Google launches mobile payment platform called Android Pay; Samsung launches Samsung Pay

Google Wallet

Google’s announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that it’s launching a new mobile payment platform, Android Pay. The service will allow third party companies to build payment services into their Android apps, and let users pay for purchases with their smartphones. This isn’t a stand-alone app, but the service will be built … Read more

Google Wallet will be pre-installed on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Android smartphones

Google Wallet

Google’s own Wallet smartphone payment service hasn’t been getting as much traction as Google’s hoped. Despite the temper-tantrum thrown by a few stores over Apple Pay a few months back, Apple’s service seems to be gaining ground, thanks in part to its control over iOS/iPhones. Less so for Wallet, Softcard, and other services. To rectify this, Google’s … Read more

Apple introduces the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

iPhone 6 and iPHone 6 Plus

Apple today announced its biggest news in awhile. The iPhone line is being updated with bigger screens; Apple’s introduced its own smartphone-using payment system; and Apple’s introduced its own smartwatch. My thoughts on all of these are below. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus The two new iPhones are the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 … Read more

Blackberry will *not* be undersold…or sold period?

In a surprise bit of news today came word that Blackberry’s impending sale reported in September has fallen through. Instead, Blackberry plans to raise $1 billion while letting go its now-former CEO Thorsten Heins, replacing him with interim CEO John S. Chen. The stock market apparently didn’t like this news, as Blackberry’s value declined today … Read more

Google (finally) releases the Nexus 5

On Halloween, Google officially released the Nexus 5, its successor to the previous Nexus 4 smartphone. Much of the information’s been leaked by now, so not much announced was actually a surprise (beyond maybe the price). A full list of the specs are available in this Engadget article. Overall, despite costing $50 more than the … Read more

Anthony sees the iPhone 5S and 5C in person

On Saturday, I went to the Apple Store to see for myself the iPhone 5S and 5C in person. The Apple Store I went to (as the photos here show) have been decorated for the big iPhone debut: As for the iPhones themselves, I only have brief thoughts to offer. For a more in-depth review, … Read more

Thoughts on the iPhone 5C and 5S

Last week, Apple announced its new line of iPhones. Replacing the iPhone 5 will be two models: the low-end 5C and the higher-end 5S. The 5C is mostly a slightly spec-bumped iPhone 5 made out of plastic and steel materials; it also will come in multiple colors (as shown in this post’s picture). Meanwhile, the … Read more

We’ve got a company for sale, Blackberry company for sale…

Blackberry (formerly Rhythm In Motion), the Canadian company that was the dominant name in cell phones/smartphones for most of the 2000s, has announced it’s putting itself up for sale. The Guardian notes the company’s share has fallen from 50% in 2009 to currently under 3%. Meanwhile, the much-hyped Blackberry Z10 smartphone that was supposed to … Read more

The Nexus 4 experience three months later

Several months back, I bought the Nexus 4 smartphone, which I spent much time pondering whether it’d be worth buying. My main concern was the various reports about the phone’s back glass cracking. While I posted an initial review, I thought I’d offer an update on how the phone’s going so far. T-Mobile plan I … Read more

Five years ago on Anthony’s Notes: July 2008

In order to take a nostalgic look back down memory lane, I thought I’d take a look at what I was writing about five years ago this month… The Seattle Supersonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder Original post: The Seattle Supersonics announced (after not getting their new stadium) that they’d move to Oklahoma City, … Read more