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Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users – 27.11.18

Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users

Facebook users are reporting one of the stranger bugs to plague the platform of late: years-old Messenger threads resurfacing automatically, without context or explanation.

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* Some have expressed concern that the bug could resurface conversations or past histories they would much rather forget. Unless you actively delete the history between you and another user, Messenger retains the entirety of your back-and-forth conversations, stretching back years. It could be jarring to some to be hit with an old thread with an ex or a family member or friend who has passed.*

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Walmart creates an interactive online toy box

The retail giant has unveiled an immersive online playground, allowing children to virtually test and play with 20 of this year’s top-rated toys. Walmart has positioned the online experience as an interactive version of toy-unboxing videos, which have proved popular among children.

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* This move demonstrates Walmart’s quest to fill the gap in the toy market left by the closure of Toys R Us. By allowing children to test drive popular toys via their own devices, the Toy Lab could also drive more considered spending on toys and therefore less waste.*

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Covergirl’s first store is powered by AI

Customers visiting the Times Square flagship will be greeted by Olivia, the brand’s artificially-intelligent member of staff, who can direct shoppers to products, answer questions and share beauty tips. Covergirl has also installed augmented reality (AR) glam stations, where shoppers can virtually try make-up on before they make a purchase.

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* Taking a similar approach to Glossier, Covergirl is also using selfie-optimised backdrops to boost social media engagement among its Generation Z customer base. Changes such as this suggest that retailers are reconsidering the purpose of their brick-and-mortar stores, and are increasingly looking to add an extra layer of technology to augment the shopping experience.*

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