Mobile payments company Square has reportedly raised $100 million in a new round of funding with a valuation of about $6 billion, according to financial filings.
Earlier this week, T-Mobile hosted its 7th Un-Carrier event where the “Wi-Fi Unleashed” campaign was announced. All T-Mobile smartphones will be able to use Wi-Fi calling and texting like the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus.
Yo, the popular messaging app, lets users send the word “Yo” back-and-forth. Yo has hit over 100 million messages so far. Yo launched the ability to send attached links and hashtags last month.
Motorola has launched a new version of the Moto G device, which has a larger display and improved cameras. The Moto G is available today in the U.K. and U.S. Motorola does not put a custom user interface on the Moto G, which means that software updates are sent to users quicker. The Moto G runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. It can be upgraded to Android L when it is released.
Microsoft is partnering with Toshiba on a small screen tablet with a low price. Microsoft and Toshiba announced the Encore Mini at the IFA conference in Berlin. The Encore Mini is a 7-inch Windows powered tablet and is a smaller version of the 10-inch Encore 2 tablet released earlier this year.
Samsung has announced a new smartphone called the Note Edge. The Note Edge has a 5.6-inch display with a curved right side. The Note Edge has adopted glass with enhanced strength to cover the curved display. The curved side of the Note Edge can display text messages and menu icons. The curved display operates independently when the 5.6-inch display is turned off. The Note Edge will be released in a small number of countries. The Note Edge will cost over one million won (around $982).
Samsung is launching a new virtual reality headset called the Gear VR. The Gear VR is a head-mounted device that uses the 5.7-inch screen of the Galaxy Note 4. The Gear VR fits around the ears and eyes and can be controlled using a touchpad on its right side.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has agreed to refund at least $19 million to parents and consumers whose kids unknowingly made expensive in-app purchases for apps. This is the second major settlement that the FTC made with a large tech company over in-app purchases. Apple agreed to pay $32.5 million in January to in-app purchasers.