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8/16/2018

Square says it has reduced its chip card transaction time to two seconds, a crucial factor in consumer acceptance of the technology. That's less than half the 4.2-second average of just two years ago.

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Yahoo, The Verge
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Square
8/16/2018

Bing users can now use their phone's camera to photograph numbers and symbols in a math problem to get a solution. The artificial-intelligence feature is available through an update to Bing's iOS search app.

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Bing
8/16/2018

IntSights' Guy Nizan discusses the problem of fake social accounts that claim to be official brand or CEO accounts, with the primary goals of damaging a brand's reputation or obtaining financial gain. Nizan says the best way to detect these type of accounts is through automated technology, and he notes that Facebook is especially efficient at removal of fake accounts when requested.

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MarTech Today
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Guy Nizan, Facebook
8/16/2018

Google is improving the quality of its Wear OS apps by introducing new standards for app-makers. The review process to place an app in the Play Store used to be optional, but now developers will have to pass the review to add their app.

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Digital Trends
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Google, Play Store
8/16/2018

Apple is reportedly being investigated by Japanese authorities for allegedly interfering in Yahoo Japan's online game development operations. While both companies declined to comment, Yahoo both cut its budget for its online gaming platform and stopped prominently advertising it as well.

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Reuters
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Apple, Yahoo
8/16/2018

Virtual reality features could be used as a form of vision correction, per a team of researchers at Stanford. The team, led by Nitish Padmanaban, has developed a prototype that can automatically adjust based on what the user is looking at, though the research is still in its early stages.

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TechCrunch
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SIGGRAPH, Stanford
8/16/2018

Oracle's GraphPipe tool simplifying deployment of machine learning for mobile apps and internet of things devices is now open source. The tool allows developers to avoid building custom application programming interfaces for their artificial intelligence models as they work through the cloud.

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VentureBeat
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Oracle
8/16/2018

United Capital decided last year it was time to build a fintech app to provide an exceptional experience for its mobile users. Mike Capelle, head of United Capital's technology platform, reflects on the factors taken into account including mobile screen size and the features competitors offer in their apps.

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United Capital
8/15/2018

While fall is generally when new smartphones hit the market, some consumers reported that they aren't anticipating any new releases, per a PCMag survey. However, about 42% of consumers reported being excited to see Apple's latest offerings, while 24% were focused on the Galaxy Note9 from Samsung.

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Samsung, Apple
8/15/2018

In a road trip that follows REI outdoor events across the US, Subaru is hoping to inspire and showcase its products to an ideal target market. Giveaways, promotions and a sweepstakes to win the new Subaru Ascent are central, but other activities such as aura photography and keychain making are also designed to draw people in.

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Chief Marketer
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Subaru, REI