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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BNM dives into QR code payment services, calls itself a disruptor

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Bank Negara is taking on the many challenges associated with quick response codes in Malaysia. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is placing a focus on rolling out QR code payment services. This is a part of a broader strategy to disrupt the traditional banking industry. At the Malaysia Fintech Expo, BNM specifically referred to itself as “the biggest disruptor in the room.” The bank referred to itself in that way as a part of a question its director of its payment systems policy department, Tan Nyat Chuan, asked in his keynote…

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Barclaycard restaurant mobile payments let diners walk out without the wait

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Until now, to “dine and dash” meant running off without paying, but that’s about to change. Barclaycard has announced that its customers will be able to make restaurant mobile payments by simply leaving an establishment. The solution means diners can leave once they’re finished eating. It eliminates the need to wait for a bill at the end of a meal. The service has been nicknamed “Dine & Dash” because diners can leave without waiting for a bill. To use the Dine & Dash restaurant mobile payments service, customers need a…

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Facebook downvote system is in testing to help spot problem comments faster

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At the moment, the feature is being offered in a small number of public page posts seen by a limited group. A new Facebook downvote feature is currently undergoing testing by the social media giant. The goal is to make it possible for users to “downvote” comments. The testing is only in its initial stages so the vast majority of users and pages won’t see the feature yet. So far, the Facebook downvote button is limited to a few handfuls of Public page post comments and can be seen exclusively…

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Amazon unveils SmileCodes, its own version of QR codes

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The online marketplace will be using their own form of quick response codes to share offers and discounts. Amazon has announced it is rolling out its own branded form of QR codes, which it has called SmileCodes. These logo shaped quick response codes will let shoppers activate the company’s offers through a fast and easy scan. When shoppers spot the smile shaped QR codes in the real world, they can scan them to access the offer. Shoppers will be able to see the SmileCodes and their associated offers in real…

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Hanoi city implements QR code tracing service for fresh fruits and veggies

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The pilot program will roll out to help customers trace the origins of the produce they’re buying. Hanoi has announced details regarding a new pilot QR code tracing program meant to help improve consumer health. The service will make it possible for quick response codes to track the origins of agricultural products. The details have only just been released for the program that will be rolling out as a pilot this year. The Hanoi People’s Committee released a plan for the QR code tracing program which begins in the city…

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