More consumers using smartphones to pay at the register, pay bills 

Banks and other mobile payment providers should do a better job of explaining safety features of the technology if they want to convince more consumers to use it, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts.“It is something industry participants could and should talk about,” Pew research officer Joy Hackenbracht told reporters during[…]

Smartphones not productive, managers say 

Despite the hype of business chat messaging and a perception of smartphones introducing a connected work-everywhere lifestyle, a surprisingly large number of bosses are not at all happy with the proliferation of the devices.Why I switched back to FirefoxRemember when you ditched Firefox for Chrome and pinkie-swore you’d never go back? Yeah, me too.READ NOWThe[…]

Square Launches Register API for Android 

Square has launched a Register API for Android. The release arrives after an iOS version was released in March. The API allows developers to build custom point-of-sale applications on Android that take swipe, dip, or tap payments through Sqaure hardware and integrate with Square’s various software and service offerings. The new API expands Square’s Build[…]

Google Launches Version 4 of its Safe Browsing API 

Google has launched version 4 of its Safe Browsing API. The new release specifically addresses constraints presented by mobile environments without sacrificing levels of protection desktop users have come to enjoy. As expected, the launch of version 4 will start the deprecation process of versions 2 and 3.From its original launch in 2007, the Safe[…]

Snapchat raised $1.8B in a Series F round; leaked deck reveals revenues, user numbers 

Earlier this week, we reported that the messaging app startup Snapchat was raising more money. Now we have more updates for you.An SEC filing has been made today with information about Snapchat’s latest Series F round, in which it has raised $1.8 billion. Separately, we’ve also obtained a leaked pitch deck, revealing Snapchat’s revenue and forecasts.The Los Angeles-based company recently started its monetization[…]

Incredible opportunities offered by the “API economy”

API, application program interface, is becoming a buzzword in the IT world. According to Wikipedia, API is “a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications”. For a more appealing definition, let us ask IBM, which describes the API economy as “the commercial exchange of business functions, capabilities, or competencies as services using[…]

Google’s ‘Significant’ Move Separates Tablet, Desktop Bids 

Google’s step to increasingly push ad budgets into mobile seems to have forced the hand of advertisers asking for the ability to make separate base bid adjustments for ads running on smartphones, tablets and desktop devices. Advertisers call the move “significant” with challenges.The change — which applies to all campaign types, even when keyword targeting[…]

The Shape of Things — Welcome to Thington

Today I’m going to be talking about the thinking we’ve been doing at Thington about the right and wrong ways to interact with a world of connected objects, and some of the problems we’ve been trying to solve. In particular I want to talk about the relationship we’re starting to build between physical network-connected objects[…]

ONC API task force recommendations narrowly approved; provider blocking an issue 

The Office of the National Coordinator’s Health IT Policy and Standards Committees on Tuesday approved recommendations from the agency’s application programming interface (API) task force, but narrowly and only after much debate.In a report presented at a joint meeting of the committees, the task force generally supported APIs, noting that there were no “show-stopping” barriers to using APIs[…]