It looks like Samsung will announce its latest flagship phone on February 24 at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The device, which is almost certain to follow Samsung’s naming convention and be called the Galaxy S5, has been teased with some heavy hints and invites to a press event.
Mobile World Congress is the most significant event for the global mobile industry. There is always speculation about Samsung launching devices at the show, but it hasn’t announced a phone there since it unveiled the Galaxy S2 at the 2011 event.
Samsung unveils its flagship Galaxy devices at its ‘Unpacked’ events. This event is tagged ‘Episode 1,’ raises the possibility that the device itself *could* be announced at a later date too.
All will be revealed soon, and TNW will be in Barcelona to bring you the latest updates as they happen.
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The comments from Fadell today might reassure some users, but they’re also a pretty clear indication that Nest will eventually be changing its user policy, and that part of that change will be some kind of dialog that will ask if Google can user your data, in the same way that you’re prompted to do so when you sign in to Maps and other products. Transparency around the changes means only that they’ll spell out what’s happening, which is actually only what they’d be required to do in order not to cause a massive user furor.
Google and Nest have the potential to do great things together for users and consumers, but don’t expect that to happen without users giving up some more of their precious data to the search giant. All that remains to be seen is how that will happen, and what people get in exchange for that access.
Rather than delay a product still in testing, Viber has rolled out a new feature called Viber Out to assist in the relief effort in the Philippines.
As the Philippines struggles to rebuild after the Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation, Viber is offering the users of the platform access to the outside world, including family members or friends who may not be using the VoIP platform.
The feature works almost identically to Skype Out, letting Viber users dial non-Viber users’ phone numbers. Viber is not the only service contributing to the relief effort.
CEO Talmon Marco explains to TechCrunch that this will eventually be a premium (paid) feature available to everyone, but to help with the relief effort in the recently devastated Philippines, Viber has made it a free feature available only in the Philippines.
Marco also expressed that this feature was still in development when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, killing 10,000 and displacing hundreds of thousands.
“Things happen, and since we’re the largest over-the-top provider there, we rushed something to market that isn’t far from readiness, but isn’t fully completed,” said Marco.
Viber is also working on letting non-Viber users outside of the Philippines call local residents who use Viber.
Marco says that Viber is rushing to get this new feature rolled out to everyone as quickly as possible given the updated timeframe. Viber Out will be one of the first revenue-generating features from Viber, including the forthcoming Sticker Market.
CardFlight was founded to enable any developer to create his or her own branded app and take in-person credit card payments from it. To accomplish this, it’s raised $1.6 million in funding as it moves to support more customers with its card reader and mobile SDKs.
The company received $1.6 million in funding that was led by ff Venture Capital, with additional participation from Payment Ventures, Apostolos Apostolakis, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Plug & Play Ventures, and Great Oaks Venture Capital. Along with the funding, ffVC founding partner John Frankel will join the company’s board.
The team behind loyalty startup LocalBonus launched CardFlight earlier this year as a way to provide small businesses with their own way to build apps that accept in-person credit card payments. Just as Stripe provides an SDK for payments that happen online and through mobile apps, CardFlight provides tools enabling developers to take and process payments. The difference is that CardFlight focuses on the 90 percent of credit card transactions that still happen in the real world.
While other companies like Square and PayPal have provided businesses with the ability to collect payments with mobile credit card readers, businesses are reliant on the provider’s apps to process those payments. CardFlight provides its clients with card readers, and also gives them an SDK to build payment processing into their own branded apps.
CardFlight has SDKs available for both iOS and Android platforms, and connects with 23 different payment processors. The company’s gateway also allows clients to connect apps with their own internal CRM, inventory management, fulfillment, and reporting and analytics tools.
While it’s focused on helping businesses that want to create their own apps, CardFlight has also been used by several vertical solutions providers — that is, third-party developers who build apps for companies that don’t have the technical know-how to do so themselves. That extends the potential reach for CardFlight to provide white-labeled in-person payments for clients.
CardFlight has seen tremendous demand for its service since launch: It has hundreds of app developers signed up on its waiting list, according to CEO Derek Webster. The funding will be used to grow its team — currently at seven employees — to quickly ramp up and support more potential customers.
Growing the team will not only give it the ability to catch more clients, but also will enable it to diversify its own products and to expand its reach into new verticals. While it’s been particularly strong with event organizers like EventFarm, it sees opportunities in a wide range of use cases.
CardFlight connects mobile developers with payment processors. We bring the same developer‐friendly, transparent approach to payment processing as Stripe and Braintree. However, we focus on the ~90% of payment transactions that happen offline. Developers retain full control of their integrated app experience, and use our encrypted mag stripe reader and SDK/API so that they can safely and securely accept card present payments in their apps, with support for their existing merchant account.
Originally posted here: CardFlight, The Stripe For Real-World Payments, Has Raised $1.6 Million From ff Venture Capital