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Activist-investor Carl Icahn will pen an open letter to Tim Cook tomorrow

Activist-investor Carl Icahn tweeted today that he will be sending Apple CEO Tim Cook an open letter tomorrow. At this time, Icahn's tweet was vague and he did not disclose what the subject matter of the letter will be.

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Google Now voice search edges out Siri and Cortana in comparison

Over the course of 3086 queries made by digital marketing consulting firm Stone Temple, Android's voice-activated search through Google Now returned 1795 results enhanced with custom content, while Siri on the iPhone served up 908 knowledge panels, and Windows Phone's Cortana gave 630. Knowledge panels are custom-built to answer specific types of questions, and do more than just shoot back web results.

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AT&T agrees to pay $105 million to settle claims of unauthorized third-party charges

AT&T has agreed to pay a total of $105 million to settle claims that the wireless carrier "billed customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services."

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Apple calls GT Advanced bankruptcy filing 'surprising'

Apple says that it's surprised at the bankruptcy filing of sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies. GT supplies the sapphire both for the iPhone's camera as well as the Touch ID sensor. In their first comments on the matter, Apple says they are working with government officials on their next steps, according to the Wall Street Journal:

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Apple sends out invites to special event on October 16

Apple has sent out invitations for a special event taking place October 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM PT. This is widely expected to be the reveal of new iPads and Macs. A launch date for OS X Yosemite is also expected. The invitation has a partial colorful Apple logo, along with the phrase "It's been way too long".

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Asda and Sainsbury's team up with Zapp to launch mobile payments in 2015

Several major UK retailers and companies have announced support for Zapp, which means shoppers will be able to make payments using their smartphones. Zapp is an upcoming mobile payment gateway and platform that plans to offer a new way for consumers to pay for goods and services. The UK service will launch three mobile apps – Android, iOS and Windows Phone – to enable said smartphone owners to make payments without having to take out their wallet.

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Amazon's payment gateway lets Indian buyers shop with confidence

After launching its payment gateway in the US last year, Amazon is bringing the feature to Indian retailers. Through the service, customers will be able to pay for digital goods on several merchant sites using credit card information stored within their Amazon accounts.

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EE announces new set-top box for the connected home, streams content to mobile devices

UK mobile operator EE today announced EE TV, a new set-top box that will connect consumers to over 70 Freeview channels, catch-up and on-demand services, as well as sporting DVR functionality. The 1TB box is a new path for EE to offer a more complete package for families in the UK, and to attract more consumers to the company's broadband packages..

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Report says Apple withheld $139 million payment to sapphire partner GT Advanced

GT Advanced had surprised everyone when it filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, and now we are learning a few more details about the company's financials. Although at one point a rising star in the tech world with its sapphire manufacturing business, GT Advanced's reliance on a single customer, Apple, may have made it vulnerable.

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Transporter can now backup your file version history

In addition to being able to backup your files, Transporter has announced that its new Transporter Desktop software can now also save different versions of your files so new revisions won't destroy old versions. The concept is similar to Apple's Time Capsule in that it requires a Transporter hardware with a hard drive to locally store the backups and file versions.

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