Technology gift buying this holiday season is projected to hit a record $96 billion, per the Consumer Technology Association. CTA estimates that this year, 164 million adults in the US will purchase technology gifts, such as smart speakers.
Developers will have a new way to automate workflows and create code inside GitHub containers with Actions, one of several new features GitHub is introducing. Another addition is unified contributions, which allows developers to get credit for their past work on business repositories.
A study by Stanford University that filtered out all the bogus and form-letter comments on the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to eliminate internet neutrality found 99.7% of entirely unique commenters opposed the decision. Earlier studies found the majority of form-letter comments also were in opposition.
Google's Pixel 3 is underlining the usefulness of artificial intelligence in smartphones, as the phone itself seems designed to serve AI functions, write Khari Johnson and Kyle Wiggers. Meanwhile, Brian Heater delves into the hardware changes for the new device, including a larger 5.5-inch screen, dual-facing front cameras and wireless charging.
Direct-to-consumer brands report that they are experiencing as much as a 50% reduction in cost-per-acquisition on Snapchat since the platform rolled out its Pixel targeting features, which is leading some to shift budgets from Instagram and Facebook, writes Ilyse Liffreing. Lounge Underwear's Josh Elliott says the brand intends to boost Snapchat spend by 400% in November after experiencing a 450% rise in traffic to its site from the platform compared with Facebook.
Restaurant chains take different approaches to landing the "hungry searcher" who goes online to seek a specific cuisine, executives said during a recent panel discussion. Pei Wei depends on positive customer reviews to get its name into top search results, while Curry Up Now gets its brand name out through online messaging about school- and community-related events.
Responding to internal dissent, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos defended his and other tech companies' work with the Pentagon as a service to the country. "If big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble," Bezos said at the WIRED25 summit.
Amazon ranks first among digital retailers, but Best Buy and Home Depot aren't far behind, as they and other chains continue to meld their in-store and online retail efforts, states a report from Gartner and L2. The report bestows "Genius Status" on the two chains and dubs Walmart, Target and Wayfair as "Gifted."
Levitron has announced its Intellect controls platform, which allows users to control smart bulbs. Intellect is the company's fifth brand, on top of its Birchwood, Intense, ConTech and JCC.