Mobile payments are taking off, not only in the consumer space, but unhinging from a cash register allows small businesses to make money from festivals, fairs, and expos where they might have been limited to cash payments before. What's so great about this mobile payment set up, you ask? Find out my thoughts after the jump.
If you've been following along with all the exciting gadget action coming out of CES, you'd know there's a ton of new products about to hit the market that are smart, sassy, and even kinda pretty. For the geek on the go, there's plenty of ways to wire yourself so you're prepared for anything — check out my picks for the gadget "must haves" from CES so far.
With just a few clicks, you can already get TV shows on your iPhone through the iTunes store, but it's not live TV. Alternatively, shows can take days to appear on Hulu after they've aired on network television. Thankfully, with the help of Qualcomm's FLO TV division, and a Mophie iPhone case, you'll soon be able to stream live TV through your iPhone.For about $10 a month, you can subscribe to FLO TV and get access to most major channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the Food Network, and all you'll need to do is strap on a Mophie case, which not only extends the battery life to your phone, but includes a receiver so you can surf the channels. This would seem pretty appealing to folks on-the-go, since you can watch TV wherever the network covers (currently around 200 million people can access FLO TV). FLO and Mophie will be demoing their service this week at CES, but the service should go live later this year.
Mophie has sent over some fun iPod accessories like the Mobile Vault: Money clip/nano case and the Relo Run iPod case, but it took me a while to get my hands on a new second generation shuffle in order to test the Wraptor's durability, style and function.
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I'm a firm believer that the iPod video should be enjoyed at a stationary workstation, on your commute or when you can pay attention to its greatness. It is after all, a portable video player. So, when I'm working out I use my old school mini or my nano because they are so much smaller, lighter and for some reason, I have gotten it in my head that because they don't have screens, are more durable workout buddies. That being said, the nice people at Mophie let me test out a Relo Run case for my video iPod and I was pleased to find it wasn't as heavy and uncomfortable as I suspected.
At first I was confused and thought I was going to have to strap my iPod on my arm the funky way, but I realized the Relo Run swivels 360 degrees, so whichever way your workout pulls you, it serves your tunes straight up. It comes with the clear Base Case, so your iPod fits tight in the arm band. For a full gallery of images, just read more
The nice people at Mophie let me test out some of their new iPod accessories, including this neat Knox case that acts like a money clip for cash and cards and holds an iPod nano. It may sound like just another over-eager iPod accessory, but I found it to be incredibly useful and handy, plus I like the cool aluminum design.
The Knox allows you to take just the essentials in the ultimate wallet and iPod combo with you when you're on the go. It holds your cards, your cash, and your iPod securely in a slim shell of aircraft grade aluminum. I like it because I have a tendency to spill things in my purse and even when it's protected by a plastic case, I worry I'm going to flood my poor little iPod. Also, the case is just geek chic. For a bunch more photos, just read more