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Taste testing the ice cream that cost $60 million to create in a lab
A new cow-free dairy ice cream on the market is certainly an interesting novelty, but Perfect Day’s founders, both young vegans, claim a loftier vision. On a warming planet where animal agriculture is a leading contributor to climate change and animal welfare exposés often reveal harsh treatment of dairy cows and other farm animals, the idea of producing actual animal products without animals is certainly appealing to many. 
No doubt there will be some for whom the marriage of such technology and food won’t be appetizing. Other (perhaps less socially conscious) consumers will wonder why a product like Perfect Day’s needs to exist at all. The company’s success will depend on convincing a potentially leery consumer base that its product is worth a higher price tag, and preferable to both traditional dairy desserts and plant-based competitors.
food  trends  future  new-companies 
10 days ago by dancall
Sharing Economy's 'Rotating Wardrobe' Subscription | PYMNTS.com
To help make fashion more accessible to consumers, eCommerce innovators are allowing shoppers to rent their clothes and accessories through subscription box services. Take Parcel22, which offers access to trends and styles in exchange for a flat monthly fee. Consumers start using the service by creating an account and answering a series of questions around their preferences (i.e., sizing, preferred fit, items they wish to avoid having in the parcel). The company’s system, in turn, “automatically generates recommended clothing and accessories for that user,” Parcel22 Owner and CEO Natasha August told PYMNTS in an interview. However, she noted that “ultimately, that user can decide what gets shipped to them.”
clothing  rental  ecommerce  trends  new-companies  retail 
10 days ago by dancall
Alexa To Offer Medical Advice In The UK | PYMNTS.com
The National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K. has teamed up with Amazon to provide medical advice for a variety of ailments, in an effort to cut down on hospital costs, according to a report by Reuters.
Amazon’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered voice assistant Alexa will offer advice on things like chickenpox, migraines and the flu. The hope is that people, especially those who are elderly, blind or don’t have regular internet access, can get NHS-sanctioned information and potentially reduce doctor visits.
Some experts, however, are worried that older people may be intimidated by the technology, as they are used to getting medical information through other means.
echo  voice  health  future  trends 
11 days ago by dancall
Otis – AVC
One of USV’s newest portfolio companies, Otis, had a coming out party yesterday.
The idea behind Otis is that cultural assets like fine art, rare books and comic books, jewelry and watches, sneakers and skateboards, etc are appreciated by everyone but are only collectible/affordable by wealthy people.
Otis intends to change that by securitizing these cultural assets and selling them off in shares for as little as $25 per share. These fractionalized cultural assets will be shown publicly while they are owned collectively.
future  trends  currencies  new-companies  widgets  ecommerce 
11 days ago by dancall
Idea - Action Stadium
We live in a strange world. The better the technology we have on our hands, the more passive people have become. This problem has to be turned around.
Research shows that an active lifestyle not only improves the physical condition but emotional wisdom, creativity and problem-solving too. Why not harness technology to encourage that instead?
We combined physical activities and digital experiences into one. The glue in between is gamification, familiar from mobile games and their ability to capture our attention on screens. This time it’s the active and healthy lifestyle you get addicted to – not the old way around.
trends  future 
11 days ago by dancall
5G Technology Looms With Retail Possibilities | PYMNTS.com
The emerging 5G technology has tremendous retail potential. The early use cases are likely to come heavily from the grocery sector, which is moving toward a cashierless – or much more cashierless – future. Amazon Go is pretty much setting the standard for those efforts, although, as PYMNTS has covered, U.K. supermarket chains such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s have been starting to include camera-based technology. “The one example that stands out from the discussion of 5G’s possible impact on the shopping experience relates to a grocery setting,” Dealerscope said.

“Imagine walking into a grocery store, looking for an item, being guided to the exact location via in-store directions that are displayed in (augmented reality) on a smartphone or through a smart glasses experience, and when you get to the item – maybe a container of medicine or vitamins – the ingredients are displayed there in front of you, and instantaneously, you’re alerted to potential ingredients in the product that could flare up some allergy that you have, thus preventing you from a scary medical emergency.”
5g  retail  connectivity  food  future  trends  wave6 
12 days ago by dancall
Uber Introduces New 'Comfort' Feature | PYMNTS.com
Uber has introduced a higher-tier feature called Uber Comfort that allows drivers to set preferences for conversation and climate control, according to a report. It also offers more leg room and higher-rated drivers. The feature will cost 20 to 40 percent more than a regular UberX price.

Uber Comfort launched on Tuesday (July 9) in 43 cities and some smaller states in the U.S., as well as in Ottawa, Canada.

Before calling for an Uber Comfort ride, users can request “quiet preferred,” “happy to chat” or “no preference.” They can also ask for the temperature in the car to be warmer or colder.
uber  trends 
12 days ago by dancall
‘It’s a balancing act’: Media buyers want contextual targeting features to evolve further - Digiday
For other agencies, the onus is on publishers and contextual-targeting vendors to develop their contextual targeting features in a way that can help media buyers achieve the scale needed for campaigns if they’re to invest further.

“In light of GDPR and cookie deletion, there has been more of a spend increase toward contextual targeting,” said Samir Shah, managing partner, data, technology and programmatic, at Zenith. “But unfortunately some of this contextual-targeting tech hasn’t had enough investment given to it, as so much focus has been on audience-based approaches.”
agencies  targeting  gdpr  trends 
13 days ago by dancall
US troops in Afghanistan will soon test a tiny, pocket-sized drone in the field - The Verge
The US Army will soon be equipping some units in the field with tiny personal drones, reports Stars & Stripes. The 1st Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment will begin using the devices next month in Afghanistan as the military works to figure out the best way to use them.
FLIR Systems has been testing the Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System with a variety of units — the US Army began testing the drone back in 2016 and 2017, and the company picked up a trio of big contracts with the American, British, and French militaries this year. At the end of April, the 82nd Airborne’s 3rd Combat Brigade began training with the drones, playing out a variety of scenarios in which the devices could be used. According to Army Technology, the drones are designed to “assist dismounted soldiers deployed on the battlefield,” essentially allowing them to scout out nearby terrain and look for enemy soldiers that they might not be able to see otherwise. The company also recently launched a larger version for use for vehicles, like tanks.
military  drones  trends 
13 days ago by dancall
The big scoop: what a day with an ice-cream man taught me about modern Britain | Food | The Guardian
From his vantage point on Eastbourne’s quiet cul-de-sacs, Roach sees social change up close – such as how people don’t carry cash any more. “Two or three years ago, if someone said I’d be taking cards, I wouldn’t believe it! But now you have to.” He’s an expert on Britain’s changing palates. Recently, people have started asking for vegan ice-cream. Roach doesn’t have any, but he does have dog ice-cream – not because dogs are more deserving than vegans, but because he did a dog show last week. Roach has observed more worrying trends, too, such as the climate emergency. “We’re having different weather than we had 20 years ago,” he says darkly. “The weather’s changing ... we get very hot spells and then very wet spells.” The Goldilocks weather for selling ice-cream, incidentally, is 21C, says Roach: “That’s just nice. I don’t like it too hot ... people can get a bit grumpy when it’s too hot.”
trends  tenbillion  payment  food 
13 days ago by dancall
Netflix (NFLX) Unveils New Video Games Based on Shows - Bloomberg
Stranger Things 3: The Game, a title based on the popular teen series, will come out on July 4, the same day the third season of the show debuts. Netflix has also licensed “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” -- a prequel series to the 1980s Jim Henson film -- for a game that will debut later this year. The company isn’t developing or producing the video games itself, opting instead to license the characters to outside studios.

