Samsung Pay Launches In The US

What is this?

Samsung Pay, the device maker’s answer to Apple Pay has launched in the US today. It has launched earlier in South Korea where it raised over $30 million dollars in transaction sales.

Samsung Pay works in Samsung mobile devices or through a magnetic stripe card. Samsung Pay uses what’s known as “tokenization.” Every time you make a payment, your actual credit card information isn’t sent to the terminal, rather your phone will use a temporary one that the credit card company creates for you.

The payment technology only works for now on Samsung S6, S6 Edge, S5 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5.

 

Why is this important?

This offers new options for consumers to conveniently arrange paying methods by using their smart phones so this is another huge milestone to the mobile industry. Also this new development sounds promising, it also has its limits. Verizon has yet to support this payment technology as they are still “in the process of evaluating Samsung Pay”

Samsung Pay will arrive also China, Spain and in the UK in the future.

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Google Improves Its Voice Recognition System

What is this?

Google has just added another feather to its cap by improving its speech recognition feature. The company’s speech technology has become more pronounced and accurate thanks to the power of artificial intelligence.

“Today, we’re happy to announce we built even better neural network acoustic models using Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) and sequence discriminative training techniques,” Google Speech Team members Haşim Sak, Andrew Senior, Kanishka Rao, Françoise Beaufays and Johan Schalkwyk wrote in a blog post today. “These models are a special extension of recurrent neural networks (RNNs) that are more accurate, especially in noisy environments, and they are blazingly fast!”

 

Why is this important?

This new improvement has made Google’s voice recognition thrive even in noisy environments. Microsoft and Apple have also been reported to be exerting more efforts to also improve its voice recognition so this can result and turn into a healthy competition. Let the best one win!

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Instagram Hits 400 Million Users

What is this?

Facebook-owned Instagram just hit 400 million users. That’s up from 300 million users it announced in December of last year. Instagram has revealed that more than half of its recent users hail from Europe and Asia.

“When Instagram launched nearly five years ago, 400 million seemed like a distant dream,” the company writes. “Now, we continue to strive to improve Instagram — helping you experience the world through images and connect with others through shared passions.”

 

Why is this important?

Social networking are commonplace nowadays and this new information has proven time and again how powerful Internet is when it comes to influencing people over the world. As Instagram grows, advertising opportunities also will abound. Looks like Facebook’s $1 Billion dollar acquisition was worth it after all.

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Skype Outage Affects Millions Of Users Worldwide

What is this?

Microsoft-owned video service Skype had a worldwide outage Sept 21, 2015 affecting all of its users due to a bug leaving them unable to send a message or even log in to their Skype accounts.

According to Down Detector, which monitors the status of several services, the outage was most prevalent in the UK, Europe and Japan.

“If you’re signed in to Skype, you will not be able to change your status and your contacts will all show as offline even if they are online. As a result, you won’t be able to start Skype calls to them,” the service said on its status page.

Social-networking sites such as Twitter was also abuzz about Skype’s temporary shutdown.

Skype, which was bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion (£5.5 billion) in 2011, has around 300 million users, making it one of the world’s most popular social networks.

 

Why is this important?

This goes to show how fundamental Internet is in the business industry. The temporary outage caused by Skype left a lot of users impaired with regards to communicating with their co-employees or even bosses to those who work remotely. Communication is key and when that is effected, everything goes down!

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Is Facebook Introducing a Dislike Button?

What is this?

The Dislike Button feature in Facebook has been requested quite a number of times already and now it might just happen but not quite.

Finally, this week CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the company is building a way for people “to express that they understand and that they relate to you” when you share something sad, such as news of a natural disaster or a death in the family. This new button though will not promote hostility or other negative innuendos by considering a “thumbs down” icon. Zuckerberg expressed that he didn’t want “to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts”.

 

Why is this important?

This can be a good marketing move for Facebook because it will further drive interest and a lot of commentaries to the Internet community. One commendable factor though is how Facebook veers away from making the social networking site a place of negativity by thinking of just adding emoticons to express certain feelings as opposed to the “Dislike Thumbs Down” icon.

