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PayPal To Acquire Mobile Wallet Firm Paydiant

March 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
PayPal To Acquire Mobile Wallet Firm Paydiant

PayPal is acquiring startup Paydiant to beef up its mobile wallet offerings as competition in the space grows. PayPal didn’t disclose how much it is paying for the Wellesley, Massachusetts, company, which has a platform that companies can use to build their own branded mobile payment and loyalty apps. Several well-known companies use Paydiant’s technology, including Subway and Capital One. It has also been adopted by the Merchant Customer Exchange, a group of major retailers including... 

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BlackBerry Unveils Leap Smartphone

March 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Unveils Leap Smartphone

BlackBerry debuted a new mid-market smartphone named the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said the phone, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, would initially hit stores in U.S and European markets around April and be priced around $275. The company also said it planned to roll out two more models... 

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Huawei Hints At Big Plans To Sell Phones, Wearables In U.S.

March 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei Hints At Big Plans To Sell Phones, Wearables In U.S.

Two years after U.S. lawmakers declared it a national security threat, China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is planning a campaign to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices backed by a marketing effort. China’s second-largest smartphone maker, already with more than $40 billion in annual revenue from a wide range of telecom gear and products, is preparing to introduce Americans to several of its smartphones and wearable devices this year, including its... 

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BlackBerry Announces Plans For Cloud Based Device Management

March 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Announces Plans For Cloud Based Device Management

BlackBerry Ltd announced on Monday it has to plans to roll out a cloud-based version of its device management platform BES12, a move that will make the service more accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses that need to secure devices on their own networks. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry has built a reputation around its device management and security capabilities, catering mainly to the needs of large government agencies and corporations. With data security needs becoming more critical,... 

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Flash Drives To Become More Secure And Faster

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Flash Drives To Become More Secure And Faster

Flash drives in mobile devices are set to become faster and secure thanks to a new standard signed off by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association. eMMC version 5.1, will allow for a new mobile storage that will provide faster access. Flash drives based on eMMC 5.1 can handle 4K streaming and more data-intensive tasks. Samsung has started making 64GB, 32GB and 16GB drives based on the new standard and is shipping units to customers, but has not said whether those drives will be used in the Galaxy... 

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Google Continues Wooing Enterprise Users With Android For Work Launch

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Continues Wooing Enterprise Users With Android For Work Launch

Google Inc rolled out an initiative  to make smartphones running its Android software more appealing to corporations, a move that could help extend the Internet technology giant reach into workplaces. Google said on its official blog that its Android for Work program will provide improved security and management features for corporations that want to give their employees Android smartphones. Smartphones supported by the new initiative will be able to keep an employee’s work and personal apps... 

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Google Acquiring Softcard’s Mobile Wallet Technology

February 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Acquiring Softcard’s Mobile Wallet Technology

Google announced it has reached a deal with three of the country’s major cellular carriers to acquire “technology and capabilities” from Softcard, a competing mobile wallet app created jointly by the telecom operators. But the deal appears to be less about technology and more about branding. The biggest immediate change is that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will begin pre-installing Google Wallet on new Android smartphones later this year — something that had been blocked... 

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Visa Europe Announces New Mobile Payments Method

February 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Visa Europe Announces New Mobile Payments Method

Visa Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers usinng their mobile phones,a move that could set the stage for Apple’s  Apple Pay and rival mobile payment services to be introduced into Europe in the coming months. Visa Europe said on Tuesday it would introduce to member banks by mid-April a “tokenization” service which substitutes random numbers for a user’s credit card details when a merchant transmits transaction data, reducing the risk... 

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Antitrust Case Against Google Over Android Apps Dismissed

February 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Antitrust Case Against Google Over Android Apps Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit that alleged Google harmed consumers by forcing Android mobile phone makers to use its apps by default. The plaintiffs were given three weeks to amend their complaint. The two consumers who filed the suit failed to show that Google’s allegedly illegal restrictive contracts on manufacturers of Android devices resulted in higher prices on phones, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman said in a Feb. 20 ruling. The complainants, who were seeking... 

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SIM Card Maker Gemalto Sees Little Impact From Hacking

February 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
SIM Card Maker Gemalto Sees Little Impact From Hacking

Gemalto said  its initial investigations into a reports that U.S. and British spies had gained unauthorized access to it systems showed its products were secure and it thus did not expect a significant financial impact. Gemalto’s shares fell sharply late last week after news website Intercept reported a hack by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). The hack into the world’s biggest maker of phone SIM cards allowed the... 

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Android Malware Fake Shuts Down Phones To Steal Data

February 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Android Malware Fake Shuts Down Phones To Steal Data

Next time you turn switch off your Android mobile phone, you might want to pop the battery out as an extra precaution. Security vendor AVG has spotted a malicious program that fakes the sequence a user sees when they shut off their phone, giving it freedom to move around on the device and steal data. When someone presses the power button on a device, a fake dialog box is shown. The malware then mimics the shutdown animation and appears to be off, AVG’s mobile malware research team said in a blog... 

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Samsung Moving Toward Mobile Payments With LoopPay Acquisition

February 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Moving Toward Mobile Payments With LoopPay Acquisition

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has acquired U.S. mobile wallet startup LoopPay, signaling its intention to launch a smartphone payments service to compete with rival Apple Inc. Mobile payments have been slow to catch on in the United States and elsewhere, despite strong backing. Apple, Google, and eBay Inc’s PayPal have all launched services to allow users to pay in stores via smartphones. The weak uptake is partly because many retailers have been reluctant to adopt the hardware and software... 

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BlackBerry Files New Patent Complaint Against Typo

February 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Files New Patent Complaint Against Typo

BlackBerry ramped up its battle with Ryan Seacrest’s Typo Products LLC, filing a new complaint that accusing the company’s new keyboard case for the iPhone of also infringes on its patents. Last March, the Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone pioneer won an injunction against the first iteration of the Typo case made for some of Apple’s iPhone devices. BlackBerry is now seeking another injunction to halt sales of the redesigned Typo 2 case as well. BlackBerry, in a new complaint filed... 

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Ford Wants To Partner With Tencent For Hi-tech Drivers In China

February 18, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Ford Wants To Partner With Tencent For Hi-tech Drivers In China

Ford Motor Co  wants Tencent Holdings Ltd to customize its popular chatting app for the firm’s cars in China, as automakers in the world’s largest market woo drivers that care about high-tech features as much as engine size. Rivals including Daimler and Nissan Motor Co Ltd are also looking at ways to give drivers safe, hands-free access to mobile apps in China, home to the world’s largest number of smartphone users. WeChat is China’s most prevalent chatting app, with about... 

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Flip-Phones Oddly Increasing In Popularity In Japan

February 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Flip-Phones Oddly Increasing In Popularity In Japan

Japanese shipments of traditional flip-phones picked up pace in 2014 for the first time in seven years while smartphone shipments dropped, highlighting Japanese consumers’ tenacious attachment to the familiar and typically less expensive older models. Nicknamed “Galapagos” phones because they have evolved to meet unique Japanese standards and tastes, flip-phone shipments rose 5.7 percent to 10.58 million in 2014, data from market researcher MM Research Institute Ltd shows. Smartphone... 

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