Banks Trying to Muscle Apple out of Revenue from Mobile Payments, No fees for Android Pay

With changes in the fee structures banks have set up for tokenized services, banks have made those transactions — which are the security backbone of Apple Pay and Android Pay — free. For Google, this means that unlike Apple, it won’t be making any money from its users paying with a cell phone instead of plastic. In the case of Apple, they’ll continue to collect … Continue reading Banks Trying to Muscle Apple out of Revenue from Mobile Payments, No fees for Android Pay

Apple Stores Killing AT&T and Verizon iPhone Subsidies

If you’re a serial iPhone upgrader — and by that I mean you’re the type of person who lines up on the device’s launch day or you pre-order the moment the online Apple Store will take your credit card — things are about to change if you’re with the nation’s two largest carriers. Apple Store employees reportedly got the word from Cupertino that iPhones will … Continue reading Apple Stores Killing AT&T and Verizon iPhone Subsidies

Apple Watch Heart Rate Monitoring Happens When it Happens, for Some Reason

Apple recently issued an update to the software running its latest shiny, mist-have item, the Apple Watch. The 1.0.1 update reportedly made Siri more usable on the wrist and tweaked a few things, as well as making it usable on more languages other than English. But something strange was reported not too long after the update. The regular heart rate monitoring that used to take … Continue reading Apple Watch Heart Rate Monitoring Happens When it Happens, for Some Reason

Google I/O Roundup: Google Photos, Android Pay, Android M and More

Google previewed what next year’s devices are going to bring at its annual developer get-together, Google I/O. Though the company’s plate is full of projects like Chrome and the Chrome operating system, the keynote announcements concentrated on its most visible ecosystem — Android. Google Photos — Available now on Android, iOS and the web, Google Photos offers unlimited free storage for photos up to 16MP and … Continue reading Google I/O Roundup: Google Photos, Android Pay, Android M and More

Traffic Alerts, Alternate Routes are Live on Google Maps

Despite purchasing Waze, Google hasn’t integrated traffic avoidance or warnings about potential road tie-ups into its official map app — until now. Google Maps now provides warnings about traffic and road conditions on primary and alternative routes before directions are given. In addition, the app will also let you know about traffic that’s ahead of them, how much time it will take to clear the … Continue reading Traffic Alerts, Alternate Routes are Live on Google Maps

Rumor: Apple Watch Causing Concern for Pebble

Old time Apple users call it “Sherlocking”. That is, a third party developer would come along with an interesting piece of software and Apple would unveil the exact same functionality baked into an update of its operating system. Karelia Software introduced Watson in 2001. It could find out flight information, weather forecasts and track packages. While this sounds like fairly basic stuff in 2015, this … Continue reading Rumor: Apple Watch Causing Concern for Pebble

Starbucks App Hacked

Starbucks and tech. The two go together like cold pizza and bachelors. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, who did he prank call? There you go. But in this case, that association is not as great as the press makes it out to be. Take the news from Starbucks that criminals have been exploiting its rewards program and mobile phone app by ordering up gift … Continue reading Starbucks App Hacked

Blackberry Returns to T-Mobile Shelves

T-Mobile will be offering the Blackberry Classic to its customers later this month. It can be purchased for either the full retail price of $439.92, or for zero down and 24 monthly payments of $18.33. While this seems like a fairly ho-hum announcement, especially given the fact that Blackberry fell a long way from its perch as one of the biggest names in the smartphone … Continue reading Blackberry Returns to T-Mobile Shelves

Lifecasting’s New Killer Apps: Sports and Live TV

With the introduction of Meerkat and Periscope, pundits and journalists wondered what people will do now that broadcasting one’s life is made easy. Drives home from work were popular, as were walks around town. For reasons no one could figure out, the contents of total strangers’ refrigerators was a thing. A very big thing. But a funny thing happened in the time since both of … Continue reading Lifecasting’s New Killer Apps: Sports and Live TV

Secret Winding Down Operations, Looks to Return Funding to Investors

Secret was one of the first anonymous social networking apps that rode a wave popularity a year or two ago with Yik Yak, Whisper and others. But Secret’s secret was that it couldn’t sustain its growth after an initial rush of publicity and users. Today, the company’s CEO David Byttow announced that the company would be closing shop and try to find new jobs for … Continue reading Secret Winding Down Operations, Looks to Return Funding to Investors