RIM’s Potential Blackberry 10 Licensing Partners: Few & Far Between

RIM’s Potential Blackberry 10 Licensing Partners: Few & Far Between

Research In Motion has nearly finished developing its BlackBerry 10 operating system. New smartphones from the Canadian manufacturer are expected to be released at the beginning of 2013, but they may not be the only Blackberry 10 devices. According to reports, RIM is open to licensing BlackBerry 10 to other manufacturers. Such an move would have…

5 Experts Weigh In on the Future of Mobile Money [Part 2]

5 Experts Weigh In on the Future of Mobile Money [Part 2]

What will money look like in 2020 and beyond? Will smartphones, smart cards and digital wallets kill the paper bill? The infrastructure needed to change the nature of transactions is already being built. There are issues to be tackled. The evolution of currency is not something that will happen overnight. But if the technologists and transaction…

What is the Future of Mobile Money? [Part 1]

What is the Future of Mobile Money? [Part 1]

To understand the future of money and transactions, one must understand the nature of currency. Foremost, it is not real. A coin, a paper bill, a debit or credit card hold no value as objects. Currency has always been a form of data. Currency is the first digital revolution, started to turn it into what we now think of as traditional data. That has…

Nokia After the Burning Platform

Nokia After the Burning Platform

Paralyzing cold stuns the man’s senses as soon as his body hits the icy water of the North Atlantic. Gasping for air and struggling to breathe, the man who jumped from the burning oil platform looks up to see a tower of flame silhouetted against the black sky. Panic washes over the man. He begins to swim. Not far away he knows there is a buoy…

In 2011, a Billion Smart Devices and Counting

In 2011, a Billion Smart Devices and Counting

There are nearly 7 billion people in the world. In 2011, a smart device – be it a tablet, smartphone or a PC – was sold for one out of every seven of those people, according to estimates from International Data Corp. The research firm reports that about 946 million smart devices were shipped last year at a market valuation of $489 billion. Mobile…

The Uninspired Smartphone Buyer’s Guide for the Early Adopter

The Uninspired Smartphone Buyer’s Guide for the Early Adopter

Every day we are bombarded by news about a new smartphone on the market. It’s fast! It has Ice Cream Sandwich! LTE! Yet, for all the new innovations in mobile technology over the last couple of years, the current bumper crop of smartphones on the market is relatively uninspiring. Every new device from various manufacturers looks surprisingly…

PayPal’s Astonishing Arrogance

PayPal’s Astonishing Arrogance

Everybody that follows the payments industry knows that there is a massive albatross that hovers over every innovation that comes to the market: PayPal. In its mind, there is no realm of payments that PayPal cannot conquer and control. The company chafes when other payment innovations, like Square or the Google Wallet, gain press acclaim. PayPal is…

The Potential of Turning Mobile Money Into Mobile Apps

The Potential of Turning Mobile Money Into Mobile Apps

While it might be surprising to some, there are many things that we can learn from Boston-based startup SCVNGR. More appropriately, from its mobile payments business LevelUp. The company is rethinking the nature of transactions from the ground up with one distinct principle: transactions are data.

What is currency but the physical…

The Spectrum Dance: Sprint Twice to the Altar, Twice Burned

The Spectrum Dance: Sprint Twice to the Altar, Twice Burned

The mating dance of the contemporary mobile carrier in the United States is a fickle and awkward ritual. The carrier has certain … needs … that must be met and finding a suitable partner becomes challenging. One only needs to look towards Sprint, the mawkish third child in the U.S. operator ecosystem and its recent history of suitors. Twice…

The Dangers of Apple and Samsung Dominance

The Dangers of Apple and Samsung Dominance

If there were any uncertainty that Google’s acquisition of Motorola would be approved by regulatory agencies across the world, one only has to look at the fourth quarter of 2011 to see why it never was in danger. The last quarter of 2011 showed us which companies really control the smartphone market and Motorola was certainly not one of them…

Breaking Down the Myths of NFC, Mobile Payments and Real World Adoption

Breaking Down the Myths of NFC, Mobile Payments and Real World Adoption

From a technological perspective, near field communications (NFC) is one of the most powerful and prominent innovations to come about in the last several years. But from a functional, real world standpoint, NFC is a technology without a clear-cut purpose. What problems does it actually solve? When it comes payments, how much different is a tap with…

Federal Trade Commission to Hold Mobile Payments Workshop in April

Federal Trade Commission to Hold Mobile Payments Workshop in April

2012 will be the year that consumers will learn how to use their smartphones to make payments with smartphones. Mobile payments will see consumers paying for physical goods with near field communications, mobile wallets and PayPal among other options. It has become such a big trend in the digital economy that mobile payments have caught the…

[Infographic] Security Concerns Surround Mobile Payments and Coupons

[Infographic] Security Concerns Surround Mobile Payments and Coupons

Legal firm Loeb & Loeb is full of thinkers. Its clients and attorneys know that the world is a fluid place and the technology sector dynamic and ever-changing. As part of its “Media MindShare” series, Loeb & Loeb has turned its attention to the digital marketplace to study what the dominant issues will be in 2012.

One of those issues is mobile…

What Is the Problem With the U.S. Smartphone Market? Ask the Carriers

What Is the Problem With the U.S. Smartphone Market? Ask the Carriers

When you control the pipes, you control the ecosystem. At the very least, you can impose your will on a good portion of the environment. This is what the mobile industry has come down to in the United States. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have as much or more say about the devices that eventually reach consumers hands than the platform…

The Nokia Lumia 900 Gives Windows Phones A Chance In the United States

The Nokia Lumia 900 Gives Windows Phones A Chance In the United States

A year ago Nokia was talking about hurling itself off a burning platform into a cold and dark ocean. The world wondered if the largest cellphone maker on Earth was committing suicide by phasing out Symbian smartphones and ditching the MeeGo operating system. Nokia, the company that brought many consumers their first cellphones, was crumbling in…

Mobile Payments Need to Be Smart: On the Road With the Google Wallet

Mobile Payments Need to Be Smart: On the Road With the Google Wallet

The Google Wallet has been available to select users for several months. By select, we mean users that just happen to use a CitiBank MasterCard with an Android Nexus or other NFC enabled device on a carrier that supports it. Given those very specific limitations, there are really not many users that have actually put the mobile wallet through its…

NFC In 2012: Time For The Training Wheels

NFC In 2012: Time For The Training Wheels

There is no question about it, the way people pay for things is fundamentally changing. When it comes to mobile payments, 2011 was the year that the major players began marshalling their forces. Partnerships were forged, baselines of technology were established. In 2012, the ecosystem will deploy its innovations, testing the market to see how it…