Today's Top Technology Headlines
- Apple Pay to expand to Starbucks, Chili's, KFC
By Julia Love HALF MOON BAY, Calif (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp coffee shops will begin accepting Apple Inc's mobile payment system in a pilot program starting this year, Apple Vice President Jennifer Bailey said on Thursday. KFC and Chili's restaurants also will begin accepting Apple Pay in 2016, she said at the Re/code technology conference in Half Moon Bay, California. The service gives Apple a chance to tie customers more tightly to its phones and its smart watch, as well as to take a tiny bite from every retail transaction.
- Dell looks to EMC deal to boost corporate presence
Dell Inc is in talks with banks to fund a takeover of data storage company EMC Corp, sources familiar with the matter said, as the world's No.3 PC maker looks to beef up its cloud-based offerings for corporate customers. The potential acquisition of EMC, which has a market capitalization of $52 billion, would be the largest technology sector deal on record. It could help Dell diversify away from the stagnant personal computer market and give it the scale to attack the faster-growing and more lucrative market for managing and storing data for enterprises.
- Sao Paulo mayor proposes regulations for Uber, avoiding ban
Sao Paulo will introduce new regulations to govern ride-sharing services such as Uber instead of backing an outright ban proposed by local Brazilian lawmakers, the mayor of South America's biggest city said on Thursday. Mayor Fernando Haddad said at a press conference that the city would create a new class of taxis known as "black cabs," which will accommodate Uber vehicles, and allow for 5,000 operating permits. Uber issued a statement shortly afterward blasting the decision as unconstitutional, saying that it is not a taxi service and should not be considered as such for the purposes of regulation.
- PC shipments fall in third quarter: Research firms
(Reuters) - Research firm Gartner Inc said worldwide shipments of personal computers fell 7.7 percent to 73.7 million units in the third quarter as a stronger dollar made them costlier. Meanwhile, International Data Corp (IDC) said shipments fell 10.8 percent to 71 million units. Gartner also said the Windows 10 launch in the quarter had minimal impact on shipments as users chose to upgrade to Windows 10 on existing PCs. (Reporting By Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian)
- Ride-hailing company Lyft partners with Hertz, Shell
By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lyft has partnered with Hertz Global Holdings Inc to offer rental cars to its drivers, the ride-hailing company said at a media event on Thursday. Daily, weekly and monthly car rentals from Hertz are now available for Lyft drivers in Las Vegas, said Oliver Hsiang, Lyft's Vice President of Partnerships. Lyft is also partnering with Shell to offer its drivers less expensive gas, said David Rust, Lyft's head of operations strategy.
- From sadness to wow, Facebook launches reaction buttons beyond like
Like it or not, Facebook Inc's trademark "like" button is set to get more expressive. The social network said on Thursday it is launching a pilot test of "Reactions," with users able select from seven emotions, including like and "wow." "Dislike," however, is not one of the options. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Thursday that users have been requesting ways other than like to respond to posts, such as when someone posts about the death of a loved one or a tragic news story.
- Young Palestinians launch hashtag intifada
Videos spread on social media showing Palestinians stabbing Israelis and throwing stones at soldiers are mustering online youth activists to the frontline after days of violence. A Facebook page set up as clashes and stabbings continue to rock Israel and the occupied West Bank declares in Arabic that "the intifada (uprising) has been launched". The page has its own logo of a masked youth throwing stones bordered by a halo by the black, red and green of the Palestinian flag.
- Watch out, Verizon: Sprint and T-Mobile are making big progress in NYC
Sprint and T-Mobile offer some incredible wireless deals. The downside, however, is that they’ve traditionally offered inferior service compared to Verizon and AT&T. However, RootMetrics’ latest study of all four major wireless carriers in New York City has found that Sprint and T-Mobile are improving by leaps and bounds in the Big Apple. FROM EARLIER: Does Surface Book really crush the MacBook Pro? Microsoft’s bold claim has a big asterisk RootMetrics took a look at wireless performance at several different places around the city, including major venues like Yankee Stadium, college campuses, airports and public transportation centers. In all, it found Verizon had the best coverage in the most overall places, but it was followed fairly closely by T-Mobile and Sprint,
- HBO Go launching as a standalone streaming service in Latin America
- Uber hit with lawsuit over alleged sexual assaults
- Apple Pay is coming to Starbucks, Apple exec says
- AT&T launches Wi-Fi calling for Apple iPhones with iOS 9
- Instead of dislike, Facebook is testing 'Reactions' animated emoji
- Apple TV release pushed back until November
Aside from Apple’s new iPhone 6s models, the company’s most anticipated product this fall is the fourth-gen Apple TV. Sporting an A9 processor, a snazzy new remote with built-in Siri functionality, and of course, support for a dedicated App Store, the upcoming Apple TV represents Apple’s boldest and most intriguing play for control of the living room. DON’T MISS: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works When Apple initially introduced its upcoming Apple TV at a special media event this past September, the company indicated that it was on track for a October release. Alas, now comes word via 9to5Mac that the Apple TV release has now been slightly pushed back. While
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