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In a bid to catch up with Apple Pay, Samsung is said to have turned to a startup company, LoopPay, in hopes of debuting its own mobile payments service with wide compatibility in 2015. Citing multiple sources familiar with the talks, Re/code reported on Tuesday that Samsung's plans for a contactless payment service would be very similar to Apple Pay, allowing customers to use their Samsung phone to authorize credit card transactions at retail stores. Key to the deal is...
Google's early-stage "Physical Web" project --?an attempt to displace Apple's iBeacons with a similar, open-source framework -- is beginning to take shape,?as Turkish hardware firm Blesh is now offering the first Physical Web-compatible Bluetooth beacon hardware. For $50, developers can purchase a kit containing three Bluetooth beacons that implement Physical Web's accompanying UriBeacon standard. UriBeacon, which is designed to largely mimic iBeacon functionality,...
Apple on Tuesday issued a statement to bring attention to the dozens of companies that threw support behind Apple Pay over the past few weeks, including the addition of ten new banks and an NBA arena. As reported by The New York Times, Apple offered a brief rundown of the latest card issuing banks to adopt Apple Pay, saying that ten new institutions -- Associated Bank, BB&T, Black Hills FCU, Commerce Bank, Dupaco Community Credit Union, Idaho Central Credit Union,...
A reported Bose job listing for a "cloud music services" UX designer suggests the company is working on a next-generation streaming platform to rival Beats Music, iTunes Radio and other services in what is becoming an increasingly crowded field. According to a posting on job marketing website ZipRecruiter, spotted by HypeBeast, Bose is looking to hire a senior user experience designer to join its Algorithms & Cloud Experiences team create a new "music streaming...
Apple was one of more than 50 private companies and trade associations to sign amicus briefs in support of Microsoft on Monday as the Redmond, Wash., company continues an ongoing court battle with the U.S. government over customer data privacy protections. Source: Microsoft Microsoft announced 28 technology and media companies, 23 trade and advocacy groups and 35 computer scientists signed ten briefs in support of its fight to keep customer emails stored on...
A lawyer representing sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said the company has agreed to a new set of terms in its settlement with Apple, with the redrafted arrangement assuaging concerns from jilted creditors seeking to derail proceedings by threatening legal action against Apple. A New Hampshire bankruptcy court judge signed off on an amended settlement from GT Advanced and Apple meant to stave off creditors that wanted to turn GT's bankruptcy into a...
Closing arguments in a class-action lawsuit against Apple's iPod iTunes ecosystem were heard on Monday, with each side arguing their case for what could potentially result in a $1 billion penalty for Apple. On Monday, lawyers for both Apple and plaintiffs offered closing arguments to a jury of eight in a California antitrust lawsuit regarding the tech giant's supposed scheme to use iPod, iTunes and FairPlay digital rights management to effectively lock customers in to...
Following a disappointing 2013, most professional investors decided to pass on Apple this year, and as a result missed out on one of 2014's biggest success stories on Wall Street. Money managers who missed out on Apple's gains this year were highlighted as one of the worst blunders in finance in 2014 by Bloomberg. Shares of Apple rose four times more than the Standard & Poor's 500 Index this year, but professional investors who stayed on the sidelines are now behind on...
Medical device maker A&D on Monday announced an update to its A&D Connect app that allows A&D's Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure monitors, weight scales, and activity trackers to synchronize their data with Apple's Health app in iOS 8. Among the data available for collection is blood pressure, heart rate, weight, calories, steps, and distance walked. In addition, consumers using LifeTrak's A&D Connect-compatible C410 activity tracker can collect and analyze information...
Just days after Canada's Competition Bureau announced that it would look into the details of Apple's contracts with wireless carriers, a newly-uncovered court filing has shed light on the regulator's allegations of anti-competitive practices. Apple's Sainte-Catherine store in Montreal. The agency believes that Apple's terms may have ultimately forced Canadian consumers to pay more for mobile devices and wireless services than they otherwise would have, according to...
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