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Friday - March 27, 2015
The Federal Reserve Board has released its fourth annual study of consumers' mobile commerce behaviors. The report shows a continued boom in banking on mobile phones and other devices rather than at a teller desk. Central to the report's findings is the growing number of "banked" consumers -- those with full access to bank services -- who also use a smartphone, and the number of those users who are taking advantage of mobile banking features. Thirty-nine percent are doing some or all of their banking online, compared to 33 percent last year. [More...]

Saturday - March 28, 2015
Someway, somehow, it's apparently legal to own the XM42 flamethrower in the United States, unless you happen to live in California or Maryland. I can't fathom any circumstance under which a weapon -- let's not mince words here -- capable of shooting flames 25 feet should be available for anyone to pick up if they have $700 lying around to back Ion Productions' crowdfunding campaign. That said, it's incredibly cool and fulfills all my childhood superhero fantasies. [More...]

Friday - March 27, 2015
Cyanogen this week announced the completion of a follow-up round of Series C financing that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google. Its CyanogenMod firmware adds considerable personalization features and improvements to the Android platform. Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Android distribution based on its mods. [More...]

Friday - March 27, 2015
The retail industry has finally awakened to what customers always have known -- they don't distinguish too much between channels. Modern shoppers are happy to embrace the immediacy and experience of the physical store while also benefiting from the informed and personalized ease of shopping online. As many pure play online retailers invest in a physical presence to trigger growth and enhance their connection with customers, they should translate the smartest online strategies into their in-store experience. [More...]

 

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