Samsung Pay has all the tools it needs to surpass Apple Pay

A lot of the features in the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge , like curved edges and glass-and-metal design, are examples of Samsung playing catch-up on the latest smartphone trends, but Samsung’s new mobile payments app stands apart. Apple and Google may have brought their contactless payment technologies to the market first, but Samsung Pay fills in sizable gaps that Apple Pay and Google Wallet have in their services.

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Qualcomm’s cognitive compute processors are coming to Snapdragon 820 | ExtremeTech

Most of the time, when we talk about Qualcomm, we talk about the company’s Snapdragon line of processors or its LTE modems (back when those were branded separately). Qualcomm powers a huge slice of the Android smartphone and tablet market, but it’s not the company’s only interest. At MWC this week, Qualcomm is talking up its neuromorphic Zeroth platform, and debuting a new brand name — Kryo — for its upcoming custom 64-bit architecture. Both Zeroth-derived processors and Kryo itself will debut with the Snapdragon 820, which is expected to be available later this year. Devices announced at MWC will be using the Snapdragon 810 — that’s the 20nm chip based on ARM’s Cortex-A57/A53 processors.

India’s Ola Buys Smaller Rival TaxiForSure For $200M To Put Pressure On Uber

Ola is India's most popular mobile application for booking your cab, changing the way you travel in your city, forever! We bring together cab drivers and customers using technology to make transportation hassle free for everyone. Booking a cab for a customer and connecting to a customer for a driver has never been more efficient or easier than this before. By not owning a single cab, we foster …

IBM rolls out 3 new iOS apps for enterprises

IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps are now available for companies in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, energy and utilities, and for governments and airlines. Air Canada, American Eagle Outfitters, Banorte, Boots UK, Citi, and Sprint are among the more than 50 companies that have adopted the apps so far.

Android Pay Is Real, And Will Give Developers The Reins As An API

Google’s Sundar Pichai essentially used today’s Mobile World Congress keynote to let the cat out of the bag for a whole host of interesting Google projects, including Android Pay, a new mobile payments framework that will look to succeed where Google Wallet failed . This time, they’ll be mostly leaving the apps themselves to developers, and Android Pay is intended primarily as a developer tool made available via API, rather than a centralized app like Apple Pay, for instance.

RNI's Plug-in Update Strives For That Grainy, Film Stock Look

This new version of the software adds an Analog Softness feature, designed to further remove the visual differences between high-megapixel images and film shots. In addition to bringing more than 170 new realistic and moody film presets to the mix, the upgrade also enhances color accuracy and skin tones for existing presets, the company said.

Qualcomm's new fingerprint sensor should be better than Touch ID

Qualcomm has announced a new fingerprint reader that uses ultrasonic waves to verify your fingerprint in 3D, according to today's announcement. Unlike Touch ID, Qualcomm's "Snapdragon Sense ID" technology can read your fingerprint even if it's a little dirty or wet. It can even scan through "glass, aluminum, stainless steel, sapphire, and plastics," which means manufacturers should be able to integrate the fingerprint sensor into the phone's design, instead of having to make a discrete section made of different material just to support the sensor. For instance, the sensor could theoretically be built discretely into the bezel of a tablet.

​BlackBerry unveils all-touch five-inch Leap | ZDNet

The Leap comes with a five-inch HD display at 1280 x 720 pixel resolution (294 pixels per inch), while offering an eight-megapixel rear camera and two-megapixel front camera. The camera specs are fairly low for a mid-range device, but mark an improvement on the Z3's five-megapixel and 1.1-megapixel camera pairing.

TNW Index on Product Hunt

@anderson760 @rohinivaze10 We're working on the onboarding process. We see people tracking big companies that they actually might not want to track after all, but feels like the right thing to do when you start. On the one hand this is not a bad thing, you'll learn fast what Index is about and learn how to set up your account in the way you like it. If you want to follow a particular industry, just start typing the name of the industry in the search bar, when it autocompletes, click on it and follow the industry. To be honest we are not at a level yet where we have the tags all in a accurate manner, this is something we'll work on. Also, we'll be coming up with a different solution to follow the right companies, but that is to come over the next 2 months or so.

