Daily Dispatch: Amazon's first LivingSocial discount; Starbucks expands mobile payments trial nationwide

Consumer Reports News: January 19, 2011 12:29 PM

In today's Digital Dispatch:

Apple has now sold over 160 million iOS devices (TiPb)

With Q1 2011 sales reported at 16.24 million iPhones, 7.33 million iPads, 9.75 million iPod touches (50% of total iPod sales)...

Amazon Throws LivingSocial A Big Bone With $10 Discount (TechCrunch)

...Now it is helping out with deal volume, and no doubt will be introducing hundreds of thousands of new consumers to LivingSocial, and all with just a $10 discount.

Starbucks lets you pay for that Trenta with the iPhone in your shaking, overcaffeinated hands (engadget)

...Instead, you can fire up the app -- which supports the iPhone, iPod touch, and a number of BlackBerry models -- and hold up a barcode on the screen to a scanner in the store, at which point monies will be automagically deducted from your Starbucks Card account...

Magnetic pill holds meds in place (Futurity)

The problem with pills is that they don't always deliver medicine to the spot where it's needed. A new magnetic pill system could safely solve that problem.

How Verizon LTE Phones Could Offer Simultaneous Voice and Data (GIGAOM)

...More likely to me is the idea of managing voice and data through completely separate radios within a handset such as the ThunderBolt.

14-Year-Old's 'Bubble Ball' App Knocks 'Angry Birds' Out Of Top Spot (Huffington Post)

...While Angry Birds was created by a 17-person company based in Finland, Bubble Ball is the work of 14-year-old Robert Nay, an eighth grader living in Spanish Fork, Utah, who taught himself how to program and created his first website while in third grade.

MegaReader app for iPhone: The world's first H.U.D E-reader? (GAJ-IT)

...This futuristic and quite frankly awesome idea is to overlay text on a live view via the phone's camera feed so that you can both read text on your phone and see where you are going at the same time.

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