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Surface tablet revenue has increased up to $1.1 billion in Q2 2015, according to Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings announcement. The increased figure was largely due to the Surface Pro 3 and sales of accessories for the device - an impressive year-over-year growth from $893 million.
Even though this is the first time Surface revenue eclipsed $1 billion, some people are beginning to wonder if Microsoft is going to pull the plug on Surface.
"It is currently out of stock [and] unfortunately we do not have specific dates on when products are back in stock, [so] you would have to check back on the site regularly," a Microsoft Store sales representative told Computerworld.
The adoption of Apple Pay, while still stirring controversy among retailers preferring a non-Apple-centric payment service, continues to help stimulate the mobile pay revolution.
For retailers, they have a monetary incentive to adopt Apple Pay: the payment service charges a fraction of what current credit card companies charge per swipe at checkout, which could help win over additional retailers in the future.
"I've never seen a bigger adoption of an alternative-payment system," said Brian Roemmele, a payments consultant, in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.
Apple had a great Q4 2014, but its mobile payment system, Apple Pay, likely didn't have a major impact on that success, analysts believe. Despite drawing tremendous interest from consumers looking to embrace mobile payment, Apple Pay - and rival platforms - simply haven't been able to compete against cash, debit and credit card payments.
"Apple Pay is not likely to be a material revenue stream on its own anytime soon," predicted Colin Gillis, analyst at BGC Partners, in a statement published by CNN Money.
However, a growing number of retailers are interested in adopting Apple Pay, and that will lead to future iPhone adoption - along with one day hopefully moving the needle. Most credit card companies charge 1.5 percent up to 3 percent per swipe, while Apple charges just 0.15 percent per transaction.
If you're a fan of slim wallets and packing light when going out clubbing, to dinner or to a casual bar with your mates, Justin Portable Power Products may have a solution for you.
Although their name is a bit of a tongue-twister, their 2,000 mAh slim offering is elegant, simple and unique.
Quoted on their official website as a "Credit Card Sized Power Bank with Synthetic Leather Carry Case," this product features a handy blue LED battery indicator, a micro-USB in and out port and a leather carry case that can easily hold two or three cards that you may have. Not only do we have one of these for review, but we've been taking it out with us to test it to its limits.
The four major wireless carriers in the United States are engaged in a war for new subscribers, with an increased level of poaching taking place. The increased competition has presented a great opportunity for subscribers looking to upgrade their plans, get new phones, or switch carriers.
Verizon Wireless and AT&T currently enjoy their respective positions as the No. 1 and No. 2 wireless carriers in the United States, but Sprint and T-Mobile are locked in a fierce battle for the No. 3 position. Sprint is giving current T-Mobile subscribers an incentive to jump ship, offering up to $350 to cover switching costs along with a minimum of a $200 trade-in for T-Mobile phones. The Sprint promotion runs until April 9.
Both companies also have an eye on the remaining one-quarter of US mobile phone owners using feature phones, with both fighting to attract them to smartphones.
The release of the iPhone 6 garnered a lot of attention in 2014. There were more than 1 million tweets about the iPhone 6 after its launch event, of which 17 thousand were about the camera and 22 thousand were about its larger size, reports Forbes using Spredfast data. However, once the Bend Gate scandal hit, it received 26,000 mentions on Twitter that morning.
Although the iPhone was talked to death this past year, it may not be the best present for the techie in your life. But by putting all your eggs in the iPhone basket, you may be missing the opportunity to get your tech enthusiast a more unique gift. So, before you click on that buy button, consider these less conventional, but practical alternatives to the iPhone 6.
For the Creator: 3D Printer
If a 3D printer sounds like a wildly extravagant gift, think about the endless possibilities that this emerging technology makes possible. Also consider this: Independent consulting firm Wohlers Associates estimates that sales of 3D printing products and services could hit $6 billion worldwide by 2017. For a small business owner, a 3D printer can enhance your product offerings or it could be the impetus for a fresh business idea. If your special someone is holding off on a big idea because of manufacturing costs, noodle on the 3D printer. Not sure where to start? Check out the printers offered by Solidoodl, which are gaining momentum because of its surprisingly affordable models.
T-Mobile announced it will launch a "Smartphone Equality" plan designed to help provide incentives to customers paying their mobile phone bill on time each month. Each subscriber that has paid their bill on time for 12 straight months has the chance to purchase a new smartphone or tablet at the best price the company currently is promoting.
As such, half of Americans are unable to receive "free" smartphones, zero-down pricing, or other incentives that T-Mobile and other carriers offer, according to T-Mobile CEO John Legere. This effort could also help boost smartphone penetration in the United States, which currently ranks in the No. 13 position, according to Legere's blog post.
"We've been a part of the problem, too. But no more," Legere said in a T-Mobile blog post. "The simple truth is that our relationship with that customer is actually a better predictor of future behavior than their credit history. So this isn't just the right thing to do, it's good business."
Digital money transfer specialist Xoom has announced it will begin utilizing Apple's Touch ID technology for its own mobile money transfers app. Customers can use fingerprint biometrics to log into their Xoom app if they own an Apple iPhone 6s, 6 or 6 Plus smartphone.
The app will first determine if a user has Touch ID enabled - and if it is enabled, they are asked if they wish to use Touch ID to login. Once agreed to, they are able to authenticate the process with just their fingerprint. The Xoom App is currently available from the Apple AppStore.
"Xoom has always placed safety and security as a top priority, and now with Touch ID on the Xoom Mobile App, this presents an enhanced customer experience with authentication that is simple and highly secure," said Joe Raymond, VP of Product at Xoom. "In keeping with our mission of creating a seamless customer experience across our platform, Touch ID will make it faster and easier for our customers to send money from the Xoom App, without having to type in a password."
Acer has introduced two new Chromebook models, the Chromebook C910 and Chromebook C740, designed for students in the classroom at appealing price points.
The C910 has a 15.6-inch display providing full HD IPS (1920x1080 resolution) or HD (1366x768) resolution, according to Acer. Both models have Intel Core i3-5005U CPUs or Intel Celeron 3205U CPUs.
The Chromebook C910 will be available in 16GB or 32GB SSD and 4GB RAM, with a starting MSRP of $299.99. Meanwhile, the Acer C740 will be available with a 16GB SSD and 2GB or 4GB of RAM, with a starting MSRP of $259.99.
After years upon years and millions upon millions of devices sold with Qualcomm processors inside, Samsung is rumored to be dropping the Snapdragon 810 processor from its upcoming Galaxy S6. The reason? Bloomberg is reporting that the South Korean giant isn't happy with overheating issues in its new Galaxy S6 handset.
The new report from Bloomberg says that Samsung would be "dropping its use of a Qualcomm Inc. chip that overheated during the Korean company's testing". The chip that Bloomberg is referring to is the Snapdragon 810, which has been used in many devices so far, and even upcoming devices like the new LG G Flex 2 smartphone, and it should be baked into the upcoming HTC One M9 smartphone.
Bloomberg says that the "new Galaxy S will be equipped with Samsung's most advanced chips" which would mean we could expect Samsung to provide its own Exynos range of processors inside of the Galaxy S6. We normally see Samsung use its Exynos range in some of its smartphones, usually splitting the load with Qualcomm processors depending on the market. But a full head first dive into only using Exynos processors for its upcoming flagship smartphone would be a big shift for the company.