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Apple Grabbed Record 25% Share Of Smartphone Sales In China: Kantar

apple-1-infinite-loop Apple’s continued progress in China saw the company claim one-quarter of smartphone sales in urban areas in the country for the first time, according to a new report from Kantar. Read More

Samsung Pay is a lot like Apple Pay, but is it as secure?

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Samsung announced its answer to Apple Pay on Sunday. The mobile payment platform is, of course, called Samsung Pay, and it seems to work much like Apple’s system.

With one big difference

Samsung Pay incorporates LoopPay technology to allow its phones to work at magstrip readers. These are the types of credit card readers seen at most U.S. retailers — but Apple Pay doesn’t work with them. Apple’s mobile payments require NFC (or near-field communication) for transactions, which is still an up-and-coming technology.

Some have already proclaimed that this gives Samsung an advantage in mobile payments. The U.S. has been slow in adopting more-secure chip or EMV payment technology. The idea is that people will be more prone to adopt Samsung Pay because it is more widely accepted by merchants Read more…

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Apple Watch Power Reserve feature will save battery life, report says

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In the days leading up to Apple’s big event next week, which is rumored to be focused on the Apple Watch, a new detail about the company’s first wearable has been leaked

Along with all other features mentioned during Tim Cook’s unveiling of the smartwatch in September, the device will also come with a feature called Power Reserve, according to The New York Times

The report, which cites an anonymous Apple employee, claims that the unannounced feature will allow the watch operate in a mode that only shows the current time on its display, presumably to preserve battery power for other functions Read more…

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How Apple is drowning out Mobile World Congress

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Apple has a history of overshadowing entire tech industry events with the slightest gesture.

Year after year, Apple shuns the big technology trade shows — such as CES in Las Vegas in January, and the one going on right now in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress

In keeping with its “think different” philosophy, Apple has long refused to be seen as one of the tech pack — opting instead to announce its products and news on its own terms, micro-manage its launches, and suck the oxygen out of rival events.

Just two days before Mobile World Congress was due to start, Apple sent out invitations to an event on March 9. Although the only thing written on the invitation were the words “Spring forward,” it is widely accepted that this event marks the formal launch of the Apple Watch. Read more…

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Good news, everyone: The race for the biggest smartphone is over

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BARCELONA — After years and years of smartphone manufacturers racing to fit a larger screen into a ever-shrinking case, we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s about 5 to 5.5 inches wide

And it happened just as Apple gave in and joined the fray

On Sunday, Samsung showed off not one, but two flagship smartphones — the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge — and they both have a 5.1-inch screen. HTC’s One M9, launched on the same day, has a 5-inch screen

The screen size on both devices is exactly the same as on their predecessors, the Galaxy S5 and the One M8, respectively — and it’s the first time Samsung has gone this route Read more…

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Samsung is expanding Gear VR to work with its newest smartphones

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BARCELONA –- Samsung is expanding its virtual reality headset with the Gear VR Innovator Edition that will work with the company’s latest generation smartphones.

The South Korean company unveiled the VR headset ($199) at Mobile World Congress 2015 on Sunday, which was born out of a partnership with Oculus VR, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company. The headset is powered by Samsung smartphones, and now, it will work with the newly-announced Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Users can snap either device into the VR headset to view a fully immersive virtual reality experience. Read more…

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Samsung Pay takes on Apple Pay, but goes further

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What, exactly, is holding back the growth of mobile, contactless payments? Nothing — they’re happening.

Apple told us last month that a huge percentage of mobile payments at some major retailers are happening on the NFC-enabled Apple Pay (on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus). However, there are very few smartphone-enabled mobile payments happening in total. So big percentages don’t exactly make a trend, do they?

Part of the holdup has to be that not all retailers are on board with the new payment systems. Not every point of sale has an NFC kiosk and even some that do have disabled NFC while they wait for, well, some other mobile payment system. Read more…

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 is here, and it has a hot brother, the Galaxy S6 Edge

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It’s been rumored for months, but it’s finally here: Samsung has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6. But this time it’s accompanied by a cooler, better-looking brother — the Galaxy S6 Edge — which features an eye-catching design with a screen that curves around both sides.

Yes, we’ve seen this before, sort of: The Galaxy S6 Edge borrows heavily from the Galaxy Note Edge, which came out last fall and had a curve on just one side. But where the Note had a versatile side screen that doubled as an app launcher, news scroll and occasional ruler, the S6 version is more limited: The curves are mainly a design ornament, and there are no “panels” to swipe through. Read more…

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Join us for the unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy S6

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BARCELONA — Samsung, at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, will show the world its latest flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S6

Rumored to come in several versions — one of which reportedly has a curved screen — the S6 might be the company’s most exciting launch in recent years

What makes this year’s event even more interesting is that while the Mobile World Congress officially kicks off Monday, nearly all of the smartphone makers present decided to show off their wares on Sunday. Samsung’s announcement is among the day’s last, and it’ll likely be the cherry on top Read more…

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13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

TC-weekly-roundup This week’s news featured more than just runaway llamas and a Twitter debate over an optical illusion dress. The FCC passed new net neutrality regulations, photos and videos of two new smartphones leaked online, and the new Pebble smart watch flew past its Kickstarter goal. These are our best stories of the week (2/21-2/27). Read More