Kroger Pay gives customers new mobile payment option

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Kroger Co. now gives their mobile shoppers the chance to pay with their phone. The American retailing company has jumped on the mobile payments bandwagon and has launched Kroger Pay, a single-use QR code-based system. The app’s single-use QR code can be scanned to pay for purchases. Kroger Pay is an app that has been designed to generate a single-use QR code that can be scanned at the checkout counter to pay for a purchase. Users of the app can link it to any major credit or debit card. Additionally,…

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Digital Debit Group Releases Retail-Grade QR App Powered by PayPal Now Available on iOS

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Downingtown, PA and San Juan, Puerto Rico – February 18, 2019 –  Ready to use upon download, without card swipers or terminal hardware, the Digital Debit® app make its way to a ready marketplace.  Newly-released in the Apple App Store, merchants and freelancers can now accept in-person payments for services rendered from millions of PayPal users.  While retail-grade in its functionality, the QR app with PayPal integration can also be used in a more casual way.  Family and friends can both pay and get paid with the Digital Debit® app by…

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An Apple facial recognition system could allow drivers to unlock their cars

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A newly-published patent reveals that Apple is working on a new biometric unlock feature for cars. Apple facial recognition tech for cars could be the future. The California-based tech giant, who is no stranger to patenting technology, is now patenting a system that lets drivers gain access to their vehicles via biometrics. The system would allow a car to recognize the owner as they approach. A newly published patent called “System and Method for Vehicle Authorization” describes technology that could use face identification to secure cars. The mobile biometric authentication…

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QR mobile payments app that also supports NFC launches in Belgium

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Payconiq gives Belgian debit card holders an easy way to pay in store, online and transfer money. Payconiq, the newly launched QR mobile payments app by Bancontact, supports both NFC and static dynamic QR codes contactless payment options. In addition to giving debit card users the ability to make payments in store and online, they can also transfer money direct to their contacts using a single app on their smartphone. Payments can be made at 290,000 payment points across Belgium. The QR mobile payments app was launched after the merger…

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New Veterans Health API to give U.S. Veterans access to EHR data on iPhone

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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has announced mHealth upgrades. This summer, the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs will release new capabilities via the recently announced Veterans Health Application Programming Interface (Veterans Health API). These capabilities will allow Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medial data using Apple’s Health Records feature on iPhone. Veterans will be able to see an aggregated view of their health conditions via the iPhone health app. This includes an aggregated view of their allergies, medical conditions, immunizations,…

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New anti-counterfeit tag could make life difficult for counterfeiters

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The days of counterfeit designer handbags and medical devices could be over. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark have created an unique anti-counterfeit tag that can never be replicated, even by the manufacturer. This “unclonable” tag could be a game changer for helping manufacturer’s ensure product authenticity. Every year counterfeit goods result in economic losses costing billions of dollars. Knock-off goods are items that masquerade as the luxury brand, but are often made of an inferior quality. Each year, billions of dollars is lost to counterfeiters due to…

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1-800-Flowers.com upgrades digital services and adds AR messages for Valentine’s Day

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The popular floral and gourmet foods gift retailer and distribution company has enhanced its tech for Valentine’s Day. Thursday is Valentine’s Day and consumers who use 1-800-Flowers.com to send gifts to loved ones will find that the American company has added AR messages to its offerings. It has also made improvements to its voice ordering, mobile app, and its website. Customers can now place smart orders through Samsung’s Bixby and can use Samsung Pay to complete the purchase. Among the upgrades 1-800-Flowers.com has introduced to its digital platform is the…

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5 Benefits of having a custom website for your small business

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Running a business in our currently competitive environment requires commitment and grit. You should also embrace technology and create a beautiful, responsive website for your business. Today, designing a custom website is easy, thanks to the emergence of web building and hosting services such as WordPress. When it comes to choosing between squarespace vs wordpress, most individuals are often caught in a dilemma. Here are 5 benefits of having a custom website for your small business: Gives you online presence Creating a custom site for your upcoming business allows you…

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New AFCA endorsed standard likely to expand QR code adoption

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The digital ecosystem in China is set to expand with a new QR code standard. A new quick response (QR) code standard released by the Asian Financial Cooperation Association (AFCA) could lead to further QR code adoption in China. The number of Chinese who use QR codes to make payments is rising. Many merchants in China prefer customers to pay via QR code. It doesn’t matter if what the customer is paying for is breakfast, a movie or cab fare. Today, a great number of Chinese make QR code payments…

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Social media companies may face new rules from UK government ministers

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Concerns continue to grow in the UK regarding the effects of social media on children’s mental health. Following increasing concerns over children’s use of social media and its effect on their mental health, UK government ministers are considering taking official action on social media companies by imposing new regulations on them. Past and recent research reveals the negative emotional impact social media can have on young people. Recent research from Ofcom that was published on January 29, found that 11% of children 12 to 15 years of age said that…

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New wearable technology transforms sign language into audible speech

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Kenyan engineer and innovator creates gloves that could revolutionize sign language communication. A new type of wearable technology could revolutionize the way that those who are deaf and those who can hear, but who do not necessarily understand sign language, communicate. Called Sign-IO gloves, the wearable tech was invented by young Kenyan engineer and innovator, Roy Allela. The Sign-IO gloves are capable of translating sign language into audible speech. The glove has been designed to connect through Bluetooth to an Android phone and uses the device’s text-to-speech function to provide…

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