Apple on Wednesday added 18 more U.S. banks to the roster of Apple Pay card issuers, in what could be the last such update before bigger plans are announced on Sept. 9.
The new entries are evenly split between traditional banks and credit unions. This follows the trend of recent updates, including the last one in mid-August, when Apple also added just 18 new partners.
A variety of Apple Pay announcements could be made during the Sept. 9 press event. Already confirmed are iOS 9-related changes, such as the Passbook app being renamed Wallet, and support for loyalty and reward cards as well as Discover.
Apple may also announce more U.K. banks however, along with new merchant partners. It could also reveal plans to bring the service to more countries, as rumors have pegged a Canadian launch for November.
The complete list of new U.S. issuers includes:
- AltaOne Federal Credit Union
- American Bank of Commerce
- Capital Bank, N.A.
- Cardinal Community Credit Union
- Del-One Federal Credit Union
- Enterprise Bank and Trust Co.
- Envision Credit Union
- First Commonwealth Bank
- First National Bank and Trust
- First South Financial Credit Union
- FirstMerit Bank
- Fort Worth City Credit Union
- Leominster Credit Union
- Magnolia Federal Credit Union
- Monticello Banking Company
- Northfield Bank
- Southern States Bank
- Spire Credit Union
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Deal of the Day Wed 02nd Sep 2015 Only while stocks last! The ATT Passport Satin Case from Body Glove brings case innovation alive again with its brushed aluminum texture and trimmed high gloss accents for an all-around reliable solution against damage. Designed to custom fit your ATT Passport, the Satin Case’s flexibility makes it easy to install and remove when necessary. The glossy accents around the back and sides of the case enhance the contrast from the unique brushed aluminum texture. Each port and button on the device has an opening on the case, even leaving the screen and display accessible at all times. The wear-resistant material that the Satin Case is made from will enhance your grip and shield against scratches and impacts if and when they occur, keeping your device just like new. Don’t worry about form factor, either. The Satin Case keeps an incredibly slim and sleek profile at all times. Features: Please Note: Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance. Promotional Pricing: Coupons are not eligible for this product today.
Deal of the Day Wed 02nd Sep 2015 Only while stocks last!
The ATT Passport Satin Case from Body Glove brings case innovation alive again with its brushed aluminum texture and trimmed high gloss accents for an all-around reliable solution against damage.
Designed to custom fit your ATT Passport, the Satin Case’s flexibility makes it easy to install and remove when necessary. The glossy accents around the back and sides of the case enhance the contrast from the unique brushed aluminum texture. Each port and button on the device has an opening on the case, even leaving the screen and display accessible at all times.
The wear-resistant material that the Satin Case is made from will enhance your grip and shield against scratches and impacts if and when they occur, keeping your device just like new. Don’t worry about form factor, either. The Satin Case keeps an incredibly slim and sleek profile at all times.
Please Note: Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.
Promotional Pricing: Coupons are not eligible for this product today.
BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition Now Available in Hong Kong
Hong Kong – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced the beginning of sales of the BlackBerry® Passport Silver Edition in Hong Kong. From today (September 2nd, 2015), customers in Hong Kong are able to purchase the new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, a premium device built for business professionals who want a smartphone with the mobile tools they need to get things done – without sacrificing style or portability.
The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is in a class all its own, featuring a stunning silver finish with refined, curved corners, large square touch screen display and reinforced stainless steel frame for extra strength and durability. An essential business tool, the device delivers the same productivity enjoyed by other BlackBerry Passport products, as well as an updated QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard, battery power that lasts more than a full day of mixed use, and BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.2.
“The new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition combines cutting-edge technology with purposeful, globally recognized design,” said Gallant Leon, Managing Director, North Asia at BlackBerry. “It brings together BlackBerry’s latest OS platform, enhanced productivity features, and a refined industrial design based on customer and user feedback to deliver an unmatched experience for professionals who value precision and focus.”
Thoughtful Design for the Mobile Professional
Inspired by actual passports, the universal symbol of mobility, the size and form factor of BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is portable enough to easily tuck into pockets and use wherever you go. Key features of the device include:
- Large High-Resolution Square Screen –The BlackBerry Passport includes a 4.5″ square screen, 1440×1440 pixel (453 dpi) HD display and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for added strength.
- Innovative BlackBerry® Keyboard – The BlackBerry Passport’s revolutionary keyboard brings innovation to input with a responsive touch surface like a trackpad that lets you perform many touch functions directly on the keyboard. Scroll web pages, flick to type or slide along the keys to move the cursor, leaving the full screen space for viewing.
- BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.2 – The BlackBerry Passport comes preloaded with the new BlackBerry 10.3.2 operating system, including features such as BlackBerry Assistant and Amazon Appstore.
- Best-in-Class Battery Life – The 3450 mAh battery is the largest among the top selling smartphones and phablets and, when tested against a very active user, provides up to 30 hours of mixed use – BlackBerry’s best battery power to date.*
- Dual app storefronts preloaded for access to a huge selection of apps for work and play:
- BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World offers essential business and productivity apps for professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration including Box, Evernote, Cisco WebEx Meetings and Documents to Go.
- Amazon Appstore – Discover and download popular Android apps and games through the Amazon Appstore including Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Kindle and Amazon Shopping.
- BlackBerry Assistant – The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond based on how the user interacts with it – if you type, it responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen.
- BlackBerry Blend – BlackBerry Blend 1.2 brings a new refreshed UI and additional functionality and is now available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones. BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer or tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM™ and text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend works across multiple operating systems including Mac, Windows®, iOS and Android™. **
- Premium Components – The device is built for the most demanding user with durable materials mixed with top-of-the-line technology, including a Quad Core 2.2 GHZ Processor, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP OIS rear camera and 32 GB memory expandable with a Micro SD card up to 128 GB.
- BlackBerry® Natural Sound – BlackBerry Passport comes with powerful speakers and a quad microphone system that delivers a high-quality listening experience. BlackBerry Natural Sound Technology is built in to adapt Wi-Fi and cellular call sound depending upon phone position and background noise, automatically adjusting volume so you don’t have to.
Pricing and Availability
The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is available from today (September 2nd, 2015), through Broadway Photo Supply Ltd, Fortress, Hong Kong Suning, Chung Yuen Electrical Co., Ltd and other authorized retailers; and through operator partners 3 Hong Kong and SmarTone Mobile Communications Limited, at a recommended retail price of HK$5,388.
BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world’s most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com .
We got a glimpse of BlackBerry’s rumored Android-powered smartphone last month, in the form a render shared on Twitter by notorious leaker Evan Blass. Now photos of the Android BlackBerry have apparently leaked too — published by Taiwanese website Tinhte (spotted earlier by TechTimes).
The latest photos appear to confirm the rendered form factor we saw in last month’s leak, with a trademark BlackBerry physical Qwerty tucked under a sliding full size touchscreen — for a cake and eat it approach to mobile computing. The keys are not flat either, but rather look to have the classic sloped shaping so beloved of former CrackBerry addicts.
As you’d expect for a smartphone that has to pack in both full size touchscreen and (bumpy) physical keys, the most obvious trade-off is a fairly chunky form factor, albeit with curved sides — making it a little reminiscent of first wave Nokia Lumia Windows Phones.
It also doesn’t look like the battery will be removable, but hey you can’t have everything — even if you want touchscreen-plus-Qwerty-plus-BlackBerry-hardware-plus-Android software…
On the rear, there’s a textured pattern which looks similar to the carbon-fiber scratch-proof backing Motorola used to clad certain of its more ruggedized devices with. Other features of note: a speaker grill that extends right across the bottom of the handset, a Micro SD card slot on the top of the device, and what is apparently an 18MP rear camera.
Amusingly the phone has the WhatsApp messenger app at the top corner of the stock Android homescreen. There’s no sign of BlackBerry’s own BBM messenger.
BlackBerry still hasn’t confirmed its plans vis-a-vis Android, so the FrankenBlackBerry could be something it’s still toying with at this stage, rather than definitely releasing — although the noises coming out of the company have been increasingly skewing in Google’s direction of late.
Earlier this summer Reuters cited sources slating a fall launch for an Android slider BlackBerry. While CEO John Chen has also said he is not against the idea of building an Android phone if it can be done in a secure way. “If I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that,” he said back in June.
Other mobile makers are already doing just that of course — such as Silent Circle’s Blackphone, which runs a hardened version of Android and targets the enterprise segment where BlackBerry also plays — so really BlackBerry’s hand is being pushed towards this slider launch.
As it stands BlackBerry’s marketshare in smartphones has collapsed to almost total irrelevance — with analyst IDC recently recording a share of 0.8 per cent for all other smartphone OSes, outside the dominant platforms: Android (81.1 per cent) and iOS (15.6 per cent), and third placed Windows Phone (2.6 per cent).
Capillary Technologies, the Singapore-based social CRM company, has raised a $45 million Series C to fuel its evolution into a omnichannel retail platform. The round was led by Warburg Pincus with participation from returning investors Sequoia Capital and Norwest Venture Partners and brings Capillary’s total funding so far to $79.1 million.
