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Update your résumé this year by learning these tech and leadership skills

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It’s a new year, and that means another chance to reinvent yourself (or at least consider the idea). If you’ve been unhappy at work for a while now, maybe it’s time to start looking elsewhere. But are your skills like so 2010? 

Luckily, you don’t have to go back to school to make yourself relevant. Right now, you can learn the top in-demand skills with eduCBA Professional Training, which includes over 5,000 different courses. Typically, you’d have to pay upwards of $8,000 to take these online classes, but you can get the whole eduCBA Professional Training bundle right now for just $99. A 98% discount? Yes, please. Read more…

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Awl Ends

It is with a mixture of disappointment and relief that we are announcing the cessation of editorial operations on The Awl at the end of this month. For nearly a decade we followed a dream of building a better Internet, and though we did not manage to do that every day we tried very hard […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 could be in your hands by mid-March

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Details on Samsung’s Galaxy S9 are starting to crystallize. 

At CES 2018 Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh confirmed the company’s next flagship Android phone will be announced at next month’s Mobile World Congress, and now we may know exactly when you’ll be able to get the highly anticipated device.

Prolific phone leaker Evan Blass has shared what he claims are several Galaxy S9-related launch dates, provided to him from a “C-level executive at a major case maker”.

Blass’s intel suggests the Galaxy S9 will be announced on Feb. 26. Pre-orders will start on March 1 and then land in eager hands on March 16. Read more…

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A dark mode for YouTube’s mobile app is spotted in the wild

 Last spring, YouTube rolled out a massive update to its desktop site that included a redesign, faster underlying framework, and the addition of a dark mode. Now, that dark theme may be making its way to the YouTube mobile app, as well. The change was recently spotted by MacRumors (by way of Reddit), and is already appearing for some users of the most recent version (13.0.1) of the YouTube… Read More

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How Startups Are Transforming Retail

Startups are changing how retail functions online and offline. From virtual reality to better payment systems, they are transforming the industry. Startups are bringing new and exciting changes to how you shop every day.

Robot Store Associates

Imagine walking into a store and being greeted by a smiling robot that is automatically restocking shelves and keeping track of merchandise. This imaginary scenario is not far from reality. With a gray body that resembles a pole or stick and two black eyes on a digital screen, Tally is a robotic store associate that can analyze shelves. This robot is able to see if items are running low or misplaced. In addition, Tally can check for pricing errors and alert staff before there is a scramble to buy all the mislabeled shampoo bottles for less than a dollar.

Easier Payment Systems

The days of struggling to write a check or fumbling with a credit card are quickly fading. Instead, startups are making it easier for shoppers to pay in convenient ways. They are offering virtual wallets and faster transactions. They are also giving customers more payment options and not restricting them to one method. For example, a point of sale software system allows shoppers to pay with credit cards, Android Pay and Apple Pay. This means no more eye rolls while you waste 10 minutes writing a check at the counter.

Virtual Reality Innovations

Startups know that virtual reality (VR) is the next phase, and it is infiltrating the retail industry. Designers like Tommy Hilfiger are already letting customers attend virtual fashion shows from the comfort of their homes. Other retailers are quickly catching up with both Ikea and Swarovski offering virtual reality shopping apps. You can already purchase virtual store software programs that allow you to visualize a shop’s layout and design. It is clear that VR is becoming accepted and will continue to grow. Soon, everyone will be able to order a new couch or lamp that blends perfectly with the rest of the room without leaving the house.

Customer Loyalty Programs

Most retailers understand the value of retaining happy customers and turning them into repeat shoppers. According to recent data, 79 percent of all consumers search for loyalty programs before buying something, and 74 percent admit to choosing a retailer based on their reward programs. Stores that offer incentives are winning and engaging with more customers.

Startups are also aware of the power of customer reward programs and are part of this trend. They are building customizable loyalty programs that are digital, so shoppers do not have to remember to use a card or coupon. In addition, they make it easier to track points and expiration dates automatically, which gives customer service a break. The days of carrying a dozen customer loyalty cards in your wallet are going away. Instead, you will be able to log into the programs with your phone or other device and instantly get rewards.

