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Fast food restaurant Taco Bell has released a new app that allows customers to browse the restaurant's menu, customize and place orders. Customers will be able to alert their local restaurant if they plan to pick up food inside or at the drive-thru. The Taco Bell mobile ordering app is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
To help promote its new app, Taco Bell's Facebook, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr have gone dark with the following message: "The new way to Taco Bell isn't on the Internet - it's #onlyintheapp."
"Technology has fundamentally changed the way people interact with brands," said Brian Niccol, Taco Bell president. "All can be done any time, any place on a smartphone."
Apple CEO Tim Cook believes his Apple Pay service will develop into a long-term mobile payment hit, despite WalMart, Best Buy, CVS, Rite Aid, and more than 50 other retailers developing their own service. Even with one million registered credit cards in the first three days, it remains uncertain if mobile users are willing to purchase an iPhone just for Apple Pay.
"It's a skirmish," Cook recently said when asked about retailers choosing not to embrace Apple Pay. "Merchants have different objectives sometimes. But in the long arc of time, you only are relevant as a retailer or merchant if your customers love you."
Launching Apple Pay, even if a contingent of retailers don't want to use the service, the Silicon Valley company hopes to entice more users towards the iPhone.
Motorola's new Droid Turbo is a damn interesting new smartphone, with its in-your-face 5.2-inch 2560x1440 (QHD) panel, providing an insane 565 pixels per inch (PPI). On top of that, we have some even more interesting specifications inside of the big new phone.
We have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 processor at 2.7GHz, 3GB of RAM, and a choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal flash storage. On the back, we have a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting 4K video, and a gigantic 3900mAh battery that should be good for up to 48 hours of use. We also have Motorola's Turbo Charge technology, which after 15 minutes of charge, can provide up to another eight hours of charge. Android 4.4.4 is featured on the phone, with Android 5.0 Lollipop not making the journey, yet.
Considering Motorola built the Nexus 6, has the impressive redone Moto X and now the bigger-than-life-itself Droid Turbo, Motorola should enjoy the holiday season when it comes to sales.
Half of traffic to the YouTube video sharing website is generated from mobile users, a 10 percent increase the last time YouTube offered public numbers. Mobile users can enjoy a mobile version of the website, or download an app that allows them to access YouTube without being in a Web browser.
Here is what YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki recently confirmed: "Mobile is super important. I think it's important for every business right now."
YouTube reportedly is interested in an ad-free, subscription-based service - helping generate additional revenue - as Google struggles to woo advertisers to mobile. In addition, the company will likely launch a music service sometime in the near future, indicating Wojcicki's team is ready to get more creative to make new long-term revenue streams.
Samsung will have to work to defend its home territory against an Apple invasion, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders immediately became major draws. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus publicly launch in Korea on October 31.
It didn't even take one hour for pre-orders to reach "tens of thousands," which was a higher number than the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 when it was released in September. The KT Corp noted it saw pre-orders surpass 50,000 in 30 minutes, while SK Telecom said its first two presale order batches were sold out.
Apple has found success in Asia with its latest smartphones, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped 20 million preorders in China earlier this fall.
WalMart and other major US retailers don't want to bother testing the Apple Pay mobile payment service, looking to commit to development of their own payment systems.
"The economics and benefits of having your own payment system is definitely one of the main reasons," noted Hitesh Sheth CEO of the Vectra Networks retail cybersecurity company. There is a risk of the mobile payment market fracturing even further, but retailers hope to cut out transaction fees that Visa, Mastercard, and other credit card companies collect.
For retailers currently accepting Apple Pay, most users have reported a relatively easy experience completing transactions. However, with growing talk of rival services expected, Rite Aid and CVS both pulled the plug on Apple Pay over the weekend - and Apple will have to work to convince other retailers to jump onboard.
Google hasn't released Android 5.0 Lollipop just yet, but LG has promised the deliciously-named mobile OS for its flagship G3 smartphone sometime in Q4 2014, which is any week now.
The company took to its Germany Facebook page, only promising Android 5.0 Lollipop for its G3 sometime this year, and its G2 sometime later. It might take a little while to hit your smartphone, but at least LG is talking about it. So if you're an owner of a G3 or G2 smartphone, you know it's coming, it's just a matter of when now.
If you enjoyed Outlast, you're going to enjoy this news: Red Barrels, the developer behind the game, has confirmed it is working on a sequel for the hit horror game.
Red Barrels' co-founder and designer, Philippe Morin, confirmed with Bloody Disgusting, that they are working on Outlast 2. Morin said that once the team was finished with the Xbox One version of Outlast back in June, the team "quickly realized we had at least another horror game in us". He continued: "The game will be a survival horror experience and it will take place in the same universe as Outlast but it will have different characters and a different setting. We might go back to Mount Massive Asylum one day, but for now we have new ideas and themes we'd like to explore and we think we're cooking up something special".
He didn't provide too many details on what the sequel will offer, but did say it will be an "emotional ride". The Montreal-based studio has internal hopes of scaring its own team, so prepare your pants, people.
The war between Samsung and Apple is still being battled, with the phablet war now heating up between the two giants after Apple unveiled its new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Well, Samsung's Galaxy note 4 has been selling well, but it's not breaking any records, with it selling 4.5 million units in the first month.
Considering the Galaxy Note 3 sold 5 million in its first 30 days, we could attribute this lower number for the Note 4 to its staggered launch around the world. For most of the first month, Samsung's latest large handset was only available in South Korea and China, but now it is rolling out across the world. We should expect the numbers to go up much, much higher (and quicker), to quickly catch up, and overtake the Note 3 sales.
LG has announced its new G3 Screen smartphone, but something much more interesting is being launched simultaneously: LG's new "NUCLUN" processor. LG's new chip is an 8-core processor built on ARM's big.LITTLE technology, featuring four 1.5GHz cores, with four 1.2GHz cores.
The faster 1.5GHz cores will be doing the heavy lifting while the four 1.2GHz cores will be doing all of the less processor-intensive stuff. LG says that NUCLUN is "designed to support the next generation of 4G networks, LTE-A Cat.6, for maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbps while retaining backward compatibility with current LTE networks". LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company President and CEO, Dr. Jong-seok Park, said: "NUCLUN opens up a new chapter in LG's history of innovation in the mobile industry. With this in-house solution, we will be able to achieve better vertical integration and further diversity our product strategy against stronger competition. NUCLUN will give us greater flexibility in our mobile strategy going forward".
As for the G3 Screen, we have a 5.9-inch Full HD IPS-based panel, the aforementioned and very impressive sounding NUCLUN processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board flash expandable through microSD, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS backed up by a 2.1-megapixel camera for selfies, Android 4.4 KitKat, and a 3000mAh battery. We have the super-fast LTE-A Cat.6 connectivity, and when it comes to size we have 157.8 x 81.8 x 9.5mm (or 6.1 x 0.3 x 0.37 inches), and 182g (or 0.4 lbs).