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
This week on the SyrupCast, we’re joined by new MobileSyrup member, Jane McEntagart, whose seven years of industry experience makes us look like a bunch of newbs. We dive into important mobile payment news from Visa, some unfortunate layoffs from Microsoft and Rogers, an important regulation that will affect both Google and Apple’s app stores,
Chitika has once again compiled tablet usage (different from market share because it takes actual usage patterns into account), and shows that while Apple still dominates the market, Samsung and Amazon are slowly eating into its share.
WSJ: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones coming, Apple tipped to produce 70 to 80 million units by year’s end
This story has been around the block a few times. A new report from the Wall Street Journal is citing Apple has requested its manufacturing partners to start producing larger sized smartphone displays, specifically 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. “According to people familiar with the matter,” Apple is expecting them to produce between 70 million and
Parrot is on its way to releasing two MiniDrones in Canada over the next few weeks — smaller, cheaper and more acrobatic alternatives to the company’s popular AR.Drone 2.0 quadricopter. In the run-up to the release of the rolling-flying hybrid Rolling Spider and versatile high-Jumping Sumo, the company has released a new controller app, FreeFlight
Amazon on Friday launched a new type of subscription service for Kindle users that allows unlimited access to a library of 600,000 e-books and audiobooks for just $10 per month. Dubbed Kindle Unlimited, the service was first spotted by Kboards user MJAWare earlier this week. Though Amazon didn’t comment on the leak, which came via
Soundwave for iOS and Android adds music messaging, teams with popular streaming services like Rdio, Deezer and Spotify
Soundwave is an interesting little tool that lets music lovers share what they’re listening to. Unlike Rdio, which silos all users into a single service, Soundwave takes cues from Last.fm’s ancient Scrobbling platform, consolidating listened tracks from a variety of online services like Soundcloud, YouTube, Deezer, Rdio, Spotify and others. It was part discovery network,
Google has finally relaxed its real name requirements for Google+, its social-network-cum-photo-storage site. Since the service launched three years ago, Google has insisted that people use their real names so that the site can easily hook into its other services like Gmail and Hangouts, as well as to “protect” the community from trolls and other
Google has updated Chrome for Android and iOS today, bringing some much-need improvements to the way the former renders desktop pages. The company’s browser has quickly been gaining steam on mobile devices, especially since it is now installed by default on all new Google-certified products. Chrome 36 for Android brings generic performance improvements and bug
Minuum, the one-dimensional keyboard with an eye towards wearables, has announced an early version of the input software for Android Wear smartwatches. After launching on Samsung’s Gear series and Omate’s TrueSmart watch, the company has dedicated some time to demoing the keyboard on Google’s new wearable platforms.