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

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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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Harry Potter mobile game officially announced by Niantic

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite set to be the next Pokémon Go craze Niantic, the game studio behind 2016’s AR mobile game phenomenon Pokémon Go, has officially announced its upcoming Harry Potter mobile game – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, in partnership with Warner Bros. Players will be tasked with finding magic Foundables. The game is said to be similar to Pokémon Go, in that it uses the same augmented reality (AR) principals allowing players to explore the real world to find collectables. That being said, instead of collecting pokémon creatures, players…

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This year an estimated 2.4 billion people will play mobile games

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A new report reveals that mobile gamers are a “lucrative, untapped audience for brands.” Newzoo has collaborated with Activision Blizzard and released a new mobile games report called “Betting on Billions: Unlocking the Power of Mobile Gamers.” The report outlines how mobile gamers are important to brands as they represent a lucrative and untapped audience and predicts that approximately 2.4 billion people will play mobile games this year. Mobile gaming is the third most popular mobile app. According to market intelligence firm Newzoo, mobile gaming apps rank as the second-most-popular…

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Bodaty launches its Samyata app suite to make mobile shopping even better

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Bodaty wants to help shoppers purchase what they want on mobile and get it within the hour. Bodaty has announced the launch of Samyata app, a retail ecosystem designed to help shoppers purchase what they want from local stores and either pick up their purchases or have them delivered to them via personal shoppers. Bodaty is attempting to create an on-demand version of an omnichannel marketplace. The company, which seeks to apply cutting-edge technology to improve everyday life, has created a three-part ecosystem to Samyata app in order to connect…

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Microsoft is bringing a Dynamics 365 app to Android and iOS devices

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The tech giant is launching its Windows Mixed Reality platform onto mobile phones. Microsoft has unveiled its new Dynamics 365 app which is expected to be available for preview for Android Phones and Apple iOS devices in April. Each platform will preview a different app. There will be a Dynamics 365 Remote Assist application for Android and a Dynamics 365 Product Visualize application for iOS. So far, the apps are focused on businesses not consumers. More specifically, the company is launching the new Dynamics 365 AI and mixed reality applications…

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Q Anytime enhances QVC mobile shopping experiences with video

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The popular shopping channel’s new shopping app that includes a feed of shoppable videos. Q Anytime, QVC’s new mobile app, which was recently launched in unison with the company’s new visual identity and logo, is a new shopping app with a constantly changing shoppable video content feed. The app is currently available only for iPhone. While an Android app has not yet been released or announced, the Q Anytime app for iPhone was reportedly created to complement the company’s flagship mobile application with a feed of shoppable videos that are…

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New Veterans Health API to give U.S. Veterans access to EHR data on iPhone

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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has announced mHealth upgrades. This summer, the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs will release new capabilities via the recently announced Veterans Health Application Programming Interface (Veterans Health API). These capabilities will allow Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medial data using Apple’s Health Records feature on iPhone. Veterans will be able to see an aggregated view of their health conditions via the iPhone health app. This includes an aggregated view of their allergies, medical conditions, immunizations,…

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Expensify’s Super Bowl ad shows off its patented OCR technology in action

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Tracking your receipts and managing expenses on the go just got easier with Expensify. Using OCR technology, the Expensify app makes expense management a breeze via your mobile phone. How easy? As the highly amusing and entertaining Expensify Super Bowl commercial featuring rapper 2 Chainz and actor Adam Scott reveals, its as easy as snapping a photo of your receipt and you’re done. Expense reports with Expensify take 83% less time compared to traditional expense management methods. Expensify has been designed to automate the entire receipt and expense management process.…

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New AR social app to revolutionize photo sharing among friends

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Winsche Studios has announced the upcoming launch of its doRRtal app. The augmented reality (AR) developer will be launching an AR social app called doRRtal. The new social media app will be equipped with the ability to enable smartphone users to take 360 degree photos and share these with their friends. The AR social media app will allows users to use their phone as a “door” they can walk through. The unique augmented reality approach lets users create, share and view fully immersive 360 degree photos on their smartphones and…

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Mobile app spending exceeds $100 Billion Last Year

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New research reveals that mobile consumers were big spenders in mobile marketplaces in 2018. Mobile analytics firm App Annie has found that consumer mobile app spending reached a milestone in 2018. Mobile consumers spent more than $100 billion downloading software and paying for services from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store last year. This is a 75% increase from two years ago. The $100 billion mobile app spending milestone, which also included in-app purchases and in-app subscriptions, is reportedly a 75% increase from 2016. What’s more App Annie’s…

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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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