U.S. House Democrats Adopt Mobile Internet Voting for Leadership Contests | World News

(Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers used a mobile phone app over the last two weeks to remotely cast votes for the first time, according to technologists and some involved in the process, embracing technology to facilitate an internal party leadership contest.

The development marks a shift in how Congress is adapting to the internet, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Use of the app, named Markup ERVS, had not been publicly disclosed before Friday.

A total of 230 House of Representatives Democrats logged into Markup on their government-provided iPhones to cast votes stating their preference for House speaker, who will be elected by the full chamber early next month, said Markup spokesperson Colby Redmond.

The House Democrats also chose their caucus chair and committee heads through the app, which transfers data to staff in Washington.

Earlier this year, the House changed its procedures for voting on legislation by the full

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TikTok Star Charli D’Amelio Invests In Mobile Banking Service For Teens

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  • Charli D’Amelio has invested in a mobile banking service called Step that is aimed at teens aged 13 to 19
  • She joins Justin Timberlake, the Chainsmokers, Kelvin Beachum, Eli Manning and more
  • Step has welcomed over 500,000 users only two months after its official launch

TikTok’s most popular user Charli D’Amelio has invested in Step, a mobile banking service aimed specifically at teens.

Step announced Wednesday that it has raised over $50 million in Series B funding, TechCrunch reported. D’Amelio, 16, is excited about her first startup investment and is optimistic about the future of the company.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” the TikTok star said in a statement.

“I’m excited to be able to

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After internet banking, mobile banking problems, RBI orders lender to stop digital launches, new credit cards



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HDFC Bank failed transactions: Reserve Bank of India  (RBI) has issued an Order dated  December  2, 2020 to HDFC Bank Limited with  regard  to certain incidents of outages in the internet banking / mobile banking / payment utilities of the Bank over the past 2 years, including the recent outages in the Bank’s internet banking and payment system on November 21, 2020 due to a power  failure in the primary data  centre.  

The  RBI  vide  said  Order  has  advised  the  Bank  to  temporarily  stop

i)  all  launches  of  the  Digital  Business  generating activities planned under its program ?Digital 2.0 (to be launched) and other proposed business generating  IT  applications

(ii)  sourcing  of  new  credit  card  customers.  In  addition,  the  Order  states  that  the  Bank’s  Board  examines the lapses and fixes accountability.   

The above measures shall be considered for lifting upon satisfactory compliance with the major

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Sensor Tower: Genshin Impact brings in nearly $400 million in 2 months on mobile

Genshin is sure having an impact on MiHoYo’s bottom line.

Mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower said today that Genshin Impact has brought in an estimated $393 million in the first two months after its September 28 launch. But the firm also noted that spending in the second month didn’t keep up with its first month ($245 million).

The free-to-play open-world role-playing game is on iOS and Android, but it’s also a hit on the PC, the PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch. And it also runs on the PlayStation 5.

For a few weeks, Genshin captured the gaming zeitgeist (and and estimated $245 million in spending in its first month), with the Zelda: Breath of the Wild-esque game inspiring myriad discussions on social media and spawning numerous streams and videos on Twitch and YouTube. Along with Among Us and Fall Guys, Genshin showed how games with social elements could thrive

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China Drafts Rules on Mobile Apps’ Collection of Personal Data | Technology News

(Reuters) – China unveiled draft guidelines on Tuesday seeking to limit the scope of mobile apps’ collection of personal data in the latest attempt to curb the sprawling technology sector.

The set of draft rules published by the Cyberspace Administration of China covers 38 types of apps from online shopping and instant messaging to ride-hailing and bike sharing.

China has increased scrutiny of its technology sector in recent weeks, last month drafting anti-monopoly rules for tech firms.

It has also expressed concerns about data protection and consumer rights, while authorities have on a number of occasions ordered apps to be suspended for mishandling user information.

“In recent years, mobile internet applications have been widely used and have played an important role in promoting economic and social development and serving people’s livelihoods,” the cyber administration said in a statement.

“At the same time, it is common for apps to collect …

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GoodFirms Discloses Trustworthy Mobile App Development Companies for Business During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the necessity for digital transformation. These days, mobile apps have been increasing and demanding for apps like shopping, entertaining, socializing gaming, and many more. The behavior of mobile users is indicating a shift in how they are interacting with their favorite brands.

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Therefore, various industries that were not leveraging mobile apps are now considering to build an app for their business. It is also helping the varied sectors of enterprises solve the specific challenges they face because of the worldwide health crisis. The apps have given enterprises new opportunities to make new revenue streams and deliver value-added services to customers.

As the demand has increased for creating sorts of mobile apps like ecommerce, enterprise, healthcare, education, financial, social, entertainment, game, and much more, several service providers in the market claim to be the best. Thus to help the

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How to archive a Google Classroom on a computer or mobile device when you no longer actively need it



a close up of a computer keyboard: Teachers using Google Classroom have the ability to archive, restore, and permanently delete courses. SOPA Images/Getty Images


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Teachers using Google Classroom have the ability to archive, restore, and permanently delete courses. SOPA Images/Getty Images

  • You can archive a class in Google Classroom on desktop and mobile using the Archive function in the Settings menu. 
  • When you archive a Google Classroom, everything in the class will be preserved, but it won’t appear on your Classes page and students can’t unenroll from it. 
  • You can also restore or permanently delete your Google Classroom on desktop and mobile.
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As the end of your term or semester rolls around, consider archiving your Google Classroom. A feature available only to teachers, archiving is a way to keep you organized and preserve materials as you move on to a new section or other courses. 

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Archiving is a way to file a class and its materials away without

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How Retailers Can Reinvent Shopping With Data And Mobile

Pactera EDGE Chief AI Officer. Leads organizational transformation using data, technology, information systems, analytics and data products.

This holiday season, retailers have an opportunity to completely reinvent the online/offline experience forever by taking shopping closer to the consumer. They already have the technology in place to do it.

A Different Holiday Shopping Season

It’s clear that the 2020 holiday shopping season will be different as shoppers and retailers plan for a time of uncertainty and social distancing. A Google-commissioned Ipsos survey found that 74% of U.S. shoppers said they plan to shop online more than they have done in previous seasons. Shoppers will still visit stores, but retailers should not expect a stampede of eager shoppers on big shopping days such as Black Friday. Many shoppers will look to services such as curbside pickup to minimize exposure to other people. (In fact, Salesforce predicts that stores retailers offering some

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FCC Maintains Ban on Mobile Phone Voice Calls During Flights

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission killed a proposal to allow in-flight voice calls via mobile phones, ending its examination of an idea that evoked fears of air rage from passengers trapped beside jabbering seat mates.



a close up of a bicycle: Passenger seats are seen in the cabin of a grounded Lion Air Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 aircraft at terminal 1 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cenkareng, Indonesia, on Tuesday, March 15, 2019. Sunday’s loss of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737, in which 157 people died, bore similarities to the Oct. 29 crash of another Boeing 737 Max plane, operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air, stoking concern that a feature meant to make the upgraded Max safer than earlier planes has actually made it harder to fly.


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Passenger seats are seen in the cabin of a grounded Lion Air Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 aircraft at terminal 1 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cenkareng, Indonesia, on Tuesday, March 15, 2019. Sunday’s loss of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737, in which 157 people died, bore similarities to the Oct. 29 crash of another Boeing 737 Max plane, operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air, stoking concern that a feature meant to make the upgraded Max safer than earlier planes has actually made it harder to fly.

The idea drew “strong opposition” from pilots and flight attendants, the agency said Friday in a four-paragraph order.

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The FCC in 2013 proposed

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