Apple welcomes crowds of customers celebrating grand opening of first retail store in Austria

Photos via Hypertronium (left) and mzudema (right)

This morning on the historic Kärntner Straße, Apple welcomed customers in Austria’s capital of Vienna for the first time, opening a new retail location in a historically significant storefront after over a year of planning and restoration work.

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Sonos welcomes HomePod with a snarky playlist hosted on Spotify

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Sonos welcomes ‘Fruit Machine’ Apple’s HomePod with a clever playlist and a snarky hidden message

The relationship between Apple and Sonos is complicated to say the least. Apple Stores sell Sonos speakers and Sonos supports Apple Music streaming, but the two companies are competing head on in the smart speaker space with the Alexa-equipped Sonos One and the Siri-powered HomePod.

With HomePod hitting stores today, Sonos has welcomed Apple’s new competitor with a clever and snarky playlist that you just have to see.

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Internet of Business welcomes Chris Middleton as editor

Chris Middleton Editor

We’re delighted to announce Chris Middleton as the new editor of Internet of Business. Chris brings an enormous amount of experience to the role and specialises in robotics, AI, the IoT, and technology strategy.

He is former editor of Computing, Computer Business Review, and Professional Outsourcing, among others, and is a contributing editor to Diginomica, Computing, and Hack and Craft News. Over the years, he has also written for Computer Weekly, The Guardian, The Times, PC World, I-CIO, V3, and The Inquirer, among many others.

He is an acknowledged robotics expert who has appeared on BBC TV and radio, and ITN, and is probably the only tech journalist in the UK to own a number of humanoid robots, which he hires out to events, exhibitions, universities, and schools.

Chris says: “I’m proud to join IoB at such an exciting time for the Internet of Things, and to pick up the editorial baton from Jessica Twentyman, whose expertise and insight has been so important in developing this site. (I’m delighted to say that Jess, one of the UK’s leading tech journalists, has agreed to remain a regular contributor, joining what will be an expanding roster of talent.)

“Over the next few years, the IoT will combine with edge computing, analytics, AI, robotics, autonomous vehicles, drones, and a range of other technologies, such as enterprise asset management and digital twins, to create entirely new types of business, along with new opportunities for established players.

“The market for robotics, AI, and autonomous systems alone could be worth up to $ 3 trillion, by some estimates, so it’s critical that no organisation – and no country – gets left behind in the new industrial age.

“IoB will be there to cover it all. And to reflect the growing importance and diversity of this sector, we will be shifting our focus to thought leadership, analysis, and longer-form content, telling you what we think and what’s important at every stage of the journey.

“Meanwhile, our unrivalled programme of international events brings together experts and thought leaders in vertical and horizontal sectors, so that we can all learn from the very best.

“Welcome to Internet of Business: let’s start a new conversation.”

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Tap. Pay. Yes! Android Pay welcomes Chase and more

Update September 13: We’re pleased to add that Natwest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank are all launching on Android Pay in the U.K. today, with TSB coming soon!

Android Pay helps millions of people pay for things simply and securely with their Android smartphones. We’ve expanded to the U.K., Singapore and Australia and added hundreds of new banks, enabling people to tap to pay at millions of stores — and in hundreds of apps, including recent order-ahead newcomers: Domino’s in Australia, hungryhouse in the U.K. and Grubhub and Seamless in the U.S.

Today, we’re excited to share some updates.

More banks in the U.S. and U.K.

Chase
It’s with great delight that we welcome Chase, one of the largest banks in the U.S., to the Android Pay family. Starting today, Android Chase customers can add their eligible Chase Visa cards like Freedom, Slate, Sapphire, United Mileage Explorer and Hyatt Credit Card to Android Pay. Customers will be able to enjoy the same benefits and protections they’re used to getting with their Chase card – while making contactless purchases in stores and apps. You can learn more about how to get started with Chase and Android Pay here, and see a full list of all the banks supported in the U.S.

And across the pond in the U.K., Santander and TSB customers and more will soon be able to add their cards to Android Pay. This rollout will start over the coming weeks – you can follow @Android on Twitter to find out exactly when.

