Samsung Pay Trades Free Wireless Charging Pads for New Accounts

Today's topics include Samsung promoting its mobile payment platform, Cloud Foundry on Microsoft Azure is now available, AMD continues to restructure its graphic efforts, and Letv and Intel are partnering to commercialize VR video.

In order to promote its Samsung Pay mobile payment service, Samsung is offering a free wireless charging pad to customers who sign up for Samsung Pay by Nov. 8.

The special offer is open to customers who are at least 18 years old and who are U.S. residents. Applicants must have leased or bought a Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ or Samsung Note 5 smartphone to receive the free charging pad.

Microsoft announced yesterday that Cloud Foundry, the open-source platform-as-a-service project, is now officially supported on Microsoft Azure.

Backed by IT heavyweights, including IBM, EMC and SAP, Cloud Foundry is an enterprise-grade software platform designed to help organizations develop, test and deploy scalable cloud applications faster.

Ning Kuang, senior program manager for Microsoft, said developers can enjoy a consistent Cloud Foundry experience in Azure, and a simplified provisioning workflow by leveraging Azure Resource Manager templates.

As Advanced Micro Devices officials look to stabilize the chip maker and return it to sustainable profitability, graphics technology will play a key role in the effort.

At a meeting with financial analysts earlier this year, CEO Lisa Su and other executives talked about advances they made with AMD's Radeon GPUs, including adding the company's high-bandwidth memory, and launching the first chips with high-bandwidth memory a month later.

Su added that AMD is well-positioned to lead the transition to immersive computing with graphics IP that powers the best gaming and visual computing experiences today.

On November 1, China’s Letv Cloud Computing announced a partnership with Intel to develop and commercialize new and progressive types of visual technology, such as 360-degree panorama, augmented reality and virtual reality.

Letv is China's counterpart to YouTube. It is headquartered in Beijing and is one of the largest online video providers in China.

The company recently opened a Silicon Valley office in Redwood City, Calif. Letv Cloud optimizes offline and real-time video transcoding solutions based on Intel architecture.

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