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Apple Resumes Selling Nokia’s Digital Health Products Following Settled Legal Dispute

Apple Resumes Selling Nokia’s Digital Health Products Following Settled Legal Dispute

Gadget & Techology
SOURCE:macrumors.comApple today resumed carrying Nokia's digital health products on its online store in the United States and Canada, nearly two months after reaching a business cooperation agreement with the Finnish company. The products available to purchase again include Nokia's Body Cardio Scale, Body+ Scale, BPM+ Blood Pressure Monitor, and Thermo Thermometer. Each of the accessories were previously sold under Withings, but Nokia retired the Withings brand last month, roughly one year after acquiring the French company. Apple's website indicates the products are also available for pickup at Apple's retail stores between Friday, July 21 and Monday, July 24. Apple had removed all of Nokia's accessories from its online and retail stores around the world in December due to a legal di...
Subway Refreshing Store Designs With Self-Order Kiosks That Support Apple Pay

Subway Refreshing Store Designs With Self-Order Kiosks That Support Apple Pay

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SOURCE:macrumors.comSubway today unveiled an all-new "fresh forward" redesign coming to 12 pilot locations at its restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which includes self-order kiosks in select locations that support checking out via Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Subway has long supported Apple Pay as a payments option during the traditional check-out process in its restaurants. The new kiosks will allow customers to browse Subway's full menu, craft their sandwich order, and then check out with a credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, or Samsung Pay. There will be a designated food preparation and pick-up area for orders made through the new kiosks, on the Subway mobile app, and with Facebook Messenger's Subway chatbot. The company said that this will he...
Apple Launches Large-Scale Apple Pay Promotional Campaign in China

Apple Launches Large-Scale Apple Pay Promotional Campaign in China

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SOURCE:macrumors.comApple today launched a large-scale promotion in China offering special discounts for consumers who use Apple Pay, in the company's latest bid to counter the dominance of rival digital wallets in the country. Between July 18 and 24, Apple device owners who use the mobile payment system to make purchases in participating merchants across mainland China will receive concessions of up to 50 percent and as much as 50 times the usual number of reward points for credit cards, according to Apple's official Chinese website. A total of 28 brick-and-mortar retail outlets are named in the campaign, including supermarkets and restaurants such as 7-Eleven, Watsons, Burger King and Starbucks, while 16 online merchants such as JD.com are also participating, with discounts varying ...
Apple TVs and iPhone Check-In Coming to Red Lion Hotels

Apple TVs and iPhone Check-In Coming to Red Lion Hotels

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SOURCE:macrumors.comRed Lion Hotels today announced plans to enhance guest experiences with a series of Apple-related technology upgrades, including Apple TVs in hotel rooms, an updated iOS app that allows guests to check in using their iPhones, iPad kiosks for lobby areas, and more. Red Lion Hotels is starting to add in-room Apple TVs to its "Hotel RL" branded properties. The TVs will be equipped with Red Lion Hotel apps that allow guests to watch DirecTV channels and the Hotel RL Living Stage channel that highlights local artists and performers performing live across the Hotel RL brand. Hello Rewards, the Red Lion Hotel app, is being updated with new functionality that will allow guests to manage loyalty accounts and check in and check out right on their iPhones. The app will includ...
Capnamic closes €115M fund for ‘digital transformation’ of Germany, counts Cisco and Axa as LPs

Capnamic closes €115M fund for ‘digital transformation’ of Germany, counts Cisco and Axa as LPs

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comCapnamic Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Berlin and Cologne, is announcing the final closing of a new €115 million tech fund. The VC says it will invest in tech companies predominantly in the German-speaking region of Europe, with a focus on “B2B solutions, digital infrastructure, and digital transformation”. Specifically, Capnamic plans to invest initially between €500,000 and €3 million in early-stage tech startups with the intention of further supporting portfolio companies in follow-on rounds. Like almost all VC firms these days, Capnamic is also talking up the operational support it brings, citing business development and mentoring. Related to this are that 50 per cent of Capnamic’s LPs are corporate investors. They include Cisco, Ax
OMG Digital, the “BuzzFeed of Africa,” raises a seed round of $1.1M

