Mobile banking apps usage predicted to surpass online banking by 2019

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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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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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Facebook announcements were plentiful at F8, including many launches

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The social media giant took the opportunity at the F8 conference for both updates and unveilings There were a number of huge Facebook announcements made at the F8 conference. These included everything from new features to products and updates to existing services. The following are some of the biggest unveilings Facebook made at F8 via CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Among the Facebook announcements that has been drawing the most attention is FaceDate. It’s exactly what it sounds like. The social network is adding a dating feature to its offerings. This allows…

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

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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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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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Android app tracking improperly follows children, study

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Despite Google’s strong privacy track record, it has allegedly allowed thousands of apps to track kids. Google, known for its positive track record with personal data security, has allegedly allowed improper Android app tracking of children. This does not imply that the company itself has been gathering data about kids. That said, it has not prevented third parties from doing it through apps running on its mobile operating system. In that area, Google has a far less impressive track record for protecting its youngest users. This is not the first…

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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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The Pokémon Go craze is over but huge Lawsuits remain

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The mobile app fad practically took over the world during the summer of 2016, leaving problems behind. Pokémon Go was one of the hottest mobile app crazes the world has ever experienced. Moreover, it was by far the most popular example of augmented reality to date. That said, while the application’s use has faded away, many of the problems it caused continue to exist. Unfortunately, some of the AR app users failed to exercise common sense while they played. As a result, many homeowners experienced a significant amount of trespassing.…

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MyFitnessPal mobile app security breach affects 150 million accounts

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The hack has exposed the email addresses and passwords of its users who have now been advised. The popular MyFitnessPal application from Under Armour has experienced a massive mobile app security breach. The hack extended to both mobile users and those using the official website. The cybersecurity breach occurred in February and revealed usernames, email addresses and passwords. An estimated 150 million users were affected by the mobile app security failure, said Under Armour. Users who may have been impacted by the breach are in the midst of being advised.…

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IKEA Place app bring augmented reality experience to Android users

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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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