Starbucks goes with Power Matters Alliance as its wireless charging standard

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The folks over at Powermat Technologies are really happy these days. Why? Because Starbucks announced that it will adopt the developer’s Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standard for wireless charging. The coffeehouse chain is launching 1,500 wireless charging stations at two hundred stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. Starbucks is rolling out these wireless charging stations to cities over time rather than doing it nationwide. Starbucks does not exactly say which cities or countries are ahead, but does clarify more will follow in 2015. This approach allows any problems to be identified and fixed before proceeding to the next city.


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Starbucks planning to deliver coffee through updated mobile app

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The Starbucks app has long provided a way to pay for your coffee with just your phone, but the company has much bigger plans for its mobile counterpart. Starting soon the coffee giant will start testing a new app that allows you to not only order from your mobile device but also get your coffee delivered. There are already numerous delivery service apps, but until now none of them included Starbucks. Details are still hazy but the thought of having Starbucks delivered is tantalizing to say the least. Starbucks founder Charles Shulz says the service could launch to Starbucks Loyalty customers in Portland as soon as next month. Let us know your thoughts in the comments and if you’ll be taking advantage of the upcoming service. This is even cooler than paying for coffee with your smartwatch.

Source: CNBC

[New Android Wear App] Pay for your next Starbucks drink with Coffee Time

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If you frequent Starbucks and own an Android Wear smartwatch, you need to download Coffee Time right now. It was one of my favorite apps for the Sony SmartWatch 2, and the developer, Not Just 4 Time, has made it available for Android Wear.

Once you have downloaded the app, just open it on your phone and enter your Starbucks card number, then tap the arrow at the bottom of the screen to send the card number to your watch.


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Starbucks will begin rolling out wireless charging mats in stores across the US

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Starbucks already offers WiFi access points for customers, but it looks like they’re going a step further and adding another technological convenience to their stores in the US: wireless charging mats. Duracell and Starbucks have made a joint announcement that they’ll be rolling out Duracell Powermat Spots that will be designated areas or tables where you can simply drop your (wireless charging-capable) device to juice up the battery while you wait for your coffee.

The rollout for the Powermats will start in Seattle and New York, and will gradually start hitting other stores over the year. Every store should have wireless charging stations implemented by 2015.
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Google looking into WiFi app that automatically logs users into Google WiFi hotspots

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Google’s latest attempt at giving you free WiFi is coming in the form of Starbucks’ WiFi hotspots. Starbucks currently uses AT&T’s wireless service to give customers internet access, but Google is internally considering moving to put their own high-speed access into the 7000 Starbucks stores across the US. Google also wants to shorten up the tedious process of finding a hotspot, opening a browser, and accepting terms and conditions before finally being able to actually use the internet.

To accomplish this, Google is testing out an app that cuts that process down. The app would handle all of the encryption and authentication of a Google hotspot, so just by having it installed on your Android or iOS device, you could automatically connect to wireless internet whenever you were in range. 
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Starbucks app stores personal information in plain-text format

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If you use the official Starbucks mobile payment app, you may want to reconsider. According to security researcher Daniel Wood, the application stores information like your email address, password, and GPS location and an unencrypted plain-text format. Anyone who has access to your phone could do a bit of work to steal that information, which is not something you want someone else to have access to. Even worse, because the app makes payments using an on-screen barcode, that barcode method could be manipulated to suck money out of your bank account.

Fortunately, someone would need access to your phone to get this information, but it’s still a vulnerability that you should be aware of. Hopefully Starbucks addresses this soon.

source: Computer World

via: Engadget

Google to bring 10x faster WiFi to 7,000 Starbucks in the U.S.

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A lot of people spend a good amount of their day in coffee shops such as Starbucks to enjoy a nice cup of Joe and free WiFi. However, the speeds are usually not anything to brag about. Well Google just announced a partnership with Starbucks in that they are going to speed that internet up a tad for 7.000 stores in the U.S. We are talking 10x faster speeds than what’s available now. In fact, they are hoping to make it 100x faster for those stores in Google Fiber cities.

There is only one catch and that is that it will take about 18 months to hit all the stores. Depending on where you live, you might be waiting for a bit.

Google and Starbucks seem to have a pretty nice partnership. Last month, they announced that customers who are connected to Starbucks WiFi can enjoy Google’s Play Music All Access for free, which is a very nice perk.

source: Google

Live in the Silicon Valley? Charging tables will be available in select Starbucks near you

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If you’re one of the lucky few wealthy enough to live in the Silicon Valley area it has been announced that select Starbucks will have charging tables with Duracell Powermat technology readily available for you to use. They already tested a few select stores in Boston, MA. With plenty of people owning smartphones and tablets these days, I’m sure it will be only a matter of time until more Starbucks will follow suit. Check out the source link below for more details!

source: Duracell Powermat

Square claims $10 billion in annual mobile transactions, not including Starbucks

Mobile payment giant Square Inc. has announced today that it is now processing $10 billion in transactions annually, thanks to its widely adopted  mobile payment infrastructure. Just a few weeks back the company made it known that it was raking in $8 billion annually, equating to a $2 billion increase in less than a month.

Similar to Google Wallet, users are required to have an application installed, whereas brick-and-mortar retailers must have the company’s physical checkout system to conduct transactions. Interestingly, it’s being reported that this figure doesn’t include payments processed by Starbucks, whom the company struck a major deal with earlier this year to install its systems in 7,000 stores.

Taking into account the amount of money that flows through Starbucks stores each day, it’s entirely possible Square could see its yearly processing figure double.

Source: Square (Twitter)
Via: TechCrunch