USA Today graded the seven most popular apps for peer-to-peer payments on cost, ease of use and third-party data access. Cash App, Apple Cash and Zelle got Bs; PayPal Mobile Cash, Facebook Pay and Google Pay led the ratings with B+ marks; and Venmo's lack of privacy knocked it down to a D.
The pandemic has inspired tech companies to partner, as Amazon Care and the Gates Foundation-funded Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network have done with the delivery and pickup of coronavirus testing kits. Companies such as IBM, Google and Yext are partnering with the US government on initiatives including researching treatments and creating informative resources.
Target reported a more-than-20% jump in same-store sales thus far this month as consumers stocked up on groceries and household goods, but it expects profits to dip as shoppers eschew apparel and other high-margin items and labor costs rise. The retailer will put some planned projects on hold, including store remodels, new location openings and the addition of alcohol and fresh food to curbside pickup.
Mojang and Microsoft are giving students another instructional option during times of quarantine by offering 10 Minecraft Education lessons free. The lessons, which include coding, biology and Greek history courses, can be downloaded through the end of June from the Minecraft Marketplace.
Twitter's latest video in its "Good Copy, Bad Copy" series for marketers offers tips from Global Creative Lead Joe Wadlington, which include using capitals within hashtags to make them easier to read. Don't overuse hashtags and enable Website Cards that transform links into a preview panel that's more likely to be clicked, he recommends.
Apple has launched its Universal Purchase initiative, giving developers the option to bundle the sale of iOS and Mac apps. The offering is part of Project Catalyst, which aims to eventually allow developers to present their Mac, iPhone and iPad applications as one app.
Toy-maker Hasbro has seen demand for games and toys surge as families and children remain at home during the coronavirus pandemic, and the company's suppliers in China are now operating again, CEO Brian Goldner said. The company will roll out new products and a program dubbed "Bring Home the Fun" to help entertain and educate kids.
DoorDash is teaming up with its competitors via #OpenForDelivery, an effort to help support restaurants during the coronavirus. Consumers can place orders from local restaurants for delivery by DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, Caviar or Postmates.
Best Buy stores switched to curbside service Sunday as demand for work-at-home equipment and appliances continued to grow. Customers still have the options of online ordering and home delivery, but installation services have been put on hold.
Limited outdoor options and sporting event cancellations have inspired consumers to turn to esports, boosting professional gaming viewership. Streaming platforms such as Twitch and game development companies such as Activision Blizzard are in a good position to benefit from the trend, writes James Brumley.
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