Research reveals mobile commerce can account for nearly 40% of businesses' overall sales. To take full advantage of this rich source of revenue and boost conversions, web design expert Alex O'Byrne makes five recommendations, beginning with attention to responsiveness in mobile design.
Amazon is touting more than 70 new tools, features and devices in the run-up to the holiday shopping season, including an upgraded Fire TV and a fresh Echo Show device with a 10-inch screen that integrates with NBC and Hulu. Also on tap are new skills for Alexa that include home security and expanded music access.
Samsung's Galaxy A7 smartphone, due out next month, will be the company's first with three cameras. An 8-megapixel unit will duplicate the viewing angle of the human eye, while 24- and 5-megapixel cameras will allow users to adjust depth of field.
Google unveiled the final developer preview for Flutter, an open-source framework for iOS and Android app interfaces. The company will release Flutter 1.0 later this year.
While Apple has always staggered the release of its latest iPhone models, this year, the company is rolling out its two priciest models first. The iPhone XS and XS Max, both priced at about $1,000, will be available Friday, five weeks before the cheapest of the new models arrive in stores, giving Apple time to get consumers to snatch up the higher-priced models without any competition from the lower-priced newbie.
TripAdvisor is revamping its site and launching a Travel Feed app this year that will enable users to follow friends, brands, influencers and media companies to get inspiration for their travel plans and share content about their own trips. Brands beta-testing the new app include National Geographic, GoPro, PopSugar and Goop.
Google is now offering a feature through certain Android phones that allows 911 dispatchers to automatically receive the caller's location when the call is made. The company managed this through partnerships with both RapidSOS and T-Mobile, which means all T-Mobile customers calling 911 and all users calling 911 in a RapidSOS-covered area will have their location sent to dispatchers.
Creators of smart devices are not doing enough to protect children's data, states a report by Veronica Barassi of Goldsmiths, University of London. Barassi is researching how big data and AI affect family life, and she writes that "we need to recognize that much of the data that is being collected by home automation technologies is not only personal (individual) data but home life data ... and we need to critically consider the multiple ways in which children's data traces become intertwined with adult profiles."
New technology options in online shopping such as bots and artificial intelligence will pave the way for personalization, automated checkout, social media shopping and more in 2019, writes Yoav Vilner. In addition, augmented reality, customer service chatbots and cryptocurrency payments will improve the customer experience, Vilner notes.
Ghostery has updated its mobile browser to incorporate search engine Cliqz, which is owned by the browser's parent company. The privacy-focused engine uses its own web index, and no personal information is stored.