Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Style | They See It. They Like It. They Want It. They Rent It. Advertisement Supported by Owning nothing is now a luxury, thanks to a number of subscription start-ups. BySapna Maheshwari June 8, 2019 Many young American urbanites have resigned themselves to a life of non-ownership, abandoning the dream of their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents before them, often out of financial necessity. But renting isn’t just a matter of necessity these days. It’s become almost posh. While paying to borrow décor, clothing and offices is nothing new, the options have grown substantially in recent years. Now, one can fill a temporary home with rented coffee tables and sofas from Crate & Barrel and West Elm, and refresh a wardrobe with rented outfits from clothing lines like Theory and Vince … [Read more...] about They See It. They Like It. They Want It. They Rent It.
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In 2017 and 2018, Walmart pilot tested a program called “Scan & Go” in 125 stores. The program let customers use a smartphone or handheld device to check out items without going to a cashier. The program expanded in January 2018 but ended in April, with Walmart citing lack of customer adoption. Speaking at the National Retail Federation’s annual Big Show conference on Sunday, Walmart CTO Jeremy King revealed the company decided to pull the plug on the program due to it being error-prone and difficult to scale. King also expressed interest in computer vision as the technology matures “in a few years.” NEW YORK CITY – A year ago, in January 2018, Walmart expanded its Scan & Go program to 125 stores, calling it a new way to shop with just your phone or a handheld device, and no interacting with cashiers. By April, that program had all but wrapped up. At the time, a Walmart spokesperson told Business Insider that its ending was due to … [Read more...] about Walmart exec reveals why it canceled its Amazon Go-like cashierless program in stores — and what the company is working on instead
Let’s all take a trip down memory lane to about five years ago, when Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Oscars, snapped a quick celebrity-filled selfie on her phone, and posted it to Twitter. The moment of perfectly manufactured spontaneity took the internet like wildfire, and quickly became the most shared tweet of the time. It was a perfect encapsulation of the online moment; platforms were only just becoming ubiquitous, yet users weren’t jaded with their dominance. A celebrity could take a picture of themselves with their fellow celebrity friends, and others could share in the unbridled enthusiasm. How cute, how authentic, we thought. That, however, was 2014. We’ve just entered 2019 and the online image taking the world by storm now is . . . an egg. Yes, you read that right: an egg. As of this morning, a picture of a light-brown egg has become the most-liked picture ever to hit Instagram–with currently over 25 million likes (yes, you read that right). It beat … [Read more...] about An egg has dethroned Kylie Jenner for most Instagram likes
Potential Democratic presidential contender Beto O’Rourke livestreamed himself at the dentist. He’s known for connecting to voters by streaming mundane moments of his life. This time, though, he may have gone too far. In his latest move to communicate and connect with the American people, Democratic darling Beto O’Rourke livestreamed himself at the dentist. The former Texas congressman and senate candidate has been tipped as a hot contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, even though he hasn’t announced whether he’ll run. He’s risen to fame in part because of his unflagging effort to visit all 254 counties in Texas and neverending communication on social media. In particular, he’s livestreamed mundane moments of his life on Instagram, like himself cutting steak,eating guacamole while driving, and now going to the dentist. In videos posted to Instagram stories Thursday, O’Rourke asked his El Paso-based dental … [Read more...] about Beto O’Rourke is livestreaming himself at the dentist and people have had enough
Remember when Instagram was the fun, simple, non-toxic social network? I suppose it still is in some way, but only in comparison to the slavering hellmouth of Twitter and the democracy-poisoning Borg-cube that is Facebook. Judged on its own merits, I’d argue Instagram–which, in its mere eight years of operation, has spawned a pond-scum ecosystem of paid “influencers,” skewed the mental health of scores of teenagers, and made “Stories” a thing we all have to deal with–is a net-negative for humanity, too. Don’t you wish you could return to those just-a-feed-of-pretty-pictures days? Thanks to a web app called Filtergram, now you can. It bills its self as being “for people who want to see some Instagram content, but aren’t too keen on the Instagram Experience itself.” Um, did it read my mind? Filtergram is what anti-social social-network users like me call “read-only”: You can’t post, comment, or like, … [Read more...] about Hate social media but can’t let Instagram go? This app is for you