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Marriott hotels to start accepting Apple Pay this summer

Hey, did you know Marriott already promised to stop trying to block personal WiFi devices? If that convinces you to stay in one of its hotels again, don't forget to bring your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus: the chain will soon start accepting Apple Pay. To check in, you'll only need to go to the contactless …

Hospitality

The long-delayed PlayStation 4 will arrive in China March 20th

After months of delays, the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita are going on sale in China on March 20th, the company confirmed to <i>Bloomberg</i>. The former will cost 2,899 yuan (around $463), compared to $399 in the US, while the latter will sell for 1,299 yuan ($207). PlayStation 4 controllers will …

Mobile Devices

Xbox Live on Windows 10 won't charge for online multiplayer

The news of Xbox Live coming to Windows 10 was a bit confusing last week, but, slowly, details of how it'll work are surfacing. Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb recently responded to <i>PCWorld</i>'s Hayden Dingman on Twitter saying that Xbox Live Gold won't be required for online multiplayer using Live on WIn10 …

Windows 10

Sony could start rolling out Lollipop from next week, according to Sony Indonesia

The much anticipated Lollipop update for Sony Xperia devices could arrive from next week, according to a posting on Sony’s official Indonesian Facebook page.<p>Back in January, Sony hinted it would begin rolling out Lollipop from February, but as we’re approaching mid-March, we’re yet to hear anything …

Starbucks Expands Its Mobile “Order Ahead” Feature To Seattle And The Pacific Northwest

Starbucks’ mobile ordering system, which allows customers to place orders in advance of their visit to the store, pay from their phone, then skip the line when they arrive, is today rolling out to more locations across the Pacific Northwest, including Starbucks’ home base of Seattle. In total, …

Apple Watch includes 8 GB of storage, allows 2 GB of music and 75 MB of photos

In our report last week, we reported that internal models of the Apple Watch included 8 GB of storage. We have now <b>confirmed</b> with the company that the shipping units do indeed ship with an 8 GB storage capacity. However, there are some important limitations.<p>As a user, you are only allowed to use a …

Google’s Redesigned Calendar App Comes To iPhone

Google today launched the redesigned version of its mobile Calendar app on iPhone. The new app, which follows Google’s new Material Design guidelines, includes all the features Google previously announced when it launched its updated Calendar App for Android.<p>These new features include the ability …

Could DreamCheaper Become The Hotel Booking Industry’s Most Hated Startup?

Berlin-based DreamCheaper, which has been operating fairly stealthily until now, could soon become the hotel booking industry’s most hated startup. It operates a service that aims to ensure you never overpay for a hotel room again, even if you (miraculously) get the best deal available at the time …

Moto Maker Now Lets You Design a Custom Moto 360

The Apple Watch may have just had a major event yesterday, but Motorola doesn’t want you to forget about its own smartwatch yet.<p>If you’ve been pining for a 360 but haven’t been happy with any of the available color combos, the company has added the watch to its Moto Maker tool.<p>There are 27 total …

Apple Watch

Facebook to offer insights on what users are talking about

Facebook is pulling the curtain back even further for advertisers who are hoping to figure out what's popular among its customers.<p>The social-networking giant said it struck a deal with a company called DataSift that will make it easier for advertisers and other companies to find out what users are …

Social Media

Will Athletes Use Apple Watch? Ask Roger Federer

The new Apple Watch, with its much-touted ability to monitor your physical activity, may have millions of people waiting for its release. But 17-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer is not so easily sold.<p>"I haven't felt it or tried it but I'm actually curious to see how it is, and if it's going …

Solar-powered plane lands in India on 2nd leg of world trip

AHMADABAD, India (AP) — A Swiss-made solar powered aircraft landed in western India on Tuesday night, completing the second leg — and its first sea …

The Apple Watch Battery Is Replaceable

The Apple Watch got its grand unveiling yesterday. You can read our round-up of details from Apple’s event here. But as tech watchers chewed over the price-tag for the latest luxury gizmo to be born in Cupertino talk turned to obsolescence.<p>The Apple Watch starts at $349 for the sports watch and …

Software update will bring T-Mobile 700MHz support to Nexus 6

Image copyright Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom.Although T-Mobile is expanding its network capabilities with 700 MHz spectrum, relatively few phones support …

MasterCard brings Apple Pay to the PGA Tour w/ perks for attendees paying from iPhone