Netflix is just starting to explore the possibility of turning its movies and TV shows into other products, and “Stranger Things” has been its guinea pig. The show is one of the service’s most popular, especially in the U.S. and among younger viewers. The company licensed a “Stranger Things” mobile game in 2017 and has since struck deals for “Stranger Things” T-shirts, Coca-Cola bottles and ice cream. A new mobile game will debut in 2020.
netflix  gaming  GAMES  content  future  trends 
14 days ago by dancall
The Next Level of Personalization in Retail
According to a study conducted by BCG and commissioned by Google, customers increasingly prefer a shopping experience that’s easy and fast and that helps them make purchase decisions. Customers think less about personalization per se than they do about the benefits it can provide. By contrast, retailers are increasingly focused on personalization and what it means. We define it as continually tailoring the shopping experience to individual customers by using a combination of first-party customer data (which a company collects from its customers or audience) and third-party customer data (which is collected by external organizations that are not the original sources of the data).
ecommerce  retail  trends  future  ai  algorithms 
14 days ago by dancall
Crouch fronts football show for Prime Video |
Back of the Net, a weekly studio entertainment show about the Premier League, will launch this summer coinciding with the beginning of the new football season through to Amazon Prime Video’s exclusive live broadcast of matches in December 2019.  Episodes of Back of the Net will be released on Tuesdays after each Premier League round.
amazon  sportsrights  trends 
14 days ago by dancall
BBC has other numbers to worry about than Gary Lineker’s pay | Media | The Guardian
Elsewhere in the annual report are numbers that really should be worrying. The number of young adults watching BBC television in a given week has fallen from 60% to 56% in a year as audiences shift to Netflix and YouTube. The iPlayer catchup service has been hamstrung by regulation. By next year it is likely that less than half of young Britons will listen to BBC radio stations in a given week. Just 8% of 16- to 34-year-olds watch BBC Three, the youth-focused online-only channel.

In truth, the real threat to the BBC’s future isn’t the annual row over how much it pays one ex-footballer to introduce Premier League highlights, it’s how will be able to secure a longterm future when younger Britons are wondering what they get in return for the licence fee.
teens  tv  stats  trends 
16 days ago by dancall
(1) 001. fast(er) food - YouTube
As Americans dine-out less and order-in more, “virtual kitchens” are emerging in dense metropolitan areas to house dozens of delivery-only concepts in converted warehouses. The biggest player in the US is CloudKitchens, backed with $150m from Uber founder and ex-CEO Travis Kalanick. Watch as we provide an inside look into these mysterious kitchens and interview the restaurateurs betting the future of their businesses on the promise of delivery.
food  trends  location  future  longform 
18 days ago by dancall
Report: 49% video ad impressions go to Connected TV |
With impressions increasing nearly 60 per cent year over year, connected TV (CTV) advertising now accounts for nearly half of impressions served, according to the latest Video Benchmark Report from Extreme Reach (ER), the complete creative asset management solution for the ad industry. Based on Q1 2019 performance metrics from the company’s platform, AdBridge, and specifically its proprietary video ad server, the report highlights the massive impact of CTV on multiple aspects of digital advertising.

The CTV-driven transformation is accelerating in parallel with consumers’ shifting media consumption preferences. According to a report issued by Nielsen in March 2019, 68 per cent of US households had a connected TV device (e.g., Roku, Apple TV) by Q3 2018. At the same time, use of ad-supported streaming services like Hulu and a host of emerging entrants in the field is surging. And where the audience goes, ad dollars soon follow. While OTT advertising budgets are currently just 3 per cent of TV ad budgets, Magna Global predicts a 30-plus per cent growth rate for both 2019 and 2020.
advertising  video  tv  trends  future  stats 
18 days ago by dancall
Research: Podcasting reshaping in-car audio space |
The big news in 2019 in the in-car audio space is the ascendance of podcasting, as both established players in streaming and broadcasting, as well as smaller start-ups compete for a piece of the growing market, Strategy Analytics 2019 In-Car Audio and Radio Report finds.

Other noteworthy trends in the space include a coming regulatory mandate for digital terrestrial broadcasting in the EU, and the FCC’s consideration to allow for all-digital AM broadcasts. The popular smartphone projection solutions Android Auto and Apple CarPlay both receive updates to their interface and functionality, and Android Automotive OS makes its debut as a full-fledged embedded infotainment operating system in the 2020 Polestar 2.
podcast  radio  trends  automotive 
18 days ago by dancall
ESPN pulls plug on WatchESPN streaming app | Mobile Marketer
The removal of the WatchESPN app and migration of its programming to the main ESPN app aims to keep viewers engaged in a single mobile location that's more user-friendly and could drive content discovery. Instead of forcing mobile users to open and close multiple apps, which increases the possibility that audiences will look elsewhere for information and entertainment, ESPN can maintain a higher level of continuity for its mobile viewers at a time when competition is growing in mobile streaming video as more players enter the space. Subscription video service DAZN was the top-grossing sports app in May with about $11.5 million in user spending, 9.5 times more than a year earlier, according to Sensor Tower. ESPN was the second-highest grossing sports app at $4.7 million. 
sportsrights  livevideo  tv  trends 
18 days ago by dancall
Walmart's eCommerce Business Posts $1B Loss | PYMNTS.com
Walmart’s eCommerce division is projecting losses of $1 billion in its bid to catch up with Amazon, which is causing tensions between the leader of the division and Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran, according to reports.
The company has been acquiring companies like Jet.com ($3.3 billion) in attempts to compete, but it hasn’t helped profitability. The division, which is led by Marc Lore, has sales of around $21 billion.
As the eCommerce division loses money, Lore is being pressured to sell off some of the company’s online properties, like Bonobos and Modcloth, which Walmart will probably sell this year at a loss.
ecommerce  trends  fail 
18 days ago by dancall
Developers tell people to pirate their games instead of using G2A | PC Gamer
G2A, the grey market purveyor of game keys, has once again drawn the ire of game developers less than keen for their games to feature on G2A's digital shelves. It's previously clashed with TinyBuild and Gearbox, and a recent ad push has seen it condemned by more developers, with some even saying they'd rather players torrent than buy from G2A. 

