Martyn Sibbald

80 Flips | 9 Magazines | 55 Followers | @Martynsibbald | [Development Director - BlackBerry Payments] - Based in Fredericton, NB Canada. The team is working on improving the available payment options and overall experience for faithful BlackBerry owners. We are also working on improving the Recommended list of Applications that are presented to Users while in BlackBerry World.

Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches In Berlin, Plans Global Rollout

Until now, “let’s meet” apps like Tinder have skirted the border between dating and simple sexual hookups. Others, like Grindr, have been far more blatant. But no one (at least to my knowledge!) has tried to create what is in effect an Uber for escorts. Till now.<p>Last year, Berlin-based entrepreneur …

Green Pie In The Sky? Vertical Farming Is On The Rise In Newark

From the outside, the AeroFarms headquarters looks like any other rundown building in downtown Newark, N.J. It used to be a store, and more recently a nightclub. Now it's a test farm.<p>"My favorite is the mustard green that's called a Ruby Streak, which is this leaf right here," says AeroFarms CEO …

How to Solve CRM Data Deduplication Dilemmas

Unless you have an explicit data deduplication strategy in place, your CRM system is almost certain to have some level of duplicate records. There …

Amazon, First Data enter quickly expanding mobile gift cards space | Retail Dive

The gift card portion of mobile wallets is growing quickly, with both Amazon and payment processor First Data entering the market, following closely …

The iWatch Could Be Apple's Secret Weapon For Mobile Payments

While gadgets such as the Pebble, Jawbone, the Samsung Gear 2 and others are all about notifications and health tracking, Apple's iWatch may also target a less sought after area of focus for wearables— mobile payments.<p>Back in June, noted tech columnist Tim Bajarin proposed an interesting theory …

PayPal Makes Good On Its Braintree Acquisition With Launch Of New Developer Tools, The Braintree “v.zero SDK”

Payments gateway Braintree is making its first significant product announcement since its acquisition by PayPal last year, with the launch of a jointly developed Braintree SDK (software development kit) for developers. The new toolset is being called the “Braintree v.zero SDK” to indicate how it’s …

mNectar Raises $7M For New Kinds Of Mobile Ads That Let People Test-Drive Apps

First, there were teeny mobile banner ads pioneered by companies like AdMob, which Google bought for $750 million. Then there were full-screen interstitial ads. Those gave way to mobile video ads and then Facebook’s behemoth of a targeted mobile ad network.<p>So what’s next in mobile advertising?<p>A …

Xyo Debuts An Alternative To Google Play’s App Store, Focused On Discovery

A number of companies have tried their hand at introducing their own app-discovery services as alternatives to the default mobile app stores, like iTunes or Google Play. Some have been fortunate to find an exit (like Chomp or Hubbl), when all was said and done. But few have managed to establish …

Digital River's online merchants now can accept bitcoin

June 16, 2014<p>Digital River Inc., a global provider of commerce-as-a-service solutions, today announced it has added bitcoin as a payment option for …

Google Wallet’s 2-Click Instant Buy Checkout Comes To iOS

About a year ago, Google Wallet launched its Instant Buy API for Android apps, and today it is bringing it to iOS apps. With Instant Buy, developers can integrate Google Wallet’s checkout into their apps and have users check out with as few as two clicks.<p>The Instant Buy API gives developers an easy …

Amazon to take on PayPal with new online payment service

Amazon takes on PayPal in online payment battle as it allows you to use your saved credit card details to make payments on OTHER sites<p>Service …

Google’s brand-new public cloud is already stealing the show from Amazon

The Google Compute Engine, Google’s answer to top public cloud Amazon Web Services, has been generally available for just six months, but it’s already become a service that IT buyers need to watch.<p>In the latest edition of technology analyst firm Gartner’s influential magic quadrant report on cloud …

Microsoft buys Capptain developer service to improve app notifications

Microsoft has purchased France-based notifications startup Capptain, the company announced today. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>Capptain helps app developers retain users by sending out push notifications to entice them to stick around based on behavioral data and real-time …

