Augmented reality royal wedding features add fun to ABC News report

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At the same time that the AR function was amusing, it didn’t offer users any new images. ABC News did its best to draw as many viewers as possible this weekend, including using augmented reality royal wedding features. The news outlet was said to have invested heavily in search engine advertising and other ways to appeal to viewers. The AR features allowed iPhone and iPad users to view 3D models of certain royal wedding components. The details weren’t new or live. Instead, the augmented reality royal wedding images were 3D…

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Starbucks mobile loyalty apps lead the way as customer favorites

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Considering the success of the coffee chain’s applications and mobile payments, this is not surprising. Starbucks mobile loyalty has proven strong once again as the coffee chain’s apps win out as most popular among consumers. This, according to a recent survey by The Manifest. The survey examined consumer behavior and preferences when it comes to restaurant apps. The strength of the popularity of Starbucks mobile loyalty apps likely isn’t a surprise to many people. The company has long been considered to be the top success story when it comes to…

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Bitcoin QR code on murals earns street artist a cool $1,000

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Pascal Boyart is using quick response codes to help kick start his street art with cryptocurrency donations. A street artist named Pascal Boyart has decided to take a more modern route to funding his art, using a Bitcoin QR code. This way, he has allowed himself to earn an income without relying on traditional avenues. Boyart managed to earn revenues from his murals without needing an exhibition in a gallery. The Bitcoin QR code was a part of a growing movement artists have been using to replace the need to…

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Dumbphones and flip phones become hottest mobile device trend

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Top celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Rihanna have been spotted using versions of these devices. Dumbphones – the technology that once brought on widespread mockery when smartphones entered the scene – are returning to the trendy spotlight. In the United States and Canada, an estimated over 90 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 34 years have a smartphone. That said, trends are shifting to bring back the popularity of far more basic cellular phone models. Considering the dependence that consumers have been building to their smartphones, it’s…

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Amazon robot reportedly in the works for help around the house

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A Bloomberg report stated that the AI device has computer vision to navigate the home as a type of “mobile Alexa.” A new Amazon robot is underway to help consumers around the house, said a recent Bloomberg report. Project codename “Vesta,” the “mobile Alexa” is named after the Roman goddess of the heart. Amazon’s hardware R&D center, Lab126, is developing the robot. Lab126 is known for having developed the Kindle, the Fire Phone and more recently the Echo. As of yet, there have not been any reports regarding the way…

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Amazon app makes it easier for international customers to shop

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The application has launched an International Shopping feature on both its iOS and Android versions. Countries around the world with their own official Amazon app and website are used to its convenience. However, there are still many nations without their own version of the marketplace. Amazon has launched an International Shopping feature on its mobile commerce apps for those consumers. This feature makes it possible for consumers around the world to use the Amazon app (US) to purchase products that can be shipped to their countries. This new feature not…

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Instagram cracks down on drug hashtags, deleting many

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Facebook, the parent company, decided to remove #opioids, #fentanyl, #oxycontin and others. Instagram has decided to crackdown on drug hashtags, taking down some based on medication names. Among those Facebook – the parent company – has decided to delete include #oxycontin, #fentanyl and #opiods. Many others have also been taken down based on upgrades to Instagram’s community guidelines. Searches for #xanax and #fentanyl shortly after the drug hashtags crackdown produced no recent posts but shared a message stating that those posts “are currently hidden because the community has reported some…

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Spotify IPO a resounding success on Wall Street

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The circumstance has left many wondering what it will mean for music streaming’s future. The Spotify IPO has been labeled a powerful success, though many are now curious about what it will do to music streaming. The Swedish company now has a valuation of about $26.6 billion. On its first day, Spotify’s market share skyrocketed but has fallen since that time. The share prices fell following the Spotify IPO as a result of less-than perfect confidence in the company’s business model, reported Reuters. That said, the company’s performance may say…

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Digital downloads outpaced by CDs and vinyl for first time in 7 years

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Mobile commerce made many believe purchasing physical copies of media was on its way out. Digital downloads have been on the rise for years. Many have believed that CDs were going the way of vinyl, and vinyl had gone the way of the dinosaur. That said, for the first time since 2011, CDs and vinyl sales are now outpacing media downloading. When iPods and other MP3 players first became popular, the need to buy and store CDs fell. Once those portable media players hit the market, digital downloads and music…

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WhatsApp co-founder joins Delete Facebook movement

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Brian Acton made billions from the social media company but still says we should #DeleteFacebook. WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton is among those calling for social media users to delete Facebook. He joined the #DeleteFacebook movement even though he made billions from the company. Scandals have plagued Facebook over the last while, most recently involving user privacy. Facebook now owns WhatsApp after having purchased it from Acton. Now the co-founder of the popular messaging app is saying it’s time to delete Facebook. The backlash from this movement has sent the social…

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Toddler activates iPhone lock out on mother’s phone for 47.8 years

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The little one was meant to be watching kids videos but turned on the lock screen instead. A toddler in China managed to enter the wrong password on the iPhone lock screen enough to block access for almost 48 years. The child continually entered the wrong password on the screen. The kid had been watching educational videos on the iPhone and had been left unsupervised. The Shanghai family must now face an iPhone lock out for over 25 million minutes. A South China Morning Post report stated that the two…

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