Mobile commerce security breaches could prove highly problematic this holiday season

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A new study shows that careless using smartphones combined with large retailer hacks may be difficult. A new survey of over 1,000 Americans showed that mobile commerce security issues such as breaches may end this holiday season on a rough note for many shoppers. Hacks to large retailer databases and carelessness among phone users could be a brutal combination. The research was conducted by First Orion and showed that the security breaches afflicting retailers to an increasing degree are posing a rising risk for consumers. Moreover, this, combined with the…

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Black Friday sales on smartphones total record $2.9 billion

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Thanksgiving and the day after both proved to be record breakers for shoppers online and over mobile. Black Friday sales on smartphones took off this year, raking in a tremendous $2.9 billion. This was a sizeable chunk of the total online spending that day, which was also a record breaking $7.4 billion, according to Adobe. That day’s online sales were the second record breakers in a row as Thanksgiving also performed. Thanksgiving brought in a tremendous $4.2 billion in online sales, even before the biggest American purchasing day of the…

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QR code use in China may fall due to facial recognition technology

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Quick response codes are widespread for authenticating mobile payments in the country. In China, QR code use for completing mobile payments is as commonplace as the use of traditional credit cards in the United States. However, this could quickly become a thing of the past as more companies look to biometrics such as facial and fingerprint recognition. Tech giants in the country, such as Tencent, are already looking into ways to use biometrics. Most people use mobile phones to complete non-cash payment transactions in China. QR code use is the…

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Elon Musk wants to ‘solve” autism with AI brain chips

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The Tesla and SpaceX CEO feels he can use this technology for schizophrenia and autism. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, recently spoke on the “Artificial Intelligence” podcast, discussing his intentions to “solve” autism and schizophrenia through the use of AI brain chips. Musk spoke with Lex Fridman about Musk’s Neuralink neural-technology company. According to Musk, his hope is to be able to imbed AI brain chips into human brains in order to correct the core issues that lead to those mental health conditions. Musk stated that he believes…

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Burglary prevention QR code strategy designed to help car owners be more

Burglary Prevention QR Code - Parking Lot

The Sanford Police Department is using a new strategy to help prevent car burglaries. Police officers in Sanford, Florida are hoping that their new burglary prevention QR code strategy will help remind car owners how important it is for them to lock their car doors and keep valuable items left in vehicles out of plain sight. The police have been leaving Vehicle Assessment Survey cards on parked cars. According to Sanford Police Captain Trekell Perkins, people have become desensitized to verbal warnings and catch phrase reminders (e.g. “lock it or…

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