Several major national and international banks are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year.
The banks would be major competitors to handset makers Apple and Google because unlike others pushing mobile wallet technology, such as mobile phone carriers and retailers, they already have an intimate relationship with consumers and know their spending habits.
?Banks all around the world are working on this right now,? said James Anderson, senior vice president for mobile and emerging payments at MasterCard.
Anderson didn?t name any of the banks, but said MasterCard is already in conversations with them on how to add mobile payment capability to the existing apps that millions of consumers already have on their phones.
Google is applying a surveying technique from the 1960s to a project that aims to collect data about users? computers without potentially compromising their privacy.
The project is nicknamed RAPPOR, which stands for Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response. Google plans to present a paper on it next week at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security.
RAPPOR is intended to collect statistics about software, such as security flaws, but in a way that doesn?t expose sensitive information. It can do that by applying a technique used for randomized response surveys, wrote Ulfar Erlingsson, tech lead manager for security research.
Andy Rubin, the engineer who developed Google?s Android OS and was lately in charge of its robotics efforts, is leaving the company, Google confirmed Thursday.
Rubin cofounded a company called Android, which Google acquired in 2005 for its mobile OS. Android has gone on to become the world?s most widely used mobile operating system.
Last year, though, Rubin was moved off the Android team and put in charge of Google?s robotics projects. His work was taken over by Sundar Pichai, who now leads Google?s Android, Chrome and other products.
The reasons for Rubin?s departure weren?t clear, though it had something to do with the structure of his team at Google, according to a report on tech news site The Information.
If you?ve always wondered if Mark Zuckerberg has a favorite hoodie, or a favorite programming language, now?s your chance to find out.
Facebook?s chief will host his first community Q&A next Thursday at 5 p.m. Eastern, giving the public a chance to ask any questions they might have for him.
The event will be livestreamed and last about an hour. It expands on the internal Q&A sessions that Zuckerberg holds each Friday with Facebook employees.
The event is structured similar to an ?Ask Me Anything? Q&A on Reddit, but could draw considerably more attention given that it involves the CEO of one of the most used services on the Internet.
RCA unexpectedly jolted an otherwise slowing tablet market in the third quarter as Apple?s iPad shipments continued to decline.
Global tablet shipments totaled 53.8 million units during the third quarter, growing by 11.5 percent compared to the same quarter the previous year, according to research released Thursday by IDC.
The surprise of the report, though, was that RCA shipped 2.6 million tablets worldwide, up 194 percent year-over-year, vaulting the company into fifth place among global tablet vendors. The venerable brand was established in 1919 as the Radio Corporation of America and had never before cracked the list of top vendors.
Facebook is broadening the scope of its Internet.org initiative in Africa, launching its app for the program in the East African country of Tanzania.
In July, Facebook launched its Internet.org app in the Southern African country of Zambia.
Tanzanian mobile phone operator Tigo has announced that it is offering customers an opportunity to buy low-cost smartphones for them to be able to access the Internet.org app.
Facebook and other tech companies launched Internet.org last year as a project to make the Internet accessible to people in emerging markets. Facebook has been working with local telecom providers to roll out Internet.org apps free, with options to upgrade to paid services.
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