Most of the capital is earmarked for the acquisition of e-commerce software platform MartJack, which significantly expands Capillary’s online retail capabilities. Capillary also announced the purchase of Ruaha Labs, a machine learning startup.
Co-founder and chief executive officer Aneesh Reddy says that while Capillary already had a strong portfolio of cloud-based software for offline retail stores, the company realized that it needed to expand its e-commerce offerings, too. This ensures that clients stick with Capillary not only after they launch online stores, but also when they began to explore O2O strategies.
“Almost every offline retailer is realizing that business is now omnichannel. That’s where MartJack becomes a very important part of the growth story for Capillary,” Reddy tells TechCrunch. He adds that Hyyderabad-based MartJack and Capillary only had a few overlapping customers and will continue to operate as separate units.
The combined company claims 250 large enterprise clients as well as about 600 to 700 small retailers and SMBs. Capillary’s software, which integrates with point-of-sale devices, has served over 150 million customers and processed about $8 billion in gross merchandise volume, or about $500,000 per day.
Capillary is currently targeting expansion in India, China, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Increasing its SaaS offerings means that Capillary now competes more closely with companies such as SAP, Oracle, and Salesforce. Reddy says that Capillary differentiates by integrating all its services into one platform, which saves SMBs the headache of purchasing multiple licenses and also makes it easier to implement. For countries outside of the U.S., Capillary also has the advantage of being localized for more languages and payment gateways.
“We want to be the one digital tool that any retailer needs,” says Reddy. “With the MartJack acquisition, a marketing digital guys in any retailer or SMB will have one thing that lets them do CRM, analytics, campaigns, e-commerce, everything. That’s the main advantage people sign up with us for.”
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Amazon this morning announced an expansion of its Dash Buttons program, as well as incentives to encourage more Amazon Prime members to bring these new hardware devices into their home. Amazon’s Dash Buttons, the small Wi-Fi connected hardware devices that let you order products from Amazon with just a tap, launched earlier this summer with support for eighteen brands, allowing Prime members to purchase everyday items like paper towels or laundry detergent through these $4.99 dongles. Now Amazon says it’s adding 11 more brands to the program, and it will refund the $4.99 button cost to customers with their first purchase.
When Amazon’s first announced its plans for Dash buttons, many thought this could be just an April Fool’s joke – after all, are people really so lazy that even ordering from Amazon.com has gotten to be too cumbersome?
But Dash Buttons turned out to be very real (we tested them), and simple to use. And frankly, since I’ve installed a handful around my own home, I don’t know whether I now want Dash buttons for everything, or if I think they are the worst thing ever. They’re just too easy.
The initial line-up of brands supporting the Dash buttons included big names in household items like Bounty, Tide, Cottonelle, Glad, Clorox, Gatorade, Maxwell House, smartwater, Izze, Kraft Mac Cheese, Larabar, Olay, Gillette, L’Oreal, Gerber, Huggies and Wellness.
Today’s expanded line-up, however, introduces new categories like gum, trash bags, table wear and nutritional elements, and includes brands like Ice Breakers Mint, Orbit Gum, GREENIES Dental Chews and GREENIES Pill Pocket Treats, Hefty Trash and Storage Bags, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Ziploc, Depend, Finish Dishwashing Detergent, Digestive Advantage Probiotic Supplements, Dixie Tableware products, and Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein.
Excuse me for a moment while I contemplate needing a Dash button for gum. For gum!
In total, Amazon Dash buttons are available for 29 different brands, representing over 500 products.
Says Amazon, “we are being thoughtful as we scale the program and we’re focused on increasing the breadth of the categories for customers.”
A button for gum!
In addition to the expanded support from brand partners, Amazon is also announcing that it intends to subsidize the cost of the buttons for those who sign up. This addresses one of the early complaints about the program – people thought it seemed odd that they should have to pay Amazon for the privilege of more easily shopping from Amazon.
Now, Amazon says that the $4.99 button purchase price will be credited back to a customer’s account after their first order. That makes the Amazon Dash buttons effectively free, as the credit applies to each button they’ve purchased. (In other words, it’s not a one-time credit, but rather a per-button credit.)
Older customers who already purchased buttons will be eligible for the credit as well, Amazon tells us. They’ll receive a $4.99 credit back on their account with their next button purchase.
The company isn’t sharing details on how many buttons it has sold, but notes that the devices are now broadly available to Amazon Prime Members. Previously, they were available on an invite-only basis, but Amazon began moving off the invitation system in July. Today, the system is fully open, says Amazon.
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