Publisher Mike Rose noted that a search for his games placed G2A ads for them above the publisher's own link. "We make zero money on our games if people buy them through ads," he said. He recommended people considering buying a game through G2A just pirate it instead.
gaming  piracy  trends  GAMES 
20 days ago by dancall
IHS: Non-linear becoming TV format of choice |
Total cross-platform television viewing times across the US and major European markets are declining as consumers increasingly turn to non-linear platforms as a substitute for traditional TV viewing, according to IHS Markit.

Excluding social media, total average daily video viewing time for the countries analysed stood at 273.7 minutes per-person per-day in 2018. This compares to a peak of 284.3 minutes in 2013, when linear viewing held an 87 per cent share of total viewing in contrast to a 67 per cent share in 2018.
tv  video  stats  netflix  trends 
20 days ago by dancall
This Prime Day, Twitch Sells Out – Twitch Blog
This year, our favorite made-up holiday, Amazon Prime Day, takes place July 15 & 16. To celebrate, Twitch is hosting our very own live shopping show on /twitchpresents that promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed…but, like, in a good way. It’s called Twitch Sells Out: A Prime Day Special Event, and it starts July 15 at 10am PT.
amazon  ecommerce  livevideo  celebrity  trends  future  video 
20 days ago by dancall
Deciphering Tencent’s WeChat Ecosystem | Jing Daily
The incredible marketing power of WeChat today all started with the platform’s massive number of daily users, which represents unlimited traffic potential for brands to monetize. Being fully aware of this advantage, Tencent Marketing Solution has gone a step further in helping luxury brands obtain traffic. In the above chart, the team defines four types of traffic that brands can access and acquire within the app. For example, WeChat lets brands tap into users’ Moments (朋友圈) by offering them social coupons and gift cards, allowing those users to gain social traffic. These days, this kind of word-of-mouth traffic is becoming more and more important to all businesses. But the app also accepts advertising requests from brands at prime viewing places such as Moments and posts by key opinion leaders (KOLs). On top of that, Tencent has even created some intellectual property (IP) assets that have gone viral among Chinese Millennials and Gen-Zers, including the video game Honor of Kings and the reality show Produce Camp, that brands can use in advertising. The American cosmetics brand M.A.C., for instance, had a successful campaign that featured Honor of Kings characters in it.
apac  wechat  how-to  measurement  luxury  ecommerce  im  trends  future 
21 days ago by dancall
Podcasters Nervous As Big Money Pours Into Shows | Time
Other podcasters worry that, as show creators seek advertising revenue from big brands, they’ll be less willing to take creative risks for fear of alienating a potential sponsor, eventually leaving listeners disappointed. “It just seems so tacky and cheap,” says Jonathan Larroquette of Uhh Yeah Dude, a podcast the musician co-hosts with actor Seth Romatelli, of advertising on the medium. ”There’s no place that someone hasn’t tried to wedge themselves between the sender and the receiver in order to try to capitalize on that process.” In lieu of ads, Larroquette and Romatelli ask listeners to contribute to the show on Patreon, a crowdfunding site that’s popular with digital creatives. (They experimented with ads for a handful of episodes in the past.)
podcast  advertising  trends 
21 days ago by dancall
How Will Movies Survive the Next 10 Years? - The New York Times
This is very cynical, but I think the standard of quality for people who watch stuff at home is not the same. If you go see “Avengers” in the theater, it better be great, but if you’re just watching stuff at home, it doesn’t matter so much. I don’t want to diss on Netflix too much, because they make amazing stuff, and they’re giving shots to people who would not have been given shots 10 years ago, but I also think Netflix would rather have five things that people kind of like than one thing people really love.
Take Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” or Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight”: I do not believe those films would have ever found a significant audience if they had premiered on streaming, because they did not have either the stars or the established directors that could have gotten them attention. I believe there’s still an incredibly vital role that festivals and movie theaters play in giving those films time to be discovered.
films  future  trends  quibi  content  video  netflix 
21 days ago by dancall
Nike’s direct-to-consumer business continues to grow — but at a cost | Modern Retail
Nike’s approach to the direct-to-consumer business has been to drive more customers to its free NikePlus app, with the promise of exclusive perks available for customers who shop at one of its owned-and-operated stores. It’s also focused on adding more features to the NikePlus app that make it easier for customers to shop both online and in-store, most recently with Nike Fit, a new scanning technology that allows customers to measure their shoe size through their smartphone camera, and then store it in the NikePlus app so they can remember it when buying new sneakers. During today’s earnings call president and CEO Mark Parker revealed that NikePlus now has 170 million members.
sportswear  retail  widgets  loyalty  trends  future 
21 days ago by dancall
Truman's announce new immersive brewery in East London | Waltham Forest Council
One of the great names in British brewing, Truman’s, has announced plans for a new brewery in Walthamstow. Set to increase Truman’s capacity tenfold, the brewery site will boast a brewery tap room, immersive visitor experience and brewery tours, as well as a street food market, performance space for live music and artist studios for the local creative community.

