Indispensable Travel Apps

Best Travel Apps

Traveling can be both exciting and a little stressful if you don’t have the proper tools to help you along the way. With a little foresight and planning you can load up your smart phone with travel apps that will help you with everything from the trip planning to converting currency, reading signs in foreign languages, and even finding public bathrooms! The following are some indispensable travel apps that will help take the stress out of your vacation, leaving you free to fully enjoy the experience: Tripit This is a…

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Google Change the Game contest challenges teenage girls to design mobile games

Google Change the Game Challenge - Mazu mobile game - Google Play - LearnDistrict Inc.

Google wants to see more mobile games developed by female gamers. Google Change the Game Design Challenge was launched by the internet giant last spring and challenged thousands of teenage girls to design games they would like to play. After receiving thousands of submissions, five finalists were selected by a group of Google employees and guest judges. The grand prize winner received a $10,000 college scholarship and a $15,000 technology contribution to her school. In addition to these awards, the grand prize winner, Christine – an 11th grader from Vancouver,…

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Virtual reality learning could help disadvantaged youth find employment

Virtual reality learning - Grand Hyatt hotel in Shanghai

A new community-hiring program has been introduced by Hyatt Corp. The global hotel chain has a new community-hiring program called RiseHY, which provides young people, who are seeking career opportunities in the hospitality industry, with a virtual reality learning experience. Hyatt hotels around the world have committed to hiring 10,000 “opportunity youth.” The company plans to hire young people of ages 18 to 24 who are neither in school or working. The goal is to hire 10,000 of these individuals by 2025. The virtual reality learning experience provide by RiseHY…

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West Virginians living abroad cast their election ballots via mobile voting

Mobile voting - Man using smartphone

The remote voting system via mobile device is a pilot project. Almost 140 West Virginians living abroad in 29 counties have used mobile voting in order to participate in the 2018 midterm elections. West Virginia is the first state to run a blockchain-based voting project at such a large scale. The statewide pilot project covers 24 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. It uses a variety of tech, including a combination of smartphones, facial recognition and blockchain to create a large-scale and secure method for West Virginians, including service members, Peace…

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4 Trends That Continue to Define Mobile App Advertising

mobile app marketing trends

Mobile users today have literally millions of apps available from which to choose. This means app marketers are facing a two-fold challenge: Make users aware of the existence of their app in a crowded marketplace and convey the unique value it can provide users before a competitor manages to do the same. Where there’s fierce competition, there’s innovation. The mobile app advertising industry is no exception here; savvy marketers are harnessing emerging technology to drive high-quality installs that lead to further engagement. Here are four trends that continue to define…

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Sam’s Club Now mobile shopping app could replace cashiers

Sam's Club Now - Store in Dallas

A new technology is being tested in Dallas by the Walmart-owned wholesale club. Sam’s Club Now is an innovative concept store that will soon open its doors in the Dallas, Texas area. The store is designed to test out new concepts involving mobile shopping and mobile checkout. The Dallas store will be the first to test the technology developed to provide a full mobile shopping experience. In addition to testing mobile checkout, Sam’s Club Now will also be testing other concepts. Among these include electronic shelf labels, augmented reality, AI-infused…

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Find saints and Bible characters in new mobile game Follow JC Go

Follow JC Go - mobile game - christian chruch interior

The Vatican has approved a church-themed game inspired by Pokémon Go Follow JC Go! is a new mobile game designed to encourage young Christians to attend church. As you might suspect from its name, the game follows a similar theme to Niantic’s phenomenally popular Pokémon Go, launched back in 2016. The major difference being, however, that instead of finding and collecting monsters, you find and collect saints and other biblical figures. Pope Francis has applauded the Vatican-approved game. Even more interesting, Follow JC Go has not only received a stamp…

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5 Tips to Staying Safe on Snapchat

Safe on Snapchat

Snapchat is a social networking app that allows people to send each other pictures, videos and text messages that disappear after a few seconds. The app is designed to destroy all images, videos and other content that has been received after 10 minutes. This means that neither the sender nor the receiver can store the content permanently. Although Snapchat allows people to communicate discreetly, it comes with a number of risks. If you are not careful, someone might hack into your account. Besides that, your images and videos can be…

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New Bank of America mobile banking features give clients instant one-touch access

Bank of America mobile banking - banking, economy, mobile phone

The Bank of America has announced a new feature designed to improve the mobile banking experience. The Bank of America mobile banking app will soon offer a feature that enables their mobile clients to switch between its app and the apps of its subsidiaries, without having to re-authenticate. These subsidiaries include Merrill Lynch, Merrill Edge, and U.S. Trust. Mobile banking clients can now manage their banking and investing with greater convenience. Without having to re-authenticate between the mobile apps, it is easier for clients to manage their banking and investing…

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Commuter commerce is on the rise according to new survey

commuter commerce - woman on phone outside of bus

Almost half of commuters use their smartphones for ordering food or shopping. Commuter commerce is a growing trend according to research from Fetch. A recent survey conducted by the mobile agency has revealed that 43% of the 1,700 US commuters they surveyed last month have used their mobile phone to shop or order food ahead. This percentage of shopping and food ordering via smartphones is higher than before. The commuters who were surveyed also revealed that they engaged in mobile commerce activities during their commute more now than they did…

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New sandbox mobile game to launch in China from LEGO and Tencent

Sandbox mobile game - LEGO CUBE - Youtube

The upcoming mobile game to launch in China is called LEGO Cube. LEGO Cube is a kid-friendly sandbox mobile game that is the first branded mobile game Danish company LEGO is launching in collaboration with Chinese tech giant Tencent Group, in China. Earlier this year, the two companies formed a digital partnership. This game is the first digital gaming experience to come from this partnership. The focus of the game is imagination and creativity. LEGO Cube’s platform has been designed to allow players to explore creativity and imagination in a…

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