Why it matters: Many years ago, video games were considered a pastime reserved for younger people—something you "grow out of." That outdated view changed, thankfully, and today we're seeing more people over the age of 50 enjoying games than ever before. According to a new report from GWI (via Gamesindustry.biz ), the number of gamers aged between 55 – 64 (aka Baby Boomers) has grown 32% since 2018. The puzzle/platform genre is the favorite among this demographic (27%), followed by shooters (24%) then adventure/open-world (22%). Looking at a broader age range, it's revealed that 32% of Gen X and Boomers (ages 38 – 64) who use the internet play games every day; that's only 5 percent less than Gen Z and millennials (ages 16 – 37). Another stereotype that no longer rings true is that that most gamers are single males. Just 3% more male participants play games daily than females, and 33% of both sexes are married. Elsewhere, it's found that 86% of internet users … [Read more...] about More Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are playing games
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So you’re considering a projector? Perhaps you’re a movie fan who wants to curate their own home cinema night, popcorn and all. Or you’re a gamer who wants to step out onto a distant planet and blast life-sized aliens to smithereens? With the right projector you can do all of these things, and so much more. If you are indeed ready to take the plunge, or are looking to upgrade, there are a few considerations to take into account. Projectors require a little more planning and setting up when compared with televisions. To get the best out of one, you’ll need to attach it to the ceiling, as – unlike TVs – you’ll need distance between the lens and the screen to project. (Unless of course, you go for a short throw model, but we’ll talk a little more on this later.) A ceiling-mounted beamer also eliminates the possibility of shadows cast by passing people or pets. Not all need to be ceiling mounted as smaller projectors can be moved in and out of a room as needed, but Sony’s range … [Read more...] about Should I buy a Sony projector?
The next few years will see billions of users regularly using facial recognition technology to secure payments made through their smartphone, tablets or smartwatches, according to new analysis carried out by Juniper Research. Smartphone owners are already used to staring at their screens to safely unlock their devices without having to dial in a secret code; now, facial recognition will increasingly be deployed to verify the identity of a user making a payment with their handset, whether that's via an app or directly in-store, in wallet mode. Smartphones The best cheap phones The 10 best smartphones The best Android phones The best Samsung phones The best rugged phones How to keep your smartphone clean during the coronavirus (TechRepublic) In addition to facial features, Juniper Research's analysts predict that a host of biometrics will be used to authenticate mobile payments, including fingerprint, iris and voice recognition. Biometric … [Read more...] about Billions of smartphone owners will soon be authorising payments using facial recognition
Mobile payment and e-commerce app Fave has been acquired by Pine Labs for $45 million, which will put the former in the hands of Indian consumers by year-end. The merger is touted to help drive both companies' expansion across Asia and markets such as retail, fashion, and food and beverage. The deal also would see Fave's founders take on roles to lead the platform's growth in the region, the companies said in a joint statement Tuesday. In addition, Fave would make more than 100 new hires in Southeast Asia and India, as it planned to introduce new payment features on its platforms, it said. The payment company, which acquired Groupon in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia in 2016 and 2017, currently operates in 35 cities across the three Asian markets. Singapore retailers must reassess digital strategy post-pandemic Retail organisations that neglected to build a robust online infrastructure now should realise digital can no longer be an optional sideline and look to … [Read more...] about Pine Labs acquisition to put Fave in India market
Good news, disabled Australians! You'll soon be getting an app that will implement a welfare compliance regime designed by the people who brought you robo-debt. But don't worry, it'll have blockchain. No, this isn't good news at all. What makes it worse is that it's clear the government wants to extend technology-driven compliance to all Australians, with an emphasis on cracking down on your mistakes, not theirs. Kathryn Campbell, Secretary of the Department of Social Services, says the long-term plan is to have one app for all Commonwealth government services. "One to rule the world," she said last month, apparently oblivious to how evil that sounds. Senators are already worried that the disability app, intended to be used by participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to claim expenses against their support plan, will go the way of COVIDSafe : Millions of dollars spent on technology that doesn't really do the job. The intention was to fix a poor web … [Read more...] about NDIS gets a government app with blockchain but no ethics