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.
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.
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."
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.
The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled an anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens that includes messaging in 10,000 school bathrooms and on websites and employs geofencing to target young people in schools. The push spotlights the dangers of chemicals used in vaping liquids, with cautionary video ads across social including YouTube, Instagram and Spotify.
Sony will release a PlayStation Classic bundle in December that will include 20 popular games and two controllers. The bundle is priced at $99.99 and will include titles such as "Tekken 3," "Final Fantasy VII" and "Ridge Racer Type 4."
Google's upcoming 7-inch LCD touch-screen smart display, dubbed the Home Hub, will be available this fall for $149. Notably, the display weighs a little more than a pound, making it as light as the standard Google Home.