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Report: Number of Apple Pay problems at checkout

Apple Pay helped bring attention to the mobile payments market, but the company must deal with a few different problems that shoppers and retailers are now reporting. Two-thirds of Apple Pay users say they've had problems at checkout, with repeat usage suffering because of these problems.

 

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Half of consumers visited a merchant said to be accepting Apple Pay but could not pay using the mobile payment system - and many don't want to bother trying again. Since 66 percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners signed up for Apple Pay, according to Phoenix Marketing International, this is something that Apple will likely try to correct as quickly as possible.

 

"They've created demand, but it can't be fulfilled," said Greg Weed, director of Phoenix Marketing International, in a statement to Bloomberg. "To make it more difficult to use or to create any uncertainty in your customer base as to whether it's going to work is just going to slow it down."

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LG asks to "save the date" for April 28, G4 unveiling?

It looks like LG will unveil its new Snapdragon 808-powered G4 smartphone on April 28, as it is asking various media outlets to "save the date" for a press night in New York, London and Paris on April 28, and in Seoul, Singapore and Instanbul on April 29.

 

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The email that LG sent out includes an image that has them teasing "See the Great. Feel the Great" while using the G logo from its series of flagship handsets. All of this is printed onto a leather backing, which teases that the G4 could feature leather in way one or another.

 

We don't know much about the G4 apart from the rumors we recently posted, which see it featuring a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch QHD 2560x1440 display.

LG G4 teased in new benchmarks, features 5.5-inch 1440p display

Samsung has launched its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, but its fellow South Korean rival has been hiding in the shadows with its forthcoming G4 smartphone.

 

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We're beginning to hear more about the G4, which should feature the Snapdragon 808 processor instead of the Snapdragon 810 according to some leaked Geekbench results. The G4 should rock a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 display, 3GB of RAM, a 4K-capable rear-facing 15-megapixel camera, with a 7-megapixel front-facing camera.

 

The big news is here is the change from the Snapdragon 810 from previous rumors, to the 8-core Snapdragon 808 processor. This should be partnered up with Qualcomm's Adreno 418 GPU.

Mobile payments are appealing, but still no threat to credit cards

Mobile payments might capture a lot of media and consumer attention, but there still isn't an enticing reason for consumers to leave behind credit cards in favor of mobile payments, according to a leading credit card executive.

 

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"Apple is a great brand and so the whole world was talking about Apple Pay for a little while. But the noise has calmed down, and so [it] will for Samsung and Google, and all the banks are launching their own version, then there's our MasterPass and Visa Checkout," said Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard, in a statement published by the Sydney Morning Herald. "All of this is because of the fact that this physical/digital world is converging."

 

Mobile payments heavily rely on traditional credit card companies - and there will be continued coexistence between debit and credit cards along with numerous mobile payment offerings. However, banks have embraced their own apps to help make it easier for shoppers to make payments at checkout.

Telstra offers updated plans with TV-streaming trials, not Netflix

Upping their data offerings and providing users with a free 6-month subscription to Foxtel owned TV-streaming service Presto, Telstra are taking one closer step towards the world of mobile TV entertainment.

 

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There's a myriad of new plan upgrades ranging from BYO device to casual plans being made available. These deals range from their $45 AU per month offering now being upgraded from 500mb to 2GB (BYO device) and their casual $70 AU per month plan seeing a large 3.5GB raise to 6GB in total.

 

Not only does this allow some leeway for those who wish to stream their favorite TV shows whilst at home or commuting, it also helps match the data offerings from other companies like Amaysim who have offered a no-lockin BYO device plans for $44.90 per month for quite some time now.

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North Korean's exposed to the world through smuggled media devices

Some North Korean residents have been reportedly using Chinese media players worth $50 to watch smuggled information about the outside world in the form of TV, news and movies. Named 'notels' or 'notetels,' these devices contain USB and SD card support alongside live radio and TV capabilities.

 

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To keep the device running, you can charge them through the help of a car battery which is explained by Gizmodo as helpful due to North Korea's unreliable electricity infrastructure.

 

With 18,000 units smuggled across the border by a single man and North Korean defector named Lee Seok-young, he told Reuters in an interview about the importance of these products and how the end-users are getting around authorities questioning their practice: "To avoid getting caught, people load a North Korean DVD while watching South Korean dramas on a USB stick, which can be pulled out. They then tell the authorities, who feel the heat from the notel to check whether or not it has been recently used, that they were watching North Korean films."

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Hotels embracing RFID finding plenty of upside to tracking technology

Hotels are finding a number of different uses for radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, with a specific note of inventory and mobile check-in solutions. Implementing RFID solutions is becoming more cost-affordable, and there is great upside if it is done well, hardware supporters believe.

 

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"That is going to be a revolution in the future," said Steve Waldron, CIO of the Grange Hotels based in London, in a statement published by Skift. "Basically everything that has value and enhances guest experience will have an RFID chip in it for housekeeping to instantly room check to a tablet - bathrobes, duvets, blankets and so on."

 

RFIDs are extremely valuable in warehouses, stores, and other locations that need to keep accurate tracking of inventory. Hotels are able to instantly track supplies that can be used in guest rooms, along with food items in restaurants.

Calling all shredders, the jamstik+ is a wireless guitar for iOS

Designed to work with your iPhone, iPad or Mac computer, the jamstik+ is clearly labeled as a "Kickstarter staff pick" and has already over-doubled their $50,000 goal with 41 days still left to donate.

 

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Connecting to your device though BluetoothSmart, this device pairs up with the jamTutor app in order to teach you a load of different guitar lessons or used with jamMix to create a sound of your own. The jamstik+ will sense the positioning of your fingers and helps to produce instant feedback to help with learning (or shredding).

 

An investment of $229 will see you receive a jamstik+ in black with a Custom Soft Case - listed as $120 less than the retail pricing.

 

We are being sent the older model, the jamstik, to test and review for you all. Stay tuned for more information!

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Apple's new iPhone rumored to feature next-gen camera technology

Apple tends to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the camera sensor found in its iPhone, and while the iPhone 6 Plus might only feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing snapper, it's a damn good one.

 

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Well, the new iPhone could have an even better sensor thanks to a patent that was granted to the company from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The new patent is for a three-sensor, prism-based camera design that teased it as a "digital camera with light splitter" where an individual sensor would be capable of collecting red, green, and blue wavelengths.

 

This new sensor would be more expensive for Apple to bake into its next-gen iPhone, and it would also take up more space within the handset, something Apple is not going to be happy with. We should hear more about the new iPhone in the next couple of months.

Apple Pay security called out after spike in fraud-related issues

The launch of Apple Pay late last year helped give the mobile payments effort a strong boost, with Apple promoting its service as extremely easy to use. However, six percent of purchases are reportedly made using stolen credit cards, which is a whopping 60 percent higher than regular credit cards.

 

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Apple hoped for simplicity with Apple Pay, but security researchers believe Apple should require users to prove their identities when signing up. There is a fine line between providing a safe and secure service over one that is difficult to use - and Apple must now try to find that balance, in an effort to fight fraud.

 

"The issuers were probably so eager to be involved that they kind of forgot best practices and sidestepped some procedures they normally would've had [in order] to accept Apple Pay," said Michelle Evans, senior analyst for consumer finance at the Euromonitor market research firm, in a statement published by the Washington Post.

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