CurrentC is another step closer to securing its place as the big non-starter in the mobile payment field now that parent company MCX CEO Brian Mooney has said its 2015 launch may slip into 2016. Meanwhile, Apple Pay and other NFC-based mobile payment options are already available and drawing in more users.
Larry Page announced a restructuring of Google on Monday into a new holding company called Alphabet. Bryan Chaffin explains what happened and offers his thoughts on what it means. Spoiler: don't expect the company to become more transparent.
Verizon, the largest single cell service provider in the United States, is finally throwing in the towel and following T-Mobile's lead by ditching traditional contracts for its customers. Instead of two-year contracts and subsidized phone prices, Verizon is going with flat monthly fees for services and customers will pay full price for their smartphones—showing that sometimes the little guys really can make big changes happen.
Turning points. If you look any person, company, or organization you'll find a key moment that sent that entity down a particular path, be it good or bad. Bryan Chaffin argues that Google had a turning point when it decided to promote its own content over the competition even when its own algorithms said that content had less value.
Apple is not planning its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) cellular service, despite a report on Monday to the contrary. According to comments given to CNBC, Apple's not even discussing the issue. That doesn't keep Bryan Chaffin from wishing it was true.
It seems safe to say a new round of the Crypto Wars is in full gear. In fact, let's officially call it Crypto Wars 2.0, because proxy parties are keeping the fight simmering in the background between full on salvos from the main parties involved. Meanwhile, Apple maintains its starring role in the fight due to end-to-end encryption built into iOS and OS X.
Nike has agreed to pay out US$2.4 million to settle a lawsuit where it and Apple were accused of misleading consumers into believing the Nike FuelBand logged accurate fitness tracking data. The pain point in the settlement isn't the money; instead, it's the fact that most fitness trackers simply aren't accurate.
Google announced it was scaling back on Google Plus, showing you can't build a social networking service on top of a corporate agenda. Despite all of its many advantages, Google hasn't been able to make a dent in Facebook's dominance of this market.
Apple launched a website Friday titled, "Why there's nothing quite like iPhone." What stands out for Bryan Chaffin is the company's use of plain language to encapsulate what fans of iPhone think about our device. On every page, Apple strikes to the core of our love for iPhone in a way that may resonate with real people.
Apple is using its market dominance to cut consumer choice in the streaming music space, or so thinks Senator Al Franken (D-MN). The Senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into Apple's deals with record labels for Apple Music content over concerns that the iPhone and iPad maker may violating antitrust laws.
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