Apple and Samsung are taking on Alipay in China

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Description: Apple and Samsung are taking on China’s top payment service. Source: CNN Money Date: December 18, 2015 The two companies announced separate plans on Friday to offer payment services in China starting next year. Both firms have deals with state-owned bank card network China UnionPay. Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think people will spend… Read more »

Android Apps Sending Hidden Data

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Description: How many of your Android Apps are sending your hidden data? Source: Engadget Date: November 22, 2015   You may already know that Android apps send a lot of data, but you might be surprised at how much of it isn’t really necessary. While the data collected is likely to be harmless, there is always… Read more »

First Impressions of YouTube’s New Music App

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Description: YouTube Music lets you watch and listen to a nearly endless catalog in an app designed for music discovery. Source: Tech Crunch Date: October 25, 2015 Today YouTube launched an official music app. With YouTube Music, you’ll get a new experience, designed to make discovering music on YouTube easier. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise,… Read more »

Instagram’s Next Feature? Teleportation

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Description: Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger says he would love to team up with Oculus to transport you around the world using Instagram’s photos. Source: CNN Money Date: November 12, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1.  Do you think this feature will be a hit with Instagram users? 2. How could you see this feature being implemented within the… Read more »

The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs will Start on Mobile: Enter Sello

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Description: Sello is a free mobile app for creators, curators and entrepreneurs where you can instantly create an online store, share your products with your social networks, and accept credit cards and PayPal. Source: Tech Vibes Date: November 13, 2015 Commerce is changing. Digital consumption has shifted from desktop to mobile, and people’s attention is being… Read more »

Instagram Testing 3D Touch Ads

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Description: Instagram appears to be testing using the IPhone’s newest functionality to make better ads. Source: Fast Company Date: November 6, 2015   Instagram is experimenting with new advertisements that use the iPhone’s 3D Touch functionality. The advertisements, which are believed to be still in the testing and development phase, let customers apply added force to their clicks in order to browse between… Read more »

Budweiser Goal Lab Introduces Smartest Beer Fridge Around

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Description: BUD-e Fridge: the greatest, smartest, and coldest beer fridge Source: TechVibes Date: November 5, 2015 Budweiser Goal Lab’s latest hockey innovation, the BUD-e Fridge, makes game time with your buds even better. Read More Questions for discussion: 1. Would the smartphone notifications really be of much use or do you feel like they would just add to… Read more »

Twitter Hopes To Appeal To A Younger Crowd With This New Fast-Paced TV Commercial

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Description: This will be the first time Twitter has engaged in a full advertising campaign. Source: TechCrunch Date: October 27, 2015 During Twitter’s Q3 earnings call, CEO Jack Dorsey let us know that the company would be running a new TV commercial during the World Series. As The Verge points out, this commercial was done by the same group… Read more »

Here Are The Requirements a Symbol Must Meet Before it Becomes an Official Emoji

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Description: A lot of work goes into deciding new emojis. Source: Tech Insider Date: October 25, 2015 What makes an emoji? Those symbols on your phone aren’t just random. They’re actually designed by a consortium of people in the tech industry so there’s a standard any device can read. Read More Questions for discussion: 1. Do you tend to use… Read more »