Tencent introduces new controls to combat kids’ gaming addiction

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The company has announced it is adding new time-based restrictions for the length of minors’ play time. Tencent has announced that it is implementing new restrictions in the hopes of tackling gaming addiction among children. This was, to a considerable extent, a response to heavy criticism and pressure from state media. Chinese state media has called online games “spiritual opium” and has placed a substantial focus on gaming addiction among children. Tencent recently made a social media post, stating that it would be introducing new restriction measures following the requests…

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The smartphone industry is starting to feel the global chip shortage pinch

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Until now, phones have mainly dodged the impact of this manufacturing trend due to stockpiles. The chip shortage that has been affecting the world this year is now starting to make its way into the smartphone industry, after having already affected everything from computers to cars. The supply issues in semiconductors have resulted from a range of different factors. The COVID-19 pandemic was the primary cause of many of the factors leading to the semiconductor chip shortage. The main two reasons were that factories were closed due to the spread…

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Christchurch Brick Show uses LEGO QR code for COVID-19 check-in

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A couple that loves creating with the blocks formed the working model for the show’s sign-in. People in Christchurch, New Zealand lined up for blocks (so to speak), in order to be able to scan a LEGO QR code that acted as a COVID Tracer to enter the annual Christchurch Brick Show. The barcode check-ins are required as a part of the country’s COVID-19 tracing efforts. To make the barcode more fun and appropriate for the show’s experience, a married couple – first-year exhibitors – decided to create a working…

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Moscow’s vaccination QR code program cancelled shortly after launch

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The program intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in bars, cafes and restaurants. Residents of Moscow will no longer need to use the vaccination QR code that was issued in several forms including a barcode temporary tattoo. The quick response codes had been used to demonstrate a patron’s low risk of spreading the coronavirus. The vaccination QR code was issued to Muscovites when they provided proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccine, having immunity after having had and recovered from the disease, or after providing a recent negative test…

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QR code tattoos provide access for Russian food delivery service

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Delivery Club has started offering temporary wearable barcodes to Moscow residents. A Russian food delivery service called Delivery Club has started providing temporary QR code tattoos to Moscow residents. The barcodes are required for patrons to be able to gain entry into the company’s bars and restaurants. The goal of the strategy is to encourage more Moscow residents to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. At the same time that the QR code tattoos encourage people to get vaccinated, they are also meant to help support the restaurant and bar sector, which…

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