Day: November 2, 2020

Voting like an astronaut: How ballots are cast at the space station

NASA recently posted a photo of astronaut Kate Rubin after casting her election ballot while in orbit. The space agency also detailed the process enabling spacefarers to vote hundreds of miles above the Earth.

Image: NASA

Millions of people across the US have already voted ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, individuals are embracing a wide range of voting methods this year such as early in-person voting, mail-in ballots, and more. Others have exercised their civic duty while in orbit hundreds of miles above the Earth. Last week, NASA released a photograph depicting astronaut Kate Rubins aboard the International Space Station floating in front of an “ISS voting booth.” In a recent post, the space agency detailed the process enabling astronauts to vote in space.

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Walmart’s PhonePe zips past Google Pay in India as UPI tops 2B monthly transactions – TechCrunch

UPI, a four-year-old payments infrastructure built by India’s largest banks, surpassed 2 billion transactions last month, exactly a year after hitting the 1 billion monthly transactions milestone.

Driving the transactions for UPI — which has become the most popular digital payments method in India thanks to its open architecture that allows interoperability among all participating payments apps — are Walmart’s PhonePe, Google Pay, Paytm, and Amazon Pay.

But for the first time in more than a year, Google Pay did not drive the most volume of UPI transactions. PhonePe recorded 835 million UPI transactions in October, it said, while Google Pay hit about 820 million, according to people familiar with the matter.

Paytm recorded about 245 million transactions, while Amazon Pay settled with about 125 million, the people said.

In a statement, PhonePe confirmed that it assumed the “market leading position” with about 40% of all UPI transactions last month.

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