Late News: Mobile Payment Market Boom, Interactive Broadband Map By Ofcom, Nintendo 3DS Prices Slashed

A new report has estimated that the mobile payments market will triple in the next four years to reach $670 billion. According to a report released by Juniper Research, the current mobile payments market, which includes purchases, transfer and near fields communication (NFC), has a market value of $240 billion.

UK telecom regulator Ofcom has dished out an interactive map which shows broadband speeds in areas across the UK. The regulator said that the broadband map would allow local authorities to see which areas need most attention and bid for funds accordingly.

The price difference between the Nintendo 3DS, the DSi XL and the DSi is rapidly shrinking with the latter being the more likely to vanish before long. As it stands, the portable gaming consoles cost £175, £139 and £130 respectively at Dixons but use the code "game10" at checkout and you can cut the prices to £157.50, £125.10 and £117 respectively.

5 million iPad 2 touch panels were shipped last month and it appears Apple is planning to maintain the trend as 5 million touch-screen sensors will be shipped for its second-generation tablet this month, PCMag reports. The Cupertino-based company is reportedly preparing to increase its iPad 2 shipment volume to 14 million units in Q3.

Windows maker Microsoft Corp. has unveiled a brand new version of its native Bing app for the iPad today, probably aimed at making users forget about Apple’s built-in copy-paste feature which can be quite annoying at times due to its sheer rigidity.