of India is stopping the nation’s payment system operators from issuing its proprietary barcodes. The Indian banking regulator, the Reserve Bank of India, has announced that it is banning the generation of new QR codes that would have been the foundation of a new mobile payments system in the country. The regulator has stated that the new proprietary quick response codes will no longer be permitted. The national payment system is no longer allowed to issue new QR codes from its proprietary format for the purpose of…

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New Facebook ad features taking aim at holiday mobile commerce

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The social media giant is preparing to offer a frictionless shopping experience over the holidays. As a strategy to eliminate some of the friction in online and mobile shopping through the holiday season, new Facebook ad features are being unveiled. These are commerce-driven advertisements and options available both on Facebook and on Instagram. The new formats were developed specifically for mobile commerce optimization. Mobile commerce has been a particular focus for the Facebook ad features as almost four out of every five online features (78 percent) come from mobile devices,…

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Viewing virtual reality nature programs can improve wellbeing, study

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New research has shown that just watching VR or high-quality video of natural scenes boosts the mood. Watching virtual reality nature programs or even just high-quality video has the capacity to boost people’s moods, reduce negative emotions and help ease boredom related with isolation or remaining indoors for long periods of time. These were the findings of a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. The research showed that virtual reality nature viewing had notably greater benefits than simply watching it on a high-resolution TV screen, which did…

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