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A new start-up company has launched a Bluetooth low-energy connect card device that can store a number of swipeable cards, such as credit cards, gift cards and membership cards. Coin is a nonrechargeable device with a battery life of two years and can be used anywhere that regular credit cards are accepted. Coin is tapping into the [...]
Having a fat wallet might sound like a pretty good problem to have, but we’re not talking about lots of cash, we’re talking about lots of different credit cards jammed in there. Now, there’s a gadget promising to be the only card you’ll ever need and it’s taking the Internet by storm. Each credit card may [...]
Sure, most smartphones offer free GPS navigation these days. But unless you have a smartphone mount on your dashboard, looking down at your phone for navigation can be awkward — and potentially dangerous — while driving. Popular GPS navigation app Sygic has a solution: Just bring the navigation data to your windshield. Sygic is today launching a heads-up [...]
Fixya, the Q&A site for consumer products, has published a new studyoutlining the most common problems reported across some of the most popular smartphones released in 2013. Fixya’s fix-it request report taps on 13,037 ‘problem impressions’ across the iPhone 5s (3,572), HTC One (2,079), Samsung Galaxy S4 (5,108), and the Moto X (2,278), and highlights the top [...]
When your car is connected, your car stereo is too. That means it isn’t just your navigation system getting your GPS coordinates, but also potential radio advertisers trying to sell you concert tickets or toasted sandwiches. Harman’s Aha Radio and location-based advertising firm Placecast are testing out a new ad format on vehicles embedded with Aha’s internet radio and [...]
Desti, a travel app born out of the same research institute that gave birth to Siri, is bringing its search smarts to your next roadtrip. With the latest update to its iPad app, Desti is letting users not only plot the paths of their trips, but also find notable pitstops along the way. More, the expanded planning [...]
It’s nearly December — which means it’s time to satisfy the gearheads in your life with beautiful, cutting-edge pieces of technology. But when you’re looking for both style and function, gadgets can be hard to find and even harder to choose between. From touchscreen-friendly wool gloves to sleek pocketable projectors, we have some gorgeous gadgets [...]
It’s not atypical to see a wallet bursting at the seams these days – overstuffed with cards – rewards program cards, member cards, credit cards, identification cards and countless other items. One company, which officially launched last week, wants to lighten your load with Coin, a credit-card-size device that lets you store eight of your swipe-able cards. ”This is [...]
A new device called “Coin” allows users to combine all their credit cards, debit cards, and gift cards into one credit card-like device from which they can download information into their smartphones.
Coin is making waves on the Web by promising to slim down consumers’ fat wallets by replacing their credit and debit cards with a single card that can be used for purchases. The San Francisco startup began taking pre-orders for its smartcard at noon Thursday and within 40 minutes the company reached its crowdfunding goal of [...]
The result was Coin, a new smart card available for pre-order starting Thursday. Coin can replace most of the plastic that’s found in a wallet, including credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards. Users toggle between cards by pinching a button–pinching avoids accidentally hitting the button and unnecessarily using energy when sat on–and [...]
A startup called Coin claims to have the answer for Costanza Wallet, with a single device that consolidates all your cards. Coin looks like a standard credit card, with a magnetic strip that can be swiped at practically any payment terminal. But instead storing just one card’s worth of information, Coin can store multiple credit, debit, loyalty and gift [...]
We are, I believe, in an interstitial zone when it comes to payments. Credit cards are still king – just ask Square – and NFC is just a dream in most countries. That’s why Coin is so interesting. It’s a credit-card-sized device that holds other credit cards, allowing you to swap from card to card and even [...]
The whole startup payments world seems set on the inevitability that we will all end up paying for stuff in stores with information stored on our smartphone. Guess what? I like paying with a card. And so do a whole lot of people. The frequent counterargument from many mobile payment companies is this: We’ll load discounts into [...]
Dozens of startups hope to replace physical cash and credit cards with so-called digital wallets tied to smartphones. But one San Francisco outfit is counting on a smaller payments revolution: simply making a better physical credit card. The company, called Coin, announced Thursday it is making a credit card-sized device that can store information from other [...]
With all the hype surrounding mobile payments these days, that industry faces a monumental problem: Credit cards are already pretty easy to use. Now Coin, a Y Combinator-backed startup, aims to make all of the cards in your wallet even more convenient. The company is launching a crowdfunding campaign today for its Coin connected credit card, which can [...]
“This is designed for the lifestyle of today with the technology of tomorrow,” says Kanishk Parashar, founder of Coin, the startup represented by a small black credit card with a digital screen on it that Parashar holds in his hand. Sick of overstuffed wallets, Parashar has taken it upon himself to revolutionize how we pay with [...]
Poshmark, the mobile marketplace that lets women swap and sell items out of their own closets, is launching on Android today. Poshmark, which offers iOS and web apps, launched nearly two years ago and just crossed 1 million items sold this year alone. As founder Manish Chandra explains, Android was the biggest request from the Poshmark community.
Whether you’re looking to trick out your tech toys or just ‘unplug’ for a bit, TODAY style editor and author Bobbie Thomas is here to share the latest and greatest products from the digital world.
In Silicon Valley, it feels like everybody’s always “meeting.” They’re “meeting” investors for coffee, or having a “walking meeting.” Steve Jobs was famous for those. And everyday, there are talks, conferences and private parties, where techies go to meet. I went to one of those meetings recently. It was a dinner given by some of the partners [...]
