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New Google Wallet on the way, ask for invite now

New Google Wallet on the way, ask for invite now

For those who haven't given Google Wallet a go yet, waiting just a while longer for the latest version of the service maybe a smart move.

Google announced Monday via its site dedicated to its mobile payment processing service that the "next version of Google Wallet" is coming soon.

Interested users can request an invite and must simply login using their Google login information.

From there, Google asks what kind of device users have - Android, iOS or "other."

Changes ahead

The procedural question actually carries with it ample significance as it indicates Google Wallet will soon be useable across platforms.

iOS compatibility is particularly noteworthy because it means the service won't need to rely on near-field communication (NFC) to work.

No NFC means carriers like AT&T and Verizon can join Sprint and Virgin Mobile in carrying Google Wallet-capable devices.

Until we know exactly what Google has in store for its mobile payment service, signing up for an invite might help stave off the curiosity.

Samsung Display cuts Apple ties, rebounds with competitors

Samsung Display cuts Apple ties, rebounds with competitors

Samsung Display announced Monday that it plans to cut all ties with Apple, terminating its contract with the iPhone maker and no longer providing LCD displays for Apple's various iDevices.

Samsung Display broke off from Samsung and became a totally separate company in early 2012, so this rift likely has nothing to do with Apple and Samsung's ongoing apocalypse-sized patent war.

Rather, sources cited by The Korea Times claimed that the breakup has more to do with lessening returns on displays shipped to the Cupertino company.

"We are unable to supply our flat-screens to Apple with huge price discounts," said what the Times' called a senior Samsung source.

Price per pixel

According to the Korean paper, research firm DisplaySearch reported that the price per pixel of displays used on Apple's devices has decreased by more than half.

The researchers said the "new iPad," referring to the 2048 x 1536 third-generation iPad (and not the iPad mini that will likely be announced on Tuesday), sports 3.14 million pixels priced at $.00003 per pixel.

Compare that to the iPad 2's price of $.000063 per pixel, and it becomes clear where Samsung Display's beef may originate.

The Korea Times' report claimed that Apple has been relying more and more on Samsung's cheaper rivals, lowering its rates as it moves away from Samsung Display.

A sloppy breakup

As of the end of the first half of 2012, Samsung Display was reportedly Apple's top LCD supplier, with more than 15 million displays shipped to Cupertino.

"But Samsung shipped less than three million to Apple during the third quarter of this year and we expect the quarterly shipment in the fourth quarter to fall to some 1.5 million," said the Samsung source, whom The Korea times said "is directly involved."

"Samsung has already cut our portion of shipments to Apple and next year we will stop shipping displays," said the source.

Samsung Display plans to ramp up shipments to Amazon and Samsung Electronics' handset division to make up for the loss of Apple's business.

Apple, meanwhile, will likely turn to LG Display and Sharp, the iPad maker's second- and third-biggest screen suppliers, respectively, with 12.5 million and 2.8 million shipped during the first half of 2012.

As with even the sloppiest of breakups, both parties will likely come out fine in the end.


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