Love strutting your stuff to that sassy barista at your favorite Starbucks? Starting today, you’ll be able to swipe your iPhone, iPod touch, or BlackBerry at almost all Starbucks locations to pay for your coffee (or delicious reduced-fat Cinnamon cake). The program had been piloted in California and many New York stores and allows you to use the Starbucks Mobile Card iPhone app to add your Starbucks Cards, track rewards, and also reload your cards from your phone. How easy is it to use to pay that Trenta Caramel Frappuccino? Just tap “touch to pay” in the app, hold it up to the scanner at the register and you’re off and running. Or slowly reconsidering ordering a 31oz blended coffee and beverage. Going to give it a go? Let us know, alright? More →
Fresh out of Google Labs is yet another application that Google can add to its growing Android library and embed on future phones. This time we have Google Shopper, a shopping application that utilizes Google’s online shopping data and allows Android users to search this vast repository using text, voice, barcodes, and photo scans of book and media cover art. Once your product of interest has been identified, detailed, and priced, it can be saved to your history, added to your favorites, and shared with your friends using the obligatory social networking integration. Android owners can snag the application from the Android market for free and use it as an excuse to go to the mall and spend some hard earned cash. Though we’re not exactly sure why this wasn’t just incorporated into Google’s Goggles application — seems pretty redundant to us.