Google (GOOG) is determined to counter Apple's (AAPL) growing success in the mobile payment business. And the partnership with three major U.S. wireless carriers it announced on Monday is an important step in its strategy to boost usage of its existing Google Wallet service.
It looks like the US cellular carriers are bowing out of the mobile payments war. Google just announced it has struck a deal with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile to purchase "some exciting technology and intellectual property" from Softcard, the carriers' mobile payments initiative. The three carriers have also agreed to preinstall Google Wallet on their Android phones.
The kid-friendly app will feature shows such as 'Reading Rainbow' and 'Mother Goose Club,' a report says.
Along with featuring family-oriented vehicles the Chicago Auto Show is showcasing some new technology for police cars, ambulances, SUVS and teens. Some new car tech employs Google Glass, Android or Oculus Rift.
While Google has put the prototypes of its Glass wearable back under wraps, the market is getting a bit more crowded.
Is virtual reality the next big thing? Technology giants think so. Facebook said late Tuesday it's developing virtual reality apps. The Facebook apps are designed to work with the headset technology the giant social network acquired from Oculus VR, the company's chief product officer Chris Cox said.
It takes immense courage to try to succeed where Google has failed, and Sony’s SmartEyeglass release timing seems particularly challenging. Google Glass was literally just suspended, and so it doesn’t feel like a very wise move to already put a clone sub up for sale.