YAP’s beacon just wants your shopping to be fun

While at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference, I had an opportunity to walk through a day like a Yapper, and it’s an eye-opening experience. Launched in 2014, South Korea-based Yap is a location-based integrated online-to-offline (O2O) commerce and payments platform — and now, that means beacons. Calling it a “breakthrough innovation for the indolent people […]

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Are wearable cosmetics L’Oréal’s future?

Future L’Oréal products might not be conventional cosmetics, but wearable technology capable of sending information directly to a customer’s smartphone. We’ve already got a glimpse of the new age at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2016, where L’Oréal debuted its first e-skin product, a stretchable UV monitor. Named “My UV Patch,” it sends UV […]

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Juniper: Expect contactless payments to surge

Contactless payments from smartphones and wearables is still a small segment of the payments market, but might see a surge in usage over the next two years, according to Juniper Research. The research firm predicts the value of the smartphone and wearable contactless payments to rise from $35 billion to $95 billion in 2018. See […]