A year from now, MasterCard and its PayPass tap-to-pay network will serve as a cornerstone of mobile-payments in the U.S.
At least, that's according Ed McLaughlin, head of emerging payments for the world's second-largest payments network.
"The PayPass functionality will serve as an anchor," McLaughlin said in a recent interview with CNET.
Those are bold words considering the mobile-payments business is still in its infancy. But MasterCard has reason to be confident. It's the only credit card company to play a role in both of the major burgeoning alliances, including the Google Wallet initiative … Read more
Yet another hardware maker joined the Android tablet fray this week when X10.com began selling its 7-inch AirPad, proclaiming the device to be the "best tablet on the market for under $200." It's also one of the only tablets at that price. So is the AirPad worth considering? The answer depends on your needs.
On the surface, the tablet boasts admirable specifications that include a 1.2GHz Rockchip 2918 Cortex A8 processor, 4GB internal storage, and 512MB of RAM. Toss in HDMI output, microSD expansion, and a full-size USB port and the AirPad begins to show … Read more
The IFA 2011 consumer electronics show in Berlin is just a few days away, but it looks like Samsung might have inadvertently revealed its announcements a bit early.
You see, Samsung is offering an Android app called Samsungmobile Unpacked that is designed to provide users with information about new product details, event schedules, press releases, and more. Sounds like a great resource for Samsung fans, right? Well, it appears it's a really great resource if you know where to look.
The first live images of the upcoming HTC Bliss have arrived online, giving us a clear look as to what lies ahead for the rumored female-friendly handset. Expected to arrive in late September, the Bliss reportedly will offer an 800MHz processor, a 3.7-inch display, and a new 3.5 version of HTC's Sense UI. These new pictures, obtained by a member of XDA.cn, suggest we'll also see a front-facing camera.
Rumors of the female-targeted handset first surfaced back in May when This Is My Next learned that HTC was conducting focus groups with women in their 20s and 30s. The manufacturer was gauging interest in a device that would potentially feature preinstalled apps for calorie-counting and shopping.
Screenshots of HTC's Sense 3.5 also have leaked online, which initially don't appear all that dissimilar to the current 3.0 version. According to the source of the images, HTC may have loosened the hardware requirements a bit as to allow the experience across a wider range of devices. … Read more
The carrier confirmed to The Wall Street Journal today that it will not offer the Samsung Galaxy S II. When asked why this decision was made, Brenda Raney, executive director for corporate communications at Verizon, said in an e-mail to CNET, "We have a robust portfolio of devices that offer customers exciting options, including the Droid Charge by Samsung, which runs on our 4G LTE network."
It's sure to be a disappointment for Verizon subscribers who were looking forward to the Android smartphone, but there might be hope yet. The Boy Genius Report says that the carrier will offer something similar, but it simply won't be branded as a Galaxy S II phone. Of course, Verizon would not confirm or deny, as Raney said the company does not comment on future devices.
Meanwhile, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are all expected to offer their own version of the Galaxy S II, and we won't have to wait long to find out the details. We'll be at the event on Monday to bring you all the news, as well as hands-on coverage, so be sure to tune in around 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET for the full scoop. … Read more
Back in May, Microsoft teased that the Windows Phone Mango update would bring more than 500 new features to the mobile operating system. We've already seen more of the major changes during our Windows Phone 7.5 preview, but it looks like more goodies are to come, including support for front-facing cameras and Internet sharing.
According to the site Windows Phone NZ, which also tweeted the news, Microsoft confirmed at the Tech Ed conference that Mango will support front-facing cameras and also integrate Skype. It's not clear, however, whether Microsoft will make this a hardware requirement on all … Read more
If you frequently travel overseas for business or pleasure, a smartphone with world-roaming capabilities is a good thing to have in your travel kit.
Not only do these phones allow you to stay in touch with friends and family back home, but with their built-in functions and various apps, they can also organize your travel itinerary, provide recommendations for things to do, capture memories, and much more. So which phones make good travel buddies?
Well, first, you'll need a world phone that supports the four GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900). T-Mobile and AT&T phones already offer … Read more
HTC's unannounced 10-inch Android tablet, the Puccini, has started making its rounds ahead of a rumored October launch.
A source to Engadget, who recently spent time with the Honeycomb-powered device, confirmed many of the rumored details.
According to the insider, the Puccini features a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and an 8-megapixel camera. Most notably, it should be one of the first AT&T devices equipped for the carrier's new 4G LTE network that's set to go live later this year.
Additional details expected for the Puccini include HTC's tablet-optimized … Read more
Verizon just released the official Motorola Droid Bionic teaser video, and we're confused. Is this an ad for the much-hyped Droid Bionic, or an upcoming Syfy TV movie? There's no evidence of the actual phone aside from the brief mention at the end. Instead we're treated to an action-packed fight scene set in some kind of sci-fi arena. Is this pretty lady in leather supposed to be the Droid Bionic? What is this figure she's fighting supposed to be or symbolize? Does the Droid Bionic come with a sword? And what's with the creepy music? … Read more
T-Mobile announced a new messaging phone today called the Samsung Gravity TXT. It looks like a successor to the Samsung Gravity 3, with the same slider-QWERTY form factor. Features are fairly basic, and include a 2-megapixel camera, GPS, 3G, support for Microsoft ActiveSync in e-mail, and Bluetooth.