Consumers are using their mobile wallet more, but prefer plastic

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While shoppers may be increasingly using their phones to pay, their cards are still a preferred method. Consumers have been using mobile wallet transactions to an increasing extent, but even among those who have been using their phones to pay, many still prefer using a debit or credit card, according to the results of a recent JD Power report. The report was based on a survey of 3,588 retail bank customers across the United States. The mobile wallet survey was conducted between the first quarter of 2021 and the third…

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Meta gains court approval to acquire virtual reality startup Within Unlimited

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This court decision has defeated the US Federal Trade Commission’s effort to block the purchase. Meta Platforms Inc. has received the nod from the courts to acquire Within Unlimited, a virtual reality startup. This is a defeat to the effort the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made to block the purchase deal. The FTC’s preliminary injunction to block the acquisition was denied in a sealed decision yesterday. The decision was made by US District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California. The decision was to reject the FTC’s request…

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Apple’s Emergency SOS saves two Canadian women

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The satellite feature isn’t new, but stories like this one are underscoring its importance. Though the Apple Emergency SOS feature connecting users to satellite in urgent situations has been around for a while, a recent case in Canada has shown how important the service can be. A recent survival study involved the rescue of two women who went missing in Canada but used the service. Back in November 2022, QR Code Press reported on Apple’s rollout of the Emergency SOS satellite service in Canada and the United States. Since then,…

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Popularity of OLED tablets skyrockets and is expected to grow even more next year

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This version of the display panels has been jumping in penetration compared to LCD displays. OLED tablets have sharply taken off in their penetration among consumers after that market previously had been firmly held by LCD screens. This technology has already dominated smartphones but didn’t make it in larger screens. Samsung was among the earliest largescale adopters of OLED tablets. While other companies didn’t initially follow suit, the devices became considerably throughout the pandemic. According to a report by Counterpoint Research, the lockdowns and remote work that were widespread throughout…

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Microsoft surprises no one by laying off its HoloLens, mixed reality, and VR technology staff

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The tech giant has dumped all the employees in each of those departments following a hiring wave. Microsoft has joined a number of other large tech companies that are laying off mixed reality and VR technology staff following a hiring boom that occurred throughout the pandemic. The employees of those companies are now paying the price of their employer’s rapidly made choices. Several tech giants were too quick in hiring new staff and expanding their offerings during the pandemic. Now, as the economy contracts, those giants are laying off those…

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