Last month rumors surfaced that Google was exploring an app that would streamline the process of logging on to WiFi access points. An example of this would be at somewhere like a Starbucks, locations where Google is partnering to deploy their own access points providing better speeds than what had been available. Reports last month indicated Google was testing the app internally at their headquarters. New attempts to get updated information from Google about the initiative have proven fruitless as spokeswoman Jenna Wandres says “we don’t comment on rumor or speculation.” » Read the rest
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. » Read the rest
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
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.
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
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.
It is time for another TalkAndroid giveaway. This is one is from Birbeck, the makers of My Coffee Card, which lets you make mobile payments in over 6,800 Starbucks locations with your phone. Check out our hands on video review here.
We are giving away five Starbucks eGift cards valued at $5.00 each to use with the app.
- Leave a post in this forum thread stating what your favorite Starbucks drink is.
- Because Starbucks mobile payments are only available in the US, this contest is limited to US residents.
- Additional posts from the same user will be ignored.
- The contest ends 11:59pm eastern on June 28, 2011.
- Winners will be picked at random and contacted via email by Birbeck.
We announced last week that Starbucks launched an app that enables mobile payments in over 6,800 Starbucks using your gift card or Starbucks Gold Card. Starbucks launched it for iOS this past January with nothing for Android. Shortly after that, My Coffee Card debuted to fill the gap for Android users, but it was not some half baked short-term solution. Starbucks should have hired Birbeck, the developer of My Coffee Card, because this app is light years ahead of what the official Starbucks app offers.
Since the beginning, My Coffee Card has worked flawlessly. To me there wasn’t much need for improvement, but all good developers somehow find ways to improve what is already great. Today, version 1.3 releases which brings new UI enhancements, credit card saving for faster reloading, and a smaller widget option.
What separates My Coffee Card from the official app is that it actually works without bugs, has widget options (added a smaller size with version1.3), allows for multiple cards (PRO version), the ability to lock with a pin or password, order notepad for a list of drinks, notifications for card balances, database backup, and a lot less storage space. What is more fascinating is that all of these features have been there since day one.
Back in January, Starbucks launched their app on iOS, but there was no Android love. Flash forward 6 months and the Starbucks app has debuted on Android. The Starbucks app enables you to pay, track your stars, and reload your Starbucks Card. After you have entered your card information into the application, your phone will be able to display a barcode for scanning at 6,800 Starbucks stores (and 1,000 Target locations).