When you keep getting mail addressed to someone you don't know, you might feel annoyed, inquisitive, or even suspicious.
Or you might e-mail the company sending it and wonder whether it's intended for some future resident of your home.
Andrew Gardner took the latter route with quite beautiful results.
The Toronto resident e-mailed Shoppers Drug Mart and asked to be removed from its mailing list because, well, he clearly isn't "Matthew."
The San Francisco startup has developed technology that uses video captured by security cameras to track customers' movements and create "heatmaps." The images represent an aggregate of all the shoppers' whereabouts in the store and which items they touched. For retailers, it's a valuable tool for making decisions about product placement and floor layout.
Prism Skylabs also … Read more
Some things were never meant to go together, but that hasn't stopped some insane mechanics from fitting a honking V8 engine to a shopping cart to create the Shopper Chopper hot rod.
Admittedly, this isn't just a stock shopping cart stolen from the grocery store parking lot. It's custom built to accommodate a height of more than 9 feet and a length of more than 12 feet. You could fit a lot of cereal boxes and Doritos into this monster, but it's already fitted with seating capacity for six people.… Read more
The folks at Android Police have taken the wrapper off Google's Ice Cream Sandwich.
The tech news site yesterday revealed several new details and a couple of screenshots of the upcoming edition of Android.
Showing Ice Cream Sandwich running on a Nexus S, the screenshots seen here are a bit dark but do point to changes in the user interface. As noted by Android Police, blue seems to be the theme color of the new OS, while the notification bar has gone through a major revamp.
iPhone owners who use the Google Shopper app to find their favorite products can now hunt for special deals at local restaurants and other businesses.
Updated last week, Google Shopper 1.5 now sports a tab at the bottom called Offers. Tapping on Offers brings up a list of special Google Offers being promoted by local merchants eager for your business. Tapping on each deal or offer then displays the business name, location, details of the deal, and its expiration date.
For example, in the deals I found, a local sports store was offering 25 percent off a bike, while … Read more
One of the best things about shopping online is that you can comparison shop for as long as you like before making a decision. Superfish Window Shopper For Firefox is a browser extension that aims to simplify this process by showing you items that are similar to the one you're currently viewing on a wide variety of Web sites. If you can't rest until you've found the best deal, this extension might be just what you're looking for.
The extension is quite easy to use; it functions by simply adding a small button that says "… Read more
PALM DESERT, Calif.--It seems like a no-brainer, but why don't the thousands and thousands of online clothing retailers offer customers a way to stand in front of a Webcam and virtually try things on?
That's a question a couple of companies that presented at the Demo Spring 2011 conference here today were trying to answer. Both Zugara and FaceCake Marketing Technologies showed the audience here forthcoming offerings that would integrate virtual dressing rooms into e-tailers' sites.
Although Demo often showcases companies with related technologies, I don't recall a time in my many years of attending this … Read more
iPhone users can now rely on Google for a helping hand the next time they go shopping.
The search giant yesterday launched a version of its free Google Shopper app for the iPhone. The app, which has been available for Android users the past year, is essentially a mobile search engine for products, letting you compare prices and read reviews before you open your wallet.
The app offers several ways to search for products. You can type the name of the item in the search field. You can snap a photo of a book, CD, DVD, or video game or … Read more
For 2010, spending on paid search ads rose 18.5 percent over 2009, a year when spending declined. The fourth quarter in particular played a huge role in the recovery with a 35.5 percent overall gain in spending from 2009's final quarter. December alone saw a 44.8 percent jump in spending.
Retailers in particular funneled more money toward paid search ads last year, especially over the holiday season as online shoppers opened up their … Read more