The long-rumored Instagram in-app shopping feature has finally arrived

Instagram in-app shopping - Checkout - Instagram - YouTube

Checkout is the social media platform’s new feature that allows in-app shopping purchases. Instagram in-app shopping is now a real thing. The Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing social networking service has unveiled Checkout, a new feature that allows users to make purchases directly inside the app without being redirected to another site to complete the purchase. Shopping via Instagram (IG) is nothing new, but now users don’t have to leave the app to complete purchases. To be clear, the new Instagram in-app shopping feature does not mark the first time that…

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Amazon mobile payments system to roll out in Mexico

Amazon mobile payments- Mexican Flag

The new mobile payments system will allow Amazon customers to pay via QR code. The e-Commerce giant is working with Mexico’s government-backed central bank on an Amazon mobile payments system. The system will reportedly enable customers to pay for goods using their smartphone to scan a quick response (QR) code. The new payments program is called CoDi. The Amazon mobile payments system is known as CoDi and it will be the first time that Amazon has offered this type of scanning tech in Mexico. The hope is that by introducing…

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QR code drug packaging may become mandatory in India

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All medicine packs in the country will be required to carry a unique quick response code. India’s Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) is expected to issue an order that will make QR code drug packaging mandatory in the country. This will mean that all medicine packs will be required to have a QR (quick response) code on its labels in April, according to sources, reports The Hindu Business Line. QR coding the medicine labels can help reduce the risk of purchasing fake medicines. According to DoP officials, The QR code drug…

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1-800-Flowers.com upgrades digital services and adds AR messages for Valentine’s Day

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The popular floral and gourmet foods gift retailer and distribution company has enhanced its tech for Valentine’s Day. Thursday is Valentine’s Day and consumers who use 1-800-Flowers.com to send gifts to loved ones will find that the American company has added AR messages to its offerings. It has also made improvements to its voice ordering, mobile app, and its website. Customers can now place smart orders through Samsung’s Bixby and can use Samsung Pay to complete the purchase. Among the upgrades 1-800-Flowers.com has introduced to its digital platform is the…

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New Bose AR Frames have launched and are available now

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The popular American audio brand has added augmented reality tech to its new wearable product. After being revealed in December, Bose AR Frames are now commercially available and those who want to get their hands on the wearable device, known simply as “Frames,” can purchase them for $199.00. These unique sunglasses let the wearer listen to music, make calls and access AR experiences. The Bose AR Frames have been designed to look like classic sunglasses. The lightweight (10 ounce) Frames are available in two different styles. There is the Alto,…

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Fossil’s smartwatch technology purchased by Google

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The Internet tech giant has acquired Fossil’s wearable technology for $40 million. To pursue its smartwatch vision, Google is reportedly buying Fossil’s smartwatch technology for $40 million. This is big news as Google has yet to release or show off a premium version of Wear OS. The new deal also includes a smartwatch that is already in development. With the purchase of this smartwatch technology, this could mean that Google will also be releasing one of these wearable devices, sooner rather than later. According to TechCrunch, the deal between Fossil…

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Mobile game addiction blamed for negatively impacting student exam scores

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Student association in India wants to ban PUBG. The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association in India has called for a ban on the popular mobile game version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The student association claims that students are suffering mobile game addiction from playing PUBG Mobile and it is causing poor test results. The students association says the mobile game is more addictive than drugs. The student body reportedly appealed to the governor of Jammu and Kashmir state to ban PUBG Mobile. The association claims that the game is extremely…

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Square In-App Payments processing becomes a reality

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Square has launched a customizable SDK in-app payment solution for iOS, Android and Flutter. Square In-App Payments SDK (software development kit) has been launched by the San Francisco-based financial tech company, enabling developers and sellers who use its services to accept in-app payments. While Square has products to help sellers accept payments on the web and in person, this is the first time it will be available in mobile apps. Buyers can securely pay for physical goods or services purchased via mobile app. With the Square In-App Payments SDK, developers…

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Revolutionary QR code marketing platform introduced by Solyo

Solyo QR code marketing platform

Solyo enables any size brand to engage in richer conversation with their customers. California-based company, Solyo.io, is providing businesses with the power to engage their consumers more effectively with a unique QR code marketing platform equipped with geolocation technology. Customers can enjoy a tailored experience in store or at home. Solyo’s QR code marketing platform allows for brands to create an at-home or in-store experience tailored for each moment of need, according to a Solyo press release. A Solyo-powered QR code placed on a product presents different information to consumers,…

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Facial recognition camera secretly used on Taylor Swift fans

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Security at the singer’s Rose Bowl show utilized facial recognition tech, unbeknownst to fans. A facial recognition camera was reportedly used at Taylor Swift’s LA concert back in May for the purpose of monitoring the crowd to check for Swift’s known stalkers. That said, this technology was employed in secret and used on fans without their knowledge as they watched a screen playing rehearsal clips in one of the kiosks that had been set up. The images where transferred to a Nashville “command post.” “Everybody who went by [the kiosks]…

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PayPal mobile payments break records over Thanksgiving shopping weekend

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Over $1 Billion mobile payments were made via PayPal on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. PayPal mobile payments was the preferred payment method for many mobile users during America’s biggest shopping weekend of the year. The American-based worldwide online payment system has revealed that, for the first time ever, it saw over $1 billion in mobile payment volume on Black Friday and hit this record-breaking volume again on Cyber Monday. There were higher mobile payment volumes on Black Friday than Cyber Monday. What is particularly surprising about the data…

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