MasterCard announced today that it’s bringing Apple Pay to the PGA Tour starting with its first stop at the Waste Management Phoenix Open kicking off this week.<p>MasterCard will also offer attendees using Apple Pay the chance to earn rewards through its Priceless Surprise program.<p><i>Food and beverage</i> …

Video games can be good for you, new research says

Imagine a hardcore video game fanatic, and the picture you summon probably won't resemble Roman Rivera.<p>He grew up captivated by games from "Pokemon" to "Call of Duty," and evaded his mom's screen time limits by covertly playing his Game Boy after lights out. Now that he's 21, he spends up to four …

Call of Duty

T-Mobile 700MHz support coming to the Nexus 6, ZTE ZMAX and more

T-Mobile has been planning to roll out low-band 700MHz spectrum on a large scale for quite some time, even though support for the spectrum is scarce in many of the carrier’s flagship devices. That won’t be for long, though, as the carrier is planning to update quite a few devices in the coming …

How Driverless Cars Could Make Traffic Dramatically Worse

A new simulation shows that comfortable rides can come with big congestion costs.<p>Safety is often celebrated as the biggest benefit of a world full of driverless cars, but two other presumed social improvements follow closely behind. One is that the technology could reduce traffic congestion, since …

Autonomous Cars

'Galaxy S Edge' name spotted in Vodafone site source code

For a while now we’ve heard rumors suggesting at least one variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6 will offer up an edge display somewhat similar to the Note Edge. More recently we learned Samsung will allegedly offer dual edges this time around, alongside other improvements that should alleviate some of …

Police worry Google's Waze app is a tool for cop stalkers

So far, no police attacks have been connected to Waze<p>Local sheriffs around the US are pressuring Google to turn off the police reporting software on its traffic app Waze, the AssociatedPress reports. The app, which alerts drivers to issues like car accidents and construction work, also lets users …

A Carrier Website Might Have Just Leaked Samsung's Next Galaxy Phone

The company is likely to unveil a second version of the Galaxy S6 with a curved display, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Sources confirmed this to Business Insider's Steve Kovach earlier this month, but now a page that appeared on Vodafone's Dutch website provides further …

Get free TV shows and music with Apple's new Free on iTunes section

Apple has added a new Free on iTunes section. Learn where to find it.<p>If you have moved away from iTunes and toward streaming services for your digital media consumption needs, it may be time to double back to iTunes, or at least stop by once in a while. After removing the free Single of the Week …

Pandora for iPhone redesigned, adds mini-player and notifications

The Pandora iPhone and iPod touch app today received a thorough redesign that is slightly more starker and in line with the iOS 7/iOS 8 design style. The update formats the app for iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus’s higher-resolution display and adds various new mini-player and notifications features:<p>• With …

WikiLeaks furious at Google for keeping government data request a secret

Google is catching some heat from WikiLeaks after the company revealed that it handed over emails and other data on three WikiLeaks employees to the US government. Obviously, that in and of itself would be enough to ruffle the feathers of the activist group. But, to make matters worse, Mountain …

Surveillance

Twitterific for iOS Gets Multi-Image Uploads, Video Previews

Twitterfic’s iOS app recieved an update today, and a couple of new features are now in tow.<p>Most usefully, you can finally upload multiple images – up to four at once. Similarly, you can now view up to four images attached to a tweet on your timeline. You can also now watch videos straight in your …

HTC gets involved in e-sports, foreshadowing move into home entertainment

Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Team SoloMid will carry the HTC banner in professional gaming leagues<p>HTC doesn't want to be known as just a smartphone maker anymore, and one of its first moves to update its brand image in 2015 has been to sponsor three prominent e-sports teams. Cloud9, Team Liquid, and …

Sling TV Wants To End Cable

But don't cut your cords just yet.<p>Right now, I'm experiencing the future of live television: I'm watching <i>Bones</i>. I don't know much about <i>Bones</i>, like what the difference between it and <i>Castle</i> is, but it's the best thing on, so I'm watching. That would be OK, if I were on a couch and watching it on a …

Three ways to make Amazon Echo smarter

"Alexa, why don't you understand me?"<p>Alexa and I have a love-hate relationship. She always <i>hears</i> me, but sometimes, she just doesn't get me. Like Siri in the early days, Amazon Echo is still learning natural language.<p>As the user base grows and Amazon continues to collect and analyze voice data, …