As of Friday, Square's market value has surpassed that of Twitter -- both Jack Dorsey-owned companies -- by more than $1 billion. Square's market performance is attributed to steady gains for its payment processing even as Twitter struggles to keep its audience growing.
Petco is focusing on bringing a personal touch to online shopping in a bid to counter the challenge posed by large online retailers such as Amazon.com. The Petco effort includes a focus on services as well as products, a social platform, and rewards and subscription programs all designed to keep customers engaged.
Industry sources predict Huawei Technologies, Xiaomi Technology, Oppo Electronics and other Android smartphone vendors will incorporate 3D sensing capabilities in their 2018 models. The 3D sensing chips were developed jointly by Qualcomm, Truly Opto-electronics and Himax Technologies.
Voice interfaces and artificial intelligence are ascendant in mobile apps, and developers need to start thinking about how they can incorporate these features, writes Ritesh Mehta. To this end, developers should begin with a sophisticated app development platform such as Android, Mehta writes.
Apple released the iOS 11.1.2 update to address an iPhone X issue that made it temporarily unresponsive in cold weather. The update also fixed a distortion issue on Live photos and video.
Smartphones account for most of the half-hour rise in total media usage each day over the past year. That's according to Nielsen, which notes a 43% gain in smartphone usage in the second quarter from a year earlier, putting the latest daily total at almost 2.5 hours.
WhatsApp's Delete for Everyone feature allows users with second thoughts to expunge messages they regret. Android Jefe has found, however, that Android users can still read the messages on the Notification Log on their phones.
Lyft will be onboarding 12 of Kamcord's 15 employees as part of its deal to acquire the livestreaming and social media company. Kamcord, which has struggled to compete with the dominant players in its field, will shut down as a separate service.
Intel is betting big on 5G with new plans to build a family of 5G radio modems capable of transferring data wirelessly at multiple gigabits per second. The chips are scheduled for rollout in 2019 and will be part of a portfolio of Intel products for 5G, a service that's expected to deploy widely in 2020.