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Amazon's New Dash Buttons Let You Push to Pay

Over 20 years ago, Amazon announced its plans to let users pay for items in their shopping cart with just one click. Today, shoppers can now use a "dash" button to order items in their home that they need. The button is smaller than a standard remote control for a TV and it allows customers to make purchases without any swipes and without having to talk into a microphone.

Customers are able to purchase everything from books to groceries and much more. Amazon hopes to entice shoppers who use their service to buy standard items, such as paper towels and coffee, as well as other items they may need that they are close to running out on instead of having to go to the store.

There are several brand-specific buttons available, including some for Tide, Brita, and Whirlpool.

Read the full story here: http://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-to-launch-easy-ordering-dash-buttons/

Big Changes Coming to Facebook

Facebook recently announced that it will be releasing several new products and features in the upcoming months. Read on to learn more.

Spherical Videos

Soon, you will be able to watch videos that are shot with 360 degree technology from your Facebook account. This is the same technology that is used by Google Maps' Street View.

Track Online Purchases

If you are a "fan" of a page and have liked a business, you will be able to connect your account to some of them in the near future. You will receive messages from your FB account letting you know when your order has shipped, along with helpful tracking information. This can help to save room in your inbox.

Reply to Messages With Other Apps

FB users will now be able to send messages using third-party apps, such as Giphy - a program that allows you to create your own GIFs.

Video Embedding

When you post a video to your FB account, you will now be able to put it on other sites and share it easily with embed codes.

Commenting on News Stories

When you comment on a news story you are interested in, it will also appear on your Facebook page showing what you said and what you read about.

To learn more, you can read the full story here: http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/25/technology/facebook-f8-messenger/index.html

A New Smartphone That Looks Like a Pocket Watch

A company based in Berkeley, CA known as Monohm plans to release their version of the smartphone next week. It is called the "Runcible" and was named after a nonsense word created by an English poet. The watch was designed and engineered by Apple and Sony Alumni - Aubrey Anderson, George Arriola, and Jason Proctor.

The phone has a circular shape and a convex wooden back. It is designed to be easily held in your hand, and has a screen on front with a camera on back. It can do everything a normal phone can do - make calls, send texts, browse the Web, and so on. However, it cannot use apps.

Producers of the watch/phone feel it is a great alternative for people who don't "live" off a smartphone.

Read the full story here: http://www.cnet.com/news/meet-a-smartphone-designed-to-look-like-a-pocket-watch/

The Social Network You Can Wear

A joint venture between the design teams at MIT's Tangible Media Group and the Fluid Interface Group have resulted in the creation of a "wearable" social network. The t-shirt shows your interests, organizations, or even if you are a compatible organ donor. The collar of the shirt has a special tag that lets you connect it to your phone or Bluetooth device. It will be able to alert you whenever there is someone within 12 feet of you who also is wearing the same type of garment.

Once you are notified, sensors in the shirt allow you to read either a handshake, touch, or high five before the shirt starts transmitting your data to the other individual and to your social networks.

Designers of the shirt say that its intention is to help others to learn how to better interact with one another in reality and not just on the Web. Also, it may be helpful for large groups of people to be able to stay in touch with each other during industry conferences, meetings, and so on.

Read the full story here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/26/tech/mci-social-network-wearable/index.html

Are iPhone Users Smarter Than Android Users?

A recent study performed by Chitika - an online advertising network - found that more college graduates tend to have iPhones. Alaska (66%), Montana, and Vermont have the highest percentage of iPhone users, while Delaware, Iowa, and New Mexico (41%) have the lowest. Also, Chitika found that increased wealth was linked to greater iPhone sales.

In the first month of sales for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, over 80% of sales from the U.S. were from males - over 60% of which made over $75,000 a year, according to Slice - company that tracks purchases from American consumers.

Additionally, the study noted that sales of the iPhone correlate to the population densitry of an area. The more densely populated a place is, the better chance there will be higher iPhone sales rates in that particular state.

Read more of the story by visiting here: http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/22/technology/mobile/iphone-smart-study/index.html