Many consumers are finding ways to shop online without being on the computer. Orders being placed through mobile devices accounted for 5% of online sales this year. Busy retailers are providing apps that make it easy to shop while waiting in line. In other news, The Wall Street Journal did a privacy investigation on 101 of the most popular iPhone and Android apps, revealing that nearly 60 sent users’ information without their consent. Information like the phone’s unique ID, location, gender and age are transmitted regularly to advertising agencies. Among the worst offenders is popular music application, Pandora. And finally, location based services like Foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places make it easy to contribute to charity this holiday season. By using these geotagging services many retail locations will donate to charity based on the number of tweets or check-ins they receive. Not only will your purchases contribute to charity, many companies are offering discounts for using the services as well.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – December 20, 2010
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).