Google Maps Live View rolls out on Android and iOS

Google Maps Live View

Google Maps augmented reality walking directions is available on more phones. Google Maps Live View, an augmented reality (AR) walking directions feature, has recently been made available to a much broader range of Android phones as well as the iPhone. The feature was first introduced earlier this year to Google’s Pixel phones. The AR walking directions show real-time navigation in the Google Maps app. The feature uses the phone’s camera to create the AR display. Users with a compatible phone simply need to hold up their smartphone device next to…

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PENNY rolls out QR code food tracking to appeal to eco-conscious customers

QR code food tracking - Pineapple in grass field

The German discount supermarket chain is increasingly relying on origin labeling. PENNY, owned by the REWE Group, is adding QR code food tracking labels to some of its store products to provide its customers with easy access to information regarding the foods’ origins. It will start with the traceability of its pineapples and organic bananas. European consumers are increasingly purchasing foods based on their origins. According to a study published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in June 2019, 53% of EU citizens surveyed said that knowing where their…

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Mobile virtual reality loses more traction with the Galaxy Note 10 dropping VR

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The new Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy 10 Plus will not work with Gear VR. Consumers who were hoping that mobile virtual reality support would be a part of the next Samsung Note smartphone will be disappointed. The South Korean tech giant recently announced its new Galaxy Note 10 and confirmed that both this model and the Galaxy 10 Plus will not work with the company’s Gear VR headset. The Note 10 also won’t support other VR platforms. Beyond not having support for Gear VR, the phone will not support…

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QFPay digital payments receives funding to expand globally

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QR code-based payment technology company, QFPay receives $20 million in funding. The new funding comes from QFPay digital payments investors, Sequoia Capital China and Matrix Partners. The Hong Kong-based company also received funding from new investors, Japan-based Rakuten Capital, Dubai-based VentrueSouq, and the corporate VC arm of Telkom Indonesia, MDI Ventures. With this new financial support, QFPay intends to expand its digital payments presence further. These new investments will give QFpay digital payments the chance to not only continue to expand within its core markets across Asia, but also further…

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Wearable tech to help monitor exercise levels of people at high risk of diabetes

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Thousands in England to benefit from new digital health program. A digital program involving wearable tech has been introduced in England to help prevent thousands from contracting type 2 diabetes. Using the technology, the digital health program will assist in monitoring the exercise levels of those who participate. Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in England. According to the National Health Service (NHS), thousands of people in the country are at risk of contracting the disease, which has been rapidly spreading in recent years due to the obesity epidemic.…

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