When I first heard about the Petnet SmartFeeder, I bristled. How could something so basic as feeding a pet be in search of a smart solution? I deposit a half-cup of dry kibble in my dog's bowl twice daily--done and done. Is no human endeavor sacred? I can see that there are times when an automatic pet feeder makes sense: an unpredictable work schedule, say, or an impromptu invite, either of which could step on the toes of your pet's meal time.
As an ecommerce business owner, you're always looking for ways to grow your revenue. In order to do so, you need to adapt to the latest ecommerce trends. Here are three of the most disruptive trends you need to know to grow your business. The number of mobile internet users is growing by the minute. In fact in 2016, Bloomberg reported that mobile traffic on ecommerce websites surpassed that of desktop traffic.
Google Wallet may have killed off physical debits cards earlier this year, but the service is now making it easier to send and receive money with the card you already have. With the launch of the Google Wallet web app, all you need to accept online payments from friends is a browser and debit card tied to your Google account. Of course, users can still use the Google Wallet app for iOS or Android Pay to pay their friends or accept funds on their mobile devices as well, and thanks to automatic transfers there's no need to cash out before the money shows up in your bank account. Finally, while Google Wallet is mostly aimed at person-to-person payments like Venmo, Squarecash and Paypal, Android Pay is also rolling out new integrations with hundreds of thousands of websites to simplify commercial check-out processes across the web.
This Cyber Monday, U.S. shoppers spent a record $9.4 billion online -- $1.5 billion more than last year's total and an astounding $12 million per minute. Yes, that number is every single minute. Where there's money, there are hackers, scammers and thieves. The internet is more dangerous than ever, and data breaches and attacks are at an all-time high. Tap or click for 4 tips to protect yourself on the web.
From virtual reality to a new smart-home speaker, Google is showing off just how pervasive it has become even as it's squeezed by its biggest competitors--Facebook, Apple and Amazon. Google showed off a VR system called Daydream, along with plans for headsets that will compete with Facebook's Oculus Rift. In a jab at Amazon, the company announced Google Home, an Internet-connected speaker that listens for your voice commands to play music or control lights and thermostats in the home. It is reminiscent of Amazon's Echo and will be available later this year for a yet-unannounced price. In an attempt to outshine Apple, Google is also adding features to its Android operating system, including the ability to run apps without actually installing apps.