The front-facing camera spurred a selfie phenomenon that is still growing voraciously. So much so, even credit card companies are buying into the selfie and making it a banking behavior. MasterCard Identity Check, a new technology that will use fingerprints and facial recognition as a security measure in place of passwords. This solution combats the issue 53% of shoppers face each week when they forget passwords and could reduce barriers to ecommerce growth. Or you can use an emoji password?
Is it a Burn Book? Is it Lulu? No, the next app on the market is Peeple, which allows users to rate other people without their consent. Peeple will allow users to share with the world everything they like and dislike about somebody from the comfort of their phones. The program's creators are touting this as a "positivity app," meant to enable users to research people the same way they would research a car before purchase. But the danger lies in the very real potential for cyber bullying. Do We Really Need Yelp for People?
First they came for your search, then they came for your phone, now they want your groceries. Google is getting into the fresh foods business. The company confirmed on Tuesday that Google Express, the company’s delivery service, will send fresh fruits and vegetables to customers in San Francisco and one other city (so far unnamed) later this year. Google: coming to a grocery store near you.
Authors United, a group of writers and reports, has put forth what antitrust experts describe as a highly unorthodox argument: that, even though Amazon’s activities tend to reduce book prices, which is considered good for consumers, they ultimately hurt consumers and the market at large. Faster, cheaper products may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread
A concierge economy is sprouting up on phones, appealing to our desire for efficiency and convenience to create previously unheard-of services. Relying on temporary workers who get paid by the interaction, these businesses take advantage of previously underused resources like empty parking spots and negotiated bulk rates. Everyone values time differently, but at what point does luxury become extravagancy? How many of these on-demand businesses can survive outside of tech outposts like San Francisco and LA? Apps do your chores: shopping, parking, cooking, cleaning, packing, shipping and more
Amazon has launched a new platform to connect consumers with handpicked home-services professionals like gardeners and car mechanics. It’s a smart value add from Amazon, whose consumers often need help assembling the products they buy online and want service from trusted professionals." We’re very excited to see if we can solve what today is a real pain point. It’s tough to quickly find someone who is qualified," says Peter Faricy, vice president for Amazon Marketplace. Learn more about Amazon Home Services at The Verge