Startups are changing how the world shops, and retailers are catching up. From robot associates to reward programs, […]

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THE MOBILE BANKING COMPETITIVE EDGE REPORT: How banks rank on offering the features consumers say are critical for choosing a bank

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This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. This report is exclusively available to enterprise subscribers. Check to see if your company has access

Banks are going to new lengths to attract and retain customers with mobile features. 

In BI Intelligence’s Mobile Banking Competitive Edge study, 83% of respondents said they use mobile banking. And banks are investing in mobile banking capabilities at unprecedented levels: Bank of America tripled its 2015 mobile banking budget in 2016, and maintained it through 2017, for example. Cutting-edge banking services are “table-stakes to attract and retain customers,” according to Michelle Moore, Head of Digital at Bank of America.

BI Intelligence’s first Mobile Banking Competitive Edge Report identifies which mobile banking and emerging features are most important to consumers when choosing a bank. The study ranks the largest 15 banks and credit unions in the US by whether they offer the mobile features that customers say they care most about. The report helps channel strategists choose which features they should focus their attention on, and lets them see how they compare to rival banks in offering those features. 

This study uses exclusive data from the BI Insiders Panel (BIIP), an exclusive online community of 17,000 of our readers from all over the world. Designed to be a leading-edge indicator of what’s next in digital, BIIP members tend to be affluent, tech-savvy early adopters. This means that the BIIP community is an especially sensitive indicator of what consumers will buy and adopt, as well as what behaviors, devices, and platforms will be the winners in digital disruption. 

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • Wells Fargo leads the pack. The bank offers in-demand mobile transfer capabilities, along with competitive features related to security and mobile wallets. USAA follows closely behind in second. Bank of America and Citi are tied for third, and Capital One rounds out the top five.
  • Mobile transfers are the most in-demand mobile features. Transfers are the most important category of features to consumers when choosing a bank, according to our study. The most in-demand feature in this study, instant transfers, is in this category. Transfers also include bill pay, international transfers, and peer-to-peer (P2P) payments.
  • Post-Equifax, consumer interest in security tools is high. Security and control was the second most popular category in the study. Gen Xers value several features in this category — such as setting travel notifications and mobile access to ATMs — more than millennials.
  • Interest in advanced mobile banking account access is poised to jump. The account access section, the third most popular in this study, includes features like biometrics and account aggregation. With Face ID giving customers a new way to log in to banking, interest in the group of features will likely rise.
  • In spite of lagging adoption, interest in mobile wallets is still healthy. This category weighs not only whether banks support provisioning their cards in each of the popular wallets, but if they offer their own bank-branded wallets. Our study shows consumers rank support of third-party wallets as much more important than banking solutions.
  • Conversational features have the lowest demand in the study. The voice- or chatbot-based banking tools in the category are desired by only a small fraction of consumers. Instead of using the features to attract new customers, banks are exploring offloading costly transitional conversations with live support staff to AI. 

 In full, the report:

  • Shows how 32 mobile features stack up according to how important consumers say they are for choosing a new bank.
  • Ranks the top 15 banks on whether they offer each of those features.
  • Analyzes how demographics effect demand for different mobile features.
  • Provides strategies for banks to best attract and retain customers with mobile features.

The full report is available to BI Intelligence enterprise clients. To learn more about this report, email Senior Account Executive Chris Roth (croth@businessinsider.com). BI Intelligence’s Mobile Banking Competitive Edge study includes: Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, Chase, Citibank, Fifth Third, HSBC, Key Bank, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, SunTrust, TD, US Bank, and USAA.

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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 35 years Saudi Arabia has lifted its 35-year ban on commercial movie theaters, and the Saudi government anticipates 300 theaters by 2030. Last week saw a number of screenings for the public, and they’ve wasted no time in catching up with […]

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How Perfect IG Feeds Affect You as a Mother and a Woman

Every week, Preen tackles motherhood sans the rose-tinted glasses. Our columnists L. Juliano, Marla Darwin, Monica Eleazar-Manzano, Rossana Unson, and Ronna Capili-Bonifacio tell their personal experiences like it is—at times frustrating, oftentimes confusing, but always enlightening. I can’t even remember when I got so worked up about algorithmic feeds. It was a non-descript day and I decided to look at […]

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