Google Beats Apple To NFC Payments With ‘Google Wallet’

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With all the buzz being that Apple will bring NFC to the iPhone during its next, inevitable revision we all pondered what a world would be like where we all paid for things just by waving our smartphones at a terminal. That future could well be a reality, but it’s not Apple that will be the first to market but rather its new arch rival – Google.

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Spotify To Finally Get An iPad App?

Spotify is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Currently unavailable to the throngs of US based would-be users, Spotify is an online music streaming service complete with native applications for Mac and PC as well as mobile devices running iOS or Android. A Windows Phone 7 version of the Spotify client is also in the works.

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Apple Patent Reveals iCloud User Interface with ‘Partial Song Syncing’

A new patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office could reveal the user interface for Apple’s upcoming iCloud service, in addition to a feature for “partial song syncing.” Entitled “Local Storage of a Portion of Streamed Media Items,” the application depicts an iTunes-like user interface and describes … Read the Full Story →

Instapaper Be Warned – Mac OS X Lion Reading List Syncs With Mobile Safari

Apple recently released a new developer preview of its new version of Mac OS X which brings the operating system up to version number 10.7 – Lion. Along with plenty of new bells and whistles, Lion’s version of Safari features a new Reading List – a feature that allows users to save webpages for reading later, ala Instapaper.

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Could These Be Components for Apple’s iPhone 5?

Components said to be from Apple’s iPhone 5 have surfaced on the web today. Published by Italian weblog iPhoneItalia, these components are said to be part of the upcoming device’s speaker and home screen button, and tell us a little bit about what the fifth-generation iPhone will be like. Firstly, … Read the Full Story →

Apple’s iPhone Stays Strong Even As Smartphone Shipments Dip

Smartphone shipments took a dip in the first quarter for the first time in a couple of years as manufacturers shipped 97.2 million phones in Q1, down 1.5% when compared with Q4. According to IHS iSuppli who published these figures shipments for electronic goods generally slow down after the holiday … Read the Full Story →

Apple Explains Location Tracking At Senate Hearing

Findings reported by security researchers and WSJ regarding Apple’s devices tracking users location data lead to Senator Al Franken (D-MN) calling upon Apple to participate in a hearing with the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law in order to discuss consumer privacy. The hearing, as scheduled, took place … Read the Full Story →

Google Launches ‘Music Beta by Google’ — Apple Shouldn’t Worry

Google is holding its annual I/O event later on today, but the company has already released information on the products it is set to announce. One of which is called ‘Music Beta by Google’ — a service that provides users with online, cloud-based storage for up to 20,000 songs — … Read the Full Story →

Apple Unhappy with iPhone 4′s Ambient Light Sensor – Seeking New Supplier

A new DigiTimes report claims Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is currently looking for a new supplier to provide ambient light sensors for the iPhone. Industry sources claim that Apple is currently in talks with Capella Microsystems – the manufacturer who supplies over one million ambient light sensors to HTC every month – … Read the Full Story →

Job Listing Reveals Apple is Revamping Maps App for iOS

A new job listing on Apple’s website reveals the Cupertino company is currently revamping its Maps application for iOS. The listing is for an iOS Maps Application Developer who will “develop sophisticated user interfaces” and “add new and innovative features.” The Maps application that comes built-in to iOS has been … Read the Full Story →

Apple Testing New LED Backlight for iPad 2

A DigiTimes report published today reveals that Apple is testing new LED backlight products designed to be used in devices like the iPad. LED chip packaging company Everlight Electronics has supplied the Cupertino company with samples of its products for validation, according to the Chinese-language Commecial Times. Everlight has been … Read the Full Story →

First Reviews Don’t Look Good for the BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook is RIM’s answer to Apple’s iPad – a 7.6-inch tablet that boasts a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and two high-resolution cameras. It’s received bucket loads of hype since it was announced, with the tech world dying to get their hands on the device and establish whether … Read the Full Story →