Future-fascinated techies have been awaiting this day–when we could ditch credit cards and cash in favor of a smart phone-enabled payment device.
Enter Starbucks, who on Wednesday announced the release of a that customers can download onto their smart phones (excluding droids) and scan to pay for their coffee purchase.
Though tech payment companies like , , and have been working on this type of mobilized payment ab for a while, the world's largest coffee chain has them beat with what's being called "the most mainstream example yet," according to The New York Times.
None of us here have tried it yet, so we're taking NYT's word for it: "The money is subtracted from their Starbucks account, which they can load with credit cards or, on iPhones, with PayPal funds. Customers can also use the app to reload their cards, check their balances, find nearby stores and earn stars for purchases to trade in for free drinks."
The app was tested in a few stores in Seattle and California in 2008, but has been released to 6,800 stores. Could this make WD's next list of life-changing inventions? -Brynn Mannino, Assistant Editor