Millions of flyers already use their smartphones to pay for tickets, check in and choose seats. But once they reach the hotel, the check-in and verification process is still, for the most part, a manual experience. Hilton Worldwide Holdings, owner of 4,200 hotels and resorts globally, will begin integrating smartphones into the check-in and even
National Public Radio, or NPR, has released a version of its mobile app for iOS and Android aimed at curating the best listening experience across a variety of categories. Like Pandora does for music, NPR One offers a default set of listening topics, from news to entertainment to politics, and over time learns what a
Smartphones and tablets are quickly becoming the same product along a continuum. While Google hasn’t yet updated its Nexus 7 to address the growing demand for inexpensive slates, the company has reportedly been working with Motorola on a new 5.9-inch smartphone codenamed ‘Shamu’. According to documents received by Android Police, the Nexus program, once considered
LG’s mid-range G Pad 10.1 will soon hit Canadian shelves. The company hasn’t officially announced its intentions to sell the 10.1-inch horizontal-oriented tablet in Canada, and won’t commit to a price just yet, but it should be available for around $259CDN in the coming weeks.
Google has tweaked its Play Store categories this week, adding a whole new section for games that can be played offline or without a data connection. Though there are probably countless games that can be played while you’re off the grid. This new offline games section section has just 54 titles for now, including the
Motorola’s current flagship smartphone is the Moto X, which was released last summer. The fact that it’s almost a year old puts it at a distinct disadvantage compared to competing flagship smartphones. The fact that it’s underpowered compared to the competition and has to sell alongside the oh-so-reasonable-in-every-way Moto G makes things even more difficult.
Sony’s Xperia Z2 has only been available for a few months but already we’ve seen pictures of what purports to be the next flagship smartphone from Sony. The imaginatively named Z3 was first spotted about a fortnight ago, when photos of the device cropped up on Weibo. Now, noted leaker @evleaks has tossed out a
Visa today announced a consolidation of its disparate payments solutions into Visa Digital Solutions, a suite of products, services and developer tools aimed at bringing payments to smartphones and wearables. Last week, the company launched Checkout, a multi-screen solution for online payments. But omitted from that announcement was an explanation of how Visa plans to
Microsoft’s latest console, Xbox One, is set to receive its August update in the coming days, and beta versions of the SmartGlass companion apps have been updated for Android and Windows Phone. The new version of SmartGlass offers a number of new features, including low battery notifications and detailed activity feeds for each user account. But the
Facebook reported its Q2 earnings this week, and the company boasted record revenues of $2.91 billion and $791 million net income, the latter up over 50% from the same period a year ago. The massive company now has 1.32 billion monthly active users and 829 million daily active users, up 14% and 19% y/y respectively.