- Gemalto chosen by Isis to keep its NFC and mobile payment service secureLet’s face it: one of the only ways we’ll ever see mobile payments become mainstream is to get the general public on board. To do so, we have to be confident it’s safe, and mobile wallets are currently viewed as anything but. Isis, the joint NFC venture between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, understands this, and just announced that it’s teamed up with Gemalto to deploy a Trusted Service Manager to provide secure provisioning of consumer information and sensitive financial data. The Google Wallet competitor appears to be gaining momentum, as the three carriers have pumped $100 million into the initiative, and several OEMs have pledged to support the service in their phones. Isis also went on to discuss that its focus is not going to be entirely on the mobile wallet; it will offer a few other NFC-related services, such as smart posters that can beam coupons and tickets to your phone, using your handset as a key to get access to an office or home, and storing your train or bus tickets. The question remains: if you’re confident that your financial information is secure, are you willing to try out contactless pay? Or is it ever truly safe?
Gemalto chosen by Isis to keep its NFC and mobile payment service secure originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Dec 2011 17:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Engadget HD Podcast 278 – 12.13.2011The DirecTiVo has arrived, and most shockingly, the world has not ended before we get a chance to talk about it. There’s plenty of new tech on deck for this week’s podcast, as the new Xbox 360 dashboard has finally rolled out, 4K displays are hitting the streets and the Logitech Revue finally received an upgrade to Honeycomb. Speaking of Google TV, Eric Schmidt had a bold prediction at Le Web 2011 — press play to see if we’re buying what he’s selling.
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10:00 – DirecTV’s TiVo ready to return December 8th in a few markets
16:53 – Verizon planning streaming video service, gets ready to take on Netflix
17:50 – Verizon rumored to be working with Redbox on its internet video streaming service
18:53 – Logitech Revue Android 3.1 upgrade starts rolling out (Update: It’s official)
19:31 – Google’s Eric Schmidt sees Google TV embedded in most new TVs by summer of 2012
26:43 – Xbox 360 fall dashboard update ‘slightly’ delayed (update: it’s live!)
32:35 – Fall Xbox 360 Dashboard update brings WTV file support, but don’t get too excited
35:00 – Dish Network surfaces as possible Plan B for T-Mobile if AT&T merger falls through
36:09 – Sharp nearing 1 million big-screen TV sales in North America, expanding global market
37:43 – Toshiba 55X3 4K 3DTV launches December 10th in Japan, no glasses necessary
39:01 – JVC’s Procision, Reference Series projectors now available, replete with ’4K precision’
40:10 – Westinghouse is bringing new LED HDTVs to CES, acronym lovers reportedly ‘delighted’
41:18 – Hulu ‘Face Match’ feature attaches an actor’s entire history to their mug
43:58 – Must See HDTV (December 12th – 18th)
- AT&T, Sprint and C Spire halt suits over T-Mobile acquisition, wireless competition to die another day
It’s never nice to beat a dead horse when it’s down and the same seems to be true for the litigious mudslinging Ma Bell’s had to endure. Now that the nation’s second largest carrier has been granted a stay in its pending and publicly messy T-Mobile acquisition, vocal opponents like Sprint and C Spire are withdrawing their respective suits (and fangs) to block the merger for the time being. But don’t take this latest courtroom move as a supportive change of heart — both wireless companies will likely lawyer up again in the new year when these M&A wheels begin to roll anew. So while this potential AT&T&T deal appears to be dead in the water, there’s always a chance it’ll resurface with an extra face.
AT&T, Sprint and C Spire halt suits over T-Mobile acquisition, wireless competition to die another day originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Microsoft launches SkyDrive app for Windows Phone and iPhone, forms No Androids Club
Microsoft’s love affair with iOS isn’t over yet. Hot on the heels of an iPad-supporting OneNote update and the App Store debut of Kinectimals, comes an official SkyDrive app for the iPhone. Of course, the Redmond crew isn’t leaving its own handsets out in the cold. Windows Phone 7 is also getting an app to compliment its already rather deep integration with cloud storage service. Both apps sport, more or less, the same feature set: the ability to browse all of your files, share them with others, delete them and create new folders. When sharing links you can even choose whether or not a person can edit a document or simply view it. At least for now it appears that Android users who also happen to be SkyDrive fans will have to make do with the mobile web site. To see both the iPhone and WP7 versions of the app in action head on after the break.
