Apple fired up the Software Update engines today to push out a new AirPort Utility update (or two!), and as January winds down we’re looking ahead to the inevitable announcement of a new iPad next month, along with a cascade of companion updates such as iOS 5.1 and most likely, the OS X Lion 10.7.3 which has been simmering with developers for a number of weeks. With that in mind, here’s what the tech world has been talking about on this Monday, January 30, 2012.
The mobile payment wars are about to heat up, with search giant Google throwing their own hat into the ring on Thursday in a move that pits them directly against credit card providers Visa, Amex and Discover -- as well as those who provide payment solutions, such as PayPal, Square and VeriFone Systems.
Mobile payments are heating up -- just as Square gets coveted space at Apple retail stores, Intuit is launching a counteroffensive by making their free GoPayment app universal, bringing payment processing to the iPad as well.
Google's looking to put an end to the annoying task of having to carry around your wallet and your cellphone with you wherever you go. The search engine giant plans on testing mobile-payment service at various stores in New York City and San Francisco in the next four months, so that consumers can happily give their money away without the added inconvenience of pulling out a wallet and swiping a plastic card.
With the launch of the iPad 2 now in the rear-view mirror, all eyes turn to the iPhone 5, which is widely expected to arrive in June. Unfortunately, if you’re excited by recent rumors of near-field communication (NFC) technology on the next Apple handset, you may have a bit of a wait.
Everyone loves Girl Scout cookies, but not everyone has money on hand when the opportunity to buy them arises. This troubles me deeply, as it no doubt troubles you. Fret no more, my friends, because some Girl Scout troops are rocking iPhones for the ultimate in cookie-purchase-fulfillment!