Disabled voters in Oregon will be experiencing something never before seen in the US today: an official election app. Oregon has spent over $75,000 developing software designed to make today's elections easier for voters who might otherwise have trouble with paper ballots. Volunteers turned out at community centers, parks, and nursing homes, bringing with them iPads loaded with the election app. This demonstrates just one more of the myriad ways that mobile technology is changing the way people think about everyday activities, as well as new activities unique to mobile.
Many different companies are selling their own ways to do mobile payments in the wake of Google Wallet, Square and the market's excitement for NFC adoption. Two new BlackBerry phones are MasterCard-enabled via NFC. People are loving Google Wallet, but the mobile payment wave is just beginning. Three upcoming mobile payment options are examples of how it can be done differently than what is out already.