Opening its doors in spring 2020, the new brewery will create over 80 new jobs for the local community. The total site extends to over 50,000 sq. ft enabling brewing capacity to increase to 250,000 hectolitres from 25,000 hectolitres in their current brewery in Hackney Wick. A pilot brewery will also be installed for creating small-batch limited edition beers and a hands-on Brew School Experience where guests will be able to learn the art of brewing.
alcohol  trends  future 
24 days ago by dancall
Could Ikea offer a solution to the British housing crisis? | It's Nice That
More specifically, the council is said to have negotiated a deal with building merchants BoKlok, which is owned by Ikea and construction company Skanska.
This isn’t the first time that BoKlok has attempted to enter the UK’s choppier-than-ever housing scene; a pre-fab scheme intended to roll out on Tyneside in 2007 was abandoned in the aftermath of the following year’s game-changing financial crisis.
BoKlok, the BBC says, is keen that its houses aren’t lazily assumed to be the flat-pack solutions usually offered by Ikea, describing the new housing stock as the result of a “high-quality off-site manufacturing process,” allowing the company to “assemble them quickly in a safe and sustainable environment.”
Of the 162 planned abodes, the council will take possession of 30 per cent of the stock, which will then be used for social housing.
property  tenbillion  trends 
24 days ago by dancall
Age Verification Standards To Save eCigarettes? | PYMNTS.com
Now that San Francisco is on the verge of banning eCigarettes, the question naturally turns to whether other municipalities and states will follow suit. Will that happen? “Likely not wide scale. However, this will immediately initiate a more constructive conversation,” said Scott Hardy, vice president of BankCard USA, in a new PYMNTS interview (the company owns AgeChecker.Net age verification software).

But the pending ban does highlight the need for a national standard regarding the minimum age to buy such products, he said. “Not having a set of guideline or rules” at the federal level “creates a lot of confusion and disruption.” And that, in turn, makes it more difficult for merchants of those age-restricted products — well, the good actors that want to operate in full compliance of laws and regulation, and stay a step ahead of political and parental pressure.
kids  legal  ecommerce  vaping  trends  fail 
24 days ago by dancall
Alibaba launches English-language site to lure brands | Retail Dive
With the launch of a new English-language portal, Alibaba aims to bring more global businesses into the Chinese market. Alibaba's Tmall Global (TMG), which already has 20,000 international brands in over 4,000 categories from 77 countries and regions, is also introducing versions of the portal in other languages such as Spanish, Japanese and Korean, according to a company announcement emailed to Retail Dive.

The platform features tools aimed at helping global merchants succeed in China, including how to open a flagship store, and onboarding advice to optimize operations. The site also provides solutions on how to best use Tmall Overseas Fulfillment (TOF), which provides merchants with a "low-cost, low-risk way to test the waters in China," according to the release.
apac  alibaba  trends  future  ecommerce 
24 days ago by dancall
Introducing 'Uncommon Path,' a Print Magazine From REI | REI Co-op Journal
This fall, we’re thrilled to introduce our first-ever print magazine, Uncommon Path, brought to you by the same editorial team that produces the Co-op Journal and published by Hearst Magazines. Through this magazine, we want to help more people see themselves in the outdoors.

“Uncommon Path tells the stories of the experiences, events, issues and ideas that shape the relationship between people and life outside,” said Ben Steele, executive vice president and chief customer officer for REI Co-op. “But those stories aren’t limited to trails and peaks. They take us to parks and urban places closer to home, covering issues like climate change impacts that, due to dwindling resources and shrinking local newsrooms, are inevitably getting less press.”

In our first issue, we’ll lead you on a bike ride through Atlanta with Civil Bikes founder Nedra Deadwyler, reveal the stark landscape of the United States-Mexico border and explore what’s next for outdoor preschools. And it wouldn’t be our magazine if we didn’t also tell you about the gear we love.

In September, Uncommon Path will be distributed to our members and will be available at all 155 REI stores and in select newsstands across the country.
newspapers  trends  ecommerce  retail  future  csr  content 
24 days ago by dancall
REI sunsets catalog, introduces print magazine | Marketing Dive
Outdoor retailer REI has retired its print mail order catalog, and in its place plans to launch a new print magazine dedicated to outdoor lifestyles, the company revealed in a blog post. The retailer is collaborating on the magazine with HearstMade, Hearst's branded content arm.
"Uncommon Path," which launches this fall, will be produced in-house and will distributed at 155 REI stores, as well as at several newsstands. The magazine joins the brand's various media products, which include an online journal, film and a podcast, MediaPost reports.
The magazine launch also includes a partnership with NewsMatch, a non-profit that supports local journalism. The retailer plans to invest $100,000 in 10 local news organizations this year.
retail  newspapers  trends  future  content  partnerships  csr 
24 days ago by dancall
Study: Dramatic increase in US digital video piracy |
The US Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), in partnership with NERA Economic Consulting, has published a study, Impacts of Digital Video Piracy on the US Economy, detailing the economic impact digital video piracy has on the US economy. While the proliferation of streaming services provides consumers with unprecedented choice, content, and convenience, it also presents new challenges.

“As the video streaming industry has grown, we have seen a dramatic increase in digital video piracy, especially of US-produced television series and movies,” said Jeff Eisenach, Managing Director and Co-Chair of NERA’s Communications, Media, and Internet Practice. “Those illegal views and downloads deprive the content production industry and the broader US economy billions in lost revenue – and hundreds of thousands of jobs – every year.”
piracy  stats  netflix  tv  trends 
25 days ago by dancall
Streaming TV is about to get very expensive – here's why | Television & radio | The Guardian
Most importantly, we should all remember that this content war is hinged upon a fundamental misunderstanding of viewing habits. Netflix didn’t become a monster because people wanted to watch a specific show; it became a monster because people wanted to watch everything. When its streaming platform launched, people were spending more than £15 just to watch a single season of a show on DVD. So to be able to watch every season of a show – and every season of hundreds of others of shows – for a fiver a month was revolutionary. The whole point of Netflix was that it was a relatively affordable bucket that contained an awful lot of television. That’s why people liked it. That’s why so many people subscribed and continue to subscribe. To pretend otherwise is to miss the point.
tv  future  trends 
25 days ago by dancall
Airbnb Adventures
Ditch the tourist trails and go deeper with wildly unique adventures around the world. These small group trips range from 2 to 10 days and start at just $99—with lodging, meals, and activities included. Expert local hosts handle the details, so all you have to do is show up.
airbnb  ti  trends  future 
25 days ago by dancall
Tencent launches in-car WeChat with voice-recognition service | The Egg Company
Based on multiple driving scenarios, Tencent has developed key features to facilitate usability, such as:
Full voice-command interaction
Custom steering wheel button for WeChat
WeChat-activated navigation
Bluetooth-phone connection with driver’s smartphone
Automatic on/off switchas the driver enters and exits the vehicle
wechat  automotive  future  trends 
26 days ago by dancall
Discount grocers will account for more than half of store openings this year | Grocery Dive
Discount retailers, led by dollar stores and Aldi, will account for more than half of retail store openings this year, according to data from Coresight Research cited by CBS News. Out of the almost 2,780 new locations slated for 2019, about 1,800 belong to discount chains.
Dollar General leads growth by a wide margin, with 975 openings planned in 2019, followed by Dollar Tree, which is planning 350 new stores, then Family Dollar, Aldi and Five Below, according to the report. 
retail  trends 
4 weeks ago by dancall
Pinterest Partners Pivots Towards Shopping | PYMNTS.com
Pinterest has rebranded its third-party partner program Marketing Partners into Pinterest Partners to facilitate a greater number of shopping experiences on its platform, according to a report by Retail Dive.
The company has around 291 million active users, many of whom use the platform for shopping ideas when they go out to retail stores. The company has partnered with specific companies to provide advertising, measurement, content marketing, shopping and other related topics.

