As of today, you can now pay at any U.S. Starbucks by having the barista scan your iPhone.
This is how it works:
You download the free iOS (or Blackberry) Starbucks app and fill up your Starbucks card with credit (like any other Starbucks card.) The app then displays a barcode that the barista scans and voila!
Not of fan of Starbucks and their new Trenta cup? This kind of technology is so easy to use that I’m sure other chain coffee shops will only be a year or two behind. Will this make paying for your coffee at Peet’s easier? Yes, but they’ll still take their sweet time making it.
[ Starbucks App ]
Groupon is currently running a deal on tickets for Macworld 2011. You can get a 3 day pass for $10 (regularly $25.)
Macworld 2011 will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for January 27-29. Since Apple no longer exhibits at Macworld, the wind has definitely been taken out of the Expo’s sails. That said, there are still companies and attendees rowing the boat forward.
If you’re in SF and want to check out the latest and greatest, or just see what kinda swag you can score, checkout Groupon for the deal.
Just in time for newly announced Verizon iPhone, the wraps are ready to come off shinning new Verizon store in Steve Jobs’ home town.
Located just a few blocks from the Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto, this new Verizon store’s design is straight out of Apple’s playbook.
Between this store and AT&T’s recently expanded store in Palo Alto, it seems like the carriers are picking up some of Apple’s DNA in hopes of picking up some more iPhone customers.
New Verizon Wireless store on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto
DaisyDisk is a Mac Store App that scans your hard disk and shows an interactive map that allows you to easily spot large files and free up more space.
So why spend $20 on a app that just helps find and remove large files?
The answer comes down to the execution. This app works fast, is easy to use and looks beautiful.
If you work with large files, manage multiple disks or just like cool looking apps, we recommend checking this one out.
[ DasiyDisk on the Mac App Store ]
[ DasiyDisk ]
New rumors suggest that the iPhone may finally be making it’s debut on Verizon in the first week of February.
While rumors about when the Verizon iPhone will launch have been commonplace since the iPhone first came out, two of the data points behind the Feb. launch rumor look promising.
1. AT&T just slashed the price of the 3GS to $49 with 2 year contract. Lock ‘em in before Verizon gets a chance.
2. The Apple Store has reportedly restricted employee vacations for the first week of February, which often tells of a new product being immediately available for sale. Especially one that will require all hands on deck like mass iPhone activations.
It’s been time, for some time, for Verizon customers to have the option of getting an iPhone. And for us already using one on AT&T, more competition should lead to lower prices and better service.
Apple’s Mac App Store is now open for business. You can now purchase, download, install, search and update OS X apps for your Mac just like you would apps for the iPhone.
The store has opened with over 1,000 apps. Both free and paid apps are available in a variety of categories.
The Mac Store is available from Software Update for any Mac running 10.6 Snow Leopard.
[ Mac App Store ]
B&W has announced their new Zeppelin Air iPod speaker system. This premium speaker system will use Apple’s new AirPlay technology to wirelessly send music from your iPhone, iPod, iPad or Mac.
The new Zeppelin Air will be available in March and will retail around $600, placing at the high end of this segment.
While we’re still waiting for pricing and availability details on the upcoming AirPlay wireless stereo from iHome, the new Zeppelin Air looks to be a strong, albeit pricey, AirPlay contender.
[ B&W Zeppelin Air ]
Eye-Fi, makers of Wi-Fi enabled memory cards, has announced a new Direct Mode for sharing photos from your camera to your mobile device without the need of a Wi-Fi network.
The new Direct Mode works by creating an ad hoc wireless network with your iPhone, iPad or MacBook so you can instantly send photos from your camera to your mobile device.
The main benefit of this solution is the ability to use your favorite digital camera and immediately get the photo sharing and tagging benefits of your smartphone or mobile device.
The new Direct Mode will also be available as an update for current Eye-Fi X2 cards later this year.
[ Eye-Fi ]
Still sad that Polaroid is available no more? Relive your Instamatic moments with this vintage skin from designer Ryan Astle.
Versions for the iPhone 3/GS, iPhone 4, iPad & iPod Touch are available.
Starts at $15. It’s not a substitute for your old camera, but it’s a start.
[ Available from Infectious ]
Apple’s new Mac App Store is scheduled to go live on January 6th.
This new application will allow Snow Leopard users to browse, download and update Mac apps just like you would apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
You can purchase apps using your iTunes credentials and they’ll download and install straight onto your Mac.
The arrival of the Mac App Store should bring even more applications and developers to the Mac platform. Check software update on January 6th for the download.
[ Mac App Store ]