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  • Apple Pay will receive a new NFC payment rival in the form of Jawbone’s UP4 wearable

    Apple Pay will receive a new NFC payment rival in the form of Jawbone’s UP4 wearable

    Apple revolutionized the financial innovation industry by introducing its Apple Pay service. NFC chips present inside the Cupertino tech giant’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus might not be able to transfer files between one another, but users can still make contact-less payments at POS (point of sale) locations where NFC terminals are located. However, a new player has emerged in the form of a wearable called UP4. UP4 belongs to a startup called Jawbone, and is the first product from the company’s portfolio that will allow consumers to make NFC payments. Jawbone launched the new wearable in partnership with…

Weird

Lawn mowing robots leave astronomers angry

Lawn mowing robots leave astronomers angry

Apr 18, 2015

It doesn’t seem that a robot lawn mower could affect astronomy in any way, but apparently it does. iRobot, the company responsible for designing and developing Roomba, the wireless vacuum cleaner stated that they might develop a robot lawn mower which will work using a wireless beacon system. This information is confirmed by the report submitted with the Federal Communications Commission to a waiver filing in February. There is one problem with this robot lawn mower though; the only way these robots will function is by installing a trench, which needs to be dug around the property premises. This will…

Google might face antitrust violation charges In Europe

Google might face antitrust violation charges In Europe

Apr 16, 2015

Europe is all set to charge Google with antitrust charges for violation of certain rules. Although whether or not Europe will press charges depends on the statement of European commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who plans to fly to Washington to talk to Google’s set of lawyers. The statement is expected to be recorded on Wednesday. While Google continues to argue that the issue is internal and it’s a misunderstanding due to the growing competition on the web, Europe however, says otherwise. Google seems to be preparing for the dispute and all Google employees have been informed about the charges. Europe has…

Samsung enhances their smartphones to beat competition

Samsung enhances their smartphones to beat competition

Apr 15, 2015

Considering the number of new smartphones that are being launched in the market, Samsung felt a strong urge to update and enhance a few key features on their fast selling models including the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Just last year Samsung started to manufacture smaller batteries with a view to design and create sleek and lightweight Smartphones. However, these batteries didn’t seem to go down well with the market and they drained out before the day ended leaving users stranded. After the various reviews and feedback Samsung received about the batteries, they finally managed to create…

China deploys the “Great Cannon” to neutralize unwanted websites in the country

China deploys the “Great Cannon” to neutralize unwanted websites in the country

Apr 12, 2015

The massive DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks last month on GitHub, a software development platform, continued for five days and investigators pointed their fingers at Chinese authority as the perpetrator. Citizen Lab, a coordinated effort by 10 ICT experts from University of Toronto, University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University, and International Computer Science Institute, has found out that China has deployed “Great Cannon” to neutralize unwanted websites in the country. The Great Cannon is located within another Chinese censorship tool, Great Firewall; it shares the same logical typology, but nevertheless is a separate offensive system that intercepts data and redirects…

Business

Amazon stops the Appstore test feature

Amazon stops the Appstore test feature

It’s a good thing to try out something before buying it. This was exactly what Amazon allowed its users to do to ensure that they only pay for items of their preference when shopping at the Amazon Appstore. Playstore, which is powered by Google, offers a small refund window to customers who are not satisfied with the apps purchased. Apple too follows suit and refunds unhappy customers with their money. Amazon, however, had a different policy; the Amazon Appstore actually allowed customers to try out an app before they purchased it, thus saving them the hassle of the refund process. This test…

Microsoft's Bing now has 20% market share

Microsoft’s Bing now has 20% market share

Google is currently the largest search engine and no other search engine is even close to beat the numbers acquired by it. While Google still dominates the search engine market, Bing recently experienced an unexpected hike in its popularity. Although Bing is still no where near Google as far as market share is concerned, it managed to increase its ranking and get more hits on the site. Bing seems to be gaining popularity across the globe and for the first time in history, the search engine managed to acquire over two-fifth of the overall traffic search engines enjoy. This is really a huge achievement for…

Apple Watch sales nears the 1 million mark; surpassing Android Wear in a single day

Apple Watch sales nears the 1 million mark; surpassing Android Wear in a single day

Even though Apple Watch got hammered with a barrage of negative reviews, that did not stop consumers from purchasing the Cupertino tech giant’s first ever wearable. With Apple Watch pre-orders finally opened up, the company’s wearable sold like hot cakes. According to a source, Apple Watch was able to near the 1 million sales mark in a single day. To be precise, the latest report suggests that a total number of957,000 units were sold in a 24 hour period. In contrast, wearables sporting Google’s Android Wear platform could not match the sales performance of Apple Watch, even for a whole…

Apple iOS 8.3 revamped to suit users

Apple iOS 8.3 revamped to suit users

Apple has managed to turn quite a few heads with the launch of some of the most impressive and expensive gadgets the market has to offer. Now, the company has decided to upgrade its mobile operating system. The latest version of Apple’s operating system, the iOS8.3, comes loaded with features to meet the demands of its clients. The first things one notices with the Apple iOS8.3 is the wide range of new emoji characters included in it. These emoji characters are not the only addition to the iOS8.3, Apple has spent some quality time in research and this has defiantly…

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