Top tech headlines: Google Wallet mobile payments, Windows Phone Mango update
Friday 27 May 2011
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending May 27 include the unveiling of Google Wallet, a preview of WP7 Mango update, rumors Facebook will integrate music streaming service Spotify, Apple-Lodsys patent dispute, and Twitter’s acquisition of TweetDeck.
Google details Google Wallet NFC mobile payment service
Google unveiled a new mobile payment service called Google Wallet that uses near field communication (NFC) and location-based services (LBS) to turn smartphones into next-generation payment devices. Google Wallet replaces credit cards, loyalty cards, daily deals emails and encourages users to “tap, pay and save” with their phone.
Microsoft Windows Phone Mango update preview
Microsoft previewed the next version of its Windows Phone operating system, codenamed "Mango." The Windows Phone 7.1 OS update sports more than 500 new attributes including deeper social network integration, enhanced live tiles and new web features. Mango directs users away from a "sea of disconnected apps" said Microsoft, and instead organizes information according to the person or groups of people users want to connect with.
Facebook rumored to launch music streaming service with Spotify
According to a report by Forbes, European-based music streaming service Spotify could be deeply integrated into Facebook in as soon as two months, enabling users to play millions of songs from Spotify’s library through the social network. "It has yet to be decided if the new service will be called 'Facebook Music' or 'Spotify on Facebook,'" wrote Parmy Olson for Forbes while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that, "We don’t have the DNA to be a music company or a movie company."
Apple-Lodsys patent dispute
“Patent holding firm” Lodsys threatened to sue developers using in-app payments in their iOS apps for infringing on an in-app payment patent the company held. Days (or weeks in some cases) later Apple wrote to Lodsys asking them to “cease and desist from any further threats to Apple’s customers and partners,” adding that, “Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the Apple App Makers are protected by that license.”
Twitter acquires third-party client TweetDeck
Microblogging platform Twitter announced that it had acquired third-party Twitter client TweetDeck, a service Twitter describes as "a groundbreaking dashboard for monitoring what people are saying in real-time." While Twitter already has its own mobile application, it purchased TweetDeck because the client’s core users are "the most active, influential and valuable users of Twitter and social media in general."
Threat of 'catastrophic cascade of collisions' must be averted, warn scientists
Life & Style blogs
American Apparel reveals 62-year-old Jacky O’Shaughnessy as underwear model
Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300
Blood test that predicts Alzheimer's disease
Lego told off by 7-year-old girl for promoting gender stereotypes
Titanfall: Release date, gameplay basics, DLC and everything else you need to know
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 2 Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
- 5 Sharknado 2: Former WWE wrestler Kurt Angle to fight second wave of flying sharks
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