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Starbucks cashless store rolls out, pushing mobile payments further

Starbucks cashless store rolls out, pushing mobile payments further

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The coffee chain has been among the top performers in American smartphone based transactions. A new Starbucks cashless store pilot is rolling out in the United States. The Seattle based café chain has chosen its home town to try out a new concept that rejects cash in favor of mobile payments and plastic card based transactions. The downtown Seattle store will accept only mobile payments, credit cards and debit cards. The Starbucks cashless store … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured News, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments

New Shell QR code makes it easier to pay for gas

New Shell QR code makes it easier to pay for gas

Customers using the stations in Thailand can scan quick response codes for a cashless fueling experience. The Shell Company of Thailand (SCOT) recently held a press event in which it announced its new Shell QR code, allowing consumers to fuel up without the need for cash. This represents the first time this type of mobile payments service has rolled out in the country’s gas stations. The press event came with a “Making Life’s Journey Better with Cashless … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured News, Mobile Payments, QR Codes

In-app mobile commerce jumped over 12 percent on Christmas Day

In-app mobile commerce jumped over 12 percent on Christmas Day

December 25 saw a considerable hike in purchases made from within mobile apps. Consumers around the globe were turning to their device screens on Christmas day, sending in-app mobile commerce figures skywards. That day, they bought 12.3 percent more on purchases made in-app, on subscriptions and on premium apps. These figures were presented by Sensor Tower Store Intelligence, a marketing intelligence provider. This in-app mobile commerce data was based on sales from both the Google Play store and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured News, Mobile Apps, Mobile Commerce, Tablet Commerce

Haven app adds Edward Snowden’s mobile security to Android devices

Haven app adds Edward Snowden’s mobile security to Android devices

A newly released mobile application is designed to turn smartphones into inconspicuous security systems. The Freedom of the Press Foundation, The Guardian Project and Edward Snowden’s recent collaboration has brought the new Haven app to Android smartphones. The application was created to make the devices work like security systems while remaining unobtrusive. At the moment, the new Haven mobile security app is available to the public in its beta form. The Haven app was designed to use the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured News, Mobile Apps, Mobile Commerce Security

Snapchat augmented reality camera available for users to access

Snapchat augmented reality camera available for users to access

The social media app has launched a new Lens Studio platform letting users create their own AR Lenses. Snapchat has now made it possible for users to design their own augmented reality camera Lenses to share with other users. The Lens Studio is a free desktop app released by Snap Inc. for users of Windows and Mac computers. The augmented reality camera app is designed to be simple to use with a range of different tools. The Lens … Read entire article »

Filed under: Augmented Reality, Featured News, QR Codes

In app transactions see 64 percent growth rate this year

In app transactions see 64 percent growth rate this year

Purchases through mobile applications continued to see a significant rise in traction throughout 2017. It doesn’t come as much of a shock to know that in app transactions are making considerable gains, but the rate at which that growth is occurring is raising eyebrows. The holiday shopping season has been particularly effective in spiking m-commerce use. Over one in three American purchases over the Thanksgiving weekend occurred over mobile devices. In app transactions are playing a rapidly increasing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured News, Mobile Commerce, Trends, United States

Black Friday sees lower online retail card fraud figures

Black Friday sees lower online retail card fraud figures

E-commerce and mobile security held strong to protect online retailers and consumers this year. Both consumers and retailers were breathing more easily on Black Friday as online retail card fraud instances decreased this year over previous years. This represents the first time in several years that there was a drop, not an increase in e- and m-commerce card fraud. The fraudulent online retail card figures didn’t just fall slightly. Instead, it plummeted to 42 percent over the holiday … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured News, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments, United States

Mobile commerce use drives considerable Thanksgiving shopping growth this year

Mobile commerce use drives considerable Thanksgiving shopping growth this year

Online retail sales on the start of the holiday season rose to almost $3 billion this year thanks to smartphones. This Thanksgiving, mobile commerce use became an even bigger driver of online sales than had been the case in previous years. With a one day sales total of $2.9 billion this year, smartphones are getting a pat on the back for sending shoppers to online stores even when brick and mortar ones were closed. This year, smartphones … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commercial, Featured News, Mobile Commerce, United States

Facebook Creator app launches for video influencers

Facebook Creator app launches for video influencers

The social network is hoping influencers will take the opportunity to build broader communities around content. A new Facebook Creator app launched in the hopes of providing influencers with an opportunity to build strong video communities through the use of quality content. Social media celebrities could use this tool to further their reach and build stronger relationships. The app provides influencers with a Live Creative Kit to enhance their broadcasts with intros and outros. The Facebook Creator app … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured News, Mobile Apps, Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing

Updated YouTube Kids security policy lets viewers flag inappropriate content

Updated YouTube Kids security policy lets viewers flag inappropriate content

The children’s branch of Google’s massively popular video streaming service lets viewers participate. A new YouTube Kids security policy has been implemented to make it possible for viewers to flag inappropriate videos targeting children. This will make it possible for service users to be able to call to YouTube’s attention the presence of disturbing and otherwise child-unfriendly videos using popular children’s characters among their keywords. This feature is meant to allow users to work to age restrict … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured News, Mobile Apps, Mobile Commerce Security, Social Media Marketing

Dating app security issues may represent greater vulnerabilities than expected

Dating app security issues may represent greater vulnerabilities than expected

These applications may be placing the private information of their users at risk of exposure. A recent study analyzing the dating app security in some of the most popular applications has found some serious vulnerabilities. Kapersky labs conducted the research and has found that many of these mobile apps are not adequately protecting the private information of their users. The research found the mobile apps leave users vulnerable to hackers who can potentially identify the users. The lack … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured News, Mobile Apps, Mobile Commerce Security