Amazon Prime Day has more competition than ever

Amazon Prime day - Amazon logo on mobile phone

Other big retailers are giving Amazon a run for its money. Amazon Prime Day launched on July 15, 2015 to celebrate the eCommerce giant’s 20th birthday. What began as a 24 hour sales event in nine countries has expanded over the years into an annual 48 hour event across 18 countries. However, Target, Macy’s and eBay are offering big sales of their own to compete with Amazon’s Christmas-like-deals-in-July sales event. Competition soars among retailers wanting to cash in on the back-to-school shopping season. Amazon Prime Days, which launched today (July…

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New Gucci AR feature lets mobile shoppers try on its line of Ace Sneakers

Gucci AR feature - Apple Store screenshot

An augmented reality (AR) feature has been added to the Italian luxury brand’s iOS app. A Gucci AR feature has been added to the brands iOS app that allows iPhone users the ability to virtually try on the company’s new line of Ace Sneakers. After trying on the shoes, consumers have the option to purchase the shoes from Gucci’s online store. Shoppers can move around and look at the virtual shoes in real time. Users who have downloaded the free Gucci app, simply need to call up the feature, choose…

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Amazon Spark shuts down after two-year flop

Amazon Spark - Amazon logo on mobile phone

The eCommerce giant has sacked its Instagram-like mobile shopping social media platform. Never heard of Amazon Spark? You’re not alone. Spark was offered to only Amazon Prime members, and in its two years of existence, it failed miserably. The main reason? This social media shopping feature was a ghost town. Spark has been removed from both Amazon’s website and app. Amazon Spark, which could once be accessed via the company’s website and app, has been removed. The shopping tool, which was introduced about two years back, was designed to allow…

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AT&T cryptocurrency payments are now an option for mobile customers

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The American cellular network operator will be offering the service through BitPay. AT&T cryptocurrency payments are a first for a major US mobile carrier. According to company, this was made possible through a partnership between the mobile operator and BitPay payment service. Customers will be able to pay via the AT&T website or through the app. Customers of the mobile carrier will have the option to pay theirbill using cryptocurrency either online using the AT&T website or via the myAT&T app. However, while this new digital payments options is permitted,…

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Huawei blacklisting in the US hurts the company on a global scale

Huawei blacklisting - Huawei smartphone

Google has removed Huawei from the Android partner program. As part of the Huawei blacklisting order by the US government, Google was required to remove the Chinese tech company from the Android Partner program. Such a move implies that Huawei will no longer be privy to proprietary apps and services from Google. This restriction could hurt Huawei’s prominence in the market. For now, Google will continue to send software updates to Huawei phones until mid-August. On Tuesday, the US Commerce Department decided to grant mobile phone companies a 90-day license…

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