Instagram mobile shopping app is reportedly in the works

The social media network is developing a standalone mobile app for online shopping. An Instagram mobile shopping app may be developed in the future as the Facebook-owned social media network’s potential for e-commerce grows. The new app may be called IG Shopping. The possible standalone Instagram mobile shopping application would reportedly allow users to look through goods from online merchants and purchase them directly in the app, according to The Verge. Although the new app does not yet have a name, it may be called IG Shopping, which would be…

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New report reveals women are top mobile game spenders

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Women are 79% more likely to man an in-app purchase after installing a game. A mobile games study from Liftoff reveals that women are the big mobile game spenders. Women make in-app approximately 16.7% of the time after installing a mobile game app. In-app purchase conversion rates for iOS gamers is nearly double that of Android gamers. The mobile users acquisition firm learned through its analysis that not only are women more likely to make in-app purchases, but iOS users are bigger mobile game spenders compared to Android users. The…

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Newly filed patents reveal Walmart VR shopping could be the future

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The retail giant is furthering its reach into the digital realm with virtual reality tech. Rumors are flying around that a Walmart VR shopping experience could be available for future Walmart shoppers. These speculations erupted after it was discovered that the world’s largest retailer applied for two patents involving the use of virtual reality (VR) technology. Customers can wander around digital Walmart stores from the comfort of their home. The two patents the company applied for with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, detail a “virtual show room” and…

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Celebrities are being investigated for social media advertising practices

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UK regulator wants full disclosure from celebrities who endorse products on social media. Many celebrities and other influencers use social media advertising to endorse products for companies who pay them to do so. While there is nothing illegal about this practice, the UK regulator Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating celebrities and other influencers amid concerns that these celebrity social media users are not making it clear when they are paid to endorse products. Celebrities were warned by the UK watchdog that they were breaking Britain’s consumer laws. As…

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AmBank partners with Digi to deliver vcash QR Code payment service to merchants

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AmBank Group is improving its adoption of electronic payments. AmBank Group, one of Malaysia’s largest banking groups, has teamed up with Digi Telecommunications, the country’s leading telecommunications provider, and will be making Digi’s vcash QR code payment service accessible to its wide merchant network. This additional e-payment service is AmBank’s continued progress toward stepping up its digital strategy. POS terminals will be enabled to accept QR code transactions. For starters, the new electronic payments (e-payments) partnership between AmBank and Digi will see all AmBank’s merchant POS (point-of-sale) machines enabled to…

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Ugandan government collects over $1 million from social media and mobile money tax

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The newly introduced tax has already generated over a million dollars from Ugandan mobile users. Uganda announced that since introducing its social media and mobile money tax law, it has collected Ush7 billion (approximately $1.8 billion). The law imposes a tax on Ugandans every day they use social media services or make a money withdrawal via their mobile phone. The tax has been met with heavy criticism but is here to stay. Those who have opposed the new law, including both the public and politicians, argue that the social media…

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New AR Walking Dead Game lets you blast zombies in your daily life

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Join Rick Grimes and his crew for the battle of survival. Next Games has launched its new AR Walking Dead game called “The Walking Dead: Our World.” The free-to-play, location-based augmented reality (AR) mobile game is available for both iOS and Android smartphones. Players take on zombies in their real-world surroundings. Themed after the hit AMC TV show, based on Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” comics, the AR Walking Dead game uses Google Maps and augmented reality technology to give players a map of their actual surrounding, which is populated…

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Fashionable QR code jacket uniquely designed to the personality of the wearer

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QR codes aren’t always a basic pathway to a website or a mobile payment transaction. You’ve likely seen your fair share of QR codes on product labels, business cards, or for making payments, etc., but have you ever seen a personalized QR code jacket? Julie Helles Erikson has done just that, creating a fashionable garment designed to merge the wearers’ physical and digital lives, reports designboom. The garment revels the different personalities of the wearer. The QR code jacket is composed entirely of woven quick response codes. The purpose of…

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Improved mobile ordering makes prepurchasing beer easier for Ontario consumers

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The Beer Store’s mobile commerce app is getting an upgrade. Customers of The Beer Store, a beer retail chain in Ontario, Canada operated by Brewers Retail Inc., will likely see a mobile ordering upgrade in the near future. This improvement is expected to enhance the efficiency of prepurchasing beer for pickups via The Beer Store’s mobile app. The improved m-commerce feature will be available in 100 store locations by the end of June. By the time July hits, Canadian consumers will have the option to prepurchase beer from The Beer…

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Students in India benefit from QR codes in textbooks

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Digital content is being viewed by hundreds of students thanks to quick response codes. Schools reopened across the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on June 1 and data has shown that students are keen on using the QR codes included in the revamped syllabus for the new textbooks for Classes I, VI and IX, reported The Hindu. The new access to digital content is hosted on DIKSHA. The online content accessed via QR codes within the textbooks is hosted on the national digital platform of the Ministry of Human Resource…

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First-ever mobile shopping game show launched by Gravy

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Participants compete for discounts on new and innovative products. Live media company, Gravy, has launched the very first mobile shopping game show. A high-energy and interactive live show, audiences can watch and compete for new and interesting products discounted from 30 – 70% off. The live mobile game show also raises money for charity. The show is available via an iOS mobile app and is live every night at 8:30pm ET. Each mobile shopping game show features a new product presented in a unique price-dropping game format, according to a…

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