Japan working on payment via cell phone for Big Macs

Japanese customers will soon be able to pay for their fast food lunch without the use of cash or a credit card, thanks to a new partnership between McDonald's and Docomo, Japan's largest cell phone operator.

Tech firm working on paperless boarding passes for mobile phones

A European IT company is working on developing a new technology that would make paper boarding passes a thing of the past.

Canon introduces 10 fps EOS-1D Mark III camera

Culver City (CA) - Several camera makers are announcing new cameras in advance of next month's PMA convention and Canon is no exception. The company introduced the EOS-1D Mark III, which shoots 10.1-megapixel pictures at up to 10 frames per second. But the camera isn't just about bigger and faster because it also has "Live View" which allows you to preview shots, just like a point and shoot camera.  

National Geographic announces pre-paid worldwide cellphone

National Geographic and Playa del Rey, California-based Cellular Abroad have partnered up to deliver a pre-paid worldwide mobile phone.

Nikon rains down eight new cameras

Nikon has unveiled eight new consumer cameras in its Life, Style and Performance lines.

OLPC to have a remote-kill switch

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) group will be installing remote-kill switches to deter people from reselling their cheap laptops.

Quanta confirms orders for one million OLPCs

Quanta, a major Taiwanese notebook pc maker, has confirmed that it has received orders for one million units of its OLPC, more commonly referred to as the "$100 laptop".

Kodak launches image printing service for cellphone cameras

Kodak today announced a partnership with Exclaim, which will enable the company to offer a new image printing service that aims to take advantage of the increasing image quality of pictures that are taken with cellphone cameras.

BMW rumored to plan iPhone integration

According to media reports, BMW will be the first car maker to include integration with the forthcoming iPhone.

V Cast adds new BET mobile TV channel

Verizon today announced that it has added the first new TV channel of 2007 to its multimedia V Cast service, in a new partnership with BET Networks that brings many of the basic cable channel's shows to the mobile service for the first time.

VA loses laptop with 1.8 million records

The Veterans Administration has lost yet another laptop and this one contains a staggering 1.8 million records.  Personnel at the Birmingham Alabama VA Medical Center lost the laptop on January 22, but the first reports didn’t come out until February 2nd.

New Adobe Flash Lite adds video

The condensed version of Flash technology designed for cell phones will include support for video playback on mobile platforms with the new version of Flash Lite.

Samsung intros world's thinnest phone

Barcelona (Spain) - At the 3GSM world conference today, Samsung is showing off what it claims is the world's thinnest consumer cell phone, at a thickness not much bigger than a layer of tree bark. The U100, part of Samsung's Ultra Edition II line of sleek handsets, measures in at just 5.9 millimeters thick.  That's about the same as a Type II Compact Flash card, and it's half as thick as what the iPhone is reported to be.  

EA mulling iPhone games

Redwood City (CA) - The name of the device is still in question as part of a legal controversy, but Apple's tentatively titled iPhone has already attracted the world's largest video game publisher, as Electronic Arts has announced initial plans to work on developing games for the new handset, reports Business Week.

Motorola debuts bendable cell phone

Motorola has shown off a new bendable cell phone at the 3GSM conference in Barcelona. The Motorola Z8 is a slider-type phone that actually bends to take the shape of your head. Cnet has some of the first pictures.

Another Pearl: RIM announces Blackberry 8800

Barcelona (Spain) – Research in Motion (RIM) today announced a new Blackberry smartphone. The new 8800 merges the form factor of the traditional Blackberry with the piano-black design of the 8100. The new phone comes with integrated GPS and a n illuminated “Pearl” trackball. Other than the original 8100 Pearl, the 8800 tries to appeal to traditional Blackberry customers with a security-focused, but enhanced feature set. As the original Blackberry devices, the 8800 is wider than the 8100 and offers a full QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung unveils iPhone competitor

Seoul (South Korea) - Making its debut in the midst of a legal battle for Apple over its much anticipated iPhone, Samsung today unveiled the F700, a new handset with a feature set designed to rival Apple's upcoming entrant.The new Samsung device comes with a 5 megapixel camera, almost unheard of for a cell phone, and more powerful than the iPhone's 2 megapixel offering.  Like the iPhone, the F700 also has a full touch-screen interface.  There is also a sliding Qwerty keyboard built into the Samsung phone.  

Mobile ESPN comes back through Verizon

After a failed specialty cell phone service that was owned and operated by ESPN closed its doors last year, the mobile sports service is making a comeback, this time as part of Verizon's V Cast entertainment package.

Microsoft unveils Windows Mobile 6 OS

Amid Microsoft's avalanche of new product and service launches on January 30, the platform that took a back seat was the software company's mobile operating system. The new Windows Mobile OS will get its own debut later this year, and today some light was shed on what the new version will offer.

Mobile content expected to reach $150 billion by 2011

Mobile music, video, and online content services, currently still kind of a niche market, will reach a revenue of $150 billion per year by 2011, according to a new report by research firm Informa Telecoms & Media.