Technology

Amazon drones' new rival: Deutsche Post DHL

Source: 
CNBC

Like Amazon, Deutsche Post DHL has been trialing unmanned aircraft to deliver packages to your front door. The biggest obstacle to delivery is governments, the group's CEO says.

Samsung Pay to power in-store purchases on Galaxy S6

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has unveiled Samsung Pay, a mobile payment service that will enable MasterCard cardholders to use their Samsung Galaxy S6 for everyday in-store purchases.

Owners of the new device will be able to use their MasterCard credit and debit cards from participating banks directly through Samsung Pay.

New scanners for retailers minimise checkout time

Honeywell launched on Tuesday a suite of new scanners designed to allow retailers connect with customers and minimise checkout time.

The new Voyager scanners can also speed up loyalty program enrollment and age verification.

Lynn Huang Freeman, head of marketing and strategy, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility Asia-Pacific, said as mobile commerce continues to shape the retail industry and consumer shopping experience from on-line to off-line drives retailers’ transformation, they need the right tools to enable innovative marketing programs.

Under Armour turns ambitions to electronic apparel, monitoring apps

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal Online

Under Armour Inc. has some out-there ideas for your clothes. The athletic gear company has been spending big to buy developers of apps to monitor personal fitness, aiming in the short term to sell more shirts and shoes.

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Singapore tech start up powers Latin American marketplace

Singaporean tech startup Arcadier is buildin an e-trading platform for Panama-based Canalzon, envisioned to be the largest online marketplace for Central America.

The Canalzon marketplace went live 9 February 2015, carrying over 2,000 products from 30 well-known merchants in industries ranging from retail, electronics, sports, music, beauty to fashion.

Google Wallet partners up to battle Apple Pay

Source: 
Jakarta Globe

Google said on Monday it was teaming up with the mobile phone payment firm Softcard to ramp up its efforts to counter Apple Pay in the emerging sector.

The California tech giant announced Google Wallet would become a pre-installed "tap to pay" app on Android smartphones sold in the US market by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, as part of the deal with the carriers' mobile payments company Softcard.

The aim is "to help more Android users get the benefits of tap and pay," said Google Payments vice president Ariel Bardin.
 

CEO Talking Shop: Lazada Philippines guns for more mobile footprint

Online shopping mall Lazada is cooking up a revolution. On the 25th of February, a national holiday in the Philippines observed annually to commemorate the anniversary of a popular uprising, it is holding a one-day shopping event exclusive to mobile shoppers.

Inanc Balci, CEO of Lazada Philippines, believes that the timing is right for the mobile power sale. Mobile traffic, he said, now constitutes more than 50 percent of daily traffic of Lazada.com.ph. The Lazada Mobile App downloads have also grown 18 percent month-on-month on iOS and Android since its launch in early 2014.

Cyberattacks target in-store sales systems

Source: 
The Japan Times Online

Cyberthieves are increasingly targeting credit card information from point-of-sale systems, Tokyo-based information security company Trend Micro Inc. has warned.

It's a problem shared by countries worldwide, and Japan is no exception, the company said.

Sony to launch training headset for runners

Source: 
The Japan Times Online

Sony Corp. said on Thursday it plans to launch a training headset for runners called Smart B-Trainer that uses music to help runners adjust their pace.

The 43-gram device monitors heart rate, calorie consumption and running pace, and even selects songs for adjusting the pace, from a databank that can store up to 3,900 songs.

The device is expected to sell for around JPY30,000 (USD250) when it hits store shelves on 7 March.
 

Philippine telcos unveil more payment options for digital goods

Telecommunications companies in the Philippines are making it easier for Filipino shoppers to purchase digital goods such as apps, games, books, magazines, music and movies.

With only around four percent of Filipinos owning credit cards, according to the CIA Fact Book in 2013, it is difficult for consumers to participate in e-commerce and fully enjoy a digital lifestyle.

With the direct carrier billing service now provided by both Smart Communications Inc. the and Globe Telecom, it is expected that

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