In the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with image-recognition tech, Target is debuting an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones.
Payment processor Visa is launching a new service, Visa Checkout, that eliminates a few steps in online payment, hoping a quicker payout will lead to fewer abandoned shopping carts online. Social media giant Facebook wants to push deeper into e-commerce and it is testing a new feature -- a so-called buy button -- that could help the company reach its revenue goals. Customers in your office's waiting room are entertained by Jibo, a desk-mounted sociable robot. The little guy also serves as a kiosk, engaging with passersby, or fills in as a receptionist. AdColony, which uses computer code and infrastructure to broadcast high-definition, interactive ads, is being acquired by Opera Software of Norway for as much as $350 million.
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
Mobile Technology Spotlight
T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T's New Promotion While Verizon Wireless is moving to throttle bandwidth hogs, a scrappy T-Mobile is taking on the giants with a limited-time promotion it hopes will drive up the churn rates of its wireless rivals.