Like it or not, the notion of a so-called “cashless society” is only a few implementations shy of reality – and we’d bet (which means we don’t know for sure) that future mobile phones – including the iPhone (future version) – will eventually carry RFID chips (or an equivalent technology) to help ensure your identity when making any kind of payment.
There’s been signs of this before, with banks introducing various account management applications for the iPhone. While these stop short at use of these devices as a payment or debit card at least one major force in the banking industry payment solutions world is working on a solution that does just that.
Motorola has introduced three new music-playing mobile phones to expand its ROKR range, the EM30, EM28 and EM25 phones.
The EM30 is a candybar phone, the EM28 adopts a clamshell design with “sonic features and touch-sensitive keys”, while the ROKR EM25 is a slider phone with FM radio sharing capabilities. They should ship internationally this year.
The EM30 uses Motorola’s ModeShift technology to illuminate the keyboard – red keys illuminate in music mode and a brilliant blue keypad appears in phone mode.
Additional features include support for MP3, an FM radio with RDS technology and a 3.5mm stereo headset jack (so you can use your choice of headphones). Oh, and it uses Windows Media Player 11 for online music services. Continue reading →
Motorola is preparing to fight back against its bleeding market share, bringing in a new company leader with a proven background in research and development, Dr. Sanjay Jha, who has been appointed co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Motorola’s Mobile Devices business, effective immediately.
Jha will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Motorola’s mobile devices business and will report directly to the Board. Continue reading →
Last.fm last week introduced a redesigned website, equipped with a host of new features designed to make the service even better for music fans – and today the company began to stress the new opportunities for advertisers within the new portal.
The company revealed that leading brands, including Converse and Motorola, have chosen to sign-up for Last.fm’s new ads opportunity, saying this means next-generation marketing campaigns featuring “smart ads” designed to establish a one-to-one connection with the user.
Last.fm co-founder, Martin Stiksel, said: “We’ve built an ever-growing community of opinion-forming music fans, actively engaged with and returning again and again daily to their Last.fm pages. We offer advertisers the ability to reach this crucial audience and hold their attention because we know what they’re into, and we know the kinds of features they respond best to. We’ve already had great success targeting campaigns for global brands like the BBC, Orange, and Apple, and the new site opens up even more compelling opportunities.” Continue reading →
Whrrl focuses on helping users find and share local knowledge with others, combining mapping and blogging with social discovery that, apparently, “changes the way people use virtual friend networks to shape their experiences in the physical world.”
The US-only service can plot friends’ real-time locations on the Whrrl map, which itself now allows users to filter in order to see only those people, places and events that matter to them.
The service is now compatible with BlackBerry World 8830, multiple Motorola RAZR models including the V3M, v3xx, V9, v9M, and the Samsung M610, BlackBerry Pearl and Curve, the Nokia N95, and soon the Apple iPhone.