For example, Pinterest teamed up with WooCommerce to help businesses build eCommerce sites and unique customer experiences. It’s partnered with feed management companies like Feedonomicas, Productsup and GoDataFeed to help businesses manage how their products appear in feeds.

The company has also linked up with shopping experience platforms like Shoppable, MikMak and Basketful to connect the dots between a pinned image and a retailer that can get the product to a customer. It’s also teaming up with PixelYourSite and Tealium to keep an eye on the measurement of conversions and sales.
pinterest  social-networks  ecommerce  trends  payment 
4 weeks ago by dancall
Above Avalon: Apple's Product Strategy Is Changing
iPhone. The iPhone as a product category continues to mature, as seen with a longer upgrade cycle. Going forward, the iPhone will primarily be known as the most powerful camera in our lives and a video consumption device. Many of the less intensive use cases and workflows currently given to the iPhone will naturally flow to wearables over time.

Wearables. Apple is the wearables leader. Fitbit would arguably be the closest from the perspective of unit sales but even then, the company is quickly losing momentum. Lessons that Apple learned with iPhone and iPad are now giving the company a wearables advantage that is likely at least five years. An independent Apple Watch not requiring an iPhone to set up is inevitable. The move would increase Apple Watch’s addressable market by three times overnight. In addition, Apple is well on its way to establishing a wearables platform as it competes for prime real estate on our wrists, in our ears, and in front of our eyes.
apple  watches  iphone  mobile  hardware  future  trends 
4 weeks ago by dancall
Shopify on Twitter: "Say hello to Shopify Fulfillment Network - a network of fulfillment centers with smart inventory-allocation technology powered by machine learning to ensure fast, low-cost delivery. #ShopifyUnite… https://t.co/LQ1AatSnTJ"
Say hello to Shopify Fulfillment Network - a network of fulfillment centers with smart inventory-allocation technology powered by machine learning to ensure fast, low-cost delivery. #ShopifyUnite
ecommerce  retail  trends  new-companies  o2o 
4 weeks ago by dancall
The crisis in creative effectiveness | WARC
There has been a serious declining trend in the effectiveness of creatively awarded campaigns over the last ten years. The most recent IPA/WARC Rankings data, explored in the new Crisis of Creative Effectiveness report, confirms this continuing decline; creatively awarded campaigns are now less effective than they have ever been in the entire 24-year run of data and are now no more effective than non-awarded campaigns. We have arrived in an era where award-winning creativity typically brings little or no effectiveness advantage.
advertising  trends  fail  casestudies 
4 weeks ago by dancall
Why Economics Must Go Digital by Diane Coyle - Project Syndicate
Economic researchers are not blameless when it comes to inadequate policy decisions. We teach economics to people who go out into the world of policy and business, and our research shapes the broader intellectual climate. The onus now is on academics to establish a benchmark approach to the digital economy, and to create a set of applied methods and tools that legislators, competition authorities, and other regulators can use.

Mainstream economics has largely failed to keep up with the rapid pace of digital transformation, and it is struggling to find practical ways to address the growing power of dominant tech companies. If the discipline wants to remain relevant, then it must rethink some of its basic assumptions.
economics  legal  fail  trends 
4 weeks ago by dancall
With Tasty as centerpiece, BuzzFeed aims for $260m in branded product sales - Digiday
Tasty is the centerpiece of BuzzFeed’s licensing business. Two years after making its first move into brand licensing with a set of cookbooks and then a growing line of cookware at Walmart last year, the BuzzFeed-built media brand has begun to invade the aisles of grocery stores. A few months ago, Tasty launched a pair of Tasty-branded food products, with a suite of ice cream flavors created in partnership with Nestle and a spice blends created with McCormick. Over the second half of 2019, Tasty will launch a set of meal kits produced in partnership with Mistica, a cake decoration product with Wilton, a set of wines with Wines That Rock, a line of kitchen appliances with Cuisinart and premade side dishes with Food Story.
newspapers  future  fmcg  partnerships  trends  ecommerce  retail 
4 weeks ago by dancall
Libra: Facebook launches cryptocurrency in bid to shake up global finance | Technology | The Guardian
Companies involved include Mastercard, PayPal, the crypto exchange Coinbase, and eBay. Also joining the Libra Association are ride hailing startups Uber and Lyft and non-profit financial organisations Women’s World Banking, micro-loan platform Kiva, and humanitarian aid group Mercy Corps. The foundation will be headquartered in Geneva and Facebook claims it will be independent from governments and the company itself.

In a document outlining how the new cryptocurrency will work, Facebook said its goal is to foster more access to “better, cheaper, and open financial services”. Unlike bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Libra is tied to a mix of global assets to prevent the level of volatility common in the digital currency space. Facebook built the currency on its own blockchain technology – the encrypted technology used by bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies – in order to scale to more users more quickly.
facebook  bitcoin  blockchain  currencies  future  trends 
4 weeks ago by dancall
What's Missing in Mary Meeker's Report? | Alizila.com
What Meeker did not mention was Taobao, another powerful super app that integrates everything a consumer could possibly need into one place online, both products and services alike. Taobao’s homepage is the entry way to shop for imported products (via Tmall Global), daily deals (via flash-sale platform Juhuasuan), travels (via Fliggy) and food delivery (via Ele.me), just to name a few. In terms of consumer experiences, Taobao is the destination for all things social commerce, such as livestreaming, celebrity blogs and connecting online with fellow shoppers who share similar interests.
trends  apac  ecommerce  alibaba 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Gavin Baker on Twitter: "1) Thoughts post E3. Streaming is real, xCloud is the likely winner. Publishers are using Stadia, other potential new distributors and the threat of app store regulation to drive down platform take rates. “30% is over" - Promine
1) Thoughts post E3. Streaming is real, xCloud is the likely winner. Publishers are using Stadia, other potential new distributors and the threat of app store regulation to drive down platform take rates. “30% is over" - Prominent CEO. Console wars/cycles now semi-irrelevant.
gaming  future  content  trends 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Spotify mimics the radio with a news and music playlist for drivers - The Verge
Spotify’s launching a new playlist called Your Daily Drive that will incorporate news podcasts. Starting today, US users will be able to listen to music they already enjoy, alongside new music recommendations, with some news podcast content sprinkled in. Anyone can access the playlist, regardless of whether they’re driving.