Microsoft Wants To Buy Social News Reader Prismatic

On the other hand, the potential for the technology that Prismatic has built is to become part of a bigger business that could either use it for recommendations of other things in addition to — or instead of — news content. For example, it could be applied to product searches, more generic web searches, or to discover apps, music or other content. Those are all areas where a platform company like Microsoft — or indeed the others that have eyed up Prismatic — all want to up their game.

Watch Citizenfour For Free Right Now

Correction (5:30 PM EST) : An earlier version of this post said that Citizenfour was free for everybody. It was too good to be true. That was just a legitimate-looking bootleg. You can find legit versions of the film at Channel 4 (in the UK only) or on HBO —or so we've been told. The stream doesn't appear to be live on HBO at the time of this update.

TNW // MWC 2015

A collection of all the latest news and reviews from The Next Web at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (2-5 March 2015). Full #MWC2015 coverage from TNW:

Microsoft announces the Lumia 640XL, a poor man's Lumia 1520 phablet

Microsoft’s Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL, announced on Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, add two new midrange phones to the Windows market. By name alone, the two should be nearly identical. But they’re not, with the larger Lumia 640XL boasting a slightly more sophisticated set of features. And as you might guess from its name, the Lumia 640XL is large—though Microsoft slimmed down the concept a bit compared to the gigantic Lumia 1520 phablet (which is arguably too big).

Help Us Name The World's Most Overrated Design

Here at Co.Design, we love to highlight great ideas . But we also want to cut through the hype. Just because a design is a household name doesn’t mean it’s worthy of universal adoration. In that vein, we’re celebrating March Madness the only way we know how: by pitting what we consider the world's most senselessly overvalued designs against each other in one big bracket of awfulness. At the end of the month, we’ll crown the winner the World’s Most Overrated Design.

February in Latin America: Tech News Roundup

There’s a saying that new year in Brazil starts after Carnival, but this doesn’t hold true in the startup world. As we noted in January , activity in Latin America’s tech scene barely slowed down during the Southern hemisphere’s summer holidays.

How One Company Convinced Anthony Bourdain To Shill As It Rebrands Scotch

Will this focus on genuine craftsmanship help The Balvenie secure its place in the hearts and liquor cabinets of millennials? Perhaps, but William Grant & Sons is not taking any chances. It’s also reaching out to younger consumers by more conventional means. Eight years ago, it launched an entirely new brand, Monkey Shoulder, that specifically targets the youngest possible Scotch drinkers, in their early 20s. "We like to think of ourselves as the naughty nephew of the Scotch category," says Tom Wade, Monkey Shoulder’s brand manager. "We like to thumb our noses at the more pretentious ideas that go along with the beverage." At a price point of $32.99, it’s cheap enough for recent college grads and it does not seem a waste to throw it in fruity cocktails. Wade tells me that the name is deliberately meant to sound cheeky and fun. But at the same time, it hearkens back to a specific part of the traditional whiskey-making process, where malt men would work long shifts turning the barley by hand, causing their shoulders to hang down like a monkey’s. ("Don’t worry," Wade says. "We now have a machine that ensures that we don’t have to injure our workforce in the production of this beverage.

Google Researchers Are Ranking Web Pages By Facts Not Links

Internet searches may be based on algorithmic rigour—but that doesn't necessarily guarantee the quality of a suggested page. Now, a team of Google researchers has developed a method that sorts results by factual content rather than how well linked a page is.

Apple Brings Photos App To The OS X Public Beta Program

The graduation of the app to the public beta program means it’s getting closer to a general launch, but it’s not yet clear when exactly that will happen. Apple has a special event planned for next Monday, at which it is widely expected to debut its Apple Watch. The wearable does have a photos tie-in, so perhaps we could see the minor point update for OS X arrive then, but if not, we’ll almost certainly see a broader launch in time for this year’s WWDC.

