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Samsung acquires mobile payments company LoopPay to take on Apple Pay

It looks like Apple is about to get some new competition in the mobile payments arena from Samsung. The company announced today that it will acquire LoopPay, an Apple Pay competitor that works with existing magnetic strip readers.

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Check out this nostalgia-inducing 'Back to the Future' DeLorean iPhone case

If 2015 is rustling up your Back to the Future nostalgia, you can now make your love for the film known to the world through none other than an iPhone case. Bandai recently unveiled a case for the iPhone 6 that is fashioned after the time-traveling DeLorean from the hit movie trilogy.

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Motorola boss fights back against Jony Ive's Moto Maker criticism

Motorola President Rick Osterloh disagrees with Apple designer Jony Ive's criticism of the Moto Maker phone customization program. In a recent profile of Ive, the designer sharply criticized an unnamed competitor that allowed customers to "make it whatever you want," saying that that "I believe that's abdicating your responsibility as a designer." Osterloh wasn't about to take that sitting down.

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Ex-GM CEO fails to learn from history, warns Apple against making a car

As Apple Car rumors continue to make their way around the internet, former GM CEO Dan Akerson has taken it upon himself to warn Apple to stay away from automotive manufacturing and, instead, continue to focus on software infotainment efforts, namely, CarPlay.

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Apple's new West Lake store in China is simply stunning

Apple's retail stores have always been attractive places, but their newest store in at the West Lake shopping center in Hangzhou, China, is more than attractive: it's gorgeous. Nearly nine years after the opening of the iconic Fifth Avenue cube, the West Lake Store continues Apple's traditions of glass, steel,and light, but in a striking cantilevered design by Foster + Partners architects (the same firm behind the design of the enormous ring-shaped Apple Campus 2). The store is the largest Apple Store in China and opened late last month.

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Dropbox will soon let you open shared links right into its app

Dropbox is now in the process of rolling out a new feature for mobile users that will let you open shared Dropbox links from an email or in a browser right in the mobile app for iOS and Android. Opening a link directly in the Dropbox app allows you to get rich previews of documents and images and easily save files.

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Taylor Swift is giving iTunes a little Wonderland

Shake off that snub, iTunes: You're finally getting a little wonderland in the form of Taylor Swift's previously Target-exclusive bonus tracks.

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Verizon Wireless swaps CEOs, John Stratton now in charge

Big Red has a new chief, with John Stratton replacing Dan Mead as CEO of Verizon Wireless. Stratton comes from within Verizon, having previously served as the company's President of Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline. Mead will stay with Verizon to oversee the sale of the company's wireline assets, and then plans to retire. Verizon Wireless is still a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, so Stratton will report to the parent company's CEO Lowell McAdam.

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Keep an eye out for visitors with the DoorBird Video Doorbell

Bird Home Automation has announced the DoorBird Video Doorbell, a new smart doorbell for connected homes. This doorbell includes a video camera and connects to your iPhone or Android device, letting you see and communicate with people outside your home no matter where you are using either Wi-Fi or a cellular connection. The DoorBird will be compatible with a number of smart home devices and standards, including Apple's HomeKit. Bird Home Automation expects the DoorBird to be available to consumers at some point in the spring of 2015.

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19 more banks sign on to Apple Pay, total hits 90

Another week, another batch of banks signing on to offer Apple Pay support for their customers' credit and debit cards. This time we're looking at 19 new banks, with the big one definitely being Morgan Stanley. The newest additions bring the total number of banks supporting Apple Pay to 90, offering millions of customers the opportunity to make payments with their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus securely and without having to pull out their old-fashioned plastic card.

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