Beat Fever mobile game successfully connects fans and music artists

Beat Fever drives players to music streaming services - Apple Music on smartphone

The mobile game is driving millions to music streaming services Beat Fever is a relatively new music-based mobile game app that helps to bring music artists closer to their fans. It has successfully driven millions of streams to music streaming services including Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube and others. The music game has dramatically boosted music streaming. It is not uncommon for music from popular artists to be used in games for consoles, mobile and tablets. That being said, in most cases, fans rarely engage with the music they hear outside…

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QR Code based payments coming to Hong Kong’s rail network

QR Code Based Payments - Hong Kong Rail

MTR plans to implement a payment system that uses quick response codes. In an official statement released by MTR Corporation, Hong Kong’s rail operator, the company announced that it intends to implement QR code based payments on existing AFC (Automatic Fare Collection) gates. Passengers will be required to pre-generate a QR based transit code. The new QR Code based payments system will be built on a travel first and pay after payments model. Under this new system, passengers will need to pre-generate a quick response based transit code to enter…

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Mobile banking apps usage predicted to surpass online banking by 2019

Mobile banking apps - Increase in mobile banking over computers

More and more consumers are turning to their smartphones for their banking needs. The CACI reported that 22 million people chose to use mobile banking apps to manage their accounts via their smartphone in 2017. It’s forecasted that by next year (2019), more consumers will choose their phone for banking than their computers. 35 million people are expected to bank via a smartphone app by 2023. In addition to this CACI report prediction, it was said that by 2023, consumers would likely visit a bank branch only twice per year.…

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Millennials and Generation Z are teaching marketers about effective mobile ads

Effective mobile ads - Young man on mobile phone

These two generations comprise a large and growing portion of the world’s spending power. Marketers will rely on Generation Z and Millennials to tell them how to create effective mobile ads. A new Forbes report stated that these generations will make up about $350 billion in spending power between now and 2020. In less than 2 years, that represents a substantial amount of spending power brands will want to reach. The Forbes report indicated that it is these generations, the “young digital natives” who will be guiding marketers. The reason…

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Reddit says it’s “flattered” about the Facebook downvote tests

Facebook Downvote - Facebook - Thumbs down - social media

Zuckerberg’s social network is considering a new option for people to do the opposite of a post “like.” A new Facebook downvote option is being tested by the social network. The idea behind the proposed feature is to give a post the opposite of a like. This potential option has been debated among users for quite some time. Reddit already has a downvoting option that allows users to express their dislike for a post. There could be a number of potential benefits to a Facebook downvte system. For instance, it…

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Smartphone sales to flatten out in 2018 as devices fail to impress

Smartphone Sales - Man Holding US Dollar

In previous years, mobile phone models saw big differences from one generation to the next. Smartphone sales are expected to flatten out this year, according to a Canaccord Genuity forecast. Last year, the growth rate reached only 2.7 percent. The Wall Street firm predicts that consumers don’t have many reasons to upgrade this year. This prediction takes the mobile phone growth rate in a different direction than other respected forecasts. The Garner market research firm, on the other hand, said that smartphone sales growth would reach almost 5 percent. Still,…

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Canadian shoppers can use Bitcoin payments for Newegg purchases

Bitcoin Payments - Canada Newegg Accepts Bitcoin

The online computer hardware and consumer electronics retailer will now accept the top cryptocurrency. Newegg recently announced that its Canadian customers will be able to make bitcoin payments to complete purchase transactions. The cryptocurrency is now listed among the retailer’s accepted transaction methods. The company revealed its new adoption of cryptocurrency in a recent press release. American consumers have been able to make bitcoin payments at Newegg since August 2014. This made the company one of the first ever major retailers to accept the cryptocurrency. According to Newegg, since it…

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IKEA Place app bring augmented reality experience to Android users

IKEA Place App - IKEA Store

The augmented reality mobile commerce and home décor application is no longer limited to iOS. The IKEA Place app has now been updated to make it possible for Android users to experience its augmented reality features. These have already been available to iPhone users but are now expanded to Android users. The augmented reality feature lets shoppers preview the way an object would look in their home. Therefore, users of the IKEA Place app could use augmented reality technology to better inform themselves. They could look through their mobile device…

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Microsoft protects Office mobile apps with BlackBerry security

Blackberry Security - Mobile Security

The software giant has partnered with the former handset manufacturer to make its suite safer. Microsoft has entered into a new partnership to add BlackBerry security to its Office apps. The goal is to improve the security level of its popular suite of mobile apps. It will be adding the applications to the BlackBerry Dynamics container software. The new partnership between Microsoft and BlackBerry was first announced last week. Microsoft will be adding BlackBerry security to ensure that customers know they can safely use their apps. Among the Microsoft Office…

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Smart speakers are in 1 in 5 American homes

Smart Speakers - Amazon Alexa

Over 47 million people in the United States are now using these Internet of Things devices. Americans appear to be more than ready to embrace smart speakers in their homes. In fact, nearly 20 percent of Americans currently use one of these devices. These digital assistants are becoming rapidly more popular with a very healthy growth rate. Voicebot.ai released the report showing that over 47 million Americans are using smart speakers. This data specifically reflected the people who use the devices in their homes. The sales growth rate of these…

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Pyeongchang Olympics showcase upcoming 5G technology

olympics 5G technology

Special booths were available to Games visitors to try out fifth generation telecommunications tech. The Pyeongchang Olympic Games were a testament to athletic mastery but also featured 5G technology for visitors to try. Booths allowed people to test out the fifth generation telecommunications tech, which is the upcoming system expected to be used in the next Games. The 2020 Tokyo Games will likely use the fifth generation technology as a fresh way to watch sports. These demonstrations have made this year’s Games the first 5G technology Olympics in the world.…

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