It’s happened more times than I’d care to admit. Sometimes, it happens while I’m doing chores around the house. Sometimes, it happens when I’m at the gym. Sometimes, it happens when my cat gets excited and swipes at me. If I had nickel for every time my headphones got pulled out of my iPhone or iPod, I’d probably have an extra grand lying around. It’s a first world problem, but it’s certainly an annoying one, especially if you’re watching a movie or listening to a podcast. I only bring this up because this was the first thing I thought of when I heard the news that Apple was pursuing Bluetooth-enabled headphones that can become wireless in a moment’s notice. I’m clumsy enough for this to be the most exciting news of the day.
Could apps change the way we watch movies and television? This Gigaom piece highlights an app that is meant to be enjoyed while you watch ‘The Avengers’ at home, essentially providing you with behind the scenes special features as you watch the movie. We’ll check this out ourselves and get back to you!
And this is why you don’t sell refurbished phones as new phones! It turns out that some people like to looks at all kinds of a “adult” videos and photographs on their smartphones and that some companies (coughRadioShackcough) aren’t doing a very good job of wiping traded-in phones clean before selling them to unsuspecting families.
Yesterday, we spoke with a small business general manager about using iPads and Square instead of a traditional cash register. Well, it looks like some larger businesses are starting to see the light as well! Urban Outfitters will soon replace all of its cash registers with iPads (which cost only a fraction of the cost of a register). We don’t know what app they’ll be using (it’ll probably a system designed by the company and not a third-party app), but this is a pretty big step toward a retail experience where tablets have taken over.
And while we’re here, here’s a chart comparing each of the major competing mobile payment systems against each other. What do you think? Square and PayPal seem to be the big frontrunners right now.