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BuffaloBuzz Episode 21: Paying via iPhone?

by Winston Sih | May 20, 2010May 20, 2010 6:56 pm PDT

This week on the BuffaloBuzz, we take a look at:

1)  TechnoBuffalo reported a few weeks ago that Google was planning for bicycle support for many parts of the United States on their Maps program and now, users will be able to access the welcomed feature on the Android platform. Cyclists who download the updated Google Maps 4.2 applications from the Android Market can utilize this newly added feature and find routes that are bike-friendly and off the beaten path.

2) Apple recently put a patent through which is a system that uses the iPhone as a method of payment similar to cash or a credit card.  We take a look at the possibilities.

3) With the iPad pre-orders underway for the international crowd in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, many carriers are starting to reveals their 3G data pricing plans for the new device.  We take a look at what plans will be available.

4) AT&T has changed its story on its 3.5G strategy prior to rolling out LTE countless times in the past couple years, but the good news is that the latest policy shift is a decidedly positive one: it intends to cover about 250 million Americans in speedy HSPA+ by the end of 2010.  Why are they only doing this now?  Why are they doing this?  We’ll explore those options.