iBeacons growing, Visa deal, Microsoft pans Siri, Samsung petition, Beats OK’d, Revolution 60

Soon you'll be use your iPhone as your Visa credit card
Soon you’ll be use your iPhone as your Visa credit card

Apple’s iBeacon continues to spread with new rollouts by Lord & Taylor, others — Businesses continue to embrace consumers wielding Apple’s mobile devices, as department store chain Lord & Taylor and German restaurant group Mook have announced new iBeacon-based customer outreach plans, while hoteliers Hilton will allow guests to check in and unlock their rooms with their smartphones.

Apple, Visa deal could make iPhone 6 your next wallet — Apple is reportedly working on a deal with Visa to have everything in place to make the iPhone 6 your new digital wallet this spring. The agreement would let iPhone owners pay for products and services just as they would with their credit card, but from their smartphone instead. (Picture, above, from The Mac Observer.)

Microsoft takes shot at Siri in new ad — Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant is an impressive addition to the company’s Windows Phone software, and while Siri’s update in iOS 8 will likely give Apple’s digital gal the edge once again, Cortana has the lead at the moment. Microsoft decided to take advantage of its current window of superiority by releasing a new ad mocking the less impressive Siri.

Petition demands Samsung improves factory conditions, 40K signatures — A petition at The Petition Site is being circulated that demands Samsung improve working conditions at its Chinese factories. The petition targets Boo-Keun Yoon, CEO of the Samsung Group, and accuses the company of operating or contracting with scores of factories that have unsafe working conditions. More than 40,000 people have signed the petition so far.

European Commission OKs Apple’s $3B purchase of Beats — The legislative arm of the European Union ruled on Monday that Apple is allowed to acquire Beats, the premium headphone maker it plans to acquire for $3 billion, as the agreement would not be detrimental to consumers in the organization’s eyes.

Revolution 60 is the most ambitious iOS game you’ll play this year — That’s what Serenity Caldwell thinks: “it takes a very specific kind of iOS game to grab my interest. I’m not a huge fan of first person shooters or clunky free-to-play titles; multi-touch puzzle games and the occasional 2D RPG are my bread and butter. It was luck and a random connection that led me to try Giant Spacekat’s Revolution 60, a 3D hybrid that’s part RPG, part chess game, and — surprisingly — part compelling animation film. And I am so very glad I did.”
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