Apple Watch took almost 80-percent of total smartwatch revenue in Q4 2016

Just like the iPhone, the Apple Watch is estimated to have taken the lion’s share of revenue in the smartwatch market last quarter. While Strategy Analytics estimated that 5.2 million units were shipped last quarter, research firm Canalys put the figure higher at around 6 million units. This helped Apple…

Former Amazon Fire TV Chief will now lead Apple TV business

Apple has hired an industry veteran to head its Apple TV business. According to Bloomberg, Timothy Twerdahl, former Amazon Fire TV,  joined Apple earlier this month as a vice president for product marketing. Twerdahl has a wealth of experience in internet-connected TV devices; he was the General Manager and Director of…

The iOS version of Chrome is about to get a lot better

Google’s Chrome browser has always been open source on Android and PC, but never available on iOS. This is because Apple demands that browsers use its own WebKit platform instead of their own rendering engines, so Google can’t just use its typical code base for iOS Chrome. However, that’s all…

Pokémon GO has earned US$1 billion in worldwide revenue

Less than two weeks ago, mobile app analytics firm App Annie estimated that Pokémon GO generated US$950 million from players around the world last year. Well, it doesn’t take long for the mobile game app to cross the US$1 billion mark, according to app analytics firm SensorTower. SensorTower estimates that…

PayPal processes USD 31 bln in mobile transactions in Q4 2016

PayPal processed a total of USD 31 billion in mobile payment volume in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the company’s latest financial report. This figure represents an increase of 53% over the same period in 2015. Mobile payments represented 31% of the company’s USD 99 billion in payment…

Mobile wallet spend to rise over 30 percent in 2017

Global spend via mobile wallets is expected to rise by nearly 32% to USD 1.35 trillion, a new study from Juniper Research has found. The study, Mobile Wallets: Service Provider Analysis, Market Opportunities & Forecasts, has found that spend is currently concentrated in the Far East & China, due primarily…

Amazon, PayPal discuss future partnership to boost ecommerce business

Amazon and PayPal have discussed the possibility that the online retail company to support PayPal payments at checkout. Amazon offers credit and debit cards, gift cards, and Amazon.com store cards as payment methods. Customers can also link their checking accounts to the site to make quick purchases. PayPal grew to…

Facebook launches payment method in Europe – social networking payments battle begins

Facebook has obtained an e-payments license from the Central Bank of Ireland, signalling that the ability to pay people through the Messenger app (already available in the US) could soon be coming to Europe.   The Central Bank of Ireland’s approval of the payments license was authorised to Facebook Payments…

Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google has announced a big update to Google Play Music. The update brings machine learning to the table in an effort to figure out what music you like based on what you are doing. The machine learning algorithm takes into account your location, activity, weather and playlists to personalize the…

Canada’s immigration website crashes thanks to surge in traffic

Following America’s shocking election results, thousands of Americans flooded to Canada’s immigration website, causing it to crash. Canadian authorities confirmed that over 200,000 Americans had visited the website during election night. About 100,000 of the visitors were curious about migrating over to Canada; this dwarfs the 17,000 people that visited…