Mobile Minutes: Samsung out-fancies Apple; Kik explores partnerships; IBM and Track app; Apple Watch’s strong turnout
Samsung’s two new phones try to out-fancy Apple
People may or may not buy Apple’s new watch, but one thing we know people will buy are smartphones—to the tune of more than a billion in 2014. Samsung has two models that will go on sale on Friday, and the company hopes this double-barreled strategy can restore some lost glory.
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Messaging app Kik is ‘exploring partnerships’
While WhatsApp has staunchly remained a communications utility whose next big feature will be voice calling, Kik is chasing the platform model made popular in Asia by WeChat, LINE and KakaoTalk. It plans to make money by taking a cut of games, music and other content that is published on the app, and potentially through e-commerce transactions too.
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IBM uses Track app to bring golf fans close to the Masters
Whether watching up close and personal at the Augusta National golf course or from a laptop in Augusta, Maine, IBM is making sure that golf fans feel part of the action at the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament.
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Strong turnout as shoppers get to try Apple Watch
Consumers flocked to Apple Inc’s stores around the world on Friday to get the first close-up look at the tech giant’s smartwatch, which the company expects will be its next runaway hit.
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