Samsung Buys LoopPay to counter Apple Pay

Samsung Electronics has acquired LoopPay, a U.S. mobile payments firm that could help it counter the Apple Pay obile payments system. LoopPay produces small add-on devices for smartphones that can transmit credit card information in conjunction with a mobile app. When the devices are held within a few centimeters of a traditional magnetic strip reader, the […]

New rules on How to Unlock Your Smartphon

GOOD NEWS! As of February 11, 2015, that's all changed. Back in December of 2013, the major U.S. carriers set a voluntary deadline for a date by which consumers would be able to unlock their phones -- provided they met certain criteria. (By the way, tablets can be unlocked as well, and the rules for […]

Smartphone growth to slow

Forecast: IDC says - Smartphone growth will continue at nearly 10% annually through 2018, but that’s well behind increases in recent years. IDC said Monday that global smartphone shipments in 2014 will reach nearly 1.3 billion units, an increase of 26% over 2013. But for 2015, IDC predicted, 1.4 billion smartphones will ship to retailers, only a 12% increase […]

Lenovo Plans New Small-screen Windows Tablet

Lenovo has stopped sales of its existing small-screen Windows tablets in the U.S., but plans a new model for release by the end of the year. "We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday," the company said in […]

Google’s Android Studio Development Environment is Available

Google's Android Studio development environment is available in a beta version that makes it easier to create apps for smart-watches and TVs. The beta was announced at the Google I/O developer conference along with preview versions of Android L and the associated SDK (software development kit). The preview version of Android Studio, an IntelliJ-based IDE (Integrated […]

Wireless Carriers a Challenge for Internet of Things (IoT)

According to Google, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) will often require slow-but-cheap connectivity, pretty much the opposite of what wireless carriers offer today. The company has challenged carriers to make this IoT plan known so developers and customers can begin to plan their futures. Google’s Don Dodge says current mobile plans are poorly suited for a world […]