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Colorful Balloons mobile app discovered as Facebook’s secret Chinese entry

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The social network giant anonymously released the photo sharing application into China’s market. Back in May, the Colorful Balloons app was launched in China, allowing users to share pictures with friends and family. That said, according to a New York Times report, that photo sharing mobile app was actually a secret Facebook project in the country. Facebook is banned in China, but the social network launched the application anonymously. The Colorful Balloons application has a very similar look and feel to Facebook’s more well known photo sharing app, called Moments. That said, in the case of the Chinese launch, the mobile app uses WeChat, the largest social network in that country, instead of using Facebook, which is banned. The social network was able to anonymously launch the mobile app … Read entire article »

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Venmo QR codes launch to make it easier for users to share their profiles

Venmo QR codes launch to make it easier for users to share their profiles

The new quick response codes are supposed to help users connect with their friends more quickly. New Venmo QR codes recently rolled out for users of the mobile payments app. The idea is to use the quick response codes simplify the process of finding their friends within the application. The QR codes are available in both the Android and Apple iOS versions of the Venmo mobile app. All users need to do to use the Venmo QR codes … Read entire article »

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Disney mobile game lawsuit filed over data collection from children

Disney mobile game lawsuit filed over data collection from children

The entertainment giant has been accused of violating privacy laws about how personal data can be collected from minors. A federal court is asking some heavy questions about Disney mobile game practices involving personal data collection from children. As a result of these alleged activities, Disney has been sued. The class action lawsuit accuses Disney of having included inappropriate ad-tracking software in its mobile games. The Disney mobile game security lawsuit alleges that the company’s ad-tracking software illegally … Read entire article »

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Skype mobile app offers PayPal payments in latest update

Skype mobile app offers PayPal payments in latest update

The digital wallet’s partnerships are continuing to pile up with the messenger/voice application joining the mix. PayPal has announced that it has entered into yet another partnership as Skype mobile app users will be able to send money to recipients in 22 countries worldwide. The latest version of the Skype application makes it possible for users to send money to other users via PayPal. This represents a significant boost in PayPal’s reach as Skype’s app currently boasts … Read entire article »

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Starbucks mobile payments now account for 30 percent of the coffee chain’s transactions

Starbucks mobile payments now account for 30 percent of the coffee chain’s transactions

The Seattle based quick service café recently reported posting $5.7 billion in third quarter revenue. Starbucks mobile payments are continuing their steady trend toward increasing usage, according to the coffee chain’s most recent quarterly earnings report. The third quarter earnings at Starbucks were reported to be $5.66 billion, representing an 8 percent increase. That said, despite the healthy rise over the same quarter last year, Starbucks missed its predicted target of $5.76 billion. The company’s non-GAAP earnings were … Read entire article »

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Pedestrian mobile safety technology undergoing Australian trial

Pedestrian mobile safety technology undergoing Australian trial

Cohda Wireless launched a new pilot program using vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) tech on Adelaide streets. Cohda Wireless announced the beginning of a new mobile safety technology pilot project trialing it s vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) tech on the streets of an Australian city. The tech firm originally created this solution to help cars and motorcycles to avoid colliding with each other via communication. The new pilot program is underway through collaboration with the South Australian Government and Telstra. Cohda Wireless is … Read entire article »

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Mobile health technology offers SIDS protection to newborns

Mobile health technology offers SIDS protection to newborns

A recent study showed smartphone tech can assist parents in sudden infant death syndrome prevention. Researchers at the University of Virginia, Yale University and Boston University have determined that mobile health technology may help parents save their newborns’ lives. The researchers conducted a study using mobile tech to support parents in preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related death risks in their babies. The mhealth technology used only the most basic mobile phone functions … Read entire article »

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J.P. Morgan Chase and PayPal mobile payments deal announced

J.P. Morgan Chase and PayPal mobile payments deal announced

Two giants in the payments industry are now working together – as well as competing – under a new agreement. J.P. Morgan Chase and PayPal mobile payments – two companies among the highest profile firms in mobile wallets – have announced a new partnership within their continuing competition. They have now developed terms for a new deal that they announced at the end of last week. This agreement expands the Chase Pay mobile wallet service reach from … Read entire article »

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Chinese mobile payments are driving the country toward becoming cashless

Chinese mobile payments are driving the country toward becoming cashless

People in the country have used cash for thousands of years but smartphones are rapidly replacing it. Chinese mobile payments are quickly gaining ground as the country goes increasingly cashless in favor of smartphones. Despite the popularity of cash and the fact that it has been used in China for millennia, its days may be numbered. This move toward mobile wallets is allowing much of the country to skip the use of plastic credit cards. In May, the … Read entire article »

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Will mobile payment technology be the end of ATMs?

Will mobile payment technology be the end of ATMs?

The automated teller machine turns 50 years old in 2017 but some think its days might be numbered. The automated teller machine (ATM) turned 50 this year, but with mobile payment technology gaining ground, many wonder how long the older tech will last. Though these cash dispensing machines were once regular stops in consumers’ lives, their importance is fading. The first ATM was installed in north London at the Enfield Town location of Barclays Bank. The first customer … Read entire article »

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Mobile games revenues now greater than earnings from those on consoles and PCs

Mobile games revenues now greater than earnings from those on consoles and PCs

The industry has now shifted to the point that smartphones and tablets are the top earners for gaming. Mobile games revenue is being taken extremely seriously all of a sudden now that it has reached a significant landmark. Those earnings are now greater than those brought in by games on either consoles or PCs. The industry is now being forced to look at mobile gaming in a way they had not previously been doing. In 2017, mobile games … Read entire article »

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