Contactless mobile payments will see use by 100 million Americans this year

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The pandemic has caused a sharp change in favor of the contact-free transaction methods in the US. Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 are being attributed to the trend toward the use of contactless mobile payments in the United States. Consumer shopping behaviors have altered to avoid touching commonly used surfaces. Before the pandemic, the adoption of contactless mobile payments had bee slow and gradual when compared to many other countries around the world. Consumers were satisfied with the convenience of using their credit and debit cards and didn’t…

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Amazon Kindle Vella to allow authors to serialize their novels

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This new platform allows self-published writers to release their chapters one at a time. The new Amazon Kindle Vella platform can offer authors a new way to serialize their works and readers a new way to enjoy them. Authors have, for many years, enjoyed success by releasing their works gradually, one chapter at a time. The tech giant is now rolling out its new Amazon Kindle Vella platform to make it possible for that type of serializing release to occur directly on the company’s ebook platforms. The first few chapters…

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Smartphone demand gives Qualcomm revenue a massive shot in the arm

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The company’s revenue spiked by 52 percent, driven primarily by handset shipments. Smartphone demand over the last year has sent Qualcomm revenues and share prices skyward as the chipmaker saw massive fiscal second quarter earnings. The company’s recent earnings report substantially exceeded analyst estimates for the quarter. The company’s share prices rose 6 percent on the news of its fiscal Q2 earnings in 2021. The company’s high revenues are credited to the massive smartphone demand as a result of the global pandemic. Qualcomm saw an adjusted $1.90 per share, when…

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QR code take-out containers could help reduce litter

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A trash-busting concept is taking off that would use quick response codes to track down litterers. A new idea that would use QR code take-out containers is gaining traction as this trash is becoming an increasingly problematic issue in littering. A man living in Cavan, Ireland suggested the idea, and it has been taking off ever since. According to Eugene Smith, from Laragh Community Alert in County Cavan, Ireland, said that the volunteers in his community that pick up litter have noticed a worsening trend in the amount of trash.…

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Mobile wallet payments more common than in-store cash transactions in 2020

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Last year, for the first time, people used digital payment methods more often than cash. Mobile wallet payments became more popular than cash transactions worldwide at in-store points of sale (POS) in 2020, said the Global Payments Report 2021 published by FIS’ Worldpay. That trend represents the first time smartphone-based transactions were more common than cash. The data presented in the Global Payments Report 2021 showed that there was a considerable 10 percent drop in the use of cash to pay for purchases in-store. This took into account the fact…

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