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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Virtual reality for seniors uses technology for personalized therapy sessions

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The VR tech makes it possible for the elderly to enjoy their memories by reliving them. A Toronto, Canada non-profit launched by a palliative care doctor and a music producer is using virtual reality for seniors to provide them with the opportunity to relive their favorite memories while experiencing highly personalized therapy. The VR therapy was found to provide elderly patients with physical and psychological benefits. “It improves both physical and psychology symptoms,” said Dr. Ginah Kim, one of the Express Service Society’s co-founders. “A big part of improving people’s…

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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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QR code contact tracing system gets high praise in Australian state

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New South Wales Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello applauded the technology. In New South Wales, Australia, hospitality businesses and hairdressers are now required to use a QR code contact tracing system. Though it was available on a voluntary level, it became mandatory at the start of the year. According to New South Wales Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, the QR code contact tracing system is the best tool for getting the job done. He has applauded the check-in system’s effectiveness and was doing so even before it because…

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Mickey Mouse and other fake QR code profiles sabotage Australian contact tracing

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Officials are urging NSW residents to stop identifying themselves as Donald Duck. Fake QR code profiles such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are being used in the New South Wales, Australia contact tracing system, sabotaging its effectiveness. Residents of the state are being urged to complete their barcodes accurately to boost their effectiveness. NSW residents have been asked to complete accurate QR code profiles as fake names and phone numbers will stop them from being notified in case of exposure. “What we are finding is that some of the…

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