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Microsoft to host press event on the future of Windows on September 30

Microsoft started sending out invitations today for a press event on the future of Windows. The event will take place in San Francisco and is scheduled for September 30. Microsoft hasn’t revealed much about its next iteration of Windows, rumoured to be called Windows 9. However, CEO, Satya Nadella, has championed a mobile-first, cloud-first vision for Microsoft since he took over from former CEO Steve Ballmer. It’s likely the next version of Windows will bring the company one step closer to a version of…

Apple Losing its Cool: With iPhone 6, Chegg Survey Finds College Students Rate Apple Less “Cool” Than Tech Giant Counterparts

Following the Apple Announcement, Survey Finds Only One in Ten College and High School Students Plan to Purchase the Apple Watch, While One Third Plan to Purchase the New iPhone Results of the latest Student Buzz surveys conducted by Chegg, The Student Hub, show that with the anticipated iPhone 6 news, Apple is losing its cool factor among its technology contemporaries. While 71% of college and high school students rate Google as "cool," and 72% say the same for Amazon, just 64% hold that belief for Apple – while…

Tickets.com Announces Integration With Apple Pay

Digital ticketing pioneer continues to bring new capabilities to millions of sports and entertainment fans Tickets.com, provider of state-of-the-art technology solutions to more than 1,000 sports and entertainment clients around the world, has announced integration with Apple Pay, delivering a new category of service where its clients' millions of patrons can make easy, secure and private mobile payments from their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. This development will leverage the ProVenue® ticketing platform, a…

OpenTable Integrates with Apple Pay to Enable Convenient Mobile Payments for Restaurant Goers

Integration with Apple Pay makes OpenTable payment experience even more intuitive and seamless OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group , has announced that it has integrated its "Pay with OpenTable" feature with Apple Pay and will introduce it to diners this fall. Apple Pay transforms mobile payments for an easy, secure, and private way to make purchases. By integrating Apple designed hardware, software and services, Apple Pay creates a unique and…

Apple announces new mobile payments system Apple Pay

Apple has unveiled a new payment service called Apple Pay, an NFC-based solution for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that stores secure credit card credentials in a secure element on the phone. Talking at the company’s product launch event, Cook unveiled Apple’s new mobile payment process, called Apple Pay. Cook touted the new product as a secure, private system that could make it easier and faster to purchase items. The announcement came at a product launch event that already saw the release of…

LG Giving Away Free Extra Battery and Battery Charging Cradle with LG G3 in the US

LG today announced it will be giving customers the chance to easily double the usage time they get out of their LG G3 smartphone in between charges. Beginning today, through September 22, 2014, anyone who purchases an LG G3 during this promotional period will receive a free extra battery and battery-charging cradle, valued at approximately $70 (USD).  So now, not only will customers have the leading flagship smartphone, which already boasts one of the industry's longest battery life, they can easily open up their LG G3…

Prime Instant Video Now Available on Android Phones

Prime members can now enjoy unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes on their Android phones, including HBO shows such as The Sopranos, True Blood and The Wire, as well as popular series like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome, 24, Extant, and Suits, and the Amazon Original series Alpha House--and for kids, exclusive subscription streaming access to SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Amazon Original shows for kids, Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy and Annedroids Amazon today…

Home Depot confirms it was hacked in US and Canada

Home Depot confirmed Monday afternoon that its payment data systems have been breached. The confirmation comes less than a week after the retailer first disclosed the possibility of a breach. In an attempt to help customers, Home Depot also said on that it is offering free identity protection services to customers who may have been affected by the breach. In confirming the data breach, Home Depot said that brick and mortar stores in U.S. and Canada have been affected, while stores in Mexico and transactions that…

Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million to Settle FTC Complaint It Unlawfully Billed Parents for Children’s Unauthorized…

FTC Order Requires Google to Change its Mobile App Billing Practices to Ensure Consumers’ Consent is Obtained Before Charges Levied Google has agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging that it unfairly billed consumers for millions of dollars in unauthorized charges incurred by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store for use on Android mobile devices. Under the terms of the settlement, Google will provide full refunds – with a minimum payment of $19 million…

Microsoft to defy Court Order, will not hand over overseas email

The US District Court upheld a lower court ruling last month that Microsoft was required to adhere to a federal warrant to hand over a customer’s email messages which are stored in a data center that is physically located in Ireland. At the time, Microsoft said it would appeal the ruling, which was suspended temporarily due to a deluge of complaints from other international companies about the legality of search warrants in an international environment. The judge, Loretta Preska, lifted the suspension on Friday…

Verizon offering $150 off each BlackBerry 10 smartphone when you switch to BES 10

Verizon are offering a pretty good deal for Enterprise users considering switching to BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10. From now until 30th September, you can get up to $150 off every BlackBerry 10 4G LTE smartphone. This includes the BlackBerry Z10, the BlackBerry Q10 and the flagship BlackBerry Z30. The only conditions are that you take out the standard two year plan which costs $34.99 or more. When you combine tbis offer with BlackBerry EZPass, you have one fantastic offer. From now until January 31,…

Amazon.com to Acquire Twitch

Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, Inc., the leading live video platform for gamers. In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling esports organizations. "Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that…

Ralph Lauren to Introduce Wearable Technology at U.S. Open

Ralph Lauren is unveiling the high-performance, fashion-forward Polo Tech shirt on opening day of the US Open. The Polo Tech shirt is an innovative new product from a fashion brand that merges biometrics into active lifestyle apparel, marking a revolution in advanced technology designed to improve general wellness and increase personal fitness. The Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt features sensors knitted into the core of the product to read biological and physiological information. With Ralph Lauren's leadership in the…

BlackBerry wins another legal round against Typo Products

BlackBerry has won another legal round against Typo Products, a company co-founded by television personality Ryan Seacrest, after a U.S. court upheld a preliminary injunction which blocked the latter from selling its iPhone keyboard. The preliminary injunction was granted in March, following a complaint filed by BlackBerry which stated that Typo's keyboard likely infringed on its patents. Typo claimed that it did not violate the ruling due to its introduction of a new keyboard model, although U.S. District Judge…

BlackBerry and Mformation patent dispute finally comes to an end with ruling in favour of BlackBerry

BlackBerry and Mformation patent dispute finally comes to an end, after almost seven years, with ruling in favour of BlackBerry BlackBerry's longest running patent dispute finally came to a close Friday as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that BlackBerry did not infringe on patents owned by Delaware-based Mformation Technologies. This decision finally resolves the case after nearly seven years of litigation and BlackBerry does not have to pay Mformation US$147.2 million as originally directed by…