Once Upon a Time: "Darkness on the Edge of Town" Review - IGN

Once Upon a Time hasn't lost a beat since its midseason finale. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" reset the board with new players and secrets but also made sure to show us the quest to find the author of the storybook is still on. And before the excitement started, we got some lovely scenes of people in Storybrooke enjoying normal life. It's been six weeks since Anna and Elsa left and since Belle expelled Rumplestiltskin. Belle and Hook exchanged a fantastic scene talking about being fooled by Rumple and that moment is just one example of the spot-on dialogue and character interactions throughout the episode.

Sony has a new flagship tablet to fight the iPad Air 2

2014 was an odd year for Sony. Can you think of another company that released five flagship products in a single year? We're talking the Xperia Z2, the Z3, the Z3 Compact, the Z2 Tablet, the Z3 Tablet Compact. That's an awful lot of Z's. At MWC in Barcelona, it's leaving its flagship phones be, and bringing a new full-sized tablet -- the Xperia Z4 Tablet -- and the mid-range Xperia M4 Aqua.

Exclusive: Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized China's plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping.

Whatever You Do, Don't Skip This Five-Second Geico Ad

It's almost more a reaction now, than an actual decision. Click play on a YouTube video and our brains are programmed to automatically hit the "Skip Ad" button as soon as it appears. That's the challenge of the preroll ad—the urge to skip is so great that most people wouldn't even hear a marketer if they promised free pizza and beer in those few precious seconds.

Gazon: Mobile malware outbreak strikes Android devices | ZDNet

"By using the victims' own contacts, the attack exploits peoples' inherent trust when receiving messages from one of their own contacts. The speed with which this was able to spread around the globe shows how attackers are using mobile messaging as one of the most effective methods of distributing malware and achieving rapid global reach," said Simeon Coney, SVP of Security Practice at AdaptiveMobile. "To be able to detect, protect against and remediate from new threats it is critical to undertake constant proactive monitoring and control."

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Google unveils 'Android Pay' mobile payments API to rival Apple Pay

Here we go Google is going to create fragmentation in payment systems, this only good for Apple. We know apple worked on Apple pay for years they were in conversation with the CC company since touchID first came out, thus the solution we have today. Everyone else is rushing a solution to market which is be completely screwed up. But most people are sheeps an will follow. However, I suspect that Apple attract a large majority of users who are willing to do thing differently. Google/Android will be left with those who are less willing to do things differently and will carry their CC around especially when they go to use their solution and find it does not work all that well.

Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies 2015: A Conversation With Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson

Join the editor of Fast Company Digital, Anjali Mullany, for a live Q&A with Color of Change executive editor Rashad Robinson on Wednesday, March 4th at 12 p.m. ET. You can start submitting your questions now using the "Make a comment" box below.

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Apple's Photos app for OSX now available

Apple's Photos app for OSX replaces iPhoto LOS ANGELES - Say goodbye to an old friend, iPhoto, and hello to Apple's new Photo app, which is about to take its place on computer screens. The Photos app, which will be included on all new Apple computers Check out this story on

Unity 5 released with upgrades, full-featured free version

"We're investing more in [engineering] because I want Unity to continue to be the very definition of the best engineering in gaming can be," Riccitiello says. His plan since he became CEO is not to change the company -- he says he loves the company's culture -- but instead it's "taking the best parts of Unity and amplifying" them.

10 things in tech you need to know today

Google is launching a wireless service, Obama has slammed China, and Xiaomi has launched a GoPro competitor.

Inside the panopticon economy: The next internet revolution, privacy and you | ZDNet

Summary: The next evolution of the internet will embed sensors into nearly everything around us. Dealing with the privacy and security implications of that will be one of the biggest challenges of the next century.

NXP to buy Freescale, create $40 billion company

The companies expect the deal to close in the second half this year. NXP will fund the transaction with $1.0 billion of cash from its balance sheet, $1.0 billion of new debt and about 115 million of its shares. Freescale shareholders will own about 32 percent of the combined company.

