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Male. Lives in Chicagoland,  Illinois,  United States. Born on September 13
by on March 31, 2018
Instagram has reported it has 25 million active businesses on its photo-sharing service, an app that’s looking more and more like an e-commerce social platform every day. “With one in three small businesses on Instagram saying they built their business on Instagram, it’s become a destination where businesses are not only discovered, but where business is done,” Instagram wrote in a blog post. The Facebook-owned platform announced the new milestone today, marking a boost of 10 million compa...
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Smartphones are failing to accurately track active minutes in a day, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. A UBC study found the iPhone’s built-in pedometer that tracks steps in the phone’s Health app misses on average 21.5 per cent of steps a day compared to a purpose-built accelerometer used for tracking. The findings were gathered after tracking study participants’ activity over three days, discovering the iPhone didn’t register on average 1,340 steps a day—...
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Google is levelling up the world of make-believe with new augmented reality stickers for its line of Pixel phones. AR Stickers on Pixel launched today, allowing users to add virtual characters, 3D text and interactive emojis to the photos and videos they capture on their phones. In the phone’s native camera app, users switch to AR Stickers mode to see the sticker packs they can choose from, including characters from Strangers Things and Star Wars. To superimpose the AR stickers, simply ...
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With all the new digital methods to pay for goods and services, it can be a bit confusing keeping track of it all. Google is trying to streamline things with a new announcement, combining all of their different payment services into one offering: Google Pay. This means Android Pay, Google Wallet and more will all be consolidated into one simple-to-manage interface. With Google Pay, payment information saved in a Google account will be available everywhere a Google product is used. This mig...
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Rewards are the new black. Drop has announced they have raised a $21 million USD Series A funding round led by New Enterprise Associates. The round also saw investments from Sierra Ventures, White Star Capital, ff Venture Capital, Portag3 Ventures, and Silicon Valley Bank. The Toronto-based Drop is a fast-growing personalized rewards program that is specifically targeted towards millennials. Users simply link their credit and debit cards with the app and begin earning points for every doll...
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You know what’s cooler than a million? Motorola has agreed to buy the Vancouver-based Avigilon for approximately $1 billion USD ($1.25 billion CAD). The massive all-cash acquisition signifies Motorola’s intent to fully enter the video surveillance and analytics market. The Chicago-based Motorola has previously built and sold two-way radios and police body cameras, but nothing like a full-on surveillance unit. Under the terms of the acquisition, Motorola will purchase all of Avigilon’s outs...
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Humanity has a few questions that have been plaguing us since the dawn of time: What is the meaning of life? Do we have free will? If an eccentric tech mogul launches an electric roadster into space, what is the likelihood it falls back down to earth or collides with anything else on its intergalactic road trip? Luckily, three University of Toronto researchers have addressed at least one of those questions with a new study. Titled “The random walk of cars and their collision probabilities wit...
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Apple has announced they have acquired Texture. Texture is a virtual magazine stand that offers free access to digital versions of many popular magazines through a subscription-based model. It is owned by Next Issue Media, which is a conglomerate of several different media companies including Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, KKR and Rogers Media. “We’re excited Texture will join Apple, along with an impressive catalog of magazines from many of the world’s leading publishers,” said Eddy Cue, A...
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“Are you still watching Canada?” There’s nothing good on TV–so goes the proverb as old as television itself. But, like cable TV, that saying may quickly be on the way out. Before the advent of streaming, big-budget original content was relegated to huge studios and their traditional distribution networks. In the movie I Love You, Man, Paul Rudd’s character tries to bail on a Rush concert with the excuse we’ve all thought of at least once: “It’s not TV, it’s HBO…Have you ever watched Sunday ni...
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You can’t always get what you want. Sometimes, you get something better. And sometimes, it’s a multi-million dollar idea. For the founders of BlueCat, that’s exactly what happened. In 1993, Michael and Richard Hyatt founded Dyadem International, a risk management software company. While researching a new DNS (domain name system), Richard created an interface that could install a server in five minutes—a fraction of the complex, expensive two-day method that was standard at the time. They took...
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Throughout 2017, the payments industry has undergone significant growth and evolution. Nearly every week, another vendor or merchant seems to offer a new digital payment alternative, from Apple Pay’s peer-to-peer payments to Target’s mobile wallet. With so much innovation and change happening in the industry, 2018 is sure to be a turning point in the digital payments revolution. From artificial intelligence to payment data streams, such noteworthy payments trends have emerged in 2017 and w...
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It’s clear to me that 2018 – the year we’ve all been waiting for with grave anticipation – will revolutionize the music industry. I’m sure you all have questions about what’s to come: Who will become more powerful: artists, streaming platforms or labels? How might cryptocurrencies and blockchain impact the business? What will live music look like in the digitally-obsessed world? But before discussing the future of music, let’s put the current state of the industry into perspective. It t...
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