OMG Digital, the “BuzzFeed of Africa,” raises a seed round of $1.1M

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comDominic Mensah, Prince Boakye Boampong, and Jesse Arhin Ghansah, the founders of OMG DigitalOMG Digital, the Ghana-based media startup dubbed the “BuzzFeed of Africa,” announced today that it has raised $1.1 million in seed funding. Its main site, OMG Voice, already has versions for Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya, and the new capital will be used to expand into more countries. OMG Digital’s new investors are Kima Ventures, Soma Capital, Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund, Social Capital, M&Y Growth Partners, and Macro Ventures. Angel investors, including Josh Buckley of Mino Games, Will Sternlicht, entertainment lawyer Kenneth Hertz, and Off-Grid Electric founder Frances Xavier Helgesen, also participated. The startup was previously covered by TechCrunch last summer
Wefox acquires digital insurance carrier One

Wefox acquires digital insurance carrier One

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comWefox, the insurance platform that enables customers, insurance brokers and insurance providers to transact and manage insurance products digitally, has acquired One, a fully digital and newly launched insurance provider. Although terms of the deal remain undisclosed, I understand the two companies already shared a number of investors, including Wefox investing in One itself, and that Wefox Group CEO and founder Julian Teicke had been advising One prior to launch. The thinking of the merger, which sees One founder Stephan Ommerborn, formerly an executive at Zurich Insurance Group, remain as CEO of One, is that the digital-only insurance company can act as flagship business on the Wefox platform, integrating at a deeper level and therefore offering a better cust...
Yoyo Wallet raises £12M Series B led by Metro Group to expand in Europe

Yoyo Wallet raises £12M Series B led by Metro Group to expand in Europe

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comThe race to digitise the loyalty card just got a shot in the arm with the news that Yoyo Wallet, the European-based mobile payment and customer loyalty platform, has raised a £12 million Series B round, led by the US wholesale and food retail giant Metro Group. The round is joined by the UK-based Woodford Investment Management and Touchstone Innovations. The deal is subject to FCA approval. The round will help the London-based company expand partnerships with UK high-street retailers, expand the platform and aid its European expansion. Launched in 2013, Yoyo allows customers to do fast and simple mobile ordering on the app, payments, and get a personalised loyalty program, while retailers get an analytics and campaign platform. This is either through the Yoyo a
How technology-enabled ‘selves-improvement’ will drive the future of personal productivity

How technology-enabled ‘selves-improvement’ will drive the future of personal productivity

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comScheduling a meeting with a colleague? Siri can do that. Booking a business trip from New York to San Francisco? Google’s mobile app delivers. Seeking traffic updates for your morning commute? Alexa and Cortana are acoustically at your service. Digital assistants and bots undeniably enhance our work lives in myriad ways. They’re terrific; your wish is their command. And they literally acquire more “skills” every day. But are better bots and smarter software servants truly the best way to drive people’s personal productivity? My research suggests the answer is no. Instead of simply surrounding knowledge workers with ever-better digital assistants and bots, organizations and their workers will get greater returns investing in “selves improvement.” That is, pro
No straight answer on encryption from Europe’s incoming digital chief

No straight answer on encryption from Europe’s incoming digital chief

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comMariya Gabriel, who is currently the EC’s commissioner-designate for the digital economy and society portfolio, was fielding questions from the European Parliament today, as part of the process to confirm her in the role. She faced questions across a range of tech-related topics during the 2.5-hour session — including requests from MEPs for a clear position on encryption. Yet no straight answer was forthcoming. Encryption has been rising up the political agenda in recent years, with European justice ministers in several Member States raising concerns about strong encryption preventing the contents of terrorists’ communications from being accessed by law enforcement. The UK government has even gone so far as to say it now wants to limit companies’ use of end-to-