Liveblog: Sony talks Morpheus VR at GDC 2015, Tuesday at 3pm PT

Further ReadingProject Morpheus impressions: Sony proves it’s serious about virtual realityNew headset is in the same class as Oculus Rift and is even better in some ways. Sony is holding the event details close to its chest, but we wouldn't be shocked if the PlayStation maker is ready to give official name, pricing, and/or release date details at the event. A few big name first-party game announcements or third-party game announcements would also go a long way toward convincing skeptics that their PlayStation 4 needs a pair of LCD goggles attached. Given how quickly LCD display and head-tracking technology is advancing, we'd also expect that the headset might now have more impressive specs than what we saw a year ago.

8 Award-Winning Mac Apps ft. ScreenFlow, Things, and DataRescue for 90% Off

Embark on the newest adventure from the award-winning science-fiction-themed Civilization series. In this futuristic world, modern society has been decimated by global events, and space travel is the only hope for the future of mankind.

What Was Your First Smartphone?

Smartphones were once a boutique item, but now they're essential. Still, we all remember a time before smartphones — at least, the time before we got our first one. How old were you when you got your first, and what year was it?

Hey, Olds: Tinder's New Premium App Will Cost You Double If You're Over 30

Tinder Plus users in the U.S. under 30 will pay $9.99 per month, while those over 30 will pay $19.99. The premium version of the app includes two main features: Rewind, allowing users to undo a left swipe, or indication that they're not interested, in case they rejected a profile by mistake, and Passport, allowing users to search for profiles in other geographic areas, for example in advance of a trip to that region.

“FREAK” flaw undermines security for Apple and Google users, researchers discover

Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw that for more than a decade left users of Apple and Google devices vulnerable to hacking when they visited millions of supposedly secure Web sites, including, and

This Guy Turned His Drone Into A Star Wars TIE Fighter

Remember that custom Millennium Falcon quadcopter from a few weeks back? It better look out. The Rebel Alliance isn’t the only one with birds in the air anymore.

All cannabis startup parties should be like this cannabis startup party

Before everyone could get high, we had to listen to six speeches. Steinmetz never really told the crowd how Flow Kana came to be, so allow me. He used to run a food distribution company in Venezuela and came to California to explore the opportunities created by legalization. While working as a consultant at a local dispensary, Steinmetz told me on the phone earlier, he came to realize it was an "unhealthy industry." "Reasonable" margins taken by retail operations are 20 to 30 percent, Steinmetz says, but dispensaries are taking up to 85 percent. He visited Humboldt County, where much of the state’s high-grade marijuana is grown, and found an "almost abandoned town," despite its sizable GDP. After meeting some farmers, he concluded that they were "very much getting the shitty end of the deal."

Apple supplier NXP to merge with rival Freescale Semiconductor in $11.8B deal

– A + Apple supplier NXP to merge with rival Freescale Semiconductor in $11.8B deal By AppleInsider Staff Monday, March 02, 2015, 03:58 am PT (06:58 am ET) Dutch chipmaker NXP — which provides near-field communications and motion processing hardware for Apple — announced on Monday that it would spend $11.8 billion to acquire rival firm Freescale Semiconductor, a seminal semiconductor manufacturer and itself a longtime Apple supplier. NXP will pay $6.25 in cash and 0.3521 shares of NXP stock for each share of Freescale stock, valuing Freescale at $11.8 billion. Following the move — which will be funded with $1 billion in cash and a $1 billion debt offering, in addition to NXP shares — the combined enterprise will be worth more than $40 billion, the companies said in a release. "Today's announcement is a transformative step in our objective to become the industry leader in high performance mixed signal solutions. The combination of NXP and Freescale creates an industry powerhouse focused on the high growth opportunities in the Smarter World," NXP CEO Richard Clemmer said.

Forget the Apple Watch, Pebble is far more fascinating

It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that, in the grand scheme of things, Pebble is still an extremely small company with just over 100 employees. That the company is even in the conversation at all at this point is a staggering feat. As CEP Eric Migicovsky is happily pointing out in his current press rounds, Pebble is “the most popular smart watch platform in the world right now.”

