Mobile payments promise to make your e-wallet a lot lighter

The idea of paying for things with your mobile phone in Canada is gaining momentum. Again.

The politicians, the banks and the mobile carriers all stir this pot every few years.

So don’t get too excited. It’ll die down here again soon.

At first blush, this thing called “mobile payments” seems like a grand idea. Leave your wallet at home! Just pay for stuff with your phone!

If that sounds kind of futuristic, well, it isn’t. It’s just that you’re in Canada. As usual, most of the rest of the world is way ahead of us on this. But for once that might be a good thing. There are a lot of reasons not to use your mobile phone as a payment device. Continue reading

Apple Has Problems that Need Fixing, Too

Apple’s been getting under my skin lately.

I’d barely noticed it until the other day at lunch when a friend brought up the company’s battle with the US Justice Department.

Apple’s been accused of conspiring with publishers to fix the prices of ebooks.

If this is true, it wasn’t for our benefit as book buyers. The arrangement effectively drove prices up anywhere from 50% to 100%.

Apple would have been acting in its own interests and the interests of publishers to instantly secure marketshare and increase profits.

But alleged collusion isn’t the only thing that’s irking me about Apple these days. There’s plenty more. Continue reading