Mobile Minutes: BlackBerry and PayPal; Samsung’s new phablets; Niantic Labs; Mcommerce in Indonesia
BlackBerry partnered with PayPal to enable BBM mobile payments
BlackBerry Ltd. announced in a blog post on Thursday, Aug. 13, that is has partnered with PayPal to enable BlackBerry Messenger users to send and receive mobile payments via their chats. To send mobile payments using PayPal, users simply select the PayPal “Send Money” icon in the messenger, and will be directed through the setup to add their PayPal account.
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First look: Galaxy S6 edge+, Note5 aim to bring back Samsung’s groove
Samsung has an awful lot riding on the success of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 handsets that the Korean tech behemoth unveiled Thursday at Lincoln Center here. Samsung’s flagship S6 smartphone hasn’t been near the runaway success the company hoped it would be.
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Google’s internal start-up Niantic Labs spins off
Google’s transformation into Alphabet wasn’t the last big shake-up from the company this week. Niantic Labs, an internal start-up that created the popular augmented reality game “Ingress,” announced Wednesday that it will be parting ways with Google.
Read more on Fortune
Smartphone shopping offers big opportunities in Indonesia
A whopping 67 percent of Indonesians shopped on their smartphones over the past year, prompting analysts to predict that this could be a make-or-break moment for e-commerce to earn loyal customers here.
Read more on The Wall Street Journal