This Week’s Latest News Featuring Snapchat, Target, President Trump, Siri and Many More…


Happy Friday! Before the weekend begins, It’s time for our latest news round up.

Let’s discuss the news updates from all the leaders in industries such as financial services, security & enterprise, marketing, retail, and healthcare.

Here’s what we think made the biggest impact in these industries so far.

Let’s start with security & enterprise.


Snapchat and… drones?

Yes, you’ve heard it correctly. Snapchat announced this week that the company will be expanding its software to build a Selfie Drone.

The drone manufacturer has sought after funding this week to build a device that can follow you and track your face.

Apparently, the deal will cost from $150-$200 million.

Snap is pulling out all the stops to save its downfall of shares, that have fallen dramatically since March.

Facebook Fights “Fake News”

Facebook has released a new feature that enables users to read “related articles” that will appear below news links.

This is being done in an effort to expose users to many versions of an article, instead of sticking to one, which can be considered “fake news”

Siri, Pay Our Bills!

Apple’s Siri is now capable of paying bills for users.

“Siri-forward” uses voice commands confirms the external payee, enabling the bank account to debit the account.


Target Aims for the College Kids

Target has integrated a service into its stores that are called “Shop Now, Pick Up Later.”

This spin on online shopping is a way to appeal to college kids, who prefer for convenience.

“How we’re reaching college students has changed and is evolving,” said Joshua Thomas, a Target spokesman.

Target is also planning on opening up more locations around college locations with pop up shops that offer dorm decor and related items.

Truckers, Senators Got Your Back

Democratic senators are calling on retailers to change working conditions for truckers.

Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) are among the many senators that are behind this effort.

This was brought forward because California truckers reported being in debt, amid working more than 20 hours a day.

City Furniture Adapts to Mobile

City Furniture is implementing mobile capacities into its showrooms.

iPad Pro and Bluetooth tools will be offered to run applications.


Coca-Cola Promotes Recycling

Coca-Cola has launched its first campaign to promote its new packing strategy that aims to promote recycling.

The campaign surrounds a “love story” of two bottles, showing that packing is valuable.

Coca-Cola’s goal is to increase the use of recycled plastic bottles from 25% to 50% by 2020.

Häagen-Dazs Wants to Become “Iconic” Once Again

Häagen-Dazs, the classic ice cream brand, has goals to build its brand relevance again.

Targeting millennials is the brand’s mission, to bring awareness to them about the companies “iconic” reputation.


Fitbit’s New Smartwatch

Fitbit announced that there will be a new smartwatch released by the holidays.

The features on the smartwatch will include fitness tracking, GPS capabilities, and more water resistance.

Wearables in the healthcare industry have made a huge impact in recent years.

Athenahealth’s New App

Athenahealth, a company that provides cloud services for healthcare and apps, has announced that it will be adding a new app to its marketplace.

With the combination of the Soultionreach patient management program, this new technology will be designed to enhance the patient experience.

Cloud-based patient relationship management tool will enable providers to communicate with patients in a unique way.

President Trump, David Shulkin and a New App

President Trump and Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, announced on Wednesday that they will be focusing on introducing a new app.

This app will focus on veterans, further advancing resources for them such as telehealth.

Veterans will be able to schedule appointments from mobile phones.

It will be called “Veteran Appointment Request.”

Financial Services

J.P Morgan Chase & Co. to Pay Hefty Fee

The U.S Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced that J.P Morgan Chase & Co. will be ordered to pay $4.6 million.

This demand comes from the fact that J.P Morgan failed to report accurate information to the bureau regarding account screening reports.

Man Who Stopped Wannacry Cyberattack Arrested

The man who stopped WannaCry, a massive cyber attack that infected hundreds of thousands of people worldwide has been arrested.

Marcus Hutchins was detained because he had a role in creating a banking virus.

Hutchins goes by the name, “MalwareTech”, was caught by Federal Investigators for creating a banking “trojan” that targeted bankers usernames and passwords.


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