Verizon Looking To Become More Committed To Windows Phone

Verizon Looking To Become More Committed To Windows Phone

After gaining a good amount of interest from carriers for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is teaming up with Verizon Wireless to help promote Windows Phone 8, which is due out later this year. Verizon’s Chief Financial Office, Fran Shammo said that Verizon is looking to make Windows Phone their third platform behind iOS and Android. He mentioned that,

“We’re really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that’s a differentiator. We’re working with Microsoft on it,”

While the Windows Phone platform continues to grow it will be interesting to see what other interest they can garner as time gets closer to Windows 8.0 holiday release.

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Google Drive Set To Lauch Next Week

Google Drive Set To Lauch Next Week

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

According to a recent The Next Web (TNW) report, Google’s rumored “Google Drive” service will launch next week @http://drive.google.com for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS and will include 5 GB of free storage.

I can’t wait to see how the service will integrate with “Google Docs” and how we will interact with Google Drive. TNW is reporting that  Google Drive will work “in desktop folders” on both Mac and Windows machines.

I’ve been a long time Dropbox user, but may replace it with Google Drive as my virtual storage of choice depending on its implementation.

Do you intend to use Google Drive when its released next week?

Nearly half of U.S. Mobile subscribers now own a smartphone, 48 percent are on Android

Nearly half of U.S. Mobile subscribers now own a smartphone, 48 percent are on Android

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

According to the most recent Nielson report, 49.7 percent of U.S. Mobile subscribers now own a smartphone, an increase of 38 percent over last year. The trend is continuing to grow as more than two-thirds of those who acquired a new mobile device in the last three months chose a smartphone over a feature phone.

In the U.S. Android continues to lead the way with a 48 percent market share, Apple has a 32 percent share, Rim follows with 12 percent, with everyone else making up the remaining 8 percent. If you would like to get additional information check the  full Nielsen report.

Paypal announces Paypal Here, an integrated global mobile payment solution for Android and iOS.

Paypal announces Paypal Here, an integrated global mobile payment solution for Android and iOS.

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Paypal today announced “PayPal Here” a mobile payment solution for iOS and soon Android. The new services utilizes a free smartphone app and an encrypted card reader to enable users to send invoices or accept debit and credit cards, checks and Paypal using one integrated product.

Currently, Paypal Here is in limited release but you can sign up to be notified automatically when it becomes publicly available.

In the U.S. and Canada, the PayPal Here card reader and merchant app are free. You pay 2.70% for swiped transactions and PayPal payments, and 3.5% + $0.15 if you type in the credit card information manually or scan the card using the Scan Card feature.

Specifically by country, payment acceptance will be:

  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover – US only
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express – Canada, Australia and Hong Kong
  • Check capture – US only
  • PayPal – US, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong

Checks will be processed free of charge, without commitments or hidden fees according to information provided by Paypal.

“Helping small businesses grow and accept payments has been in PayPal’s DNA since its inception 14 years ago,” said PayPal’s vice president of mobile, David Marcus. “We’ve heard small businesses loud and clear. They don’t want to miss sales opportunities because they can’t accept the payment type that their customers want to use. They want quick access to their money, a reliable card reader, and one transparent, low fee to process these payments. I’m thrilled to launch PayPal Here because we’ve been able to bring all of these key features together into a product that’s so simple to use.”

For more information check the PayPal Here FAQ.

Angry Birds Space to launch March 22

Angry Birds Space to launch March 22

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Last week Rovio in cooperation with NASA broadcast a video from the International Space Station to announce the latest version of the Angry Birds game, Angry Birds Space.

Angry Birds Space features 60 new levels and will include new characters, new superpowers and new gameplay. Additional levels will be available as free regular updates, as well as in-app purchases. The game will launch simultaneously on iOS, Android, PC and Mac.

Video after the break

Speaking from the space station, NASA flight engineer Don Pettit used Angry Birds Space to explain physics in space by demonstrating a catapult in zero gravity. The game announcement was touted as the first-ever from space.