Mobile Payments and Contactless Stickers?

In a recent article in PaymentsNews, Jim Bruene wrote about the potential for future mobile payments in the form of a contactless sticker… just a simple sticker that you could place onto a mobile device to instantly enable it for payments.  Just a cool idea that I thought I would pass along.  To learn more about the stickers, called GO-Tags, click on the article and corresponding blog here.

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September 2nd, 2008

iPhone 3G vs. Blackberry Thunder

A lot people have been coming to our blog looking for info on the Blackberry Thunder.  With the new iPhone 3G being just around the corner, I have been wanting to do a iphone 3G vs. Blackberry Thunder comparison for a while.  Unfortunately, the data (especially for the Blackberry Thunder) is rather limited.  This is what we know so far.

  • The Blackberry Thunder is running on Verizon in the US.  The iPhone 3G is for AT&T of course.
  • Both have a full touch screen.
  • Both support mp3s.
  • Hmm… both of them are black?

See, that’s how little info we have on the Blackberry Thunder.  But we do have a possible picture of the Blackberry Thunder / Verizon Thunder / Vodafone Thunder / Blackberry 9500 / or Blackberry Storm (the old nickname before Blackberry said that it’s not true).  Again, all the pictures of the Thunder were made by BoyGeniusReport.  Click here to read all the background info here:

Blackberry Thunder Verizon Thunder Blackberry 9500 picture

Now take a look at the iPhone 3G.  Click on the image to see the specs on Apple:

Apple iPhone 3G with controls

So what’s the conclusion?  I have no idea.  I think it’s too early to tell what the Thunder has so far.  Maybe we can get a better comparision once Blackberry releases more data on the phone.

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1 comment June 26th, 2008

Google Making Their Mobile Search Faster

I don’t know about you guys, but I usually use Google mobile whenever I want to search on my phone.  I’ve seriously been wondering why it’s been loading up a lot faster recently.

According to the Google Mobile blog, they just updated their mobile homepage.  I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it’s actually really fast given that you are trying to load up pages on your phone.

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1 comment June 17th, 2008

Microsoft Stealing Spotlight from 3G iPhone?

As we reported a while ago, Microsoft said that they expect Windows Mobile to reach a large amount of the market.

However, Todd Bishop reported this on his blog:

… In today’s letter, Microsoft’s Andy Lees instead says the company “will sell nearly 20 million Windows Mobile smartphone licenses.”

Is the change from “more than” to “nearly” a meaningful hedge? Some might read it that way. But Microsoft representatives say no.

“We’ve always said our goal has been 20 million, and we’re on track,” said Scott Rockfeld, group product manager in the company’s Mobile Communications Business, when asked about the change. “If it’s short of 20 million, it’s going to be a rounding error.”

It’s ok.  20 million or not, I am more excited about the 3g iPhone anyway.

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June 5th, 2008

The Android Presentation at Google I/O

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Steve Horowitz, the Engineering Director at Google, made a nice and informative presentation at Google I/O. Oh by the way, before we even go into the video, the official Google blog says that Google I/O had “nearly 100 in-depth technical sessions, on-site massage therapists, and 3,500 pounds of assorted snacks (including 395 pounds of M&Ms and 190 pounds of Gummi Bears).” Wow.

Here’s the Android Presentation:

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June 4th, 2008

John Mayer and His New Blackberry Bold

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It’s good to be famous sometimes. Ok, maybe most of the time. John Mayer announced that he got a new Blackberry Bold on his blog today. The screen looks really amazing.

john mayer's blackberry bold cell phone

John, if you are reading this, can you please send one over to Obopay please? Thanks.

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May 15th, 2008

More Confirmation on the Blackberry Thunder

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It seems like I am not the only one that buying into the “Blackberry Thunder, Verizon Thunder, Blackberry 9500, or whatever else you want to call it” hype. I originally didn’t want to put this picture up because it’s nothing but some great photoshop skills, but it seems like every other blog has this picture now so here it is. The potential Blackberry Thunder:

Blackberry Thunder - Verizon Thunder - Blackberry 9500 picture

We gotta give credit where credit is due. This is made by Boy Genius Report and as far as I know, he hasn’t told us where he got that kind of information. And before I forget, a lot of people are writing about this too, as seen here and here.

I am not 100% sure if this rumor is true or not, but it does kind of make sense. If I was Blackberry, I would want to follow the iPhone lead and come up with a touchscreen phone too. I might seriously consider switching to Verizon if this becomes reality.

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May 15th, 2008

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