How Ticketmaster deployed DevOps to improve global IT efficiency 

Few companies in the world have quite the same combination of challenges as Ticketmaster. The company has to meet sharp spikes in demand while shutting out touts, coordinate that across 21 countries, and consolidate a sprawling IT estate established over a period of 40 years. This is partly why the company embarked on a shift to[…]

With Pokémon Go, Nintendo Seeks to Salvage Lost Opportunity

A video game featuring combative little critters called Pokémon hits mobile devices, and millions of fans are hooked. Players around the world search for rare and valuable Pokémon and connect with each other to do battle.Today? That was 18 years ago.Nintendo, the Japanese video game company that helped start the current Pokémon Go craze, first[…]

Uber reaches 2 billion rides six months after hitting its first billion 

Uber has completed more than 2 billion trips on its app, the company’s chief executive said on Monday, a milestone that arrives just weeks after the ride service added another $4.7 billion to its warchest.Uber [UBER.UL] hit 2 billion rides on June 18, CEO Travis Kalanick said in a Facebook post, six months after marking[…]

How Facebook’s Messenger Became a Popular Mobile Messaging Service 

Facebook Messenger will have 105.2 million active users in the US this year. Four out of 10 mobile phone users will use it, making Messenger the leading over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app, as explored in a new eMarketer report, “Facebook Messenger: Strategies for Customer Service, Ecommerce, Content and Advertising” (eMarketer PRO customers only).SHARE32364312What was once[…]

Bumble Has a Bold Plan to Take on LinkedIn 

You can swipe for dates. You can swipe for friends. Now Bumble wants to let you swipe for jobs.The new feature announced Thursday, called BumbleBIZZ, uses the location-based swipe mechanism that’s become ubiquitous to dating apps and applies it to professional networking, allowing users to swipe for contacts the way they would swipe for potential[…]

JCPenney redesigns app for ease of use, adds same-day pickup 

In a reflection of shoppers’ demands for easy-to-use shopping applications, JCPenney has simplified browsing and checking out while making its latest omnichannel service – Buy Online, Pick Up in Store Same Day – available to users.As consumers get comfortable with shopping on mobile devices, they are looking for more sophisticated, streamlined experiences that help them quickly[…]

Most Mobile Banking Users Check Balances, Statements 

A majority of users access their mobile banking app to check balances and statements, April 2016 research revealed. Paying bills is another popular activity that they conduct.SHARE00000Bank of America and Braun Research found that more than eight in 10 mobile banking users said they use their banking app to check balances or statements. And more[…]

Facebook Tests Secret Conversations On Messenger 

With users’ privacy in mind, Facebook is testing the ability to create one-to-one “secret conversations” in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted. Plus, Facebook is promising that these clandestine conversations can only be read on the mobile device of the intended receiver.“That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person —[…]

Snapchat Sued Over X-Rated Material

A teenage boy who says he encountered racy material on Snapchat has filed a potential class-action lawsuit against the company.”Snapchat is currently engaged in an insidious pattern and practice of intentionally exposing minors to harmful, offensive, prurient, and sexually offensive content, without warning minors or their parents that they would be exposed to such explicit[…]

Pandora tells some users to reset their passwords

Some users of the Pandora Radio have been advised to change their passwords – not because the music streaming service has suffered a data breach, but because Pandora has reason to believe that their passwords may have been compromised.How can users’ passwords be compromised if Pandora hasn’t suffered a hacking attack? Simple. The affected users[…]