Restaurants and other businesses are loading the monster new mobile game Pokemon Go to find out if their location is part of the game or near a spot which is a goal for players to visit. There’s no way to pay to be a location, but you can purchase “lures” within the game that attract the virtual creatures that inhabit the game, and thus attract real players that could be customers.
Read about this crazy popular game and how businesses are making themselves part of it here.
Facebook or Twitter should develop ticket purchase validation technology that could be used for events like the Hawks rally tomorrow in Chicago, where scalpers scooped up so many of the free tickets and are selling them online for $100 or more.
There must be a way to help real fans get most of the tickets by authorizing purchases through matching with Facebook profiles and activity.
Been following the Apple Music news all day. This past January in a routine iPod sync, iTunes wiped out all my playlists and purchased music from any service other than iTunes. A musical apocalypse in my case as I have over 15,000 tracks, all purchased or ripped from CDs or Vinyl, and hundreds of carefully constructed playlists. All in shambles now, with no notice. And Apple Store guys and online support don’t even want to talk about it. I have backups of all my tracks of course, and playlists that can be salvaged (I hope). Put the rescue on hold to see how the new Apple Music will handle things. After June 30 I will give Apple 1 more try for music management, and if the company continues the disrespect for the iPod early adoptors such as myself, who saved the company 15 years ago, then it’s off to Google Music for good and just rebuild what I can. We’ll see. Regardless Apple blew a long relationship where I was a reliable evangelist.
As expected, Apple on Monday unveiled its major rival to Spotify called Apple Music. In unveiling the new streaming service, Apple is trying to regain its power over the music industry that it first seized with the release of the iPod and the iTunes Store. The service will be available through the iTunes app. Apple says Apple Music is three things: First, a “revolutionary” music service featuring playlists curated by professional DJs; a worldwide radio station that will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and a way for artists to connect with their fans.
Google has published a new mobile events application on Google Play called “Interactive Events,” but the app doesn’t appear to be ready for prime time. Instead, it looks like the app has been published early by accident, as it advises users who download it to their phones that it’s a “confidential” app being tested internally at the company, and warns users to not discuss the app with “non-Googlers.”
There isn’t much you can do with the mobile app at present, but screenshots on Google Play give an idea about how it works. In addition, if you dismiss the “Confidential” warning message and accept the agreement, you’re then taken to a screen where you have the option to scan a QR code or type in a confirmation code in order to access event information.
Obviously, you won’t be able to do this now, but that’s apparently how a new user…
GIF creation through the tool is quite simple: tap the share button, set your start/end points, set any captions you might want, and create away. The tool is SUPER fast, and YouTube hosts the GIFs themselves.
Facebook wants to be your wallet, reportedly developing a system for allowing monetary transfers and eventually retail purchases directly through Facebook apps. Here are some of the features I expect to see in the new “Facebook Wallet”:
1. Everything you buy also belongs to Facebook.
2. You have to run two different apps, “Facebook Wallet” and also “Walletssenger,” one to pay the purchase price and one to pay the sales tax.
3. With Facebook Wallet, you can only make purchases at stores you visit at least weekly.
4. Every one of your friends can tag, rate and comment on each of your purchases.
5. You build up your credit rating for years, then Facebook Wallet will wipe out all your credit information without notice, and you’ll have to change your name and start over.
6. The price you pay for an item is determined by how many other people want it.
7. The list of stores where Facebook Wallet works changes daily without notification.
8. There’s no customer service phone number.
I’m sure I’m missing a few great ideas so feel free to send me some suggestions, and happy FaceShopping…
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