I just wanted to make an apology post about the lack of new content on the website. I’m currently a college student and if you have been in my shoes before, finals can really put a barrier up between you and your life. Finals have been over for a few weeks now; I have been recollecting my thoughts and putting new ideas together for how I want my site to work. The website is currently ran by only one person who is me.
New content will be posted in the coming days and for the remainder of the summer. I’ll do my best during school months and promise to make better content that will quench your thirst for technology and gaming.
After months of rumors and speculations, the Google Wallet debit card is officially here. The prepaid debit card lets Google Wallet users make payments with their Wallet balance at any ATM, bank, or any business that accepts MasterCard Debit.
Starting today you can request your own card and Google says that it should arrive in 10 to 12 business days. Shipping is free and there aren’t any additional fees to get started with the card. The Google Wallet Card can be used for purchases both online and in physical stores. Its practically just like any other debit card that you currently hold. Google has set a maximum $5,000 per day spending limit on the card.
It was rumored that the card would arrive earlier this year but later reports said that the project was put on hold. I personally think the only reason why they are releasing it is because of it’s competitor, Coin. I’ve already ordered mine and will give you the full detailed experience with my use with the card.
According to 9to5mac and Israeli publication Calcalist.co.il, Apple has purchased PrimeSense, the company that created the original Microsoft Kinect technology for $345 Million. This recent purchase will soon allow Apple to add controls that will require body movements. Similar to what has been seen on the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Apple has been working on its own gesture-controlled OS as seen below.
Microsoft used PrimeSense’s technology for the original Kinect. They have since replaced PrimeSense’s technology for their own in-house 3D mapping systems.
To move forward in life you have to take baby steps in order to get where you plan to go. Apple and Google were not thinking that when they released there smartphone based payment systems. It seems that only one company was thinking of baby steps and this San Francisco start-up has put together a fine, slim piece of plastic that will take swiping cards to new heights.
Imagine not having to carry every single credit card, debit card, gift card and membership card you have shoved in your wallet. Imagine having all of those cards inside of one card. Now imagine Coin, a device that is precisely the same size as a credit card.
The way Coin works is there is a tiny computer chip inside that stores the data from all of your cards internally. Just like on a credit or debit card, Coin has a magnetic strip that runs along the bottom and can be edited any time. You simply cycle through the various credit or debit cards by tapping a button on the Coin, select the appropriate card, and then hand it over to the retailer to be swiped. Its really that simple!
The Coin has some really neat features about it like its integrated Bluetooth Low Energy transmitter that alerts a users phone if the card is left behind. Another awesome thing about the Coin is that the battery last for 2 years. After the 2 years are up there will be a replacement Coin.
I guess its finally safe to say that the future of payments is here.
Here’s a video of the Coin in action; It ships this summer.