If this is any indication of the kind of trends we’re going to be seeing with mobile devices, count me way in. We’ve seen the implementation of this function with the release of the Chase Mobile App for Android a few months ago and now it looks like PayPal is jumping on board the “pic & deposit” game. iPhone users have had the functionality for some time and now it’s Android’s turn. Is there anything more convenient than taking a picture of the front and backside of a check and wallah, it’s in your account a couple of days later? In addition, you did it all from the comfort of your own home, fee free. It was only a matter of time until PayPal entered the mobile check capture scene, being that virtually most people interacting on the Internet today have a PayPal account. That, and there’s the fact that Android’s market share is still climbing rapidly. If you’re ready to stop doing the old drive thru thing for your deposits (for those too stubborn enough to actually get direct deposit) and you haven’t downloaded PayPal for mobile yet, then head on over to our apps database where you’ll find a QR Code available or hit up the Android Market for the download as well. Hit the break for more screenshots of the app. » Read the rest
I love it when two companies come together to create and form a great idea. Medco Health Solutions and Verizon Wireless are entering the healthcare industry with a bang thanks to their recent mobile application, The Medco Pharmacy App. The application offers “real-time patient-specific drug safety and savings information” along with critical information for patients and their doctors. One of the major features the app entails is the assistance of the prevention of having dangerous drug interactions occur, thanks to the Medco software running what they call “safety checks” for medications that could possibly conflict with one another. The app runs on both Blackberry’s and Android enabled smartphones. It’s also customizable for any user’s pharmacy benefit plan and houses all of their medical history as well. Check out the rest of the features and screenshots below. You can get the app on the Android Market.
From the Market:
The Medco Pharmacy app offers eligible members access to lower-cost medication alternatives anytime, anywhere, as well as mobile alerts to keep members on track with taking their medication as prescribed.
The app has three features:
• My Medicine Cabinet: View medications and set reminders for yourself or other members of your household to take or refill them.
• My Rx Choices®: Look up lower-cost prescription options.
• A virtual prescription ID card offers convenience to members on the go.
Full Press Release & More Screenshots: » Read the rest
Yes, you read that correctly — Pantech. They are going to be launching the Vega Racer, which will be powered by a smokin’ dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. It will launch later this month in Korea, with a 4.3-inch display that kicks 800×480 WVGA resolution, and dual cameras at 8MP / 1.3MP. I’m very excited about faster, dual-core processors, and with a 1650 mAh battery it might actually a respectable battery life. They’re also “in full swing” on tablet development, so we expect some announcements there in the near future.
Still have that T-Mobile G1 or HTC Magic kicking around? Is it collecting dust and you’ve never really had a reason to dump it? You may now as Amazon will take your old electronics and give you credit towards anything on Amazon for your old digital junk. BGR had a chance to test out, and although it’s not going to make you a rich person or anything, its still not bad to get even more savings from Amazon than have that old Android sit and feel useless.
Paul Ryder, VP of electronics at Amazon states;
We want to give customers the opportunity to get great value from their used electronics, Hundreds of thousands of customers have already received millions of dollars in gift cards from the other products in our program. The Electronics category is a natural extension and we are delighted to offer our customers more trade-in options.
Whether you’ll get more money out of Amazon then you would from say T-Mobile’s trade-up program is hard to say, but it’s another option at the very least right?
Computex – Taipei’s computer conference – is coming up at the end of this month, and it’s being reported that Intel is going to be debuting at least 10 new tablets (with 35 planned to ship by the end of the year) at the show. While it isn’t broken down by platform, it is known that several of these will be Android tablets — Honeycomb, at that — as well as some MeeGo and Windows. Stay tuned at the end of the month and we’ll bring you the details as soon as they’re released.
As expected, Google is planning to address that security issue we mentioned earlier with that good o’l Google swiftness. The security bug exposed users’ sensitive data when on an unsecured WiFi network.
Google’s official statement:
Today we’re starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third-party access to data available in calendar and contacts. This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.
Initially, the bug allowed predators to access contacts, calendar and Picasa Web albums utilizing the ClientLogin authentications protocol. As you can see, Google has begun rolling out the server-side fix to address the Contacts and Calendar issue, however, it doesn’t address the Picasa one since it is not as vital as having your contacts and calendar exposed. Seeing a picture of you is one thing, but knowing where you’ll be and what you’re doing at any given time is a little scary.
The auto update is being pushed out now and should be complete by weeks end. Google’s engineers will continue to try to fix the Picasa Web Albums issue and asks for your patience. They will roll out that update just as soon as it’s ready. Did you receive yours already? Let us know about it in the comments below.
Verizon continues to grow its 4G LTE network with the following cites going live today:
- Mobile and Montgomery (AL)
- Greater Fairfield and New Haven (CT)
- Gainesville, Pensacola, and Tallahassee (FL)
- Fayetteville-Lumberton (NC)
- Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen (TX)
In addition Verizon is expanding coverage in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.
4G LTE is now available in 55 cities which represents about 35% of the network. Verizon expects to hit 147 cites by the end of the year.
Full press release after the break
Millennial Media has released a new report on the global smartphone landscape for April 2011. They have reported that Android continues to roll over the competition with 53% impressions on the Millennial Media mobile ad network. Apple’s iOS came in second with 28% and RIM’s BlackBerry OS came in third with 16%. The numbers were much worse for Symbian, Windows, and others as they totaled under 4% impressions combined.
Despite having had them for over a year, Android hasn’t really done much app-wise for its stable of tablets. Sure, you’ve got bigger versions of everything, but specialized apps from developers are few and far in-between, though admittedly this has been getting a bit better as of late. Well, those that have been looking for some good magazine reading can do so starting today…if you’ve got one of Verizon’s new wi-fi enabled Galaxy Tabs. This has been brought to pass through Next Issue Media, a consortium of of news companies who also have plans to bring the service to more tablets and operating systems in the future. This goes in hand with separate apps that individual members of the consortium have released for the iPad. The difference here is that Next Issue Media as a whole plans to give the same 70% profit from tablet revenue to its members that they would receive on the iPad, with the added bonus of being able to access subscriber credit card information and personal data. This latter bit is something that Apple does not allow. For the time being, seven magazines will be available upon the app’s release with more planned later on.
You can go to Verizon Wireless online right now and get the fresh new DROID X2 for $199 as was mentioned earlier this morning. That’s a great deal and all, but guess what….You can also go to Amazon Wireless and grab the DROID X2 for $149.99. Now to me that seems like an even better deal. One thing I did noticed when looking into this deal is that unfortunately it looks like the phone is on backorder. So if you’re wanting to get this deal from Amazon Wireless, you’ll possibly have to wait a couple weeks for it to ship. If you guys are like me, you’ll want instant gratification. This may mean paying the extra $50 to get the DROID X2 from Verizon, assuming they have plenty in stock. You probably should look into that prior to choosing from where you’ll order.