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In July, NTT DoCoMo will launch four new smart phones that are more than just Phone/PDA hybrids. These four new phones will be the first in a line of "virtual wallet" handsets from the company. The units will house a Sony FeliCa smart-card chip, and can be loaded with virtual cash. From there, you can go into an establishment which supports the technology, and simply pay for your purchase by holding your phone up to a sensor. McDonald's along with one of Japan's largest department stores are just a couple of vendor's who will accept the new form of e-payments. Aside from cash, the phones will also be able to be used to check in to airports, train stations, and can even take the place of a standard ID card...but what happens if it runs out of power at the wrong time?

Read more at E-Commerce Times

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The ever elusive Google Gmail accounts are one of the most sought after commodities on the internet. In an effort to kick off the launch of Gear Live, we will be giving away TWO Gmail invitations to two lucky readers. Click to find out more.

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KevinRose.com has a tutorial on how to soft mod your XBOX to give it much more functionality than it has out of the box. If you have ever wanted to back up your games to your hard drive, browse the internet, or even turn your game system into a video recorder, check out the article. It is very straight forward, and when you are done, you will have a much more powerful machine.

Read the article at KevinRose.com
Earlier today, there was news of a new worm targeted at Smart Phones. Many were worried, as it appeared that the Cabir worm was the introduction of the problem plaguing PC's on the cell phone front. The worm is said to spread from one phone to another via Bluetooth on the Symbian OS.

Rest easy, my friends. Although this was just a "test" worm, it turns out that the phones can not be infected unless the user accepts a prompt to download and install a file from an unknown source. In this case, it is the user, not the OS who is at fault. Then again, how many of these PC worms would be stopped just by users simply visiting Windows Update every once in a while? I digress...

Read the full story on ZDNet.

Today Apple released the long awaited European version of it’s uber-popular iTunes Music Store. Apparently, while the “Big 5” labels are all signed, sealed, and delivered on the service, the independant record labels have decided to stay out. They are claiming that Apple is attempting to put them out of business. Personally, I don’t see the big deal. iTunes is just another avenue available for purchasing music. I don’t know how it is in Europe, but in the U.S. it seems that iTunes goes out of it’s way to promote the independant artists on the service.


In what must be called an interesting twist, the British Advertising Standards Authority has notified Apple of the fact that their latest ads for the G5 Mac were "misleading" and have to be changed. The culprit here is where Apple referred to it's latest high-end PC as "the worlds fastest personal computer." Apparently, since it is not the absolute fastest under all circumstances, they need to reword their ad.

The new Apple G5's all come with dual 64-bit PowerPC processors as standard, with speeds ranging from 1.8GHz to 2.5GHz.
I was able to conduct an interview with Scott Jordan, CEO and Founder of SCOTTeVEST, Inc. Scott gave some insight into the inspiration for starting SCOTTeVEST, as well as his take on the portable entertainment industry.

Click here to read the interview on I4U.

Check out the SCOTTeVEST product line.

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