Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has decided not to open their retail stores on Thanksgiving day. Apple’s retail operations executives were apparently pushing to open the retail stores in order to capitalize on the Thanksgiving and Black Friday just like Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Sears. It was believed that Apple was going to open up stores in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles.
Redbox Instant launched on iOS and Android around a year ago and now the mobile version of Redbox Instant by Verizon is available on the Windows Phone Store. The new app has movie streaming and maps to Redbox kiosks nearby. The new Redbox Windows Phone app also has Live Tile support. If you have a Windows Phone device that is outside of the Nokia Lumia range, you will not be able to access the Redbox Windows Phone app yet as you would have to wait until January for the general availability release.
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eMarketer, a market research company, has reported that around 1 in 5 people around the world uses a social networking website at least once per month. This number is expected to grow over the next few years.
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Inscentinel is U.K. based company that focuses on insect research. According to Inscentinel’s research, honey bees can be trained for detecting early-stage cancer in humans.
Waze has partnered with Universal Pictures to launched a celebrity voice navigation feature. The first celebrity voice to be used in the GPS device is comedian and actor Kevin Hart. Waze is a social GPS app offers a social component on top of driving directions. Waze users can report speed traps, gas prices, and other road conditions. Waze sold to Google for nearly $1 billion in July. Hart is known for acting in the TV show “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and is known for a couple of popular stand-up specials.
Google has received a patent to analyze how to respond on social media. The patent suggests that Google will make personalized response suggestions for sending back to users. The automated responses are created by collecting social interactions and categorizing them based on importance based upon prior posts to similar labeled items. It creates a reaction and gives you the option of using it to reply so that you can save a little bit of time in your day. These responses can be used for e-mail, instant messages, and text messages.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have partnered on creating a big-screen adaptation of “Sleeper.” Sleeper is a comic book series that was written by Ed Brubaker with illustration by Sean Phillips. Affleck and Damon are going to produce the project with Jennifer Todd through Pearl Street Films.