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Apple CEO Tim Cook predicted that "2015 will be the year of Apple Pay," as the company launched its mobile payment ecosystem.
The Apple PR machine has discussed Apple Pay successes: "We've spoken to all of the top 100 merchants in the U.S., and about half will accept Apple Pay this year, with many more the following year," an Apple spokesperson informed Reuters.
However, analysts, retailers and industry experts think there is far too much optimism being displayed by Apple - with less than a quarter of retailers currently accepting Apple Pay. Just four of the 98 retailers in the National Retail Federation top 100 US retailers will adopt Apple Pay within the next year.
Apple is expected to announce that its expanding Apple Pay into England over the summer, according to industry sources speaking with The Telegraph.
To help expand Apple Pay, Apple negotiated with financial institutions and retailers to get agreements in place. Details related to retail partners and app announcements will likely take place on Monday.
Here in the United States, Apple - and other companies trying to promote mobile payments - still want to win over consumers. Even though a lot of us are familiar with it, we're just not ready to fully adopt mobile payments. I'll be curious to see if iPhone owners across the pond will be able to woo shoppers.
Chinese based smartphone manufacturer Nubia has released its 2015 flagship device in a recently issued press release - the borderless Nubia Z9.
Based on Android, this phone offers a 16 MP camera with image stabilization, fingerprint sensor technology and a release date of Q3 2015 in the United States. Said to be priced between $564 - $725 on release, this phone certainly looks promising.
The boarderless design includes a 5.2-inch full HD screen and Refractive Conduction Technology in order to provide what it claims is "more dazzling visual effects than any other smartphone of similar size."
Computex 2015 - A little different from the hardware news of late, Conexant Systems, Inc. has just released its ultra-low power, high-performance HD Audio CODEC called the CX8200.
Set to improve your mobile experience in products ranging from notebooks, ultrabooks and tablets, this release "intelligently drives speakers to optimize sound pressure level (SPL) while providing best-in-class speaker protection and eliminating background noise" as pointed out in a recent press release.
It's main feature isn't music, but to remove any background noise when listening to voice over your speakers alongside a louder overall multimedia experience and Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) for voice dictation and virtual assistants like Microsoft's Cortana.
Samsung topped 6 million Galaxy S6 smartphone units sold in less than one month, according to the Counterpoint research group.
Furthermore, the April 10 to April 30 sales windows of the S6 and S6 Edge proved to be better than the Galaxy S5 in the same time frame in 2014 - and could surpass the overall popularity of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
"The Samsung Galaxy S6 series has a chance to become the top selling smartphone overtaking Apple's iPhone 6 series, if production issues are solved," said Peter Richardson, Research Director at Counterpoint, in a statement published by Reuters.
People, don't be afraid to pay better attention to your surroundings while using your smartphone out in the world. A DJ in Oklahoma was walking into a building while using his Google Android smartphone, and accidentally stepped on a bull snake that was about four feet in length.
The non-venomous snake quickly snapped at the DJ, instantly biting him on the leg before trying to escape. Oklahoma has endured a large amount of rain, and it's possible the snake was just trying to get somewhere dry. Surveillance was taken from the O.K. Skateland, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, where the DJ was scheduled to work a birthday party.
I guess, even if people so engrossed in their smartphones aren't walking into poles, or disappearing into open manholes in the city, then they can still get punished while in less-crowded areas.
Computex 2015 - At the ASUS Zensation event, the Taiwanese giant unveiled its latest foray into the smartphone world in the form of the Zenfone Selfie, which you guessed it - is aimed at selfie addicts.
The ASUS Zenfone Selfie packs a 5.5-inch 1080p display with 403PPI and a 178-degree IPS-based panel with 400 nits of brightness. Inside, we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, with a 13-megapixel camera on the front, and rear with dual LED real tone flash.
Computex 2015 - NVIDIA had lots to say about the GeForce and Shield product families here in Taipei, but one quote from company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang had my interest piqued.
Jen-Hsun was asked about the possible numbers on Shield sales, where he replied that the Shield family is just as important as GeForce, and expects the sales to be just as big in the future. Jen-Hsun said he hopes to see: "tens of, if not hundreds of million of sales" when it comes to the Shield product line.
With the new 4K-capable Shield here, an Android TV console, and the Shield Tablet and I'm sure we'll eventually even see Shield VR, NVIDIA is onto a big winner with its Shield line.
Calling Ronald Reagan, the Yugo and Rock 'n' Roll - can you imagine what an iPhone would look like back in the 1980s?
Well someone can and here's what they think it would look like. This 'Macintosh Phone 512Kb' is designed by Pierre Cerveau and features a pristine 'Flick to Dial' keypad and roughly seems to resemble a Nintendo GameBoy in size and thickness. Perhaps a little thin for how it would have really looked, it's an awesome concept either way.
I wouldn't mind 3d-printing one of these and throwing it up on display - I'm sure there are a lot of my friends that would believe this product is real too!
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi wants to have a larger presence in the United States and other lucrative markets, but doesn't want to make any foolish mistakes. Xiaomi wants to make sure it has a customer service department and other necessary infrastructure in place before blindly selling higher-priced electronics to consumers.
The company quietly launched the Xiaomi Mi store in the US and Western Europe, quickly selling out of devices - no smartphones or tablets available just yet - with low-priced headphones, fitness trackers and battery packs available.
"We are working on it," said Hugo Barra, VP of International at Xiaomi, while speaking during the Code Conference. "We don't have a set plan... we haven't picked a date yet."