When Google recently updated Wallet with the ability to use any credit card, I was in a training class. I immediately lost all focus in what I was supposed to be learning and began punching in my credit card info so I could use NFC to buy stuff. My only issue would be finding a place to use the service, outside of 7-11 I mean.
Google knows it’s a challenge to find places to pay with NFC and so do other financial institutions looking to break into the industry. Well Google, Isis, PayPal, VeriFone and the big four carriers in the US are banding together to form the “Mobile Payments Committee.” The goal is to keep the technology moving forward and increase adoption among merchants. Wells Fargo, Capital One, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, etc. are among some of the financial institutions joining in on the fun. It makes sense to see all these powerful companies getting involved, this is truly the next wave of technology and I believe it will be the new norm. I think one major roadblock for merchants isn’t the security, but the cost of installing all these types of machines.
Soon the committee will begin educating and lobbying regulators, merchants, consumers and legislators in the ways of NFC. Hit the break for the full press release.
Samsung’s GT-P8110 mystery tablet has just made its appearance at the FCC on Tuesday. Not much is revealed besides 16GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. The shape of the tablet is a bit of a departure from the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. I’m sure Apple will like that.
Hmm, but what about that “P10″ tablet that was revealed in the Apple/Samsung trial that sports LTE connectivity and an 11.8-inch display at 2560×1600 resolution? Could the P8110 and the P10 be the same tablet?
Germany and Austria will be the first to see the Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL, the LTE-enabled version of the TF300. We saw the TF300TL pass through the FCC in May and now, according to German site TechFokus, the tablet will be available this month.
The TF300TL will be available for €629 ($774) with the keyboard dock accessory, or €529 ($651) for just the tablet alone. Of course, a carrier service plan will also have to be added. It will be available in the same red, white, and blue color choices as the non-LTE version, with the white one going to carrier O2.
No news on when, or even if, this tablet is coming to other countries. Anyone looking forward to this one?
via: the verge
Canonical has shown us Ubuntu demos in the past, and now a new video has surfaced showing just how it transforms your phone into a full Ubuntu desktop. The video is in Portuguese since it took place at the International Free Software Forum in Brazil, but you can still get a lot out of what is shown.
Ubuntu runs in parallel to Android and kicks in when the phone gets docked to a monitor or TV. This is not an emulated instance, but rather a full, native Ubuntu environment that has access to all the phone’s data and features. This means that both Android and Ubuntu can share notifications, images, cameras, and much more. If a call comes in while docked, you can simply pick up the phone, take the call, and never miss a beat. Re-docking it switches back to the Ubuntu desktop right where you left off.
The biggest hurdle with this technology, however, is that the Ubuntu instance needs access to the phone’s drivers… a domain that is typically proprietary to the manufacturer. That means that Canonical will have to get the manufacturers to play ball if we’ll ever get to see this become widely available. Seems to me like partnerships could happen if manufacturers want to quickly add a WebTop-like (but better) feature to their devices.
Check out the video after the break.
Are you interested in a Samsung Galaxy S III, but put off by any colors other than black? If so, Samsung may have a solution coming to market that will meet your requirements. Over on their Facebook page, in an album showing off the Galaxy S III at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Samsung has posted some photos showing a black Galaxy S III. The captions on the photos do not reveal any other details about the device.
The CyanogenMod team has started the process of releasing stable builds of CM9. The first device to be released is the Google Galaxy Nexus (Maguro) which was released earlier today. Indications are that release was a bit premature and a very minor update will be rolling out later this evening. Builds for other devices are also anticipated to start appearing on the download page.
CM9 is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The stable builds represent the end of development on CM9 as the CyanogenMod team transitions to work on CM10 based on Jelly Bean. Hit the source link if you are interested in grabbling CM9 for your Galaxy Nexus or to keep an eye open for a release for your device.
source: cyanogenmod downloads
Great news coming from Mobiata, developers of FlightTrack, who now have a free version of their popular travel app with a revamped UI. If you bought the application you will not have the new UI as of now, but I’m sure it will happen in time. Until then, free users can expect the following features:
• Real-time status for gates, delays & cancellations
• Zoomable, beautiful flight maps
• Detailed, interactive, retractable flight cards
• Covers 16,000 airports worldwide
• Track 1,400 airlines worldwide
Although there are some legitimate features available you will be lacking some major features like the integration of Tripit, you can only track one flight at a time and you won’t have weather info. Needless to say, if you spend more time in a plane then your own bed, the free version may not be for you. Still, you can hit the link below to check it out and see the new UI.
T-Mobile UK has confirmed that new customers signing up to its Full Monty contract would not be eligible for unlimited tethering on their device. The Monty plan was launched back in February of this year which offers customers unlimited calls, texts and data (including tethering) for £36 per month. While customers who previously signed up for this deal are still able to enjoy the unlimited tethering, new customers won’t be so lucky.
When a UK T-Mobile representative was asked why the sudden change in their plan, they gave no reason and simply stated: “We don’t have anything more to share.”
My assumption is that T-Mobile probably thought it would be a good idea at first until the free tethering started to eat up too much of their bandwidth. I don’t blame them as “free” tethering has always been such a sore subject on any carrier.
Last month we reported that Samsung and T-Mobile were preparing to release the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q on August 15th. The accuracy of that date was strengthened in a recently released press shot of the new device that shows a date of August 15th on the screen. Looking for these dates on press images of new devices has been a good method for determining the release date in the past.
The new smartphone is rumored to include a 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, a 720p (1280 x 720) display, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. With the slide out QWERTY keyboard, the Galaxy S Blaze Q will be the most powerful phone on the market in this form factor. If you are a fan of the physical keyboard, you might want to keep an eye on T-Mobile on the 15th.
Google issued a major update to their Google Translate app for Android today taking it up to version 2.5. The most impressive change included in this update is the ability to take a picture with your device’s camera and perform the translation by brushing over the text you want translated. This could be very useful when traveling to take pictures of things like road signs or maps or a restaurant menu. The image translation functionality does require Android 2.3 and above.
Other enhancements in this latest version include instant translation results as you type, the choice of a dialect preference for speech input, recognition of multiple Japanese characters at once, and some checks of network availability. To grab this newest version of Google Translate, just hit the link below.
Google Play Download Link