Gadgets

BMW’s ParkNow is an online mobile parking solution developed in partnership with Urban Mobility.

ParkNow debuts in September and will enable drivers pay for parking in advance, with guaranteed access and clearly defined rates, based on their personal preferences.

On Tuesday PayPal acquired card.io, a smartphone credit card scanner.
According to Hill Ferguson, VP Global Product PayPal, card.io will integrate its credit card information capturing technology to PayPal’s mobile wallet. The payment details were not made public.

AT&T announced their own Mobile Share plans this morning. Customers will soon have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, available in late August, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices.

Calling or texting while driving is a traffic offence punishable under the US federal law.
But Nuance has cancelled it (sadly only for those with BMW 7 Series).
The firm this week launched a new feature for the 2012 BMW 7 Series, dubbed the Dragon Drive! Messaging. The feature will be extended on the BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid vehicles this summer.

Microsoft is set to buy multi-user large display touch screens this summer the firms announced Monday.
And though the terms of the deal are not yet public Microsoft has big plans with the acquisition. Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft in a statement said; “The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution”.

Late last month Apple withdrew 39 of its green compliant MacBooks and desktops from EPEAT,the registry for promoting green electronic purchases.
Now, San Francisco city officials plan to block the purchase of Apple desktops and laptops for use by the all its municipal agencies.

Apple has been working hard to get you hooked on your iPhone, that’s if you have one.
A new survey from Gazelle released on the iPhone’s 5th birthday claims more consumers are hooked on the iPhone than on Facebook, Sex, and even alcohol with the iPhone having a tremendous impact on thousands of its consumers.

There has been talk for the past week about Microsoft making a “Major” announcement here in Los Angeles. Wait no more!
Today at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. Company executives showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise.

For the past week, I’ve been graced by the mobile-Gods with the new Nokia flagship cellphone, the Lumia 900. My immediate impression was, “what the heck is it with this awful blue color?” I also wasn’t expecting much, if anything, from the Windows Phone 7 (WP7) platform in terms of available apps in their marketplace.

Press, Pause, Play’s message of mediocrity is one that musical hardware device maker of this year’s SXSW, Miselu, plans to overcome . Miselu presented their first prototype, neiro, this year at SXSW for an early debut of what is to come from the company.