Archive for May 26, 2011

Google Wallet on Android: iOS and Windows Phone Must Be Next

Google Wallet on Android: iOS and Windows Phone Must Be Next

On May 26th, 2011, Google announced a partnership with financial groups Citi, MasterCard, and First Data, mobile networks like NXP, Sprint, and Samsung (the last two obvious since their hero device in this project is the Nexus S 4G,) and retail locations like American Eagle, Subway, and Macy's. These partnerships all converge on a single project: Google Wallet. This project is an NFC-based and will rely on several factors to be successful: the participation of major businesses, the ability to have manufacturers add compatible NFC chips to handheld devices, and the confidence of the population Google hopes will adopt the system. But wait a second - will this whole system collapse if it's only on Android phones? Let's have a chat about why Apple and Microsoft [plus RIM and Nokia] must be next on the docket or the entire project may be grounded before it even takes off flying.

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Amazon Launches Mac Download Store, Targeting Apple Mac App Store

Amazon Launches Mac Download Store, Targeting Apple Mac App Store

Amazon has just opened the doors for its new Mac Download Store, which is in direct competition with Apple's own Mac App Store. Amazon has been going after Apple on several fronts lately, including the iTunes assault with $0.69 chart toppers to the recent $0.99 Lady Gaga album. In similar fashion, the new Mac Download Store will attempt to do everything the Mac App Store does, but better.

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T-Mobile G2x Disappearance Explained, Firmware Updates Expected

T-Mobile G2x Disappearance Explained, Firmware Updates Expected

Yesterday, its was noticed that T-Mobile's G2x had mysteriously disappeared from the carrier's online store. A search for the device only turned up accessories but not the phone itself. TMoNews had first suspected that the device may have been pulled due to several quality issues that the phone has been experiencing since day one. However, this morning T-Mobile responded via Twitter with a different reason for the disappearance.

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Ecopad Concept Tablet Powered By Touch

Ecopad Concept Tablet Powered By Touch

Can you imagine having a tablet that you'll never need to plug in to recharge? That's what a team of designers have dreamed up with in their tablet concept called the Ecopad. The Ecopad is powered simply by your touching and pressing of the screen, where typing, swiping, and tapping actually does the recharging.

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Android Tablets Have Room to Grow

Android Tablets Have Room to Grow

In talking with some some analyst colleagues both in the industry and financial sector, I've come across some interesting perspectives regarding Android tablets. Most of it extremely shortsighted and uninformed, yet these are credible voices with powerful opinions. My goal in this article is to add some perspective about the tablet market but also point out why Android tablets are not doomed to fail.

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Google Wallet Objects to be the Backbone of the New NFC System, Partners Comment [Video]

Google Wallet Objects to be the Backbone of the New NFC System, Partners Comment [Video]

Access to Google Wallet will be free to all businesses. That's what Google said on May 26th in New York. This system will be rolled out with a handful of partners including Citi Bank, who noted they were very proud to be the first big rollout partner for the NFC system for payments in the USA. Citi added that they'd be running at this program full tilt, making a real effort to make this program a reality for the entirety of the USA and around the world. MasterCard noted their contributions and items they're excited about to be Pay Pass, real-time communication between the consumer and the network, and the notion that once consumers experience tap-to-pay and see how convenient and nice it is, they never go back.

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Google Wallet “Single Tap” Demoed on Point-of-Sale System

Google Wallet “Single Tap” Demoed on Point-of-Sale System

Credit Card, Coupon, and Reward Coupon. These are the three items that are thus far available in the Google Wallet system that you'll be able to use when checking in at stores, purchasing items like what Google showed off at the May 26th event in NYC, a pair of shorts from American Eagle. The system was further detailed from start to finish: look up the shorts at home, find a coupon, transfer the coupon to your phone the same way you'd transfer an app via the Android Market, and bring the phone to the store to tap. All you've got to do is sign!

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Google Wallet Demoed on Nexus S

Google Wallet Demoed on Nexus S

The steps for Google Wallet setup are thus, says Google on May the 26th in New York: Attach your Wallet, Enter your Pin, Add your Credit Card, and lock. Quite simple. This service will work between Citi bank, FirstData for management, and you with your personal information. Your information will be secured and available to you instantly in your "wallet." Once your card is in your wallet, you can choose to active or de-activate your card on demand. In addition to your credit card, you've got an instant Google card [GCard] which you can add funds to separately. AKA you can add funds how you want, no matter how confident you are in the security.

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4-Bit Chronograph Watch talks UTC time in binary blocks

4-Bit Chronograph Watch talks UTC time in binary blocks

So, you like the idea of a Tokyoflash watch and some binary goodness to your timekeeping, but you either can't face decoding LEDs every time you want to know if you can stop work, or need something that looks a little more formal than the bridge of the original Star Ship Enterprise. Enter The Cadence Watch Company and its 4-Bit Chronograph Watch, which pairs analog hands with binary notation for a more subtle celebration of your geekiness.

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Google Wallet and Google Offers Partner with Citibank, Mastercard, First Data, and Sprint

Google Wallet and Google Offers Partner with Citibank, Mastercard, First Data, and Sprint

In an event in NYC on May 26th 2011, Google announced their vision for the future in NFC. They noted that they'd be investing in technologies and platforms that would change people's lives in commerce. This program started with Google Wallet and went on to work with Google Offers. "Your phone becomes your wallet" is what their first tagline will be, this being the selling point of Google Wallet. This program will work via the NFC chip already installed in Google's latest hero phone the Nexus S and the Nexus S 4G.

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