Mobile analytics company App Annie acquires Distimo, raises $17M

In a sign of the growing importance of mobile analytics, App Annie has raised another $17 million from its existing investors and is acquiring one of its competitors, Distimo.<p>Both companies provide data on how people are using mobile apps and mobile websites. App Annie has built a strong reputation …

Square starts loaning cash to small businesses with 'Square Capital'

Square today formally announced “Square Capital,” a selective cash advance program for merchants already using Square’s payment services.<p>The program, which leaked back in February, signals a curious shift for Jack Dorsey’s Square. The cash advance business often carries negative connotations, yet …

Are virtual desktops the new battleground for cloud providers?

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/rangizzz<p>Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is as old as virtualization technology. VMware announced VDI …

Mobile Rewards Startup Kiip Upgrades Its User Contests With New “Challenges” Product

When Kiip announced last week that that it’s powering rewards in Zepto Labs’ popular Cut the Rope mobile games, co-founder and CEO Brian Wong said it didn’t share one of the key details (because, uh, reasons) — that this is the debut of a new Kiip product called Challenges.<p>The company is best-known …

Gorgeous Robox 3D printer hopes it can do for 3D printing what the iMac did for personal computing

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: CEL<p>In 1999, my elementary school got every single kid to love computer class with a single move: It replaced a fleet …

Intel-powered Geeksphone Revolution will run Android or Firefox OS

You’d be forgiven if you have never heard of Geeksphone. Although the company goes all the way back to 2009, when it first released its Geeksphone One Android handset, it is still a relatively unknown brand. More recently, the small Spanish-based company has spent its time creating …

Amazon Bought GoPago’s Mobile Payment Tech And Product/Engineering Team, DoubleBeam Bought The POS Business

Last week, we wrote about how Amazon had quietly acquired mobile payments startup GoPago. Today, some more details about the deal: A source close to the situation confirms that Amazon bought the technology and the engineering/product team of GoPago, but none of the existing point of sale business …

Thanksgiving Digest (IBM E-Commerce Edition): Mobile 43% Of All Traffic, Over 25% Of All Online Sales

For many years, Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — marked the start of the holiday shopping rush. But with many (not all) physical stores closed on Thanksgiving, a window of opportunity has emerged for e-commerce sites to push out offers and start selling a day earlier. That has proven to …

From Oppo to OnePlus: a new company wants to build the next great smartphone

When Oppo vice president Pete Lau resigned last month, the timing was almost puzzling. Lau had just helped to bring CyanogenMod onto the company's new handset, the N1, finally pairing Oppo's high-end specs and sleek design with software that could create what enthusiasts might see as the perfect …

Trustev Adds $500K From Notion Capital To Capitalise On The Ecommerce Boom

Ecommerce fraud prevention startup Trustev is on something of a roll. Having recently closed a $3 million seed round from investors including Greycroft Partners, Mangrove Capital Partners, ACT Venture Capital, Telefónica’s Wayra and Enterprise Ireland, it’s now adding to this with a $500,000 …

Bitcoin’s Biggest Bet: Andreessen Horowitz Leads $25 Million Investment in Coinbase

Coinbase co-founders Brian Armstrong (l) and Fred Ehrsam, sporting we-got-money grins.<p>If you’re a bitcoin doubter, you might want to turn away. The …

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

RBC brings P2P transfers to Facebook Messenger

11 December 2013 | 10972 views | 1<p>The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has added a feature to its iPad app which lets customers send money to their …

Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

Amazon PrimeAir drone deliveries coming soon, CEO Jeff Bezos says

Amazon.com Inc. is testing drones that it hopes will soon deliver packages to customers, company CEO Jeff Bezos says.<p>In an interview that aired …

PC Financial and TD Announce Ugo™ - Canada's First Open Mobile Wallet

<b>Loblaw Joins Ugo™ as First Retailer and Loyalty Program Partner</b><p>TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - PC Financial and TD today announced Ugo™, Canada's first …