PayPal Buys Paydiant, The Mobile Wallet Behind CurrentC, To Raise Its Game v. Google + Apple

This is an important move for the company. As a business, PayPal was built for online commerce, and this is still where the majority of its transactions sit: just under 20% — $46 million — of its $226 million in 2014 sales were made on mobile devices, and of that a very small percentage were point-of-sale, physical transactions. Adding Paydiant will bring more point-of-sale volume on to PayPal’s platform, and it will also give PayPal a more established route into tackling more of that large-merchant market, offering them the proposition of developing their own-branded mobile wallets and credit cards alongside other marketing programs like gift cards and loyalty cards.

Geneva Motor Show: What to look out for

The Geneva show has traditionally been an occasion to unveil some of the industry's most exotic and groundbreaking cars, mixing the breathtaking with the downright daft. So what should you look out for in 2015?

Apple Watch gets multi-page spread in Style UK magazine

Now, as revealed by 9to5Mac , the marketing push continues with a three-page spread in the latest edition of Style UK. This advertisement is a bit different, though, as the Watch actually gets editorial coverage this time around, with the author pointing out Jony Ive in particular for bringing out an amazing design for the Watch:

Ivy League For Free: What One Man Learned By Crashing Elite Colleges For 4 Years

One reason that elite colleges are able to charge so much is because they give people access to a powerful network of alumni and other bright, ambitious students who may go on to do great things with their lives. Dumas gets it, but he insists that it is possible to gain access to all of that without having to pay for it. He took the time to make friends in the classroom and at campus parties. In his conversations, he revealed himself to be an interesting, thoughtful, and pleasant person. As a result, he has built a community of friends that will be a valuable network throughout his career. Dumas insists that anyone can build lifelong relationships with smart, interesting people outside a campus environment; all it takes is going out to different social events, conferences, lectures, even bars, and taking the time to get to know people. After all, part of the reason that college students make friends easily is that they force themselves to be social, since they are away from home for the first time. Outside of college, the principle of leaving your comfort zone to make new friends can yield the same results.

Star Wars Rebels: "Fire Across the Galaxy" Review - IGN

Star Wars Rebels concluded its first season on an excellent note, delivering a finale that was thrilling and filled with some big surprises. The visuals were some of the best yet for this show, including some striking images of Imperial ships above Mustafar and clever touches like actually seeing our heroes turned on their side when their ship was sideways latched to the Star Destroyer.

Gigaom Structure Data 2015

Big, fast and smart. These three words will define the future of big data. Structure Data is bringing together prominent big data analysts, technologists and companies who are implementing some very cool data strategies. It’s all happening this March.

Patent trolls hurt R&D say scholars in letter to Congress

“Be careful about changing patent law — it could harm innovation,” is a favorite talking point for those who oppose plans to reform to America’s troubled patent system. But what if the opposite is true? What if it’s the status quo, in which patent trolls sock productive companies with abusive lawsuits, that is hurting innovation?

[WIP] Implement Glimmer Engine by wycats · Pull Request #10501 · emberjs/ember.js

This commit takes a more structured, less ad hoc approach to stream stability. In particular, the `bindSelf` hook is responsible for creating a stable set of stream “roots” at first render. On subsequent renders, those streams are simply updated in place, and if there are derived “child” streams from those root streams, they will mark their associated render nodes as dirty. This ensures that the idempotent in-place rendering strategy can do very little work, and also remain 100% compatible with mutation observer patterns. Still to do: make sure that lifecycle hooks run asynchronously, after all rendering has completed. This commit also introduces the concept of a “Shadow Root”, which is a general primitive that describes how components and views in Ember create a hierarchy of *render nodes* with a different scope hierarchy. Each time a component’s layout is rendered for the first time, a new “Shadow Root” is also created, which is responsible for linking the layout into the dynamic node hierarchy, while giving the layout a totally new scope. When the layout `{{yield}}`s, the Shadow Root works with HTMLBars to restore the parent scope.

AT&T to hook up its automated home and connected car services

The wireless company's home security and automation service "Digital Life" and connected car service "Drive" will be integrated so users can control their homes from a dashboard in their vehicles, Glenn Lurie, chief executive of AT&T Mobility told Reuters last week ahead of the company's announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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