The Smartwatch Keeps Getting Smarter…By Adding a Rim Display
Samsung has figured out a way to make the most of the real estate of a smartwatch. The organization has recently filed a patent to add an additional display around the rim of the watch face. This rim display would show information in a scrolling, single-line display like the electronic display boards found at airports and train stations. Due to size constraints, this rim display would be used to show useful information that is easy to display in a smaller space such as the date, weather, song title, incoming phone calls, etc. The integration of a rim display is predicted to be an initial step towards smartwatches evolving into a more flexible display for users in the future.
Read more about Samsung’s patent for a rim display at PC Mag
Dunkin’ Donuts Enables Drivers to Order Ahead Via the Waze App
The morning commute just got a little sweeter for drivers who depend on the Waze app to navigate through busy city streets. Dunkin’ Donuts is set to launch a mobile order-ahead feature through Waze, enabling drivers to order their coffee and doughnuts before arriving at their nearest Dunkin’ Donuts store. Dunkin’ Donuts is the first brand or retailer to partner with Waze in this capacity, but other brands are expected to follow suit. A fierce competitor of Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts is expecting to use this new partnership to go head-to-head with Starbucks’ order ahead feature, while benefiting from Waze’s ability to help drivers find the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts store to order from while on-the-go.
Read more about the Dunkin’ Donuts and Waze partnership at RetailDive
Charity Drive: Lyft to Allow Passengers to “Round Up” Fare and Donate the Difference
Lyft will be testing a new program called ‘Round Up & Donate,’ which will allow riders to round up their fare to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to charity. This new program is in line with Lyft’s commitment to donate $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years. Users who are selected to participate in the ‘Round Up & Donate’ test will be asked to opt-in to this program. Once the user has opted-in, all Lyft fares will be automatically rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the excess amount going to the charity of the riders’ choice.
Read more about Lyft’s ‘Round Up & Donate’ test at TechCrunch
Facebook Adds Donate Buttons to Facebook Live Broadcasts for Pages
Facebook is also set to expand its fundraising tools by adding support features for personal online fundraisers, including its offerings that are direct competitors of GoFundMe. This new interface for Facebook pages will allow users to raise funds for various personal emergencies. Currently, these fundraisers are restricted to six areas: education, medical, pet medical, crisis relief, personal emergencies, and funeral and loss. Facebook will also enable a “donate” button to appear as part of live broadcasts on Facebook Live pages to drive donations. Currently, these features are only available in the U.S., for users who are 18 and older.
Read more about Facebook’s expanded fundraising offerings at TechCrunch
The Big Reveal: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ Launch
On March 29th, Samsung released the much-anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8+ to the public. Although rumors have abounded regarding the features included in these new devices, here are the facts and specs for each device. First, the Galaxy S8 measures at 5.8-inches and includes a Snapdragon 835 processor. The display is the same size as the actual phone, with a screen that curves over the left and right edges. The top and bottom bezels are both small and the S8 and S8+ features Gorilla Glass 5. The headphone jack is still present on both devices. The S8 will retail for $720, with the S8+ priced at $840. Both devices have received positive reviews from various technical websites, but it will be interesting to see how the S8 stands up against Apple’s latest iPhone expected to launch in September.
Read more about the newly released Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ at ExtremeTech