The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Public Radio International will provide the news audio clips. News and music will update throughout the day, unlike the platform’s other popular playlists. For instance, Discover Weekly only updates once a week, and other personalized playlists like Your Daily Mix only update once a day.
spotify  radio  future  ideas  trends 
5 weeks ago by dancall
From Heavy Metal to Live Streaming – Streamlabs Blog
Matt Heafy: Typically my channel is mostly music. It’s like 90 to 95% music. I warm up about an hour before the stream starts while I’m hanging out with my kids and doing some housework and cleaning bottles and stuff. I’ll get five or six subscriber requests for Trivium stuff. We’ll do like four sub, one non-sub song, and then a Trivium acoustic re-imagination of a song. From there we do a thing called Kiichichaos karaoke where people bid for five minutes on what song that I’m supposed to learn and I basically have to dedicate the rest of the day or however long it takes to perfect a song that I’ve typically never heard before. We’ve done everything from making Cannibal corpse songs beautiful.
music  livevideo  celebrity  trends  future 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Amazon launches credit account with Prime-member perks | Retail Dive
Amazon and Synchrony Bank on Monday announced the launch of the Amazon Credit Builder, a credit account which offers Amazon Prime members 5% back on Amazon.com purchases, and equal pay installments plans or financing options on select items, according to information emailed to Retail Dive.

To get an Amazon Credit Builder account, customers must maintain a refundable security deposit (via ACH transfer, a check or money order) with Synchrony Bank to secure the full amount of their credit line, according to the release. For shoppers who are on a budget, the card allows them to make purchases on Amazon.com up to their credit limit, and they can access free credit guidance and tools.
amazon  finance  ecommerce  trends  future 
5 weeks ago by dancall
2020s Will Be About Digital Trust For Commerce And Payments | PYMNTS.com
In a new PYMNTS discussion, Karen Webster and Debbie Gamble, chief officer of innovation labs and new ventures at Interac, spoke about what trust really means to digital commerce and payments as 2019 tilts toward 2020, and how online and mobile players can make sure they are on the right path. Not only are the financial and reputational losses from data breaches and hacks at stake, but the growth of new businesses and their hopes for global expansion.
trust  trends  future 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Mary Meeker Offers Views On Digital Commerce | PYMNTS.com
“Rapidly expanding connectivity has helped amplify voices of good and bad actors,” the Meeker report states. “This has brought new focus to an age-old challenge for regulators around the world – finding the most effective ways to amplify good and minimize (the) bad, often resulting in different regional interpretations and strategies. As internet systems become increasingly sophisticated, data-rich and mission critical, so has the opportunity for cyberattacks. We are in a new era of cybersecurity, where technology issues are increasingly intermixed with international diplomacy and defense.”
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5 weeks ago by dancall
New Facebook app will pay adults to monitor their mobile usage | Mobile Marketer
Study from Facebook is the company's latest strategy to gather information about mobile users, which has been a key part of determining what features it should add to its stable of apps. Those apps, which include its main social network, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, routinely dominate the rankings of the most downloaded apps. Facebook wants to maintain that dominance, although it now is among the tech giants that face antitrust scrutiny for possible anticompetitive behavior.

By copying the popular features of other apps like Snapchat and Houseparty, Facebook has sought to ward off rivals while boosting engagement on its various social platforms. The strategy has contributed to the success of the company, which has 2.38 billion users worldwide and is estimated to control about 20% of the global digital ad market.
facebook  widgets  paid  mobile  trends  future 
5 weeks ago by dancall
What marketers need to know from Mary Meeker's 2019 Internet Trends report | Marketing Dive
Meeker's closely-watched annual trends report this year underpins some tectonic shifts hitting the digital advertising economy as growth begins to slow or decelerate in key areas and heavyweight platforms, like Google and Facebook, see their dominance tested amid an influx of competitors and new regulatory hurdles. The report captures just how fast private, encrypted messaging is gaining traction as a response to data privacy scrutiny. Eighty-seven percent of global web traffic was encrypted in Q1 2019 versus 53% three years ago, as noted in Fast Company. Significantly, Facebook in March announced it would pivot its app network of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram in this direction. 
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5 weeks ago by dancall
Pandora debuts in-house audio consultancy as marketers tune up sound strategies | Mobile Marketer
Streaming music provider Pandora has launched an in-house audio consultancy called Studio Resonate, according to a company press release. The unit will work with brands on their audio marketing strategies, including through the creation of sonic logos that help listeners identify a company by sound, and by collaborating on creative planning, media production and web and mobile experiences.

The range of services for advertisers corresponds with the volume of media that they buy on Pandora. Ashley HomeStore, the store chain run by privately held Ashley Furniture, has signed up as a pilot partner for Studio Resonate. The consultancy is also working with a large home improvement retailer and CPG brand, but declined to disclose their names, Ad Age reported.
radio  voice  advertising  trends 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Facebook pays users for their data |
A new Facebook app will allow users to sell their data to the social meida giant, providing insights on how they use competitors’ apps.
Facebook is recruiting users to download its new app, branded ‘Study’, from the Google Play store. Once downloaded, it will transmit data to Facebook on what other apps the users have, what features they use, and how much time is spent on them.
“We believe this work is important to help us improve our products for the people who use Facebook,” Facebook said in an online post. “We also know that this kind of research must be clear about what people are signing up for, how their information will be collected and used, and how to opt out of the research at any time.”
facebook  measurement  widgets  detox  trends  future 
5 weeks ago by dancall
In bid to get closer to brands, Amazon is building out a subscription box platform | Modern Retail
Matt Meeker, the CEO of Bark, which launched in 2011 with BarkBox, a curated subscription box for dog toys and treats, had Amazon’s subscription accounts team approach him earlier this year, several months after the brand first started selling its dog products on Amazon, to pitch him on a new selling model.

