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  • HotelTonight is revamping their rewards program with infinite levels

    HotelTonight is revamping their rewards program with infinite levels

    Last year HotelTonight launched HT Perks, their own twist on a hotel loyalty program. The program is level-based, meaning user “level up” as they meet certain tiers of lifetime spend in the app. It was generally well received but maybe a little under ambitious – it maxed out at level 4 – which granted a user as much as 20% off in extra savings after spending a… Read More

  • Target launches its own mobile payments system with debut of ‘Wallet’

    Target launches its own mobile payments system with debut of ‘Wallet’

    As promised earlier, Target today launched its own mobile payments system with the introduction of “Wallet” in the Target app. Wallet, as the name implies, allows Target shoppers in-store to both check out using their smartphone as well as take advantage of their Cartwheel digital coupons and discounts with only one scan of their barcode. Already, Cartwheel savings in… Read More

  • Vetted buys VetPronto in yet more on-demand consolidation

    Vetted buys VetPronto in yet more on-demand consolidation

    Consolidation continues to dog the world of on-demand startups — literally and figuratively. In the latest development, Vetted, a startup focused on veterinary services, is acquiring VetPronto, an almost identical peer. Read More

  • Amazon adds an AR shopping feature to its iOS app

    Amazon adds an AR shopping feature to its iOS app

    Amazon today is introducing a new feature called AR View that lets customers visualize online products in their own living space, using their smartphone camera. Launched today in the Amazon app for iOS devices, AR View offers the ability to view thousands of products for the home or office – including furniture, electronics, toys, games, home décor and more – in augmented… Read More

  • Affirm launches app to break purchases into monthly payments

    Affirm launches app to break purchases into monthly payments

    Affirm is rolling out an app to make it easier to pay for large purchases in monthly payments. The concept has been in beta testing and it is now being made available widely. The company was started by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin.  He believes that his business promotes better fiscal responsibility than traditional credit cards. He says Affirm’s business is different from the… Read More

  • Intuit’s Turbo wants to help you better understand your financial health

    Intuit’s Turbo wants to help you better understand your financial health

    Few companies have more data about the financial health of individuals in the U.S. than Intuit, thanks to its TurboTax, Mint and QuickBooks tools. For the longest time, though, the company didn’t bring these tools together. That’s slowly starting to change however, as the company is realizing that in this new age of machine learning, it’s this kind of data that allows it to… Read More

  • Uber adds a new feature for riders that teaches basic sign language

    Uber adds a new feature for riders that teaches basic sign language

    Uber has added a new feature to its app this month to support its deaf and hard of hearing drivers, a group the company says number in the thousands across its service. Uber says that these drivers have together completed millions of trips, and while it has added a number of features to its app over the years to provide additional support for those with hearing impairments, it’s going a… Read More

  • Lyft adds 24/7 live driver phone support

    Lyft adds 24/7 live driver phone support

    Lyft has added a few new driver-centric features to its app today, some of which are direct answers to things implemented by rival Uber as part of its ‘180 days of change’ campaign. Lyft’s new features include 24/7 live phone support accessible to drivers via the app, for instance, and it’s boasting improved Spanish language and online support, too. Lyft’s new… Read More

  • Snapchat’s new Filters can transform the sky above your head

    Snapchat’s new Filters can transform the sky above your head

    Snapchat’s latest augmented reality feature is another implementation of the tech that applies to the world, rather than the faces found in frame when you take a picture. They’re called ‘Sky Filters,’ and they can automatically detect sky in your images, and repaint them with totally different atmospheric looks. The new filters are rolling out live starting today on… Read More

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