More value from your favorite merchants

We’ve also been working closely with our merchant partners to streamline the checkout experience and increase the value people get from Android Pay.

At Walgreens, we recently integrated their Balance Rewards loyalty program with Android Pay at more than 8,100 locations nationwide. Now, with just two taps at checkout, Walgreens customers paying with Android Pay can enjoy savings, earn and redeem loyalty points, and pay for their purchases. And there’s no need to even open the app – it’s smart enough to know when to pull up a customer’s Balance Rewards card and when to pay. We’re also thrilled to partner with Dunkin’ Donuts and Chili’s, who will both be integrating their loyalty programs with Android Pay in the coming months.

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Groupon.com mobile checkout experience on Chrome coming soon

With Uber, we’re excited to be the first mobile wallet to deeply integrate with their newPayment Rewards program, which allows users to unlock timely discounts. Starting today through October 15, all Android Pay users in the U.S. can enjoy 50% off 10 Uber rides.* No codes, no hassle – just use Android Pay on Uber to get your discounted rides.

More checkouts made simple

We’re moving beyond mobile apps and bringing the simplicity and security of Android Pay onto the mobile web. Users will soon be able to speed through mobile checkout on Chrome using Android Pay on sites like Groupon.com, 1-800-Flowers.com and many more to come. Just like in stores and in apps, Android Pay does not share actual account numbers with merchants, so users can shop online with confidence, knowing that Android Pay keeps their card number secure.

We’re looking forward to bringing Android Pay to more countries, more banks, and more of your favorite stores, sites, and apps. Stay tuned for more updates soon.

*Merchant terms apply


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Project Fi welcomes Android One, with the moto x4

With Project Fi, we set out to make your wireless experience fast, easy and fair—with access to three national 4G LTE networks, and international roaming at no extra cost. But many of you have asked us for more options for high quality, affordable devices that work with Project Fi. We’ve heard you and we’re excited to launch our newest phone for Project Fi: the Android One moto x4.

We took some important steps with Android One earlier this month by expanding the program to bring a fresh, secure software experience designed by Google to more high-quality devices no matter the price point. The launch of Android One moto x4 on Project Fi is the next step in our commitment to work with more partners and expand Android One to new places.

Packed with a pure Android experience, advanced hardware and great network connectivity, here’s a closer look at what you’ll get with the new Android One moto x4.

Best-in-class software experience designed by Google

Like all Android One phones, Android One moto x4 runs a pure Android experience, with a clean software design and a carefully curated set of preinstalled apps to give you just what you need. For example, it comes optimized for the Google Assistant to help you get more done, and offers high-quality video calling with Google Duo. You’ll also get access to the latest updates from Android, such as Android Oreo before the end of the year. Android One moto x4 will be among the first to receive an upgrade to Android P.


Powerful cameras and unlimited high-quality photo storage

The Android One moto x4 comes with three cameras. A 12MP + 8MP dual rear camera system lets you capture wide-angle photos and detailed portraits. The front-facing camera comes packed with 16MP and an adaptive low light mode. And with free high quality storage from Google Photos, you never have to worry about running out of space.


All day battery and ultra-fast charging

Power through the day and enjoy your favorite Android software features like battery saver. When you need to recharge, TurboPower™ charging makes it ultra fast: You can get up to six hours of power in just 15 minutes.

Top of the line security

The Android One moto x4 will receive timely security updates and built-in malware protection from Google Play Protect, working around the clock to keep your device, data and apps safe.

The Android One moto x4 is priced at $ 399, comes in Super Black and Sterling Blue, and is available only in the U.S. on Project Fi’s network. You can pre-order it on the Project Fi website starting today. If you’ve got an older Nexus phone and want to trade it in for a new device, we’re making it easier than ever with our new trade-in program. We’ll give you up to $ 165 for select Nexus devices, and if you start your trade-in for an Android One moto xby October 5, you’ll earn an extra $ 50 Fi credit.

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‘Vainglory’ 2.8 Update Welcomes In The Autumn Season With Big Changes

Some of us may be mourning now that summer is nearing its close. However, Vainglory [Free] has released its 2.8 update to ease our pain. The 2.8 update includes some pretty big changes to the game, such as adding two new in-game items (SpellSword and Healing Flask), removing potions, numerous balance changes, and multiple UI improvements.

