Music streaming deal inked between Samsung and Spotify

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A partnership with Spotify will let Samsung users enjoy seamless listening among multiple devices. A long-term music streaming deal has recently been struck between Samsung and Spotify that will result in Samsung users having the option to play music across all Samsung devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, smartwatches, and home speakers. Spotify will become a natural part of the set-up process for new Samsung devices. Spotify will naturally be worked into the set-up process of new Samsung devices. This will include the Spotify app being easily discoverable on smartphones…

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California launches first-ever license alert mHealth app

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App developed by the Medical Board of California (MBC) empowers health care consumers. The groundbreaking license alert mHealth app enables California health care consumers to make informed decisions about their doctors. The innovative mobile app provides users with instant updates regarding their doctors’ license status. These updates include everything from new specialties to disciplinary issues. The license alert mHealth app sends notifications directly to a user’s mobile device whenever there is an update to their doctor’s license. For instance, it will send a notification if there is a change in…

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Cyber Attacks Don’t Die, They Evolve

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Cybersecurity often feels like taking one step forward and two steps back. An attack will appear, the security community will respond, and eventually the threat will be eradicated. Then, a few months down the road, the threat reappears in a newer and stronger form. Most commonly, it’s evolved to specifically bypass the defenses created to combat it. This has always been true of cyberattacks. The earliest hackers searched for ways to tweak or re-purpose code after encountering a new defense. Or, rather than search for new vulnerabilities, they found new…

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Walmart back-to-school app designed to help people shop in stores

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The discount retail giant launched new app features to improve back-to-school in-store and mobile shopping. The new Walmart back-to-school app feature enables parents to search and shop for their child’s actual school supplies list. They can then use the app to locate the store isle where they can find the item, according a recent announcement from Walmart. Items can also be delivered directly to their homes. For those parents with busy schedules or who simply don’t feel like making the trek to their local Walmart store to buy the items…

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Free mobile gaming app helps combat overtourism in London

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A Mr. Bean-themed mobile game has been created specifically for London tourists. Central London is struggling with overtourism and a free mobile gaming app called Play London with Mr. Bean was launched last fall to help tackle the issue. The game shows tourists different city attractions. London travelers who download the free mobile gaming app will be shown different attractions around the city. If travelers visit these attractions, they can earn points and redeem them for discounts and vouchers around the city. The game features different levels. For instance, players…

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Sound activated AR Lens Launched by Budweiser for World Cup 2018

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The limited edition augmented reality lens will be available to Snapchat users. This week, in partnership with Snapchat, Budweiser will unveil multiple AR (augmented reality) lenses, filters and vertical video ads, including the world`s first sound activated AR lens. Part of Budweiser`s marketing strategy for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, this new technology launched on June 18th to coincide with England`s first match against Tunisia. The unique AR tech is for Snapchat users aged 18 and up. The sound activated AR lens is designed to respond in real-time to the…

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Social media tax and mobile money tax to hit Ugandans

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Uganda’s parliament approves new tax laws for Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter A new social media tax will soon come into effect for Ugandans. The approved law will impose a tax every day a citizen uses WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter or other social media services. Mobile money transactions will also be taxed. In addition to the social media tax, Ugandans will be taxed for all mobile money transactions. Citizens will be required to pay a 1% tax on all mobile money transactions. As for taxation on social media, the fee that will…

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Walmart scan-and-go shopping ended as customers disinterested in in-store m-commerce

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The retailer has shut down the program as shoppers failed to embrace the mobile tech based experience. The Walmart scan-and-go shopping has been abandoned by the retailer at its U.S. stores. Customers simply did not embrace the technology. It was designed to help them to save time in-store by skipping the checkout through the use of mobile commerce. The concept was supposed to let people use m-commerce tech to scan their own items and pay. Walmart scan-and-go was designed to let people use their smartphones to scan item barcodes as…

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Number of Twitter users once again on the rise

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This year’s first quarter is treating the social media platform well, as it is making money, too. Twitter users are growing in numbers once again, giving the social network a strong start to 2018. The company managed to turn a profit for the second time since its inception. That said, it’s the user number growth that is drawing the most attention from a business perspective. The Q1 2018 earnings were recently reported, showing that those new Twitter users may keep up the profits. In fact, Twitter predicts that it will…

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Retail mobile payments can help to reshape the customer in-store experience

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Retailers have been working to achieve an improved unattended shopping experience. Achieving an improved customer experience is leading stores to embrace retail mobile payments. Retailers are attempting to improve the customer experience through the use of technology. The hope is to offer greater conveniences without having to hire more staff. A great deal of this focus has been placed on the integration of a frictionless point-of-sale payment. The interest in retail mobile payments made the topic one of the best attended informational sessions at the Las Vegas Convention Center for…

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Chinese QR codes remain head and shoulders above NFC technology

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When it comes to m-commerce and mobile payments, consumers in China prefer quick response codes. Despite the fact that mobile payments based on NFC technology are present, Chinese QR codes remain most popular. Apple Pay, for example, didn’t make it into the country until 2016. This gave quick response codes lots of extra time to make it into mainstream use. Mobile payments are commonly used in China, but NFC isn’t the top tech. Two mobile payments services had been available for quite some time and used QR codes. Tencent launched…

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