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MWC 2017: What to expect?

Christmas comes early this year, boys and girls, as does every year for smartphone fanatics, enduring tablet devotees and newfound wearable and VR …

Tablets
Emerging Markets

Apple Could Announce AR Glasses By Mid-Year

Apple could be debuting its first augmented reality glasses as early as the middle of this year.<p>Apple's glasses are expected to be announced at one …

Augmented Reality

Mobile World Congress 2017: all the big announcements from Barcelona

The announcements from BlackBerry, LG, Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony at MWC 2017<p>Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. It's where the global …

Here's how a contactless limit increase could boost mobile wallets in France

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>France is poised to raise the limit on contactless transactions to €30 ($32.27) from €20, according to The Connexion.<p>That increase will be rolled out in stages — next month …

Banking

THE MOBILE P2P PAYMENTS REPORT: Why it's more important than ever for companies to monetize mobile P2P

<i>This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.</i><p>Peer-to-peer (P2P) payments, defined as informal payments made from one person to another, have long been a prominent feature of the payments …

FinTech

The Technology That May Drive the Next Generation of Phones, Mobile Devices

The Technology That May Drive the Next Generation of Phones, Mobile Devices<p>The new phones at CES were nice, but the new technology for future phones …

Google acquires Twitter's Fabric mobile development platform

Over the past couple of years, Twitter has offered developers numerous services to help them build, test, deploy and maintain their apps as part of its modular Fabric platform. Now, the company is selling it off to Google.<p>The move is likely an attempt on Twitter’s part to slim down in troubling …

Mobile Development

Qualcomm says 5G is the biggest thing since electricity

Your next wireless boost is about more than faster movie-streaming. Qualcomm is buzzing about 5G as the key to our future connectivity.<p>It's being compared to the arrival of electricity.<p>That's a big call but Qualcomm has its eyes on a 5G future. And it's not just thinking about speed.<p>At a CES that …

Internet of Things

ODG’s Next Smart Glasses Bring Powerful Augmented Reality To New Markets

The R-8 and R-9, priced at under $1,000 and $1,800 respectively, aim to make high-end AR affordable.<p>With the arrival of consumer virtual reality, get used to seeing a lot more people wearing headsets that transport them to different worlds. Today, San Francisco-based Osterhaut Design Group (ODG) …

Augmented Reality

Mobile fintech is here to stay with banking and payment services

Mobile Internet usage has finally overtaken desktop, a fact that has had wide-ranging implications across various tech sectors.<p>Financial technology companies have become acutely aware of this shift and have been adapting to consumer demands for more mobile-friendly financial services as a …

FinTech

Mobile Banking: How Big Banks are Innovating With Fintech

The global fintech market attracted $5.4 billion in investments during the first quarter of 2016, which represents a 67% increase over the same …

The mobile wars are over

It’s time to call it: The mobile wars are over. The mobile market was once vibrant and variegated, a virtual coral reef of odd devices aimed at specific users. There was a phone with a 3D camera! There was one with a weird version of Android that catered to the security-conscious! There was one …

Mobile Technology

Specs appeal: Apple announces new digital glasses outfitted with Augmented Reality

Tim Cook and Apple, long been high on AR, are working on new "iGlasses," scheduled to arrive as early as 2018<p>If Pokemon Go was a revolutionary first step toward bringing Augmented Reality (AR) to the mainstream, Apple is hoping the next one will be its newly announced digital glasses.<p>“We are high …

Beyond Mobile: How Voice and AI Are Changing Digital Travel

Last week, Skift published the 2017 Digital Transformation Report, sponsored by Adobe and Epsilon. Download the report for free here: <br>Download Free …

Mobile Technology News & Mobile Commerce Research Reports from BI Intelligence

The Apps and Platforms Briefing<p>Your daily newsletter covering the most important news & research in mobile, apps, and platforms.<p>It's nearly impossible to stay on top of all the important developments in the mobile industry that are impacting your company, your bottom line, and even your career.<p>In …

Mobile Commerce

Google Home arrives in November and costs less than Amazon's Echo

Google Home, Google's answer to Amazon's hit Echo voice assistant/speaker/smart home hub device, finally has a release date and price.<p>The physical Google Search device will be available on Nov. 4 for $129, which is less than the $179 Echo. It'll be available from Google and retailers such as Target …

Google

Meet the Pixel, the first-ever smartphone made by Google

It’s fitting, in a way, that Google’s new Pixel phone resembles the iPhone. Apple’s world-changing gadget is the very device Google is aiming for. …

Apple Releases iOS 10 With Redesigned Lock Screen, New Messages Features, Third-Party Siri, and More

Apple today released iOS 10, the latest operating system designed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, to the public. iOS 10 can be downloaded the iPhone 5 and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad 4 and later, and the 6th generation iPod touch.<p>The update is available on all eligible devices …

Versus: Apple Watch Series 2 vs Apple Watch

While the iPhone 7 was the star of today's Apple show it wasn't the only major announcement, with a sequel to the world's most popular smartwatch …

Smartwatches

So how does one of the U.K.'s mobile-only banks work?

• General<p>In the U.K., all-mobile bank startups, requiring only a smartphone or a tablet to access all the features, are the talk of financial services. …

Banking

Visa-powered payment ring is now available to everyone (update: separate product)

That Visa-based payment ring is no longer limited to athletes who made it to the Olympics in Rio. Anyone can now pre-order an NFC Ring that lets you tap to pay at many store terminals without pulling out your phone or twisting your wrist. Plunk down about $53 (£40) and you can get one in your size …

Microsoft's Next Battle In The Smartphone Cloud War

It’s another small step for Satya Nadella’s Microsoft as it looks to transition to a software and services company based around the cloud. This week saw Redmond release a new tool for Mac users to move date from the popular Evernote note taking service and move that data into the Mac version of …

Microsoft

One of Apple's biggest weaknesses is becoming a strength

Apple, famous as the computing company that likes to "think different," is going corporate.<p>In fact, nearly half of all iPads are bought by corporations and governments, according to a Forrester estimate included in a feature about Apple's enterprise strength.<p>Since teaming up with IBM in 2014 to …

Apple

Marriott’s CIO says mobile apps are changing the guest experience

Hotel giant Marriott International Inc. MAR, -0.06% is working to craft a customer experience that is the right mix of high-tech and highly personal.<p>The company is rolling out many tech-driven amenities, including the ability to skip the front desk at check-in, order room service via a mobile app …

Hospitality

Is this the end of the era of Apple exceptionalism?

<i>We take a closer look at the iPhone’s declining numbers, what caused them, and what they could mean for the product’s future.</i><p>Surprise, the iPhone tree won’t grow to the sky.<p>From 2.3 million units in the 2007 Holidays quarter to 74.5 million units seven years later, the iPhone experienced …

Apple

Apple cambia su App Store: entra el modelo de pago por suscripción

Este lunes Apple celebra la <b>WWDC</b>, su conferencia anual para desarrolladores, en la que la compañía suele dar a conocer las novedades para los próximos …

The phones of 2017 will be all about VR

If you've tried virtual reality, whether or not it blew your mind probably depends on how you experienced it: whether it was with a high-end headset like the Oculus Rift or one that used a smartphone like the Samsung Gear VR.<p>While today's flagship phones can provide a decent VR experience, they …

Virtual Reality

Una nueva patente de Samsung describe un «smartwatch» con proyección táctil

Puede que en algún tiempo los relojes inteligentes como están concebidos actualmente sean una prueba arcaica del intento de la industria por lograr …