There are also new skins, including the “Vaquero” skin for Ringo, which can be crafted with essence or purchased with ice right now. The “Horus” skin for Idris and the “King Glave” skin for Glave are also included in this update as teasers with a promise of them “coming soon” in the future. If you want any of these, it’s time to start saving up your precious cards, essence, and ice.

Lastly, this update also marks the end of the Summer Season for Vainglory and the start of the Autumn Season. Make sure to log in to receive the Summer Season rewards for your past efforts. Player ranks have also been reset with a bonus to their progress, depending on how well players did during the previous season. These ranks can now be seen during match loading screens. In the meantime, we will continue keep you guys informed of any new information in the future!

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‘Clash Royale’ Welcomes Super Popular 2v2 Mode Back Permanently with Two Free Chests

It was just a matter of time. Clash Royale [Free] is one of the world’s most popular collectible-card games, and certainly the biggest lane-based battler to date. Supercell, the makers of the game, experimented with a temporary 2v2 mode where you can join together with a friend, clan mate, or totally random person to take on a different duo. Matchmaking is done based on average level and these duels have been a big hit with players. Supercell got a lot of mileage by hyping up the summer of 2v2, where duos could duel for the entire month of July, but have finally bowed to the inevitable and 2v2 is here to stay.

That’s not all, though. To celebrate permanent 2v2 players can claim two free magical chests in the shop. There’s a “2v2 is Back” section where you can grab your free loot between now and very early on August 25th (3 AM EDT). So head into the game to get your chests and then over to our forum page to chat about the game.

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Sensor City welcomes new local and international tenants

Sensor City welcomes new local and international tenants

A raft of businesses focused on driving innovation in sports technology, tele-rehabilitation and cloud platforms have signed up as tenants at Liverpool’s new center for sensor technology development, Sensor City.

Sensor City, which opened the doors to its new £15 million facility in Liverpool city center earlier this year and recently appointed former BT Business CIO, Alison Mitchell, as its executive director, is a collaborative venture between Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool. It is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as a further £5 million from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Sensor City aims to driver sensor technology in Liverpool, across the UK and internationally.

New faces at Sensor City

The additions, therefore, are fitting as the new clientele has both a regional and international feel to it. Among those taking up residence is Terry Nelson, a former Liverpool FC player and paratrooper who, having endured a series of serious health issues, pioneered the Aqua Running body suit designed to provide a highly effective, no impact, resistance workout in the water.

The suit is supposedly endorsed by Santas Real Madrid Medical Services and uses a patented hydro buoyancy system to maximize no impact training in the water. Nelson designed the suit with the aim that people of any age or ability can exercise through injury, or physical challenge, and currently boasts a number of UK Premier League clubs, as well as Spanish football giants Real Madrid, as clients.

Nelson intends to evolve the Aqua Running product further at Sensor City by building sensors into the suit that will provide medical staff with valuable training and performance data.

Also taking up occupancy is Uplec Industries, a North Wales based business focusing on the design and development of a range of specialist electronics products. Uplec claims it will use the facilities at Sensor City to work on its flagship research and development projects, trialling remote physiotherapy technologies to the UK’s healthcare markets.

Finally, exploiting Sensor City’s collaborative network will also be high on the agenda of third new tenant, Zaiku Group, a technology company specializing in cloud and distributed systems. Nanosai – a start-up venture launched by Zaiku Group and Denmark-based Jenkov Aps – will be based at Sensor City, where it will develop back-end technologies aimed at enabling a better and more intelligent 21st century internet experience.

A hub for sensor technology

Said Alison Mitchell, executive director, Sensor City: “Sensor City has been designed and built to establish and support commercially viable high-tech businesses by offering technical expertise, business support and an international platform for collaboration. It is fantastic to see businesses like Aqua Running, Uplec and Zaiku engaging with everything the center has to offer and we look forward to seeing many more innovative companies and entrepreneurs doing so in future.”

Sensor City is expected to create 1,000 jobs in the region over the next decade, nurturing 300 start-up tech businesses.

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