UK consumers can now leave their wallets at home and pay using nothing more than their phones and faces thanks to PayPal’s “check in” app — at certain outlets.
The app works across iOS, Android and Windows Phone and highlights businesses nearby that let customers pay by PayPal. You can link your PayPal account to your bank account, debit or credit card, so that you don’t have to worry about being in credit in order to make payments.
Google‘s (GOOG_) management team is dancing around its new KitKat statue today, having dodged what could have been a competitive bullet or two from Apple(APPL) — possibly the new iWatch, iTV or even a new laptop. For heaven’s sake, they didn’t even announce a new iPad!
The meatiest article I ran across on the Internet this week was also–maybe–a harbinger of doom for life as we know it. I mean Drew Crawford’s superb pieceWhy mobile web apps are slow. It’s long, and somewhat dense, but definitely worth reading if you’re technical enough to follow along.
You see, Windows Phone posted the highest year-over-year unit volume increase, according to IDC, clocking in with a second quarter of 2012 to second quarter of 2013 gain of 77.6 percent. The simple kicker to that growth rate is that Windows Phone as a platform is exceptionally small compared to Android, which posted a 73.5 percent unit volume gain in the same period.
Buffer launched 2.5 years ago will a simple but clever idea: an app that makes it easy to automatically schedule social media updates so that they are not only spread throughout the day — thus reducing noise — but will be published at the most optimum times, increasingly the likelihood that they’ll actually be seen.
Apple tightly controls its software and hardware, and is fiercely competitive in battling its rivals, especially in the mobile market. And yet, while the company never creates apps for anyone else’s mobile system or device, each of its major mobile-platform foes — Google, Amazon and Microsoft — make many of their apps available for Apple devices. That makes those devices the sort of Switzerlands of the mobile world.
Android remains the top dog for U.S. smartphone sales, though Apple’s iOS is creeping up.Google’s mobile OS took home 52 percent of all U.S. smartphone sales from March through April, showing little gain from the same period last year, Kantar said on Monday.
So, have you had a look at the new iOS? It’s visually different to the iOS we have become used to and quite frankly, miles ahead in terms of how it looks. We have no doubt that Apple finally has a modern OS that not only has a great selection of apps and games, not only works smoothly on your iDevices, but one which can now take on the Android and Windows Phone with renewed confidence. And in many ways, the iOS 7 experience will soon be on par with Android, where Google has strived to make UI design consistent.
BlackBerry continues its new focus on services, as it has announced the launch of Secure Work Space, their new solution built on its BlackBerry Enterprise Service. Secure Work Space is compatible with Apple’s iPad and iPhone, as well as Android devices.