Amazon’s new Dash device makes grocery shopping extremely easy

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Amazon recently announced a new device that will make grocery shopping with AmazonFresh extremely easy.

Amazon’s new Dash is a thin long device that works much like a remote control. The device has a microphone and a barcode scanner to which you can speak into the microphone with the name of a product or even scan the barcode of a particular product to have it added to your Amazon Fresh account.

Amazon is offering the device as a trial-basis and to get one, you’ll have to be a customer of Amazon Prime Fresh which is only available to customers in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Prime Fresh subscription costs $300 year and is only available in a few cities. » Read the rest

Google adds several products from Play Store to Shopping Express service, guarantees Christmas delivery

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If you’ve accidentally put off your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you’ll be happy to know Google is trying to lend a hand to the late shoppers. Thanks to Google’s Shopping Express service, you’ll be able to get a handful of Google Play products delivered before Christmas. In fact, anything ordered up until 5 PM on Christmas Eve is guaranteed to make it to your home in time for Santa to stop by.

There are a few catches here, obviously. First off, Google only offers the service in a select few areas, namely in the San Francisco and San Jose areas. Anywhere else in the US, and you can’t take advantage of the service. Secondly, Google isn’t offering everything in the Play Store. You’ll be able to pick up a few things like a Chromecast or a Nexus 7 tablet, but selection is pretty limited based on stock availability. Right now, the Chromecast, 16 GB Nexus 7, 32 GB Nexus 10, and white Nexus 7 folio case are available, but that will likely fluctuate a bit until Christmas.

source: Google Commerce Blog

Google Shopping now shows local results and product listings

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google_shopping_localGoogle Shopping is going through a few changes, most dealing with the implementation of local results. When a user searches for an item on Google, either desktop or smartphone, local store results will show up in addition to online results. Clicking on a local result will take the user to a local storefront page, where they can see the store’s inventory, managed through Google Merchant Center.

These new features for local businesses are currently only available for a limited number of retailers, but local merchants interested can fill out a form on Google’s website.

Source: Google Commerce Blog

Best Android apps to help you plan the perfect party or get together [August 2013]

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Preparing for parties used to be such a hassle. The stressful process of building a guest list, sending out invitations, finding the perfect foods, struggling while looking through your liquor cabinet, and of course planning what games you were going to play became tiring and took the joy out of setting it all up. With a little technology, you can enjoy the whole process again. Leave it to Android apps to help you plan the best party possible! Hit the break for what we feel are the best apps for planning your next big party.

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New QThru app to enhance brick and mortar shopping experience

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QThru, the provider of a mobile point-of-sale platform, announced today new apps for Android and iOS that will enable users to shop and checkout at physical stores using only their smartphone. The app gives you the ability to scan barcodes of items to add them to your shopping cart, then use a function called Q-Code to pay via a kiosk with the total transmitted to the account you have connected with the app. Beyond the in-store experience, the app provides other functions, like the ability to create shopping lists, find deals, create favorite items, research item details, and track total spending. QThru also indicates the app has a custom scale solution to handle purchases of produce or other items by weight.

Read the full press release below and then hit the download links to install the app on your device before heading out to find a participating retail store. » Read the rest

Etsy app now available in Google Play Store for Android shoppers

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Shopping fans are probably familiar with the Etsy web site which is geared toward the homemade, trinkets, and vintage goods. The web site has a Pinterestesque quality to its design and provides users the ability to share interests and shopping lists with friends. Now Etsy has an official app for Android devices available in the Google Play Store. » Read the rest

RetailMeNot Announces Mobile Site for Couponing On the Run

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If your a fan of saving money then you may want to pay attention. The popular website, RetailmeNot, has just launched a mobile site for use on your mobile device. Now you can find top coupons from the comfort and ease of a simplified page, making shopping from your smartphone a breeze. If you have never used RetailMeNot before, I strongly suggest you check it out. I have found many coupon codes with them before that I’d never hear about elsewhere. Hit the source link below to see what I am talking about because this should be the first place you go before completing any online order. You might be surprised at what you’ll find!

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[Deal] Amazon Offers All Verizon Smartphones For A Penny; Includes Droid Bionic

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Go right ahead, rub your eyes and take another look. That’s right; every Verizon smartphone offered by Amazon will be available for just a penny as part of their Penny-Pincher Sale running until October 17th. This offer is available to customers who add a new line of service to an existing plan or those that sign a brand new service agreement. I’m usually not one to name-drop, but this means you can snag devices like the Droid Bionic, Droid 3, HTC Rhyme and many more. So what are you waiting for? Dig in those couch cushions and start shopping.

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Google Updates Google Shopper to 2.0

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It’s becoming a common sight to see people using their smart phones when they’re out shopping. Whether you’re checking prices, looking at reviews, etc, the smart shopper knows his phone is also a tool. The following features have been added to 2.0.

  • Today’s Offer: part of the Google Offers beta program, this tab displays a single offer for discounted goods or services in your area. Today’s Offer is currently available in Portland, Oregon, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York, with other cities to follow.
  • Nearby Offers: when you click this tab, you’ll see offers in the ‘Eat’ and ‘Play’ categories which nearby businesses have submitted through Google Places.
  • My Offers: for those of us who occasionally misplace coupons or gloss over expiration dates, Google Shopper makes it easy to stay organized. When you come across an offer you like you can save it for later. Your saved and purchased offers appear on this tab and you can see which offers are close to expiring. To take advantage of an offer, just navigate to ‘My Offers,’ select the one you’d like, and click ‘Redeem’. In the future you’ll also be able to access and redeem your saved offers using Google Wallet.

Also interesting to note is the iOS and Android friendly look. Google hasn’t exactly been great at updating its iOS iterations of apps close to when it updates the Android version, but the design leads one to believe that they’ll be updating that one soon as well. What do you guys think? How many of you have used your phone for shopping? Did it help?

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Walmart Officially Hops On The Android App Scene, Available For Download In The Market

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In light of all the department store apps we’ve seen make it to the Android Market, such as Target, Sears2go, Kmart2go, Amazon and though it’s not a physical dept store, even Overstock, it appears that Walmart is feeling a little left out.  So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the official Walmart application for Android.  Despite all the Walmart horror stories, I happen to be a big fan, simply because I’m a cheep son of a gun and no one has better discounted items in my area than big blue themselves.  The app allows you to see the valued item of the day, view their inventory from home ensuring the product is available in-store and even allows you to locate store hours and directions for your area.  For me, I can sum it up in one word…convenience.  Ready for the download?  Head on over to our apps database for the snatch and grab along with the QR code or check it out on the Android Market for your added convenience.  And don’t forget to hit the break to check out more screenshots of app.

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