Dec. 6 - Paypal's CEO David Marcus discusses the company's new mobile payments tools at the LeWeb technology conference in Paris while Nokia Head of Design Marko Ahtisaari shows off the company's new range of Windows 8 Lumia phones which it hopes will get it back into the smartphone race. Matt Cowan reports
A tablet computer on wheels at a conference named after the world wide web. It could be seen as a metaphor. Increasingly, Internet services are being tailored to cater to mobile devices as more consumers are looking to do more on smartphones and tablets. The online payments company PayPal is demonstrating new services at LeWeb in Paris it hopes will keep it in step with this shift. John Lunn is a global director of development at the company. SOUNDBITE: John Lunn, PayPal Global Director saying (English) "What we're showing here is our new check in functionality. I open the app and then drop the PayPal pin down into the check in. What that takes me to is a page where I can enter my car registration and click start. I've now parked, I've completely parked I can go off and do my shopping." The company's CEO David Marcus oversaw the development of this device, called PayPal Here. SOUNDBITE: David Marcus, PayPal CEO, saying (English) "I can ring you up for a single espresso and my famous lox and bagel and say charge, and now as you can see I can swipe a card and accept payments." SOUNDBITE: Matt Cowan, Reuters Technology Correspondent, saying (English) "How important will these mobile technologies be in the future? What proportion of your business do you see coming through mobile?" SOUNDBITE: David Marcus, PayPal CEO, saying (English) "This year we're going to process over 10 billion of transactions on mobile, 70x what we processed in '09 and we're going offline, but the offline experience is going to be on mobile and the devices of tomorrow, even for what's known today as the fixed web will be tablets and mobile devices so everything will be mobile." The Finnish handset maker Nokia used the same event to launch a new smartphone, to better compete in the market it once dominated. The Lumia 620 is the company's most compact offering, running Windows 8. Marko Ahtisaari is Nokia's head of design. SOUNDBITE: Marko AhtisaarI, Nokia's head of design, saying (English) "We're betting on colour and we're offering choice. This is the Nokia 920, our flaghship. It has a stellar camera, our PureView technology which is optical image stabilization technology and a floating lens. That means beautiful, blur-free photographs even in low-light, all of the mapping applications as well as wireless charging." Nokia recently slipped to seventh place in the competitive smartphone race according to Gartner Research data. So the pressure will be on to prove its playful approach will get the attention of consumers who've flocked to the iPhone and Android devices. But then, staying parked in the past is hardly an option.