According to Meeker, the Amazon reps positioned the Amazon Subscription Box Store, which launched last July, as a way to benefit for the retailer: If BarkBox integrated into Amazon, the brand would be responsible for filling and curating boxes, but Amazon would act as a facilitator for customer acquisition, sign-ups and payments.
amazon  ecommerce  membership  trends 
5 weeks ago by dancall
How Politicians and Scholars Turned Against Big Tech - The Atlantic
Angry Conservatives: The biggest change, of course, came with the 2016 campaign and the ultimate election of Donald Trump. Though Trump played the social-media game with tremendous success, conservatives criticized the platforms during the campaign and have continued to do so throughout the past two and a half years. Most recently, the president announced that he is collecting reports of social-media grievances. There has been a steady drumbeat over the same time frame of stories about tech companies’ left-leaning workforces, which conservatives have spun into a fable about how they are being suppressed. The evidence is thin, but it seems plausible to most people who believe that the platforms censor political viewpoints.

Disillusioned Liberal Tech Luminaries: Alongside the conservative-outrage machine, the biggest body blows that the tech industry has taken have come from disillusioned liberals who worked for those companies. While their specific critiques vary, most of them feel that the platforms aided and abetted the election of President Trump—that is to say, roughly the opposite of the conservative critique above. Many have come to expand their criticisms to the basic mechanisms of the technology industry, from the former Googler Tristan Harris, who works on “Time Well Spent,” to the Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who has called for the government to break up the company.
google  facebook  apple  amazon  legal  politics  trends  future 
6 weeks ago by dancall
How fashion brands can respond to the waning power of the mega-influencer – Glossy
Consumers attuned to the world of streetwear aren’t being swayed to buy products based on influencer recommendations, but marketers in the space are still betting big on influencer marketing to drive sales and win over consumers.

A survey released Tuesday by Hypebeast and PricewaterhouseCoopers, titled the Streetwear Impact Report, found that a mere 32% of respondents believe influencers are credible sources in the world of streetwear. Instead, 65% turn to musicians, 45% to contemporary artists and 52% to industry insiders as leaders in the space. All the while, 78% of marketing executives said using influencers is key to developing their brand’s image and said they are spending a quarter to three-quarters of their marketing budgets on influencers.
sportswear  celebrity  fail  trends  how-to  instagram  clothing  luxury 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Here's everything we know about Stadia - 9to5Google
When it comes to pricing, Google today announced that there will be two different tiers: Stadia Pro, which is a monthly subscription (and the only way you can play in November at the initial launch) and Stadia Base, which is free but lets you play games you’ve purchased outright. Google Stadia Pro pricing is $9.99 per month for access to a library of older games that includes titles in 4K at 60FPS.

Next year, the free “Base” tier will launch. The free tier will be capped at a resolution of 1080p/30FPS, and will not include any library  of older games to play. You will only be able to purchase titles directly. This tier also lacks various perks, such as “exclusive discounts” when purchasing full titles.
google  gaming  membership  paid  future  trends 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Sign In with Apple - Apple Developer
Sign In with Apple was built from the ground up to give users peace of mind about their privacy. Data collection is limited to the user’s name and email address, and Apple’s private email relay lets users receive email even if they prefer to keep their address private. Apple will not track users as they interact with your app.
apple  privacy  identity  advertising  measurement  fail  trends  future 
6 weeks ago by dancall
How US Tech Giants Copy China | The Daily | Gartner L2
Facebook sees WeChat in its future. China’s once-powerful Facebook clone Renren is now a “digital ghost town” that China’s millennials only visit to reminisce over photos from their college days. To avoid a similar fate for Facebook and attempt to address privacy concerns that have plagued his company, Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for the future is reminiscent of the all-powerful messaging app WeChat, which has embedded itself into everyday life in China in ways that Facebook can only dream of. Zuckerberg announced earlier this year his plans to integrate the messaging apps of Instagram, Facebook, and the closest thing to WeChat that Facebook owns, WhatsApp. Then in April, he announced Facebook’s intention to transition toward a “privacy-focused communications platform,” evoking WeChat’s 1:1 messaging structure and private newsfeed. 
apac  facebook  google  future  im  payment  widgets  trends 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Instagram one-ups TikTok with karaoke lyrics | TechCrunch
Lip-syncing jumpstarted TikTok’s rise to the center of teen culture, arguably displacing Instagram . Now the Facebook-owned app is striking back with a new feature that lets you displays lyrics on your video Story synced to a soundtrack you’ve added with the Music sticker. Lyrics could help creators and their fans sing along, and the visual flare could make the amateur MTV content more watchable.

Instagram scored a big endorsement from teen scare-pop phenomenon Billie Eilish who’s featured in the demo video for Story lyrics, which are now available in all the countries where Instagram Music has launched including the US, Germany, and France.
instagram  music  tiktok  trends  future 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Google Stadia launches 4K game-streaming in November for $9.99/mo | TechCrunch
It’s not quite a “Netflix for games” but Google Stadia is making an aggressive sell for their service that’s aiming to kill game consoles.
We got the full rundown on Google’s Stadia game-streaming platform this morning in the company’s livestream launch ahead of E3 next week. The Stadia platform will let you play console-quality games across a variety of systems on the Chrome browser.
Top-level details are the company’s Stadia Pro service will launch in November for $9.99 per month. The price gets you 4K 60fps streaming but you’ll need at least a 35 mbps internet connection to get that speed. Alongside the streaming capabilities, you’ll get access to some Stadia games with the Pro subscription.
google  gaming  future  trends  paid  membership  netflix  walled 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Can social commerce be the next wave of retail? - We Are Social
There is a blurred line between content and commerce
It’s not news that brands and marketers have succeeded in making themselves visible and accessible to consumers on social media platforms. You don’t have to scroll far down your social feed before coming across content created with promotion in mind.
As a result, social media has become a key way in which consumers come across and research new brands. In 2019, 38% say they typically discover brands via social media ads and 1 in 4 through recommendations or comments they see on social media. As a point of comparison, 35% say they do so through ads seen on TV. During brand or product research - when consumers are purposefully searching for information or inspiration - 42% are mainly using social networks, making this the second-biggest go-to behind search engines.
The boom of influencers has had a pivotal role in the shift towards content consumption and commerce behaviours. Whether mass or micro followings, influencers give brands the opportunity to reach consumers through authentic experiential marketing forms that offer entertainment and a personal connection, all of which we know they crave.
ecommerce  social-networks  stats  trends  future  instagram 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Apple’s Audacity – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Sign In with Apple, though, is much more aggressive and strategic in nature: it is a new capability, that could both hurt competitors and attract new users. It is the move of a company looking outwards for opportunity, and motivated by something more intrinsic than revenue. It is very Apple-like, and while there will be a lot of debate about whether leveraging the App Store in this way is illegal or not, it is a lot more interesting for the industry to have Apple off the iPhone plateau.
apple  identity  walled  privacy  trends  future 
6 weeks ago by dancall
StyleSnap will change the way you shop, forever
StyleSnap, an AI-powered feature, helps you shop – all you need to do is take a photograph or screenshot of a look that you like. Announcing the feature at the re: MARS keynote, Consumer Worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke said, “The simplicity of the customer experience belies the complexity of the technology behind it.”

