Retail outlets such as Target and Walmart that offer delivery from stores have an advantage over online retailers that operate only from distribution centers and warehouses, writes Guy Bloch, CEO of delivery software company Bringg. He adds that the deliver-from-store method -- the most popular way to fill e-commerce orders, a recent study found -- is the best way for retailers to match or exceed Amazon's one-day delivery option.
Minnie Vans, the polka-dotted custom Lyft option at Walt Disney World, have now passed the million-rider milestone, and Lyft has become WDW and Disneyland's "official rideshare." Guests can currently use the Lyft app to request one of the special vans, which soon will have additional pick-up spots and better accessibility for wheelchairs.
LG and The Qt have expanded their partnership to bring webOS to more devices, including smart home products. The collaboration does not guarantee an increase in webOS adoption, but it should make it easier for makers of such products as smart refrigerators and TVs to incorporate webOS.
Oppo has unveiled MeshTalk, which is communication technology that allows phone use without cellular networks, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with a range of 1.86 miles outdoors. The technology is designed to be used in places that lack internet access.
Grouphug founder and New York resident Krystal Persaud designed the Window Solar Charger as a cost-effective alternative to roof solar panels. Persaud has placed the device, which can charge phones and other gadgets, on Kickstarter.
The Polar Ignite fitness watch calculates a sleep score via Polar's Nightly Recharge system and measures autonomic nervous system recovery to determine the ideal intensity level of your next day's workout. The watch retails for $230.
Vivo has unveiled its AR Glass, a prototype lightweight headset with two transparent displays and 6DoF tracking that will connect to Vivo's unnamed 5G smartphone. Vivo said the AR Glass can be used for 5G theater, facial recognition, gaming, object recognition and office work.
Companies such as Target and Walmart have been folding many apps into one or two, a strategy that Ted Bauer believes can be wise for brands looking to conserve internal capacity and drive loyalty. User experiences can be better with multiple apps, however, particularly when products and services are widely differentiated.
App store optimization and YouTube previews are among the ways that publishers and developers can make their mobile games stand out in an ever-increasing crowd, writes Genie Patrathiranond. She also says that game companies should proactively contact media ahead of releases and target non-gaming influencers as well as well-known gamers.
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