Stories by Matt Hamblen

Best Buy remains in MCX group despite move toward Apple Pay

Best Buy explained Tuesday that it will support Apple Pay mobile payments, while also remaining a member of the MCX group of retailers that has promoted an alternative payment system called CurrentC.

CurrentC mobile pay to kick off in a single market mid-year

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a group of large U.S. merchants, said Monday it expects to launch an early version of its CurrentC mobile payment app mid-year in an unnamed, mid-sized market.

KC's smart city 'Goldilocks' project bounds ahead

The largest smart city project in North America is moving closer to reality in Kansas City, Mo., mainly along a 2.2-mile streetcar line under construction through the downtown.

Project Fi's winners and losers

Project Fi, Google's Wi-Fi and cellular network service announced Wednesday, can variously be described as low-cost, disruptive, cutting edge, tantalizing, confusing, even awesome.

Google launches Project Fi, its combo cellular and Wi-Fi network

Google launched its own ambitious wireless network primarily in the U.S. on Wednesday in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile.

Samsung confirms screen-rotation problem with some Galaxy S6 Edge phones

Samsung has acknowledged a screen rotation problem on a "very limited" number of Galaxy S6 Edge devices, which went on sale April 10.

Upcoming Android Wear update cuts ties between smartwatch and smartphone

Google's next Android Wear update will let smartwatch users operate on a Wi-Fi network that could be thousands of miles from the Wi-Fi or cellular network connected to their smartphone.

Mobile worker guilt hits most young workers

Most younger mobile workers feel guilty about using smartphones and smartwatches to do personal tasks while at work and for performing work at home when they should be taking care of their families or other duties.

Samsung expects 70 million Galaxy S6 and Edge phones to be sold

Samsung has publicly described the first week of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sales as "impressive" and predicted overall sales for both devices will break a record, passing 70 million globally for both.

Nokia wants back into the mobile phone business?

Nokia sold off its mobile phone business to Microsoft last fall, but now one of Nokia's remaining business units is eyeing a return to the consumer mobile phone market next year.

Canadian banks play hard ball with Apple Pay's moving north

Apple Pay is poised to cross the border into Canada this fall, but some Canadian banks are reportedly concerned that Apple wants a bigger cut of each transaction than it takes in the U.S.

Some new Samsung Edge smartphone displays won't auto-rotate

Some new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone displays won't auto-rotate properly, according to early customers on user forums.

Jawbone to have AmEx payments in future fitness band

Fitness-band maker Jawbone and American Express plan to allow cardholders to buy goods using a future fitness band equipped with NFC, according to a report.

Nokia Alcatel-Lucent deal would make a complementary patent portfolio

The possible acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent of France by Finland-based Nokia would bring together complementary patent portfolios and increase their scale against larger global competitors, analysts said Tuesday.

Mobile insecurity at work? Blame highly paid dudes

The biggest smartphone security threats to companies caused by workers come from males under age 35 who earn more than $60,000 a year.

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