News Scan: Apple, Google mull Square buy; Google launches 'Glass at Work'; more
>> Rumor mill: Apple, Google mull purchase of Square
Apple and Google have considered making a bid to buy mobile payment firm Square, according to industry sources consulted by Re/Code. Google is seen as the most likely to acquire Square, although the management team says Square is not actively looking for a buyer. The sales price cited by the sources is in the range of $8 billion. Read more.
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>> Google gets down to business with 'Glass at Work' program
Google is pushing Google Glass for the enterprise with its new "Glass at Work" program to encourage app developers to develop Glass apps for the workplace. "A number of companies have already teamed up with enterprise software developers to create new ways to serve their customers and reach their business goals," explains Google in a blog. "If you're a developer who is creating software for U.S. based enterprises, we'd love your help in building the future of Glass at Work," it adds. Read more.
>> ROAM, iZettle and Intuit top ABI's mPOS vendor list
Ingenico's ROAM, iZettle and Intuit top ABI Research's list of top mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) system terminal vendors. ABI evaluates vendors based on innovation and implementation. "ROAM impressed on the Innovation side, making a concerted effort to enable mPOS inclusion in all the major device types, including Android, Windows, and iOS. It also boasts a contactless mPOS device capable of processing both EMV- and NFC-compliant transactions," says ABI. Read more.
>> Mobile brand engagement struggles
Mobile brand engagement is still struggling, despite the widespread deployment of beacons, notes Mobile Marketer. Mobile technology "has often lagged behind the desire to create the seamless consumer interactions that power meaningful brand experiences on the scale that brands want," observes Michael Nicholas, chief experience officer of Assembly. "From the challenges of mobile adtech retargeting, to sensor access through the browser from a device standpoint, even today with the latest and greatest smart mobile devices, there are challenges brands and consumers need to overcome," he adds. Read more.
>> Gogo develops faster in-flight Internet access service
Gogo, a provider of in-flight Internet access, is speeding up its speed to 70 Mbps from a current speed of 9.8 Mbps, reports IDG News Service. Japan Airlines will be one of the first to test the higher speed Internet access service, to be called ground-to-orbit (GTO), with general availability expected in the middle of next year. Internet speeds could reach 100 Mbps when spot-beam satellite technology becomes available, says Anand Chari, Gogo's chief technology officer. Read more.
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