Mobile payments

Mobile forecast to dominate electronic payments

Mobile phones will take an increasingly leading role in the payments space over the next five years as a result of technologies that allow safe storage of payment details in smartphones and other security improvements, reports Banking Technology.

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Apple Pay UK launch marred by bank no shows

Apple Pay launched in the UK without the participation of most of the major banks, including HSBC, which was listed as a launch partner, but this morning faced customers taking to social media to complain that they can’t use the app.

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Apple releases iOS 8.3 and allows wifi calling

EE was breaking out the bubbly this evening and no doubt inundating Tim Cook with smiley emojis after Apple release the iOS 8.3 software update. The patch fixes a litany of minor glitches but, crucially for EE, also enables wifi calling, which the operator itself only launched this week.

Emu features a full fledged assistant

Google snaps up Siri developer and messaging app

Google has acquired a Californian startup which created a highly praised rich messaging application featuring a full fledged personal assistant along the lines of Apple’s Siri. Emu, which was started by veterans of Apple and Google, will be short lived however. The app only launched a few months ago and Google has confirmed it will be shut down later this month.

Xiaomi will probably spend the money on its international expansion

Chinese vendors drive smartphone market to new high in Q2 2014

The worldwide smartphone market broke its record for quarterly shipments in Q2 2014 with market trackers Strategy Analytics and IDC in rare agreement on the figure of 295 million units, although Juniper reckons it was a bit lower than that.

Android is rocking the tablet world

Android dominates tablet market

Android is on a roll, capturing 62 per cent of the global tablet market in 2013, according to statistics released by analyst house Gartner this week.

Apple is under fire for blocking LTE access

Proximus makes LTE free in Belgium

Belgian carrier Proximus has made LTE access available to all customers at no extra cost, going against the grain of operators charging a premium for the service.


Data usage patterns support need for ‘personal’ cells

Heavy users of mobile data services are ten times more extreme in the LTE era than on 3G, with just 0.1 per cent of mobile users in both developed and emerging markets consuming over half the LTE downlink data. This compares to one per cent of 3G users consuming half the downlink data.

Angela Ahrendts

Burberry CEO joins Apple to lead retail strategy

The world’s most stylish tech brand upped its game this week as Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, announced plans to leave the fashion label and join Apple in a newly created position, as a senior vice president and member of the executive team reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

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iPhone positioned for global LTE support

Apple’s latest two iPhone models, unveiled Tuesday, will support 13 LTE bands, making the device accessible worldwide and boosting its presence in Asia with new deals in Japan and China.

Android and iOS platforms are most commonly used to generate mobile traffic worldwide

Apple calls for counterfeit and third party charger trade-in

Apple is asking its customers to hand in their counterfeit and third party device chargers in return for an official one for the price of $10, or the equivalent in local currency. The replacement USB power adapters will be available in retail stores starting August 16.

Jordan Hubbard

FreeBSD founder quits Apple to focus on Big Data

Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of the popular FreeBSD operating system and Director of Unix Technology at Apple, has stepped down from his role at the Cupertino-based firm to become CTO of iXsystems. The Silicon Valley firm specialises in high availability servers and storage systems and has close ties with the FreeBSD community.

Android and iOS platforms are most commonly used to generate mobile traffic worldwide

iPhone helps push Verizon LTE data traffic to 50 per cent

Half of the data traffic on US carrier Verizon Wireless is now carried on its LTE network, its CEO announced last week at CES, marking a significant increase on its October 2012 watermark, when just 35 per cent of its data traffic was LTE.

Android and iOS platforms are most commonly used to generate mobile traffic worldwide

Google launches Maps for iOS

In the wake of the problems surrounding Apple’s own Maps application Google has now launched its own mapping app for the iOS platform. Although Google Maps was preinstalled on previous versions of the iOS platform, Google did not offer a version of its app for the latest iteration, iOS6. Instead Apple, having dispensed with a native installation of Google Maps, created its own mapping application in a move to take more control of the assets on its devices.

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