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This Just In: Apple to Produce Faces Shields & Donate Masks!

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, announced on Twitter today that “Apple will design, produce and distribute more than 1 million face shields a week.” According to an article on Linkedin, “The protective gear will first be distributed to medical workers in the U.S. with a goal to expand distribution overseas. The tech giant has also sourced 20 million face masks to donate globally in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.” “We’re working continuously and closely with governments at all levels to ensure these are donated to places of greatest need,” said Cook. He also stated “Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams are also working with suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for medical workers.”According to CNN, “The first shipment arrived to hospitals in Silicon Valley and will be shipped to other hospitals in the United States.”

Since we are most definitely in a shortage of supplies, it’s good to know that the owners of the products we use (and rely on) everyday are trying to give back to the community and slow the spread of the virus. The sooner we all work together, and accept that this is our new way of living for the time-being – the faster this will be over.

Spigot, Inc. is doing everything they can to keep employees at a healthy distance and keep the organization running. We are extremely fortunate to be in the position we are and will continue on this path. Spigot, Inc. is also STILL hiring – our employees are working from home and we are setting up new employees with work stations to do the same. If you’re interested in a new career, send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!

Apple Watch is Coming Out With a Great New Feature!

As we all know, sleep is extremely important for the human mind and production in the work place.  Apple already tracks your steps, health, heart rate, location and now will be releasing a new feature soon that tracks your sleep to make sure you are getting the optimum amount! According to an article in cnet.com,  Apple is preparing to add a new feature to the Watch that will allow it to monitor your sleep. Codenamed “Burrito” the new feature will be able to measure the quality of its wearer’s rest using the wearable’s various sensors and inputs, including tracking your movement, heart rate and “noises.” The information would be accessible through the Health app on an iPhone or in a “new Sleep app for the Apple Watch.”

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Scammers Trick iPhone Users into Downloading Expensive Apps

iPhone users surfing the app store generally think that they are safe, but it turns out recently scammers have found a way around Apples “secure” user interface and are tricking customers into downloading free applications that actually have extremely pricey subscriptions. According to an article in Tech Crunch, “They do this by intentionally confusing users with their app’s design and flow, by making promises of “free trials” that convert after only a matter of days, and other misleading tactics.”

According to an article posted in Business Insider, “The No. 69 top-grossing app on the United States App Store was called Scanner App. It used your iPhone’s camera to scan documents, and it worked — but it cost as much $4 per week, or over $200 per year, and wasn’t honest about signing people up for the recurring bill, according to user reviews.”

Apple soon will have a huge influx of unhappy customers on their hands if they don’t make a change and it looks like they may be forced to.

If you want to read more about this, Forbes and Mashable also wrote articles giving iPhone users a heads up to search and download more carefully!

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Top Google Searches for 2017

There are few metrics in the world that offer as much insight into our society as Google’s annual “Year in Search.” More than any of the other year-end download and streaming roundups, Google’s offers a clear snapshot of the things that captured our imaginations and baffled us during what felt like a particularly turbulent year.

Here in the U.S., the top overall searches cover a pretty wide range of the human experience, running the gamut from natural phenomenon, to sports, to human tragedy, to the sexual misconduct allegations that have been echoing across a wide range of industries in recent months.

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey took the first and eighth spots in the Top 10, and August’s much-hyped solar eclipse came in at No. 7. The October shooting in Las Vegas that ended in 59 deaths was the No. 5 search. Musician Tom Petty was both the top search in celebrity deaths and No. 3 overall, while former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who took his own life in a prison cell in April, was No. 9.

The Super Bowl and the Mayweather/McGregor fight landed at four and five, respectively, and the fidget spinners that briefly caught our short attention spans this year hit No. 10. Former NBC anchor Matt Lauer hit No. 2 overall and was the top person search in general. A number of other subjects of sexual misconduct allegations also made the Top 10 people list, including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Bill O’Reilly.

Apple had the strongest showing in Consumer Tech, with the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and Apple Watch 3 scoring spots one, two, six and nine. Nintendo and Samsung also had strong showings with the Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, Super NES Classic and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 making the Top 10 in that category.

People were also looking for ways to make their own eclipse glasses, fidget spinners and slime. More people wanted to know what DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was than anything else. Bitcoin also had a strong showing at No. 2.

Full article on TechCrunch…

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Publishers are Feeling a Bite Out of Revenue Since the Safari Update

Spigot Inc learned that Apple is cracking down on ad tracking through Safari in this article from DigiDay. Safari changes are affecting programmatic publishers due to audience targeting.

“Programmatic publishers’ ad rates have taken a hit since Apple updated its Safari browser last month to prevent third parties from tracking users for more than 24 hours after a user visited a website. Although Apple’s move hurts publishers reliant on third-party data that advertisers depend on to target niche audiences at scale, publishers that sell their inventory directly say they aren’t affected by the Safari update.”

“If publishers can make direct connections with their audiences, they can wean themselves off third-party trackers and mitigate the impact of Safari’s update, said an engineer at a business publisher requesting anonymity. But obtaining first-party data from users by getting them to sign up for a new product or fork over login information is a long-term project that might not deliver immediate results.”

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Spigot Inc Shares How Brands are Getting A Voice from Amazon, Apple and Google

As of right now, most voice powered devices are not completely recognizing brands… but things are changing. Amazon, Apple and Google are all making these upgrades to better serve their users. Just like at Spigot Inc, our users are our number one priority!

“For decades, listening to ‘the voice of the customer’ has been the Holy Grail for marketers. Now, thanks to technology, they can do it millions of times each day.

According to Google and Bing, one in four searches is conducted by talking, not typing, a figure comScore predicts will reach 50 percent by 2020. That same year Echo alone will account for $7 billion in voice transactions—or vcommerce—per investment firm Mizuho Bank.

Voice is having its moment. People are talking, devices are listening and brands are attempting to insert themselves into the conversation, using Amazon Alexa voice skills and Google Home apps.”

Read the entire article on Adweek.

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Amazon is Moving On Up – Spigot Inc Shares the Top BrandZ’s List

Google, Microsoft and Apple are certainly hard brands to beat. It’s not a shock to see Amazon movin’ on up the list. We were a little surprised at Spigot Inc to see Amazon rise above Facebook, but predictions suggest that Amazon grew 41% since last year and has received “prime” property and in the Top 5! Read the full article here…

Apple Browsing History Update from Spigot Inc

We were pleased at Spigot, Inc to read about this update and think you will be as well.

A few weeks ago, if you read about “Elcomsoft chief Vladimir Katalov telling FORBES that Apple is storing Safari histories in the iCloud going back more than a year, possibly much longer, even where the user has asked for them to be wiped from memory” well… things have changed.

“UPDATE Shortly after publication, FORBES was contacted by Katalov and another source, who claimed that their old records were disappearing. It appears, they said, that Apple is purging. There was no update from Apple, however.”