Lloyds TSB has been announced as the bank that'll be behind mobile payments on the forthcoming Samsung Olympic and Paralympic Games mobile phone.
It means that the NFC-equipped handsets given to Visa-sponsored athletes will be linked to Lloyds TSB accounts.
The latest research to investigate the ever-growing smartphone market comes from Parks Associates.
It forecasts that over 2 billion people worldwide will own at least one smartphone in 2015, representing a growth in unit sales of over 175% from 2010. Global sales in 2015 alone are expected to exceed 800 million.
In this week's podcast we cover Microsoft's purchase of Skype, Google's launch of Chromebooks and Nokia's name-changing at Ovi.
There's also a lot of news about mobile money, with Visa making plans for the USA, Chiltern Railways introducing m-tickets and TNS reporting a 100% increase in UK mobile banking. In addition, we talk to Yossi Yarkoni of DigiMo about his company's new mobile payment platform.
Mark Bridge writes:
Dr 'Bones' McCoy moves an electronic device over a patient’s leg encased in a plaster case. The device immediately identifies swelling within the cast, alerting the doctor to take action.
But this isn't a medical tricorder being used by the doctor. It's a Google Nexus S mobile phone. And the situation isn't set in the 23rd century. It's now.