Google has eliminated 85 Android apps from the Google Play Store after mobile threat response engineer Ecular Xu found that Android handset users were lured to download apps masquerading as photography utilities and games. Once installed, the apps pushed advertisements that were difficult to close and that hampered smartphone functionality.
McDonald's has launched a tech-enabled takeout-only concept called McDonald's to Go in London, and it is the first of many that are slated to open. The eatery features a pared-down menu and minimal decor, and customers order and pay via touchscreens.
Kroger, with 360i, has launched a "#TransformUrDorm" campaign on TikTok that challenges college students to share videos of their "cool and essential dorm room transformations" and also enables them to buy the brand's products within the app. The push is being promoted with videos from four TikTok influencers and is the first time a brand has used the app's "Hashtag Challenge Plus" feature, which enables in-app shopping as part of a sponsored hashtag challenge.
Apps' ability to manage data they get from users appears to be where Shopify and its business partners are butting heads, writes Cale Guthrie Weissman. Shopify is maneuvering to be an all-in-one e-commerce platform, and its updated app developers' terms call for more control of user information.
Leaked photographs of the Sonos Move smart speaker indicate that it will have a recessed grip for easier transport and a toggle between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. Still unknown is the speaker's price, as well as whether it is water-resistant.
Minecraft's free upgrade uses ray-tracing technology running on Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics hardware to improve lighting and color. For players with that hardware, the visual experience will include lighting effects from in-game materials such as lava, enhanced rendering of shadows and more accurate reflections.
MIT researchers have developed technology that reduces video buffering on devices that are using congested Wi-Fi routers. Instead of splitting bandwidth equally among devices, the Minerva system determines which videos being streamed need more bandwidth and which could use less bandwidth without compromising quality.
Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley are developing separate prototype sensors that stick directly to the skin and gather physiological data such as pulse and respiration. The next step is to develop receivers that can accurately transmit the data to devices such as smartphones.
Apps for food delivery -- Grubhub, Uber Eats and Waitr -- sold about $5 billion worth of food in the latest quarter, and grocers noticed. Retailers are not keeping up with the trend, even though many stores have the capacity to produce meals.