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Move To iOS App Available To Android Users

What is this?

Apple has just released iOS 9 and to those who are planning to make the big switch can have a sigh of relief. The move to iOS app securely transfers all kinds of content for you.This covers all the essentials: contacts, calendars, email accounts, message history, and your camera roll. The iPhone will automatically set up a private Wi-fi connection, then a security code is required to start the transition. The app is launching ahead of the new iPhone models which will be on Sept. 25, 2015.

 

Why is this important?

This is a convenient way of transferring files for consumers who are still not iPhone users but have decided to get the new iPhone models. This is also a clever strategy because it will persuade consumers to get the new iPhones as it’s been made hassle free because of this new app. Not only that but the app also securely transfers all kinds of content for the users. With this App, it has taken something that is very time consuming and causes worry and has made it stress free. Does your app idea do this?

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Google’s Project Ara To Be Released Next Year

What is this?

Google’s Project Ara is a modular smartphone that enables its users to change its hardware depending on what they want as the outstanding feature. It will give them the ability to build their own perfect smartphone. If a person wants to have a bigger memory for his phone that user can modify their device to suit that need. It’s similar to a Lego. If one part gets obsolete, you can just replace it with a new one without buying a new smartphone.

 

Why is this important?

Project Ara provides its users with a great control over their handsets. They can only spend on the components which most tickle their fancy. The ultimate aim is to bring Project Ara worldwide as this will greatly change the landscape of the mobile industry when it comes to design aesthetics. It will be launch sometime next year in Puerto Rico.

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Whats Up in WhatsApp?

What is this?

Whatsapp, the messaging app under its parent company Facebook has reached 900 million monthly user mark. This means that it has grown 50 % since last year and has gained 100 million users since April. This is one milestone that will surely make its investors ecstatic. Marc Zuckerberg has spent $22 billion on acquiring the app back in 2014.

 

Why is this important?

This will surely have a great impact in the mobile app business because of its large number of users. This will prompt investors to be wiser in their investing tactics. This also is an example on how lucrative mobile messaging apps are. This will empower start-up founders to come up with more interesting concepts to pique the minds of like-minded people.

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The iPad Pro: What You Need To Know

What is this?

In addition to new iPhones, Apple TV and Apple X Hermes watches, they also announced its newest member of the iPad family which is the iPad Pro. With its 12.9 inch display, this new iPad will surely be a start of something revolutionary when it comes to the iPad line-up.

The iPad Pro is built to deliver a lot of things because of its iOS 9’s split screen multi-tasking process. Its screen is large enough to put two iPad Air screens together. One of the iPad Pro’s notable component is the pencil. It is a stylus that you can use to write on it or just doodle.

 

Why is this important?

iPad Pro has been designed to function as a mini laptop because of its specs and capacity. It comes with a screen cover that you can use as a keypad. It also comes with 2732×2048 resolution screen which is simply gorgeous. It makes the screen bright and videos appear crisp. This will surely challenge its competitors to come up with something as functional and as stylish as this. This new iPad could influence a new wave of larger tablets being released. This will surly affect app development as apps will now need to cater for the bigger screen and how people will use them. There will be no need for big buttons to press on an app if people are using a pencil right?

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Tinder’s New ‘super Like’ Button

What is this?

Tinder has been the go-to app for people who want to meet someone interesting online by swiping right if you like the person and swiping left if you feel otherwise. It has garnered a lot of downloads over its inception and there is one new update that will surely be a big hit to the users of the app. Now, Tinder has introduced a “SUPER LIKE” button to let potential “dates” or “partners” know that you are “super” into them by swiping up.

“We wanted Super Likes to be really special while making sure everyone can use them, so to start we’re giving Tinder users one Super Like to send each day. You can’t bank Super Likes, so use your daily Super Like, and use it wisely,” the company wrote on its official blog.

 

Why is this important?

Tinder has been one of the best apps created when it comes to dating so this feature will cement their status as the best dating app available in the mobile industry.

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