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Everone is in Tech, so why not the church?

The Vatican, in the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network recently announced a wearable fitness-type smart device, but for praying the rosary. 

I wish I was making this up but it's a real product. The official Vatican news website describes it as

The Click To Pray eRosary is an interactive, smart and app-driven wearable device that serves as a tool for learning how to pray the rosary for peace in the world. It can be worn as a bracelet and is activated by making the sign of the cross.

Aimed at the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where the young people dwell, the Click To Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based teaching tool to help young people pray the Rosary for peace and to contemplate the Gospel.  The project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world.

 

The intentions here seem good, but I am a bit skeptical. What do you guys think, would you wear a smart rosary device to help you pray more? 

Let me know in the comments below ...

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Leverage your WhatsApp Status To Sell More Products

 

How To Leverage your WhatsApp Status To Sell More Products

 

In today’s market, because of stiff competition everywhere, social Sellers are looking for new ways to market and sell their products. There are lots of social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. Where you can market and sell products on social media. But those platforms are filled with a high amount of competing products and most are not properly designed for e-commerce. 

 

One such app that is used by millions of SMBs around the whole and wasn't designed for e-commerce is WhatsApp, a platform that makes you reach out to your customers on a one-on-one basis. WhatsApp has a feature called Status that enables you to post products during a 24hr window, for everyone on your contact list to see.  There are other ways you can advertise your products on Status, like using an external link to your products which you can then promote and share with friends, customers, or even groups on WhatsApp. Doing this yourself is fine, but because you may want to be more professional in your branding, you might want to use a third-party service to help you with the product presentation, payments, etc.

Budgeat seller is a sleek new mobile app that connects directly to WhatsApp and provides Sellers with advanced e-commerce features.

 

Below are a few advantages of using WhatsApp Status to boost sales:

 

Post your products to Status

The WhatsApp Status feature allows you to post a picture of your product for your contacts to view and engage with. The things you post on your Status are available for 24hrs. This way, people who are interested in your product can always send you a message.

But the 24hr limit means that you need to post the same content all the time for a potential customer to buy. Budgeat Seller solves this problem by providing you with a product catalog page that showcases your items for sale and includes a "Buy Now" button, with your preferred payment service. Along with additional e-commerce options for easy impulse purchases.

 

Keep a strong Social presence

45% of In-store consumers turn to mobile social platforms to influence their buying decisions. Being consistent on WhatsApp Status with your business is a guaranteed way of acquiring new customers.

 

 Offer exclusive deals

When something is exclusive, not everyone can have it, and by nature, people want what they can’t have. This simple psychological phenomenon attract more buying customers to your business on WhatsApp. And at the end of the day, it increases sales.

 

Promote products with a link

By sharing a clickable link to your product catalog, with a third-party tool like Budgeat Seller, you provide ease of access to your product line. This further improves the buying process to customers, as they can easily navigate to your page to view more details about your products.

 

Take advantage of the WhatsApp Status feature today, with our third-party tool, Budgeat Seller to improve sales to your Business.



You can now talk to Alexa on your finger

Amazon took a whole damn Echo speaker and put it into a ring and called it the Echo Loop. It’s part of a program Amazon is calling “Day1,” which is code for “here are a bunch of products that are not really ready for mass sales, but we want to put them out there anyway.” The first two are the smart eyeglass frames and this little ring.

It works, but the audio is not very loud. That is probably a combination of design and necessity, as the idea here is you don’t want everybody to know what you’re doing. There is a small button on the inside, and you reach in and press it with your thumb. When you do, there’s a tiny vibration that confirms that Alexa is listening.

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Google Images was born out of a Versace dress search query

 

Google and Jennifer Lopez reinvent the Versace dress that created Google Images

Google Images was partially born out a need to serve people’s interest in looking up the iconic green Versace dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000. To celebrate the anniversary of the moment, Google partnered with the Italian fashion designer to recreate the dress — and show off many of its products in the process.

recent blog post from the company states that it “reunited” with designer Donatella Versace “to celebrate nearly two decades since this iconic moment in fashion (and Google) history.” A revamped version of the dress was worn by Lopez for Versace’s official showcase at Milan Fashion Week.

Lopez’s walk in the modern re-design caught worldwide attention, but it was also a showcase for Google’s various products. The blog notes that the company’s VR painting app, Tilt Brush, “helped decorate the runway space with digital artwork inspired by the new print.” The show even incorporated a demonstration of Google’s voice-activated AI helper, Google Assistant.

The dress may have floored fashion critics in February 2000 when it first debuted, but it also made Google’s team realize they had to upgrade the search engine’s capabilities. Former CEO Eric Schmidt wrote in 2015 about the ridiculous number of search queries Lopez’s dress received the night of and day after the music award show. Google was already trying to figure out how to service its users, who wanted “more than just text.”

“At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen,” Schmidt wrote. “But we had no sure-fire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”

The entire Versace runway show can be watched on YouTube. The various pieces are beautiful, but it also has a some fun moments for Google fans, too.

Facebook suspends ‘tens of thousands’ of apps from 400 developers over improper data use

The company hasn’t disclosed what the apps were doing

 

Facebook today announced that it has suspended “tens of thousands” of apps as part of an ongoing investigation into improper data use on the part of third-party developers. The investigation is part of a broader effort the company embarked on last year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, which involved a political consulting firm purchasing data on tens of millions of Facebook users that had been collected, packaged, and sold by the maker of a quiz mobile app.

The tech giant has been slow to reveal the scope of its ongoing investigation. In May 2018, the company said 200 apps had been suspended; in August 2018, that number jumped to 400. Now, roughly 12 months later, the company is admitting that it investigated millions of apps and has suspended “tens of thousands.”

Facebook says the huge volume of apps are sourced to a small number of developers, just 400 or so. It is unclear how the developers in question could be responsible for so many offending apps and go largely unnoticed until Facebook felt compelled to investigate its platform. If Facebook removed just 10,001 apps from 400 developers, that would mean each developer, on average, had created 25 apps that break Facebook’s rules. (Facebook says some of the apps it suspended were still in testing.)

In a blog post today authored by Facebook vice president of partnerships Ime Archibong, he said Facebook has banned some apps completely. “That can happen for any number of reasons including inappropriately sharing data obtained from us, making data publicly available without protecting people’s identity or something else that was in clear violation of our policies,” Archibong writes.

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