Walmart Using Online Tool to Keep Up with Competitors
Tech 2.0 for Monday, March 25, 2014:
Walmart is taking another step toward making sure its prices are lower than its competition. The world's largest retailer says that it has launched an online tool that compares its prices on 80,000 food and household products with its competitors. If its "Savings Catcher" feature detects a lower price elsewhere, the discount seller will refund the difference to shoppers as a store credit. Wal-Mart rolled out the Savings Catcher on its Web site late last month in seven big markets, including Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta.
Apple could be eyeing a partnership with cable provider Comcast in its bid to reinvent television. The Wall Street Journal says the two companies are holding talks. It could result in Comcast delivering an Apple-branded TV service the same way it delivers phone calls and video-on-demand. The Journal reports the two companies are not close to a deal.
Wendy's is rolling out a smartphone payment program. Customers can pay with their smartphones at the majority of Wendy's nearly 6-thousand restaurants. They'll just tap their app and pull up a six-digit number to give the cashier as payment. No scanning of the phone is needed, which is key for the drive thru.
It seems like everybody is switching away from BlackBerry smartphones. Except the White House and other government agencies. The White House is shooting down the notion that President Obama's device is part of a pilot program designed to move away from BlackBerry smartphones. The pilot program is being carried out by the White House Communications Agency. It's part of the Defense Department and is responsible for making sure Obama has communications capabilities wherever he goes. But White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Executive Office of the President isn't taking part in any pilot programs affecting their hand-held devices. U.S. government agencies have been one of the last holdouts for using BlackBerry phones. The company pioneered the smartphone in 1999 — but has since been hammered by competition from the iPhone and Android-based rivals.
If you've ever heard it, it is probably buried somewhere in your brain forever. This marks the 50th year since Disney rolled out the song "It's a Small World." The earworm of a song was launched at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. There's a new Web site invites the public to submit videos of themselves singing the song — and create virtual dolls on the sites.