Users of voice assistant devices have been slow to switch to voice ordering, as 66% of owners report that they've never ordered anything via voice, per an Episerver report titled "Reimagining Commerce: Global Findings." Ed Kennedy of Episerver said consumers are willing to shop across channels but are "still warming up to new devices like voice assistants and smartwatches."
Snap lost $800 million in market value after pop star Rihanna went to Instagram to dis an offensive ad on Snapchat. The ad was for the game "Would You Rather?" and gave players the option of slapping Rihanna or punching Chris Brown.
Chatbots are emerging as the next big push in mobile commerce, giving consumers a conversational interface with brands. Amit Tiwari explores the advantages of chatbots, including the opportunity for more natural interactions.
In its Android Security Report for 2017, Google reports on the strides it has made in eliminating security issues with Android. Google writes that Android's security "made a significant leap forward in 2017 and many of our protections now lead the industry."
Microsoft's Xbox business is reportedly launching a unit that will allow game-makers to run internet-based products in the cloud. Longtime employee Kareem Choudhry will head the new gaming cloud unit.
The Amazon Echo and Google Home are each the digital assistant-based devices of choice for 44% of US adults, while 12% choose the Apple HomePod, per a study from SmarterHQ. The study also found that about 53% of US adults have more than three connected devices.
One-quarter of smartphone owners say they regularly drop apps from their devices, especially those they seldom use, to free up digital space, according to a survey by The Manifest. Half of respondents had deleted an app in the past week.
Would-be Android developers can get a little help from Google via LinkedIn. The two companies are partnering to offer 19 courses on LinkedIn Learning to get developers up to speed for the Google Android Developer Certification exam.
US companies are now barred from doing business with any of five entities and 19 persons linked to Russian hacking and influence activities. The ban is part of Treasury Department sanctions imposed on Russian parties identified last month by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and others.