Microsoft launches SkyDrive app for Windows Phone and iPhone, forms No Androids Club originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Microsoft optimizes OneNote for the iPad, thinks would make a swell Christmas giftMicrosoft is giving the gift of a OneNote to iPad users “just in time for the holidays.” The 1.3 update for the note taking software includes a version optimized for Apple’s tablet. Also new in the upgrade is a tabbed user interface, table rendering, updates to syncing and a handful of other features. The initial download is free for up to 500 notes — the unlimited version runs $4.99 for the iPhone and $14.99 for the iPad.
Microsoft optimizes OneNote for the iPad, thinks would make a swell Christmas gift originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- YouTube, Verizon FiOS TV and more video services roll out to Xbox LiveThose in the preview program may have already gotten an early taste of YouTube on the Xbox 360, but everyone else can now download that and more. Microsoft announced today that the first big wave of video services for the console are available in the Apps Marketplace, including Verizon FiOS TV for US users and Rogers on Demand for those in Canada. Those are joined by a number of other video and entertainment services including iHeartRadio and MSNBC.com (both US only), TMZ (US and Canada), and MSN Video (in Canada and some other countries, but not the US). Those outside of North America also have a few options of their own, including SBS On Demand for Australian users, Blinkbox in the UK, RTVE for Spain, and MUZU TV for a number of European countries. As for the remaining services, including the likes of Comcast and HBO Go, Microsoft is still only saying that they’ll roll out later in December and in early 2012.
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YouTube, Verizon FiOS TV and more video services roll out to Xbox Live originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Researchers claim to have developed ‘smallest conceivable switch’A team of researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (or TUM) led by Dr. Willi Auwaerter and Professor Johannes Barth appear to have made something of a breakthrough on the road to the miniaturization of everything. They’ve devised a molecular switch that measures just one square nanometer, but is able to switch between four distinct states on demand. That was done by placing two protons inside a single porphyrin ring; when one of the protons is removed, the other can then move to any one of the four available positions with the aid of a small current. According to the researchers, that process not only allows for the smallest switch implemented to date, but one whose state to be changed up to 500 times per second. The official press release is after the break.
Researchers claim to have developed ‘smallest conceivable switch’ originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Paul Allen-backed Stratolaunch Systems promises flexible, low-cost access to spaceWhen Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan and private spaceflight proponent Elon Musk team up on something, folks are bound to pay attention — especially when they’re promising nothing short of a “revolution in space transportation.” At the center of that ambitious goal is a new company backed by Allen, Stratolaunch Systems, and a massive new aircraft to be designed and built by Rutan’s Scaled Composites. If all goes as planned, it will be the size of two 747s (with a wingspan greater than the length of a football field), and it will be able to carry a 120 foot long rocket built by Musk’s SpaceX to an altitude suitable for launch into orbit. Stratolaunch hopes to do that for a “fraction” of the cost of current launches, and it intends to eventually send everything from satellites to manned capsules into space.
As you might expect, however, all of that is still in the early stages. According to Spaceflight Now, Stratolaunch currently employs around 100 people (it says it plans a “significant ramp-up”), and complete details on the aircraft itself remain a bit murky (intentionally so, according to Allen). Flight testing is currently slated for the “2015 timeframe,” though, with the first launch expected a year later. What’s more, while it’s not clear how much Allen plans to invest in the project, he has managed to attract some other big names to the project; former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin has joined as a board member, and Gary Wentz, a former chief engineer at NASA, will serve as President and CEO. Head on past the break for a teaser video of what they have planned.
Paul Allen-backed Stratolaunch Systems promises flexible, low-cost access to space originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- The Engadget Show is live tonight with Boeing, the Tokyo Motor Show and the year’s best gadgetsThe final Engadget Show of 2011 is coming at you tonight at 6PM ET! We’ve got another jam-packed installment this month, including a tour of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a trip to Tokyo Motor Show and a recap of the year’s biggest news and best gadgets. You can catch all of the action right here.
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The Engadget Show is live tonight with Boeing, the Tokyo Motor Show and the year’s best gadgets originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.