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Paypal announces Paypal Here, an integrated global mobile payment solution for Android and iOS.

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

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Paypal today announced “PayPal Here” a mobile payment solution for iOS and soon Android. The new services utilizes a free smartphone app and an encrypted card reader to enable users to send invoices or accept debit and credit cards, checks and Paypal using one integrated product.

Currently, Paypal Here is in limited release but you can sign up to be notified automatically when it becomes publicly available.

In the U.S. and Canada, the PayPal Here card reader and merchant app are free. You pay 2.70% for swiped transactions and PayPal payments, and 3.5% + $0.15 if you type in the credit card information manually or scan the card using the Scan Card feature.

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Moneto prepaid NFC mobile wallet service compatible with Android and iPhone

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

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Yesterday DeviceFidelity, Inc and Spring Card Systems LLC, announced Moneto a prepaid mobile wallet service utilizing Near Field Communications (NFC) in conjunction with MasterCard PayPass technology.

The innovative service enables NFC on previously incompatible smartphones by utilizing a custom Moneto microSD card for Android and a custom case for iPhone.

According to its press release “Users can fund their Moneto prepaid account through direct deposit, ACH transfer or cash/credit/debit card-enabled third-party money transfer services such as MoneyGram, Western Union, PayPal or GreenDot.

Moneto also comes with a companion prepaid MasterCard to give users the ability to access cash at ATMs and make online purchases, pay bills or shop at merchants that do not accept contactless payments. Moneto also enables card-to-card and wire-fund transfers from a secure internet portal accessible via moneto.me.”

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The Humble Indie Bundle 4: $100 retail value game bundle for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, You set the price.

by George Heymann

Technology-Headlines

Looking for a great deal for the gamer on your holiday list? Then you need to check out www.humblebundle.com. The bundle includes seven new cross-platform DRM-free games for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows a $100 retail value and you get to set the price.

Let me explain how the Humble Indie Bundle works, Initially the bundle includes five games, Super Meat Boy, Shank, Jamestown, Bit.Trip Runner and Nightsky. Pay what you think is fair, if you pay more than the average price for the bundle, $5.30 as of the writing you will receive Cave Story+ and Gratuitous Space Battles for a total of severn games.

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Review: Package Tracking 2.0, package tracking done right!

by George Heymann

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If you need a quick easy way to track your packages or shipments, have I got a deal for you! Package Tracking 2.0 is an excellent free tracking application for Android developed by Zachary Cava (Technogeek00).

The application is simple to use, select a shipping company, enter your tracking number and hit track. Your tracking information, if available from the carrier will be available in an easy to read format. The tracking information is presented in two tabs, “details” and “progress”. The details screen displays the current status of the package you are tracking. The progress tab lists all of the shipping details to date, including the current status.

Shipping Tracking 2.0 also has an optional web component that allows you to enter the package details online and then sync the data with the Android app. The web service enables anyone with an Internet connection to utilize the excellent service.

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TouchPal replacement Android phone dialer puts information at your fingertips

by George Heymann

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TouchPal Dialer is a direct replacement for the standard Android phone dialer. The free TouchPal dialer puts a lot of information at your fingertips and helps you find contacts and complete calls quickly.

The main application screen displays the keypad, your last 4 calls (both inbound/outbound), and 5 buttons running L-R at the top of the screen displaying the most frequently used functions : Dialer, Call log, Contacts, Favorites and More.

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Kaspersky says phishing attacks on Facebook and Habbo are intensifying

 by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market

Kaspersky Lab has presented its spam report for June 2011 and immediately captured headlines with its claim that phishing attacks on popular social networks Facebook and Habbo are intensifying.

“The amount of phishing emails remained unchanged and accounted for 0.02% of all mail traffic,” says Kaspersky in its report. “However, there was a considerable increase in the amount of phishing attacks on social networks Habbo and Facebook, increasing by 6.25 and 4.07 percentage points respectively, pushing the sites up to third and fourth places in the list of organizations attacked most. The experts at Kaspersky Lab also predict a surge in spam linked to Google+ after recent signs that spammers have begun exploiting the growing interest in the new social network.”

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Mobile Wallet Adoption Strategies for the Newly-Partnered Isis

By Michael Koploy

ERP Analyst at Software Advice

Isis made big news last week when it announced it had established a partnership with the four largest credit card networks – Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. This is great news for the mobile payments, and a indication that retailers may have more incentive to use Isis than the limited Google Wallet and PayPal NFC offerings.

The big test for Isis will be in the two pilot cities for 2012: Salt Lake City and Austin. Michael Koploy, ERP Analyst of Software Advice, recently express his thoughts on mobile payments adoption for Austin, Texas on the Software Advice blog. To effectively establish itself as the leader in mobile payments in the US, Koploy believes that Isis will have to follow these five adoption strategies in Austin:

  1. Spread the Word with Festivals and Conferences (e.g., South-by-Southwest, Austin City Limits)
  2. Find Innovative Ways to Integrate NFC with Education (e.g., University of Texas at Austin)
  3. Create NFC Purchasing Habits at Hip Food Venues (with Austin’s food trailers)
  4. Integrate NFC with High-End Supermarkets (e.g., Whole Foods)
  5. Attract the NFC Crowd with Merchant Neighborhoods (like Austin’s South Congress merchant hub)

For more thoughts on NFC adoption in Austin and the US, check out: Five Ways Austin Can Springboard Mobile Wallet Adoption.

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Preview: NoLED provides persistent notification for missed calls or messages

by George Heymann

techeadlines@gmail.com

I have a recurring problem missing SMS messages. I’m frequently in the field, in noisy environments, and can’t hear the one-time message alerts at times. NoLED has provided a workable solution for this problem.

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LauncherPro v0.8.5 released!

by George Heymann

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LauncherPro v0.8.5 is now available in the Android Market. You can also purchase LauncherPro Plus in the market through an app called “LauncherPro Plus Unlocker,” which enables all the Plus features on the free version.

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