5 things you need to know today: January 3, 2012
Get the day kicked off with things you need to know in mobile tech
1. New BlackBerry for T-Mobile!
Sorry to get you excited, but it's just a BlackBerry Curve 9315, and it's also running BlackBerry OS 7. But perhaps the vestiges of die-hard BlackBerry fans will appreciate it, though I doubt hardly anyone would consider buying it with BlackBerry 10 on the horizon. Still, it's noteworthy to mention that by some miracle, new BlackBerry devices are still being released. It will be available Jan. 16, according to BGR.
2. Starbucks sells Square mobile card reader now
The Starbucks/Square partnership moves forward as the purveyor of fine coffees is now selling the Square mobile card reader for just $10, according to The Next Web. New Square users get a $10 rebate, so the card reader is basically free. With Square, you can make and accept payments with your credit or debit card via a smartphone, tablet or iPod Touch and the card reader. You'll probably be able to find it next to the CDs, overpriced bottles of water and mints.
3. Google has sold less than 400,000 Nexus 4 units
According to the Guardian, LG has only produced about 370,000 Nexus 4 units, most of which were sold as soon as Google could push them through its Play Store. The IMEI numbers on every device gave the clever folks at XDA Developers a way to determine how many Nexus 4 units were produced each month. So now we know why it's so damn hard to find a Nexus 4 -- there aren't very many floating around out there!
4. New BlackBerry phones for AT&T and Verizon leaked
BusinessInsider was sent some photos of the BlackBerry Z10, a new smartphone from RIM that will be available on Verizon's and AT&T's networks. The Z10 looks pretty much like the prototype BlackBerry 10 handsets we've already seen, so nothing terribly exciting here. Unless you're a fanatical BlackBerry lover.
5. Use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for YouTube
How sweet it is to be lazy. You'll soon be able to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for YouTube, which is perfect when you have it playing through your television set. YouTube is showing off this new trick at CES with partners like Bang & Olufson, Panasonic and Sony.