Southeast Asian mobile shopping dominated e-commerce over Chinese New Year

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Online buying exploded, as usual, for the holiday, and it was smartphones that made a retail killing. Southeast Asian mobile shopping took off in massive proportions over the recent Chinese New Year, easily becoming the primary driver of e-commerce in the region. In-app purchases were particularly high in the region as shoppers used their phones to purchase. Leading the way in Southeast Asian mobile shopping sales volume increases were Thailand and Singapore. Indonesia’s app traffic volume shot up substantially when compared with October 2020 data. Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and…

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Pecunpay research shows mobile payments adoption taking off in Spain

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The Spanish fintech has released the results of its study of smartphone transaction trends. Spanish fintech Pecunpay has released a report on its recent mobile payments adoption research, which revealed that Spain is seeing a solid growth rate of acceptance and use. While more people steadily use their smartphones to complete transactions, fewer use cash. The company issued a report titled “Study of mobile payment trends in Spain,” to describe the results of its research. The mobile payments adoption study was conducted as a part of a partnership with visa.…

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Strikingly accurate AI software predicts COVID-19 death rate

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A Danish research team has developed artificial intelligence with 90 percent prediction accuracy. A team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen claim to have developed AI software capable of predicting a person’s risk of death from COVID-19 with 90 percent accuracy. The program was fed 3,944 Danish coronavirus patient files to build its prediction algorithms. The AI software received non-identifying information in the patient files including their health data such as underlying medical conditions. The program was then “trained” to recognize patterns in the medical histories of the patients.…

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New QR code gravestones project in Turkey gives headstones a tech update

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The quick response barcodes help to share more about the deceased person, and who they were. QR code gravestones have started popping up in Turkey, where a project is becoming increasingly popular to help commemorate those who have died. The same barcodes on menus and printed bills are now also providing a link to multimedia remembrances. Just as a pandemic affected world has seen the return of these barcodes to help people to complete more activities in a contactless way, new strategies are being developed to use them in other…

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ByteDance payment service launches in China through Douyin

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The TikTok parent company is using this as its next step into fintech and mobile commerce. The company behind TikTok has announced a new ByteDance payment service launched within Douyin, the Chinese version of the popular short video sharing app, which it also owns. The Douyin Pay option can be used to transact purchases within the video sharing application. The ByteDance payment service is in the form of Douyin Pay on the short video app. This makes it possible for creators to more easily sell merchandise or other items related…

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