Amazon opens a supermarket with no checkouts

Amazon opens a supermarket with no checkouts

 Amazon is finally opening its checkout-free brick-and-mortar convenience store to the public, nearly a year after it originally planned to open its doors. Amazon Go is an 1,800 square foot automated store based at Amazon Seattle headquarters. The store relies on sensors and cameras to detect what items shoppers have taken from the shelves, […]

Text messages with a scent: Downy and Grey Group Hong Kong introduce “Scent by Downy”

Text messages with a scent: Downy and Grey Group Hong Kong introduce “Scent by Downy”

Text messaging is often read as cold and is toneless. In commemoration of the brand’s foray into China, Downy introduced: Scent by Downy. Because scent triggers emotions and Downy Unstoppables is one of the most popular in-wash fragrance beads, the Procter & Gamble-owned brand found a way to communicate and introduce these scents in one […]

Facebook turns to users to identify and rank trustworthy news platforms

Facebook turns to users to identify and rank trustworthy news platforms

Facebook will prioritise news that is trustworthy, informative and local from trusted sources to combat fake news, strengthen relationships, and engage in active conversations with users. According to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook will take feedback from users to further tackle sensationalism, misinformation and polarisation. Zuckerberg, in a post on Facebook, said:”As part of our […]

YouTube tightens monetisation rules for video creators

YouTube tightens monetisation rules for video creators

Google has announced stricter entry requirements for its YouTube Partner Program, which allows publishers to make money from their videos. Earlier, publishers required 10,000 total views to join the programme. But from Tuesday, channels that want to get into the programme will also need to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of view time in the […]

WhatsApp introduces separate app for businesses

WhatsApp introduces separate app for businesses

WhatsApp has launched a separate app designed for use by small businesses to more easily connect with customers. WhatsApp Business adds key features like dedicated business profiles for details like email address, business description, store addresses, and website; smart messaging tools like greetings, quick replies, and away messages; and metrics for how many messages were […]

Google inks patent deal with Tencent

Google inks patent deal with Tencent

Google has yet more news from China after the U.S. search firm announced a patent cross-licensing agreement with Chinese tech giant Tencent. The terms were not disclosed, but Google said the tie-in with Tencent, which is valued at over $500 billion, covers “a broad range of products and technologies” and is “long-term.” The two firms […]

Roku unveils new OTT ad measurement suite

Roku unveils new OTT ad measurement suite

Over-the-top (OTT) streaming firm Roku has unveiled a series of tools to help marketers get better value from ads on the platform. The new feature, dubbed Ad Insights, will offer expanded OTT measurement for brands as well as give access to data around reach and effectiveness across linear and digital formats. Less than 12 months […]

Google to consider page speed for mobile search rankings

Google to consider page speed for mobile search rankings

Google announced it will begin considering page speed when ranking webpages in mobile searches starting in July 2018. The search giant attributed the change to its users caring about the speed of a webpage. Google said the “Speed Update” applies the same standard to all webpages regardless of the technology they’re built on. It will only […]

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