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  • Swiss Watch Makers Announce An Activity Tracking System Designed To Hide Inside Fancy Watches

    Swiss Watch Makers Announce An Activity Tracking System Designed To Hide Inside Fancy Watches

    If you’ve been wondering how Switzerland was going to react to the coming of the Apple Watch, ponder no more: two smaller luxury watch companies, Alpina and Frederique Constant, have added electronic components to otherwise staid analog watches, essentially turning a fancy timepiece into a sort of mechanical Fitbit. The platform, called Manufacture Modules Technologies or MMT, is… Read More

  • Artemis Is Leasing Spectrum From Dish Network To Test Fiber-Like LTE

    Artemis Is Leasing Spectrum From Dish Network To Test Fiber-Like LTE

    Last summer, Dish Network filed with the FCC to allocate enough spectrum in the Bay Area to roll out some kind of service. Today, Artemis CEO Steve Perlman confirmed the startup is leasing spectrum from Dish for two years in order to “beta test” pCell technology in the real world. Read More

  • Samsung Acquires LoopPay, Maker Of An Apple Pay Competitor

    Samsung Acquires LoopPay, Maker Of An Apple Pay Competitor

    Samsung has acquired LoopPay, the companies announced today. The acquisition confirms earlier rumors that suggested the two were working closely together on an upcoming project, and suggests Samsung could make use of LoopPay’s technology to offer is own Apple Pay competitor on future devices. LoopPay even advertises its solution as an alternative to Apple Pay for non-Apple device makers… Read More

  • TC Droidcast Episode 38: Just No, Neptune Duo

    TC Droidcast Episode 38: Just No, Neptune Duo

    This week, we have a rare opportunity to just plain unleash on a device: The Neptune Duo, which puts all the smartphone smarts inside an Android-powered smartwatch, then makes the screen in your pocket essentially a dumb receiver. It’s backwards and bad, and we find we’re mostly in agreement on that point. In other news, LG has another Android Wear device coming to market, making… Read More

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Lineup Should Boast Next-Gen Wireless Charging

    Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Lineup Should Boast Next-Gen Wireless Charging

    Samsung is doing a series of teasers this year to hype up the launch of the next Galaxy S6 (or whatever it’s calling its 2016 flagship Android smartphone), and the latest details the tech and progress of wireless charging. In a post on Samsung’s official blog, the company’s lead engineer for IT and Mobile Seho Park described how advances in wireless charging over the past… Read More

  • Urgent.ly Is Uber For When Your Ride Breaks Down

    Urgent.ly Is Uber For When Your Ride Breaks Down

    When you break down, the assumption is that you need help urgent.ly. That’s why Urgent.ly exists. This on-demand roadside assistance app aims to be the Uber of what happens if your car can’t be used as an Uber anymore. Founded by Chris Spanos, Surendra Goel, and Luke Kathol, the service allows you to pinpoint your location and request help. Spanos, who worked as a GM of Repair.com… Read More

  • WPP To Pay $46.13/Share For 15-20% Of ComScore In New Kantar Partnership

    WPP To Pay $46.13/Share For 15-20% Of ComScore In New Kantar Partnership

    Some consolidation in the world of market analysis. Kantar, the research division of advertising giant WPP, has entered into a global alliance with comScore, the company that measures traffic and other audience metrics of online and mobile properties. As part of the deal, WPP will buy up to 15.45% of comScore shares at a price of $46.13/share, giving it a 15%-20% stake of the company, and… Read More

  • Minibar Offers On-Demand Booze Delivery In 13 Cities

    Minibar Offers On-Demand Booze Delivery In 13 Cities

    The snow is piled high and frozen on the New York City streets. Joshua and Amanda sit on their couch for the fifth night in a row, bored out of their minds but unwilling to bundle up, venture into the winter night and try to find warmth elsewhere. “Christie and Caleb want to go out,” Amanda says unenthusiastically, without looking at Joshua. “You care?” “Tell them… Read More

  • Apple Tops Smartphone Shipments In China For The First Time, Says Canalys

    Apple Tops Smartphone Shipments In China For The First Time, Says Canalys

    Apple has topped smartphone shipment numbers in China in Q4 2014, according to analyst firm Canalys. The popularity of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus helped push the California gadget-maker ahead of its homegrown competitors, seeing it ship more than Xiaomi and Huawei, and putting it out in front of Samsung, which placed third overall. Canalys credits the large screen of the newest smartphone… Read More

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