Google has its sights fixed on upending social video shopping through a research project called Shoploop.
The tech giant describes Shoploop as a new mobile web platform for “discovering, evaluating and buying products, all in one place,” according to its blog.
The platform is built to entertain and entice consumers quickly using short videos of less than 90 seconds, with clips coming from influencers, publishers or e-tailers. Examples cited by the company tend to converge around beauty — including at-home nail stickers, ways to revive second-day hair and finding a full-coverage concealer — but of course, the platform could cover apparel, accessories or other items.
As a social commerce effort, the videos are shot in portrait mode, of course, and Shoploop users can follow accounts and share the clips with friends. More importantly, interested users can save listings or go directly to the
Disney’s Epcot park and Hollywood Studios in Florida reopened their doors to visitors on Thursday, after the company’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened on July 11 in Orlando. The moves symbolized a broader reopening by theme parks in countries worldwide.
The reopenings dovetail with hard decisions. Cash-strapped theme park owners must evaluate which technological investments they can afford and which will deliver the best long-term return.
“It’s a tough time right now for any theme park to be thinking about capital investments,” said Robert Niles, editor of Theme Park Insider.
“Many chains have had to rush forward development of new apps to support mobile ordering, advance reservations, and other customer service features that they needed to promote safe physical distancing in the parks,” Niles said. “But the lack of income over the past several months, coupled with much lower than expected income over the year ahead, will
The Government has announced plans to remove and ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from the UK’s 5G network.
Ministers have agreed to prohibit telecoms firms from purchasing any new 5G Huawei equipment from the start of next year.
The Government will also remove all Huawei equipment from 5G networks by 2027.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden admitted that the ban will delay the network’s roll-out by a “further year” and add up to “half a billion pounds” to costs.
But he told the Commons that the UK can no longer be confident in guaranteeing the security of future Huawei 5G equipment.
It comes after Washington imposed sanctions on the firm, claiming it poses a national security threat – something Huawei denies.
The Chinese tech firm hit back by accusing the UK Government of making a “politicised” decision about US trade policy and not security. The announcement is also expected to
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