Target is developing its own mobile wallet to take on rivals such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, insiders report. The initiative raises questions about the joint mobile wallet, CurrentC, that the brand and other retailers such as Wal-Mart already have developed.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has drafted a guide to help health IT teams secure mobile devices used in health care. The guidance discusses the most serious risks to patient data and strategies for dealing with security attacks, and it calls for balancing security with ease of use for health care teams.
Google on Tuesday unveiled a logo that features a sans-serif font and a slightly tilted "e." An animation posted by Google also shows a new "G" logo for use in applications, an updated microphone image for speech-recognition functions and four bouncing dots that serve as transitions between its looks. "Google's new logo ... tells us a lot about the future of branding in a world of smartphones, smartwatches, GIFs, and mobile video," writes Will Oremus.
RadioShack is in talks with several potential suitors as it prepares to file for bankruptcy protection, including Sprint, which would buy the leases on about half of the chain's more than 4,000 stores and rebrand or co-brand them, while the remaining stores would close, sources said. Amazon has also reportedly discussed acquiring some of the store spaces to showcase its hardware offerings and create new click-and-collect spots for online shoppers.
Apple's new operating system enables consumers to block ads when using Safari to browse the Web on their mobile devices, but it doesn't affect ads displayed inside applications. That could lead to brands moving their spending to apps -- the backbone of the Apple system -- and away from the traditional online ads that fuel Google.
Apple expects that initial weekend sales of its iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will outpace Wall Street's modest expectations, noting that weekend online preorders were "very strong" and on pace to exceed last year's total of 10 million units. The devices were available for preorder in China, contributing to the initial weekend totals.
Home Depot is interested in bringing Apple Pay to its stores, and if a deal comes to fruition, it would become the largest retailer thus far to accept Apple's mobile-payment system. The chain, which already takes PayPal, says some of its stores already can accept Apple Pay because their checkout terminals are equipped with near-field communication readers.
BlackBerry will cut an undisclosed number of jobs in its device unit to focus more on its more profitable mobile-management and security software lines. Also, PC-Tablet reported that Microsoft has contacted investment companies about possibly making a bid for BlackBerry.
BlackBerry is spending $425 million to purchase Good Technology, a rival provider of mobile-device management software for enterprises, in an effort to provide services across platforms. "This is good for BlackBerry in the sense that it gives them greater scale and therefore a greater ability to compete with larger rivals," Bloomberg Intelligence analyst John Butler said.
Google is releasing AMP for Ads to speed up the load time of mobile ads by making the guidelines and code more easily accessible to advertisers. The program is part of Google's existing Accelerated Mobile Pages Project and is an open source platform that will allow advertisers to adapt it to meet their own needs.
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