Square In-App Payments processing becomes a reality

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Square has launched a customizable SDK in-app payment solution for iOS, Android and Flutter. Square In-App Payments SDK (software development kit) has been launched by the San Francisco-based financial tech company, enabling developers and sellers who use its services to accept in-app payments. While Square has products to help sellers accept payments on the web and in person, this is the first time it will be available in mobile apps. Buyers can securely pay for physical goods or services purchased via mobile app. With the Square In-App Payments SDK, developers…

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Study finds over half of consumers use retail mobile apps when shopping in-store

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Consumers are using their mobile devices to enhance their in-store shopping experiences. A new study from Yes Marketing has found that 57% of consumers surveyed used retail mobile apps while shopping in-store. Consumers used the retailer’s app to locate items that were on sale, to redeem coupons, etc. The results of the study suggest that retailers need to focus on delivering a multichannel experience to consumers. According to Yes Marketing, the discovery made in its “Surviving the Retail Apocalypse” report indicates that the industry has reached a tipping point in…

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Mookkie bowl uses AI to make sure the right pet is eating the right food

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Volta is gearing up to launch its “smart” pet food bowl at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. The Milan-based smartphone appliances manufacturer, Volta, has developed a unique facial recognition pet food bowl called Mookkie bowl, which features a built-in camera and embedded circuit board that makes it capable of recognizing a person’s pet. The company is expected to show it off at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019). The bowl uses artificial intelligence to keep other animals out of your pet’s food. The facial recognition tech that has been…

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Confirmed: New Twitter unfollow suggestions feature undergoing testing

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The micro blogging social media platform is piloting the opposite of its “Who to Follow” suggestions. A new Twitter unfollow feature is currently being tested as an opposite suggestion to the “Who to Follow” tool. The company has confirmed an original report made by Slate indicating that the micro blogging social media platform was trialing this option. Though Twitter has confirmed that the test is in process, it did not expand on the details. The “Who to Follow” suggestions have been around for years. They make suggestions for users regarding…

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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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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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Microsoft protects Office mobile apps with BlackBerry security

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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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Drivers licenses in Davao City to feature official QR code

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The city in the Philippines is working to make it easier to report traffic violations. Davao City in the Philippines is adding official QR code features to public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers licenses and identifications. That way, the public will find it easier to report traffic violations they have witnessed. The Public Utility Vehicle licenses and IDs will all have a special quick response code. Each official QR code will be unique to that particular driver. That way, if a member of the public scans the barcode to make a…

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