Snapchat Adidas mobile game lets players buy special baseball cleats

Snapchat Adidas mobile game - Image of Adizero Red Adidas Shoes

Adidas partners with Snapchat and Dick’s Sporting Goods to launch a shoppable 8-bit mobile game. The Snapchat Adidas mobile game, called “Baseball’s Next Level,” is an 8-bit mobile game available on the social app. The game, which is the result of a partnership between the German sportswear giant, the social app, and the American sporting goods retail company, lets Snapchat users play as MLB athletes and each of those athletes are wearing their own limited-edition cleats from the Adidas 8-bit collection. Snapchat users can purchase the shoes directly within the…

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Mario Kart Tour becomes Nintendo’s fastest mobile game launch to date

Mario Kart Tour - Mario figurine - Nintendo

The popular racing game has been downloaded over 90 million times in its first week. With over 90 million downloads in the first week of its release, Mario Kart Tour is at the top of the charts and is easily Nintendo’s fastest mobile game launch ever. The number of downloads is six times higher than Nintendo’s second best mobile game launch. According to Sensor Tower, the number of downloads of Mario Kart Tour is six times greater than Nintendo’s mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, which was its second biggest…

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4JET SCANNECT QR code tire reader app rolls out for iOS and Android platforms

QR Code Laser Tire Marking by 4JET SCANNECT - YouTube

4JET has made it even easier for consumers to scan its quick response codes on tires. The German-based supplier of laser system services has launched the 4JET SCANNECT app, which provides optimal reading results of its QR codes printed on tires, even in situations involving contaminated codes or difficult lighting conditions. The company’s high contrast QR code engraving is a world first. What makes the 4JET SCANNECT (which is short for “scan and connect”) particularly unique is that it’s novel laser marking process can engrave an individual and permanent QR…

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Japanese bank to roll out facial recognition ATMs to customers

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Seven Bank and NEC Corporation have teamed up to bring the identify verification tech to ATMs. Japanese bank Seven Bank is providing its customers with facial recognition ATMs, which will be enabled with the identity verification technology and a QR (quick response) code reader for document authentication and payments. NEC Corporation, the Japanese multinational provider of information technology services and products, has provided the tech that’s been integrated into the machines. The NEC technology is part of the company’s Bio-Idiom portfolio of biometric authentication technologies. The facial recognition ATMs will…

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Cross-border European mobile payment network in the works

European Mobile Payment Initiative - Euros - mobile phone

Seven European payments operators are partnering to create a cross-boarder mobile payments network. The European Mobile Payment System Association initiative has been announced by seven European payments operators that own and operate mobile payments services in Europe. These operators, many of which are owned by banks, are in the process of building a pan-European network that focuses on cross-border mobile-based payment transactions. The move comes as banks and traditional financial services companies battle fintechs and global tech giants. The seven businesses and payments networks involved in the initiative include: •…

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