The early views of the Apple Watch are rolling in ahead of the smart watch becoming available for pre-order on April 10 and when it hits stores April 24, and they are largely positive. In general, professional reviewers think Apple's gadget is the best smart watch to have come out to date, but they also faulted the learning curve for the device's user interface, its relatively weak battery life and the sense that the watch does not truly serve any real purpose yet.
Owners of an Apple TV streaming device, or an iPhone or iPad, are getting the first look at HBO's new standalone over the top service, HBO Now. The service is now live and accepting subscriptions on those devices.
The Merchant Content Exchange (MCX), which will launch a mobile payments service under the CurrentC brand, plans to introduce the service in one market in mid-2015. Meanwhile, there are also indications that Microsoft could jump into mobile payments to counter Apple Pay and Google's Android-based payments service.
We all know what it means when we say, "the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing." Usually we're referring to people or organizations who act in ways that show they clearly aren't talking to each other. It's just as bad when it happens with mobile apps--except when the tradeoff for improved communication is poor inter-app security.
Apple will use Samsung processors in its next iPhone, according to a new report. Further, Samsung is using its own modems in some models of its new Galaxy S6 smartphone instead of those from Qualcomm. The developments could help Samsung turn a $900 million loss last year into a $900 million gain this year in its non-memory semiconductor business, according to HI Investment.
JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall said programmers should be fine with providing their own streaming infrastructure to Apple's upcoming pay-TV service.
Apple left Europe's largest consumer electronics retailer, Dixons Carphone, off its list of UK suppliers for its forthcoming Watch wearable, according to the CEO of the retailer's UK and Ireland operations.
Vendors will ship a total of 45.7 million wearable units in 2015, up 133.4 per cent from 2014.
Facebook unit WhatsApp is finally launching voice calling service for its Android users. An updated version of the application is now available via Google Play and the company has promised to bring the feature to Apple's iOS shortly.
Google recently admitted that it began a quiet change whereby, for the first time, its staff are now part of a process that vets apps before they are approved for distribution in Google Play. For developers, the change may be a mixed blessing, particularly if it affects how quickly they can deploy an app or mobile game to the Android market.