The time when you can pay for that Starbucks coffee with the swipe of your BlackBerry may very well be upon us. A source from BGR claims that Bank of America has begun testing out its new Mobile Wallet service that uses NFC technology for mobile payments.
Verizon Wireless has just let us know that, as of 6pm EST today, firmware updates for the BlackBerry Bold 9650, BlackBerry Curve 8530 and BlackBerry Tour 9630 will be available for download. Don't get too excited, however; this isn't BlackBerry OS 6. Instead, the new firmware should make the handsets more responsive, increase push-to-talk stability and generally clean up bugs.
Welcome to this week's Friday. We hope you had a good week, and that you're winding down comfortably. Tonight's edition of the Daily Slash is short and sweet, just so we can get you into the depths of your weekend faster. We know you want to be there. So, in the Best of R3, the Motorola Shadow has reared its sleek head again, there's a new in-vehicle mount for the iPad, and trouble is brewing for Nokia's CEO. And then in the Dredge 'Net, Verizon is handing out a great deal for Tour owners, open source video codecs can violate patents, and we've got some new pictures of the Motorola RAZR3.
You'd think CES 2010 would sate even the most gluttonous of gadget-hounds, but apparently there's still room for a leak or two. Sprint's 2010 device line-up has apparently been leaked, with phoneArena's tipster providing them with details of handsets ranging from an HTC WiMAX candybar (codenamed A9292) through the Palm C40 (a different device from the existing Pre and Pixi) and the BlackBerry Tour 2 9650 (the sequel to the current Tour).
According to research done by analyst David Eller at TownHall Investment Research, return rates of BlackBerry Tour 9630 handsets to Sprint and Verizon might be as high as 50-percent. The most frequent complaint is believed to be problems with the QWERTY smartphone's trackball, but somewhat bizarrely Eller also claims that people are "complaining about the sensitivity of the touch screen". We'd suggest that's probably because the Tour doesn't actually have a touchscreen.
In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, there is a line from the Red Queen, in which she states, “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” In evolution, this is a theory that is also known as an “arms race to nowhere”, in which two different species evolve in tandem, one after the other, in an infinite loop. The reason, is because as one system evolves, then the other must evolve with it, just to keep pace.
And so the system is unending and essential for the survival of a species.
It’s no different in the technology ecosystem. In fact, it’s a lot more evident there, as we can see the fruits of these evolutionary developments as clear as day. We watched as the iPhone became the iPhone 3G, and while it may not have been leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in a lot of ways, we witnessed the 3G become the 3GS. And in turn, we saw almost every other major phone manufacturer develop phones to counter the iPhone. You’ve heard of them: the mythical iPhone killer.
Having promised their respective versions back in June, both Sprint and Verizon have now officially released the BlackBerry Tour 9630. In effect the 3G version of the Curve, we reviewed the Tour 9630 over at PhoneMag and came away impressed by its usable QWERTY keyboard and sturdy build.
Verizon have released details of their version of the BlackBerry Tour, which we now know will be released on July 12th. Priced at $199.99 with a two-year agreement, the Tour has both EVDO Rev.A for use in the US and UMTS HSPA 2100MHz support for high-speed access while roaming.
We've been singularly cellularly obsessed here at SlashGear over the past seven days, and it'll come as no surprise that the run-up to the iPhone 3G S has occupied much of our attention. The new Apple smartphone may not look much different to its predecessor, but if our hands-on first impressions are anything to go by, Cupertino have done their best to make the user-experience as polished as the casing. Still, it's not just shiny Apple hardware that's caught our eye this week; Novatel Wireless' GSM MiFi 2352 piqued our interest when we talked to the company themselves on Monday, and then proceeded to impress us considerably in our full review.