“College” used to mean something pretty clear: a residential experience where you paid a certain amount for tuition, room, and board and, after about four years, you got a bachelor’s degree. These days, of course, there are just as many two-year community colleges as four-year institutions; you don’t have to live on campus; there are [...]
The way we write code is changing. No longer do most developers spend the bulk of their time creating new code from scratch. Instead, they largely combine existing open source code, third-party APIs, and other off-the-shelf bits to create new products. This shift from “build” to “assemble” has created a demand for entirely new tools [...]
The mobile-first strategy is intentional. Because so much of the non-North American Web accesses the Internet through mobile devices, MoboTap has an edge. This is why the company has teamed up with a killer’s row of global search engines to create the “anti-Google alliance”. Dolphin’s overlapping global partnerships with Yandex (Russia), Baidu (China),DuckDuckGo (United States), and Yahoo Japan are all designed to deliver localized content [...]
Parents worried about letting their children go trick-or-treating at Halloween can download new apps that track kids and send alerts when they venture outside designated safe areas. With the free iPhone app Track n Treat, children send a time-limited link of their location via a phone number or email. This then allows parents to track their [...]
TORONTO (Reuters) – Parents worried about letting their children go trick-or-treating at Halloween can download new apps that track kids and send alerts when they venture outside designated safe areas. With the free iPhone app Track n Treat, children send a time-limited link of their location via a phone number or email. This then allows parents [...]
It’s no secret that Apple is king in North America. Apple’s products are the first thing many of us pick up in the morning and the last thing we put down at night. But over the past few years, Apple’s Achilles heel has started to show, as sales have shifted from new users to upgrades [...]
Frequent business traveler Clarissa Cervantes enjoys viewing auto rental social-media pages, mainly because they save her money. ”What I like about them is that they offer weekly coupons, and you can save 10% to 30%,” says Cervantes, a photographer in Marina Del Rey, Calif. Cervantes says she also likes entering contests. Alamo’s Facebook page, for example, was [...]
Mobile is on fire right now, as Wall Street has pumped up the shares of companies like Yelp and Pandora. Yet in such an environment, the risks can be substantial. So what to do? To get some answers, I recently talked to Hadley Harris, who is a general partner at Eniac Ventures. Before starting his firm, he was [...]
You may not admit that you want to watch “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but Netflix knows you do. Using algorithms that use search data to predict what television shows people want to watch is one way in which companies are using Big Data to connect the dots. It’s captured the imagination of some of Silicon Valley’s most [...]
You may not admit that you want to watch “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but Netflix knows you do. Using algorithms that use search data to predict what television shows people want to watch is one way in which companies are using Big Data to connect the dots. It’s captured the imagination of some of Silicon Valley’s most well-known [...]
Secondhand clothing is a crowded place for startups. For a while there, I was writing about a new company launching every other week. Since the “Buyitnow”-ification of eBay, nothing has really become the new digital equivalent of a garage sale or clothing swap. But trust me, it’s not for a lack of trying. Threadflip, ThreadUp, Refashioner,Vaunte, Material Wrld, Tradesy, Forewillow, and ClosetDash are [...]
A new study has found Safari is the most reliable mobile browser, followed by the stock Android browser, Chrome, Opera, and then Internet Explorer. Nevertheless, all five have their persistent issues: Safari and Chrome users long for Flash support, Opera and IE fans struggle with viewing pages correctly, and those stuck with the stock Android [...]
Apple’s Safari is the most reliable and popular mobile browser, a new study notes, beating out competitors including the preinstalled Android browser, Google’s Chrome, Opera and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Fixya, a repair Q&A site, crunched its users’ troubleshooting requests along with market share data from Net Applications, which tracks Internet stats, to determine the results and identify [...]
It’s waterproof, compact, sticks to virtually anything, has a charge that lasts a year and could be the solution to the ubiquitous “Have you seen my car keys?” question. Tile, a white matchbook-size personal-item tracking tag, is set to ship this winter after raising $2.6 million from 100,000 backers on Selfstarter, an open source crowdfunding site – [...]
The most important moment in U.S. women’s soccer history came in the Women’s World Cup in 1999. The Americans were facing a tough China team at the Rose Bowl in California. The teams battled to a 0-0 tie in regulation time, then in the first overtime and finally after a second overtime with no one [...]
Last week, the Guardian published a number of articles about the marketing value of big data. This column specifically focussed on how high street stores have started to install technology with the aim of better understanding customer behaviour. Briefly, retailers are investing in devices that either count the number of people who enter a store or visit [...]
Financial technology can save you money. Whether helping you avoid pesky fees, misleading subscriptions, or even just saving you time, a new wave of financial tools are gaining traction because, hey, who doesn’t want to save money? Dealing with money is only going to get easier. Now, with the majority of Americans carrying around a smartphone, there’s [...]
Writing thank you cards after a wedding, graduation, a birthday or other big occasion is time consuming, boring and often stressful, especially if your handwriting looks less like calligraphy and more like chicken scratch. Bond Gifts, a New York company, has come to the rescue with an app for a writing robot that lets you follow [...]
We’ve all been there, running late, completely stressed out and searching for the keys that always seem to vanish at the most inconvenient moment. Nick Evans says he has a tiny invention that will make all our lives easier by helping make sure we never lose our keys again.
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