To get started, all you have to do is click the camera icon in the upper right hand corner of the Amazon App, and select the “StyleSnap” option; then simply upload a photograph or screenshot of a fashion look that you like. StyleSnap will present you with recommendations for similar items on Amazon that match the look in the photo. When providing recommendations, StyleSnap considers a variety of factors such as brand, price range, and customer reviews.
amazon  ai  recognition  clothing  ecommerce  trends  future 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Netflix app tests Stories-like feed | Mobile Marketer
Netflix is testing a feed in its mobile app that brings together movie trailers, photos and alerts for upcoming shows in a format that resembles the Stories features in Instagram and Snapchat. The video-streaming giant is piloting the "Extras" feed among a segment of its audience, Variety first reported.
The feed has a dedicated button in the mobile app and doesn't replace other features. Its videos play automatically without sound, which can be turned on with a screen tap, and users can horizontally scroll through images that aren't available elsewhere in the app, TechCrunch reported.
Users can create playlists of favorite shows, and the feed emphasizes sharing movie recommendations with friends on social media. Trailers don't launch into full-length videos, as users have to instead click through to a show's page on Netflix.
netflix  mobile  visualisation  trends  future 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Apple takes aim at Facebook, Google with new privacy features at WWDC | Mobile Marketer
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference brought a slew of announcements about the company's products, including more privacy controls that take aim at the data-collection practices of Facebook and Google. Apple's next mobile operating system, iOS 13, will have a "Sign in With Apple" that can conceal the email addresses of iPhone users, per an announcement. Users sign in to apps with their Apple ID, and apps can only ask for their name and an email address, with the option to create a unique email address that forwards to users' real one.
IOS 13 will also tell iPhone users if apps are tracking location in the background, and it will block apps from using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections to determine a user's location. Apps will have to ask iPhone users each time they want to access that user's location.
Apple also said it will eliminate iTunes from Mac computers, something that the company already had done with iPhones and iPads by creating separate apps for music, video and podcasts. The tech giant unveiled a separate App Store for the Apple Watch that makes the wearable device more independent of iPhones.
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6 weeks ago by dancall
William Grant & Son’s first ultra-low spirit range
Spirits giant William Grant & Sons has launched its first ultra-low alcohol spirit.
The spirit (0.5% ABV), which has a recommended retail price of £25 per bottle, was created by Lesley Gracie, William Grant & Sons' master distiller.

So far there are two products in the Atopia range: Spiced Citrus and Wild Blossom.

The spirits company has uploaded two tutorials to YouTube demonstrating how to use its new products.

Gracie said the distillates were “selected and combined with care and precision, meaning you can pick out each flavour separately whilst no one flavour dominates over the other.”
alcohol  trends 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Teen Finance Startup Gets $22.5M In Funding | PYMNTS.com
Step, a finance startup aimed at teens, has raised $22.5 million in a funding round led by Stripe, according to a report.
Step builds mobile banking services for teens who are more comfortable with smartphones than bank visits.
“Schools don’t teach kids about money,” said CJ MacDonald, CEO and co-founder. “We want to be their first bank accounts with spending cards, but we also want to teach financial literacy and responsibility. Banks don’t tailor to this, and we want to be a solution teaching the next generation of adults to be more responsible with money in the cashless era. It was easy with cash to go to the mall, but now everyone is using their phone for Uber and more.”

MacDonald has a fairly successful pedigree when it comes to smartphone applications. His last venture, the mobile loyalty card app Gyft, was acquired by First Data.
teens  finance  new-companies  niche  trends 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Alexa's Future As a Built-In Roommate | PYMNTS.com
After a certain age, most consumers are no longer really in the market for a roommate — unless of course they happen to be married to them. While there are certain segments of the population that extoll the longterm benefits of co-living with other adults, generally at some point most people outgrow the thrill of sharing a bathroom with someone else.
But an apartment that came with a roommate who would never steal food, never invite guests and would under no circumstances leave dishes in the sink — but would manage the calendar, call an Uber, order groceries, turn lights on and off, play just the right song at just the right time and tell jokes on demand? That’s a pretty significant upgrade to the normal roommate arrangement — and one that complexes like Brandon Place in Oklahoma City are hoping will be attractive to residents.
It’s why the units are wired from the ground up to be Alexa-compatible, with smart locks and key-coded entry, smart thermostats and even a complimentary Echo device to serve as a hub for the whole system (if residents don’t already have one of their own that they prefer to use). For tenants like those at Brandon Place, the smart-home upgrades at move-in are intended as a starting place — they can add other Alexa-controlled speakers, smart plugs and lights, depending on just how voice-controlled they want their apartment units to be.
echo  voice  wave6  property  future  trends 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Snap Lets Select Accounts Operate In-App Stores | PYMNTS.com
Snap, the maker of the disappearing messaging app Snapchat, is rolling out new tools to enable select accounts to operate a store within Snapchat.
DigiDay, citing a Snap spokesperson, reported that Snapchat users will be able to access the Shopify-powered stores by visiting the account page of a brand. The checkout featured within the app is only for U.S. customers.  International users, the report noted, are sent to a mobile website. That is because of international privacy and data rules, the Snap spokesperson said in the report.
Starting this week, Snap will enable users to access shops from Kylie Jenner (Kylie Cosmetics); Kim Kardashian (KKW Beauty); Shay Mitchell (Béis); Spencer Pratt (Pratt Daddy Crystals); Bhad Bhabie (BHADgoods), reported DigiDay. The accounts already have access to a feature that lets users swipe up to buy products. The tools will be available to more accounts in the next few weeks. Khloe Kardashian (Good American) and Rob Kardashian (Arthur George) will soon be added, noted the report. The program will also be expanded to publishers at some point this year. Snap makes money by getting a piece of the transaction.
snapchat  widgets  ecommerce  partnerships  celebrity  trends  future  appint 
6 weeks ago by dancall
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