Report claims Jawbone wearable will perform American Express payments in future
Yet another wearable device will be offering alternative payments in the future, according to a report. According to the Wall Street Journal, American Express and Jawbone are planning to announce a new system that will allow AmEx card owners to use the manufacturer's fitness bands to make payments at a number of retailers in the United States.
Four-man Google X team includes ex-Apple battery expert
The secretive Google X Labs is working on ways to improve battery technology, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. A small group of four engineers is said to be working on the project, which could help the company increase a number of its other projects that depend on batteries, including its consumer devices and experimental items such as Google Glass.
Rumored Apple streaming television service could have 25 channels at launch
Apple may launch an Internet television service later this year, a report claims. The supposed streaming service will apparently offer around 25 channels from major broadcasters including ABC, CBS, and Fox to subscribers, sources of the Wall Street Journal say, with Apple said to be aiming for an unveiling in June and a launch of the service in the United States by September.
Google VR development team said to include dozens of engineers
Google is working on making an interface for Android specifically for virtual reality headsets, a report from the Wall Street Journal claims. The search company allegedly has a team made up of "tens of engineers" and other staff working on a VR experience for the mobile operating system, which aims to make Android more useful for developers of VR apps and games.
Cyanogen investment may be ploy to weaken Google control of Android
Microsoft may be planning to make an investment in an Android-related startup, a report claims. According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will allegedly take part in a funding round as a "minority investor" of Cyanogen, creators of the CyanogenMod Android ROM, with rumors that the round will bring in a total of $70 million to the ROM maker.
Intel said to be planning promotion of Google Glass in industry
Google's next iteration of the Glass headset will be packing an Intel processor, claims the Wall Street Journal. The current Texas Instruments processor in the first generation of Google Glass will be replaced by an Intel-based version as part of Intel's push into wearables, report sources claim, with the next model expected to ship next year.
Report claims GoPro drones could cost between $500 and $1,000
GoPro may be supplementing its action camera range with a line of low-cost drones for consumers and business use, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Report sources claim the camera company is developing the multi-rotor flying machines and is planning to ship them for between $500 and $1,000, in order to let sports enthusiasts take advantage of drone photography.
Alleged internal changes could lead to Google operating systems merging into one platform
A change in management at Google suggests the search company is still planning to combine Android and Chrome OS, a report suggests. The Wall Street Journal claims Linus Upson, the head engineer of Chrome OS, has left the role and has been replaced by Hiroshi Lockheimer, the vice president of engineering for Android.
Three studios allegedly in discussions with Amazon over joining UltraViolet
UltraViolet, the online digital locker which provides downloadable copies of movies sold on DVD and Blu-ray, may get some extra support in the future. The Wall Street Journal claims the existing roster of companies offering UltraViolet services could soon be joined by Amazon, as it attempts to fight off competition from Apple's iTunes Store and other services.
Report reaffirms rumors of HTC Nexus 9 development
Google's HTC-produced Nexus tablet has reappeared in another report, alleging its existence. Sources of Wall Street Journal claim that HTC has been selected over other manufacturers to create the device, as suggested by previous rumors, with the report also stating that the tablet will have a nine-inch display, matching earlier leaked legal filings from Nvidia directly naming a device called the Nexus 9.
Samsung Gear Solo smart watch could appear on carriers in US, Europe, South Korea
Samsung could be preparing to launch another smart watch between June and July, this time the rumored standalone version, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report claims Samsung is currently in talks to bring the device, which could be called the Gear Solo, to carriers in the United States, Europe, and its native South Korea, and will apparently retain most of the features of the Gear 2 watches released this year.
Wall Street Journal sources believe Amazon phone will ship by end of September
Amazon is preparing to release its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of this year, claims sources of the Wall Street Journal. The retailer has allegedly demonstrated the device to developers in Seattle and San Francisco, with an official announcement planned for the end of June, and for the smartphone to ship by the end of September.
Report claims Nokia X launch will take place at Mobile World Congress
Nokia will be launching its long-rumored Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress, sources of the Wall Street Journal claim. The smartphone, codenamed "Normandy" and thought to be called the Nokia X, is said by the report to be aimed at emerging markets rather than developed regions, and apparently will not be used to promote Google's own services.
Call appointment of personal friend as antitrust monitor 'flatly unconstitutional'
In a new editorial that could have been written by Apple's legal team in a candid moment, the Wall Street Journal rakes Apple e-book trial judge over the coals for both recent and previous missteps, from "essentially [ruling] before hearing the evidence" to appointing a personal friend with no experience in antitrust issues (and requiring an $1,000-per-hour assistant) as an inquisitor who believes his job is to "investigate Apple all over again" in an unconstitutional manner.
