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Shopify customers now have access to Apple Business Chat

Shopify merchants will now be able to connect with their customers through Apple Business Chat, which will allow customers to “securely pay for products with Apple Pay.”
Any new visitor at a store will be able to click the Messages button “featured on every page” of an online store and visitors will be able to “ask for product information.” The new feature rolls out on June 26th. Conversations will happen through Shopify Ping, which was introduced last year.
Shopify said customers will also now be able to “easily and securely pay for products with Apple Pay right within the conversation.”
“Our integration with Apple Business Chat will uniquely allow our merchants to establish, maintain and communicate with their customers directly through Messages. Today, we are bringing all 800,000 of our merchants one step closer to their customers, and giving them the advantage they need to build their business the way entrepreneurs have for thousands of years: through conversations,” said director ..

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The CWTA has helped recycled almost 7 million mobile devices

Through its Recycle My Cell program, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) says it has helped divert almost 7 million mobile devices from Canadian landfills.
The milestone comes as the program celebrates its 10th year anniversary this week.
In 2018, the CWTA says it recycled 431,943 devices alone. All told, the organization has seen 6,985,325 devices come through its program.
If you recently purchased a new phone, the best thing you can do with your old device is find a new home for it. Smartphones, in particular, require a lot of rare earth metals to build, which are notoriously difficult to mine and recycle.
Source: CWTA
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NBC to take back ‘The Office’ from Netflix for its own upcoming streaming platform

Netflix revealed that it will no longer have the rights to ‘The Office,’ as NBC decided to take the show back for its own streaming platform.
The Office will be on Netflix until January 2021, after which it will be moved to NBC’s streaming platform where it will stay for five years.
We’re sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for its own streaming platform — but members can binge watch the show to their hearts’ content ad-free on Netflix until January 2021
— Netflix US (@netflix) June 25, 2019
NBC said in January it has plans to launch its own ad-supposed streaming service in 2020. It will reportedly cost $10 USD per month (about $13.15 CAD) for cord-cutters but will be free to traditional TV subscribers.
MobileSyrup has reached out to NBC to learn if the service is coming to Canada.
NBC released a statement saying The Office is one of its most prized series.
“We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service,” said Bonnie Hammer, ..

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Google Home now makes a great bedtime story companion

Through a promotional video starring Kristen Bell, the actress received recognition for voicing Princess Anna in Frozen, Google Home has become a better bedtime story sidekick.
In partnership with Disney, Google Home can play sound effects and music for a late night storytelling session. It even recognizes where you are in the story and adds a bit of theatre accordingly.

Furthermore, jumping across or repeating a chapter won’t confuse Google Home since it follows you throughout the journey using its microphone and software. If you pause, background music will take over hoping to keep the mood going until you resume.
Three Little Golden Books—“The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” and “Frozen” — are compatible with the new bedtime story enhancement. Costumes are not included.
Google also re-emphasized that the new Google Home feature also works through Home Link. It’s an Android-exclusive parental monitoring app that can grant younglings permission to access Google Home. If allowed, kids may enjo..

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Toronto co-production Alto’s Odyssey on sale for 60 percent off

Alto’s Odyssey is currently 60 percent off on the App Store.
The game, developed by Toronto-based Snowman and various U.K.-based designers, is now available for $2.79 CAD.
Alto’s Odyssey is an endless runner-type game that has you sliding through various desert vistas. All the while, you’ll perform various tricks to string together combos and complete various goals.
It’s unclear how long the price cut will last, although it’s likely it will be for a limited time only.
Alto’s Odyssey can be downloaded on iOS and Android.
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