How Apple Pay Changes the Way We Shop

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We’ve got more news on Apple this haunted Halloween Friday! But it’s far from scary…

Apple recently unveiled its new Apple Pay feature, which allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to make payments cardlessly at over 220,000 retailers across the United States. With more than 21 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units sold within the first month of the product’s release, and sales expected to stay strong throughout the holiday season, Apple Pay could change the way many users shop, both in-store and online. (more…)

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Apple SIM for iPad Revolutionizes Mobile Data Plans

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Earlier this month, Apple made big announcements about some exciting new products, including a new gold version of its iPad. The most exciting part of this news didn’t concern the color of the device, the thinness of the screen, or the resolution, however—it concerned the launch of the new Apple SIM, which went unmentioned at the keynote, but was quietly included in Apple’s recent promotional material.

Apple SIM will allow users to easily switch between carriers without needing to switch SIM cards. These new SIM cards are shipping out with the iPad Air 2, but there’s no news yet on whether they’ll be used in the next version of the iPhone. (more…)

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More on Google’s Android Update

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Android’s big day has come with an interesting kicker for many of those who already own Google technology. Though many of the products shown will be released in the near future, one update is sneaking its way onto phones and tablets right now. What is it? Version 4.4.4 of the KitKat Android operating system.

 

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Want to Go Green? Then Think Recommerce

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The old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” sums up nicely how recommerce works. Why? Because the basic underlying principle of recommerce is that when consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, laptops, etc., lose their value in the eyes of the original owner due to the emergence of an upgrade or new trend, it is very likely someone out there is still willing to pay top dollar for them.

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Green Business Means Managing E-waste to Maximize Sustainability

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E-waste and sustainability are two sides of the same consumer coin when it comes to green business practices. The latter is directly dependent on how we deal with the rising influx of the former. Across the globe, a staggering 50 million tons of e-waste is produced each year, with the United States leading the pack throwing away some 3 million tons. Discarded electronics comprise 70% of the heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, beryllium, and lithium) found in our domestic landfills. (more…)

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Future Thoughts: E-waste and Sustainability

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This post marks the beginning of a week-long series on recommerce and sustainability. An innovative recommerce program can not only boost profits; it can also do much to prevent e-waste from entering the environment. With recommerce, smart business is also green business.

What E-waste & Sustainability Mean For The Environment

Nearly everyone has at least one or two consumer electronics. Smartphones, laptops and tablets can be found in almost every home in the United States. But what happens when there’s no longer a need for these otherwise useful electronics? Many people just toss them in the dumpster, transforming yesterday’s hot new item into today’s e-waste.

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Google’s Big Day Is Almost Here

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Apple has made their move. Now, it’s Google’s turn. The date October 15 has been rattling around the Internet for a few weeks now, and it’s becoming increasingly clear why. It’s looking more and more like Google has targeted that day to be the day of the next big strike against its biggest competitor in the mobile market. What exactly can we expect? Let’s see.

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The iPhone 6 Has Boosted Recommerce Efforts

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It happens every year: the latest and greatest new technology is released, leaving consumers looking at last year’s technology in disdain. Their perfectly adequate smart phone suddenly seems less than stellar now that something a little shinier with a few more bells and whistles has been announced.  Toluna Quick Surveys found that 32% of people would stand in line to purchase a new iPhone on the day of its release.

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