Google smart watch could be mass produced within months
Google is currently in the later stages of developing its own smart watch, which could be ready for mass production "within months," according to the Wall Street Journal. A new report claims that Google is in talks with suppliers based in Asia to start the production of the device, following on from earlier rumors and patent-related discoveries.
Report cites executives at suppliers for decrease, increase in manufacturing
Apple is cutting the production of the iPhone 5c after it experienced low demand than the company expected, according to the Wall Street Journal. Echoing similar reports from last week, it is claimed that suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron have been requested by Apple to decrease iPhone 5c production by 20 percent and 30 percent respectively.
3SI Security Systems Inc. designed FindIt tracking device for iPhone
With the release of the latest in the line of iPhones, retailers have been taking precautions against the likely prospect of armed robbery. Prime Communications, an AT&T dealer, estimates that it suffers from two armed robberies per month at its more than 300 stores US-wide, according to the Wall Street Journal's Thomas Gryta. The chain has adopted the use of 3SI Security Systems' FindIt device in June 2013. FindIt, a tracking device the size of a short stack of business cards, can be contained within a product box, such as iPhone, which can locate thieves in their attempt to successfully flee with stolen merchandise.
Mobile RSS reader to show content from friends, publishers
Facebook is working on its own mobile reading app, according to a new report. The potential app from the social network will apparently offer curated content from Facebook users and publishers tailored for mobile consumption, with the latest version said to be similar to magazine-style feed-reading app Flipboard.
Apple CEO put under microscope by WSJ's Swisher, Mossberg
Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage Tuesday evening at the Wall Street Journal's D11 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Kicking off the conference, journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher interviewed Apple's chief after nearly two years on the job.
Report claims touch-enabled Chromebook going on sale by year's end
Google could be releasing a touchscreen version of its Chromebook before the end of the year, according to rumors. The report from the Wall Street Journal claims that the search giant is working with an unnamed hardware manufacturer to build the notebooks, which if true would directly compete with existing Chromebook offerings from Samsung and Acer.
September offering open to all, thousands of hotspots provided
Throughout the month of September, the Wall Street Journal is offering free Wi-Fi across more than 1,300 hotspots in New York and another 1,000 in San Francisco. The New York hotspots blanket the entirety of high-traffic neighborhoods like Times Square, West Village, and Washington Square Park. Popular locations such as Nob Hill and Fisherman's Wharf will be covered in San Francisco.
Unnamed sources expand on previous rumor reports
The rumor that Amazon is working on a smartphone has been corroborated by a Wall Street Journal report. Unnamed part suppliers for the online retailer claim to have narrowed the screen size to between four and five inches diagonally, adding to details from previous leaks.
Suggested screen supplies from LG Display, Sharp or AU Optronics
More fire is being added to the rumors of a 7-inch (or 8-inch, depending on the source) "mini" iPad. Both the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) and Bloomberg claim to have anonymous sources with "knowledge of the plans" that confirm a screen between seven and eight inches in diameter, and the component suppliers in Asia are preparing for a mass production of the device in September. The source of the screens, however, differ from more recent murmurs.
Jobs' obituary was most-read business story
For Apple, 2011 was a momentous year in many ways. It was a record-breaking year in terms of success that saw the company surpass both Google and Microsoft to become the world's most valuable tech company. It was also the year that saw the loss of the company's co-founder and iconic CEO, Steve Jobs. The Wall Street Journal reports that eight of its top 10 most-viewed corporate stories were about either Apple, Jobs or both.
Amazon Kindle iOS app loses store for magazines
Amazon on Monday gave into Apple's demands and pulled the Kindle Store button from its iOS app (free, App Store). Following similar moves by Google, Kobo, and the WSJ, Kindle readers using version 2.8 and up will now have to purchase the books on the web and only sync them through the iPad or iPhone. Apple as of July officially allows only its own store to have a direct purchase link.
Kobo and WSJ back out after new iOS app rules
Kobo and the Wall Street Journal said Sunday they would stop offering a direct gateway to buying books or subscriptions through their iPad and iPhone apps. Both had decided to follow Apple's new iOS subscription rules barring links to something other than iTunes. Purchases for either will have to now go through the web without direct links.
Company said to be surprised by performance
Wall Street Journal publisher Les Hinton has highlighted the strong performance of paid subscriptions for News Corp's tablet editions. The number of paid subscribers is said to have quadrupled from last year, reaching a current level of 200,000, according to Hinton's comments today at a speech in Boston.
Wall Street Journal app launches for Android
The Wall Street Journal has now made a version of its Tablet Edition app available for Android tablets. The download requires Android 2.2 and brings with it full-screen video, the ability to save articles for offline viewing, market data and more. Full sections of each day's newspaper are available through the app.