This week’s recap highlights Sao Paulo’s application of IoT and Chinese startup Xiaomi’s upcoming presence in the mobile market.
- Samsung is taking a swipe at the mobile payment system. This week Samsung acquired LoopPay, a mobile wallet software that is built on Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology and functions with card readers that already exist in many retail spaces. As reported by Engadget, LoopPay is currently enabled through a LoopPay smartphone case; however, given the Samsung acquisition, the software will likely tie into Samsung hardware.
- The agenda for Connect at Barcelona is now live. Preview highlighted sessions here and see which topics analysts will be addressing.
- Data collected from IoT sensors could improve Brazilian bus services, ZDNet reports. The Sao Paulo city government is testing technology supplied by Google-backed startup Urban Engines to improve local bus fleet operations. To track operational details, the city previously relied on data gathered by thousands of transport authority agents, which takes time to collect and process. The Urban Engines dashboard provides minute-by-minute updates of bus location, vehicle capacity and passenger numbers.
- Miami-based smartphone maker Yezz is making parts for Project Ara, Google’s modular phone initiative, and will display some of the modules at Mobile World Congress. But what exactly is a modular phone, and why would you want one? CNET has the answers.
- The New York Times has tapped top tech talent to join its board. According to GeekWire, the Times has nominated Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Facebook Global Head of Consumer and Brand Marketing Rebecca Van Dyck, both of whom have extensive digital strategy and branding experience, for election to the board.
- IDC has released a report about the smartphone market in China, which upstart Xiaomi currently leads. GSMArena hits the report’s highlights in a blog post.
- Xiaomi will begin sales in the U.S. market; however, it does not plan to sell its smartphones. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, CEO Bin Lin says the company will sell accessories but does not currently plan to sell phones because of device certification difficulties.