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Apple may have lost its lead in contactless payments yesterday when Samsung introduced its universally accepted Samsung Pay at Mobile World Congress. This may be somewhat surprising considering just last September Apple convinced the mobile industry that it had revolutionized credit and debit card payments with Apple Pay.
Samsung Pay does a few things that Apple Pay cannot. If Samsung were to license it to Android, it could take over the mobile payment market.
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Apple is riding its iPhone 6 momentum, while Android dominates both market share and growth. Is there room for any other competitors in the smartphone OS market?
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Facebook's quick rise in mobile ad revenue has left the impression that it is crushing Google. Not quite; Google still holds the lead.
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Google's cancelled Explorer program fell victim to the Silicon Valley hype cycle that turned free PR into negative PR.
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Few people don’t know who Peter Thiel is. His Silicon Valley reputation as the first investor in Facebook echoes from the startup world to cocktail parties. He’s also known as the don of the PayPal mafia that includes Elon Musk and Reid Hoffman, who went on to found companies such as Tesla, Space X, and LinkedIn. But most don’t know his unconventional views on starting a successful business
At DEMO Fall 2014, legendary investor Peter Thiel told entrepreneurs to resist convention in founding a business.
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FCC sharply divided on party lines. Chairman Wheeler broke the tie.

Utility-like regulation was expected, and the vote in favor of regulation was also predicted. What was completely unexpected was Chairman Wheeler's strong conviction in favor of regulating net neutrality – so potently tied to free speech.
FCC sharply divided on party lines. Chairman Wheeler broke the tie.
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Elon Musk won't lose any sleep over competition from Apple. except for a space in the dashboards of his cars.
The idea that Apple would enter the electronic vehicle business is preposterous.
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Customers upgrading from earlier versions of the iPhone may have fueled Apple's strong financial performance in the previous quarter. If Apple created many new iPhone customers, the growth would be accompanied by a spike in app revenues. But there wasn't one.
The number of new customers Apple created last quarter is as important as its record-setting financial performance.
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GDG Boston - Wear Hackthon Winners Announced - Thanks to our Sponsors - We had fun and exciting participation from the Boston/Cambridge developer community - Woohoo! What a great group.

We had 120 developers attend the hackathon last Friday night at Leaf to hear about the challenge and learn about the prizes.
Saturday 59 competitors produced code submissions for 17 projects. 

Thanks to our sponsors: Google, Leaf, Samsung, LG and Motorola for contributing to a great event.

So here's out winners:

1st Place: Peter Denham, John Doyle, Dermot Duncan
Project: Wearable app which translates gestures to control applications on a computer. For example, swiping the hand to switch to the next slide on a presentation.
Prizes: Samsung Galaxy Note 4's, Galaxy S Gear's, Galaxy Gear VR's

2nd Place: Ryan Pacifici,Joe Sullivan, Eric Lehner and  Krystyana Roman
Project:  Inspired by the Weasley's family clock from Harry Potter, this project will display a clock face, where each clock hand will represent a friend or family member, with locations (such as home, school, etc) along the edge of the watch.  Using GPS positioning, users will be able to see where their friends and family are on an easy to understand clock display.
Prizes: LG G3's and LG G Watch R's

3rd Place: Zhen Hang Jiang,David Wang
Project: Virtual surface viewing on watch, using tilt scrolling
Prizes: Moto 360's

Honorable mention: Jasmine Bhambra and Patricio Cornejo
Project: Wearable mbta app to find nearby t or bus stop and get directions. App also provides mbta alerts with arduino integration.
Prizes: Moto 360

It was a long trip to arrive at the hackathon that we started at the end of last summer. We had planned to hold a single code lab in September and a Hackathon in October. What we found out that it was early and the community needed more time to digest Android Wear so, we chose a different course to raise the Wear knowledge and awareness in the community. 

5 informal evening technical sessions - half hour of talks followed by bring you laptop and code with Wear sessions. In total we reached about 120 developers 

1 evening speaker session that reached 100 developers

1 Saturday Wear code lab that reached 60 developers

1 Friday and Saturday hackathon that reached 120 developers.

Total attendance at all the events totaled ~400 with ~150 uniques.
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To maintain its course, Apple will have to become the world's biggest luxury brand and outperform top luxury companies such as Mercedes and BMW.
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Steven Max Patterson is a technology journalist and startup evangelist who has covered Boston and San Francisco Bay Area startups and technology leaders for 20 years. He has also consulted to many software, electronics and renewable energy startups in Boston, San Francisco and Europe.

He graduated from Boston College with a degree in Mathematics. A contributor to organizations such as Network World, TechCrunch, CIO, Mass High Tech, Byte and RH. He is interested in mobile technology, cloud technology and the next generation of television.

Follow him on Twitter @stevep2007.

Steven also co-organizes the Boston Google Developers Group "GDG."  
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