Stories by Matt Hamblen

Retailers said to be weighing lawsuits over chip cards, fraud-liability shift

Retailers have complained of backlogs of six to nine months in getting credit-card companies to certify the new card terminals for use.

Just what is a smart city?

Many larger municipalities have embraced the 'smart city' concept in recent years, but definitions of the term -- and examples of the ways technology is being used to make cities 'smart' -- run the gamut.

Chip-card rollout drama peaks day before deadline

Banks and credit-card companies claimed Wednesday that roughly half of U.S. consumers have received a new chip credit or debit card, while retailers continued to bemoan the chip card conversion process as too slow, too expensive and ineffectual in combating fraud.

Retail group rips chip-card conversion expense, pushes for PIN security

The top attorney for the powerful National Retail Federation blasted banks and credit card companies on Tuesday for problems and costs with the massive ongoing U.S. rollout of computer chip cards and chip card readers.

Google announces two Nexus phones, Android 6.0

The ability to separate work and personal apps and services -- known as containerization -- is now built into the OS.

Many retailers anxious facing Thursday's chip-card conversion deadline

The nation's retailers bear a huge share of the burden of converting to more secure chip card technology, even as banks have been shipping updated chip credit and debit cards to millions of customers for months.

Samsung throws more incentives at iPhone users

The offer excludes devices sold or running on the AT&T network. But it does apparently apply to a lease or installment plan from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Wireless or US Cellular.

At Sprint and T-Mobile, you can get an iPhone 6S for $5 a month (or less)

Starting Friday, Sprint's in-store customers will be able to lease an iPhone 6S with 16GB of storage for $1 a month.

Consumers are keeping smartphones, tablets and PCs longer

Consumers are holding on to their tablets, laptops and smartphones for longer periods, leading Gartner to predict a 1% contraction in shipments of all types of devices globally this year.

Kansas City presses on with emerging 'smart city' corridor (with video)

A 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line in Kansas City, Mo. will be the focal point of an ambitious smart city project that includes Cisco, Sprint and smaller app developers.

Verizon launches wireless private network traffic management

Verizon introduced an LTE wireless traffic management service to give business and government customers the ability to prioritize critical network-based applications.

Chip card reality check: Oct. 1 deadline termed a 'soft incentive'

Despite an Oct. 1 deadline for U.S. merchants to accept secure chip-enabled credit and debit cards, experts believe it will take years for the conversion

Samsung looks to follow Apple with its own Galaxy leasing program

Samsung is expected to launch its own smartphone leasing plan, following Apple in a long-term attempt to wrest customer control away from U.S. carriers.

US Ignite shares $6M in NSF funds with cities for smart city app store

US Ignite, a nonprofit group that fosters Internet apps with public benefits said it had been awarded a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build testbeds for smart gigabit applications in 15 U.S. cities.

Half of U.S. consumers don’t have, and don’t understand, chip cards

More than half of U.S. consumers haven't received new chip-based credit or debit cards to improve security of in-store purchases, and many don't even know what the cards do.