Mobile

Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses The iPad’s Continued Lack Of Sales Growth

ipad-air-2-3 During today’s earnings call for Apple’s fiscal Q4 2014, CEO Tim Cook took time to address the iPad’s performance at length. Cook referred to a lot of the general kinds of negative feeling around iPad performance circulating around media and analysts, and brought up his own perspective on the product category. “I take a step back on iPad,” he said. “I know… Read More

Apple Pay’s Anonymity Makes Some Retailers Think Twice

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Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook loves to talk about the security features of his mobile-payments system. Apple Pay won’t collect information about what people buy — and it’s designed to ensure no one else can, eitherMerchants have good reason to be excited about Apple Pay, which goes live on Monday at some 220,000 shops and restaurants. But some retailers are less than thrilled about Apple’s anonymous infrastructure.

To understand why, take a look Panera Bread. The sandwich chain fancies itself an early adopter and has been experimenting with taking to-go orders through its app and deploying tablets in place of cashiers. Here’s what Panera ultimately wants from its participation in any mobile-payments system: a speedier link to the MyPanera Rewards loyalty program, which is used in half of all purchases. When a customer pays now, she either hands over her loyalty card or tells the cashier her phone number. Mobile payments should be able remove that step. Read more…

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What You Need To Know To Get Started With Apple Pay

apple-pay Apple Pay is now available for anyone to use, provided they’ve got all the prerequisites, both for physical stores and for online transactions. But you can’t just walk up to your local brick-and-mortar store and wave your iPhone and walk out with whatever you want – that would be theft. Instead, you’ll need the following to be in place to have a happy Apple Pay… Read More

OnePlus’ Impressive $299 Smartphone Will Finally Go On Sale To All — But Only For An Hour

oneplus-one8 If you’ve been in the market for OnePlus One, the hugely impressive $299 Android smartphone that is available by invite only — thus far — then your luck is in. The startup has announced that it will make its first smartphone available to all members of the public, but for a one hour window only.
The impressive device will be available to buy for an hour on October 27… Read More

Death of the Wallet? An Exploration of Mobile Payments

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While today’s Apple Pay launch is exciting for iPhone owners, it must be reiterated that Apple is neither the first, nor the only player in the mobile payments space. Many technology companies and payment startups have played in the space for years, forcing changes in consumer behaviors and helping people warm up to storing their precious credit card information on a phone. Read more…

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iOS 8.1 Available for Download: Apple Pay Launches, Camera Roll Returns

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Apple users can now download the latest version of iOS 8, and with it comes a handful of new features, including Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, device continuity (accessing whatever you need on every device) and the return of the Camera Roll.

iOS 8.1 comes just a few weeks after the launch of the first iteration of iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads, as well as the aborted release of iOS 8.0.1, the update that locked cellular service and Touch ID functionality for many iPhone users before it was quickly pulled.

To get the update now, visit Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device. While the update requires you to be connected to Wi-Fi for it to be installed, the good news is that it’s only 126MB to download — much less than the 5.7GB needed to get iOS 8. This means you won’t have to delete apps and photos to get the latest software. Read more…

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iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your iPhone And iPad

ipad-mac-event0124 Apple’s iOS 8.1 arrives today, and it brings with it some impressive new abilities. First and foremost, at least in terms of its long-term impact, is probably the introduction of Apple Pay, the new mobile payment solution built into iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. But 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your… Read More

Deeplink Rolls Out Developer Tools That Make Apps More Interoperable

iPhone Apps Mobile deeplinking company, Deeplink is focused on making native applications on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices function more like the web, in the sense that you should be able tap your way in between apps similar to the way you can tap on hyperlinks to navigate the web. Today, the company is taking a major step forward in making this functionality more widespread with the… Read More

Giftgaming Gives You Power-Ups In Exchange For…Giving You Real-World Discounts

giftgaming-4 Giftgaming is a win-win-win that helps you win. Advertisers get exposure, developers get paid, and you get free virtual goods in mobile games plus coupons for discounts on meatspace purchases. Today, Giftgaming launched its service onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London. When you’re playing a mobile game like Fluid Football, you’ll be able to tap a Giftgaming icon for… Read More

Fitbit Surge Will Be the Closest Thing to a Fitbit Smartwatch

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Just a few days after purported photos of two new Fitbit fitness trackers leaked online, a new report says the company appears to be readying a third product for launch — one that’s part smartwatch.

Alongside the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR, another product called the Fitbit Surge will launch soon specifically for serious athletes, according to The Verge. Beyond health tracking, the device will display call and text notifications, a feature typically found in smartwatches (and not necessarily fitness trackers).

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While the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR (the latter includes a heart-rate monitor) are reportedly updates to the ill-fated Fitbit Force that was recalled after users reported allergic reactions to the wristband, the Surge is much more specialized toward runners Read more…

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