Chinese smartphones now require facial recognition for registration

Chinese Smartphones - Man taking selfie

Consumers in China will need to use the technology in order to sign up for new service. Consumers registering for service with Chinese smartphones are now obligated to use facial recognition to complete the process. The country requires consumers to have an image of their face captured when registering for service. The new requirement for facial recognition scanning to register for service with Chinese smartphones became effective as of Sunday. According to the government of China, this rule is meant to help confirm an individual’s identity in order to reduce…

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Alipay app for tourists: foreign visitors in China can now use popular mobile payments

Alipay app for tourists - Shanghai

Alipay and WeChat pay are widely used in China and now travelers to the country can use them, too. Taking a trip to mainland China? You might be glad to know that there is a WeChat pay and Alipay app for tourists now available. Alibaba and WeChat announced that travelers to the country will be able to link their international cards to their payment apps. This move will make it more convenient for tourists to buy goods in China. Prior to the roll out of these mobile payment options for…

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Google and Canadian Down Syndrome Society to improve voice recognition technology

Voice recognition technology - Project Understood - Canadian Down Syndrome YouTube

Digital voice assistants have a long way to go when serving people with speech challenges. It’s no mystery that voice recognition technology has a long way to go before it’s anywhere close to flawless. Anyone who uses Google, Siri or Alexa has had to deal with misunderstood words, phrases and commands. People with speech difficulties are coming together to help improve this situation with Google’s tech. Therefore, Google is working with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, which launched a campaign to enhance its voice recognition technology. The company is working…

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Timpson uses QR code tech to obtain instant feedback from consumers

QR code tech - POS Mobile Payment

The British multinational retailer has deployed a plan to encourage customer reviews. The in-store QR code tech has been added at the point of sale in 170 Timpson shops around the UK. The purpose of these codes is to increase the amount of reviews from customers by providing them with a fast and convenient way to leave quick feedback. Feedback has doubled since the review system was introduced. When customers reach the point of sale, they are invited to scan the quick response codes with their smartphones. This will prompt…

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The central bank of the Philippines to adopt National QR Code Standard for Payments

National QR Code Standard Philippines - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has approved adopting the quick response code on a national scale. The Bangko Sentra ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, recently announced that the monetary board approved adopting a National QR Code Standard for payments. The nationwide adoption of the quick response code is to ensure interoperability of QR-enabled financial and payment services. The BSP sees the value in QR codes for transferring money. QR technology has become the most convenient and cost-efficient method of transferring funds from one account to another,…

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