Mobile Minutes: Apple’s iOS programming language; Mobile-only bank Atom; Mobile-only Black Friday; Beacons still not big
Apple’s Swift iOS programming language could soon be in data centers
Apple created the new Swift programming language as a better way of building apps for the iPhone, and it was a welcomed thing. Today, about 18 months after it was first unveiled—much to the surprise of the digerati—the language is finding a home on real-world mobile devices.
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We can be as disruptive as Uber: Mobile-only bank
Atom, a U.K. mobile-only bank, can be as disruptive to the banking industry as Uber has been to taxis, according to the lender’s chief executive, after it received a £45 million ($68 million) investment from Spain’s BBVA.
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Apple’s failed retail revolution: Beacons still won’t be big on Black Friday
Hari Gottipati, an independent tech consultant, saw the future of shopping in 2013. In its annual update to the software for its mobile devices, Apple had just made it possible for its phones to allow super-precise location services—and that would be a major coup for the staid world of coupons.
Read more on Bloomberg