David Pogue from the NYTimes outlines the benefit of taking credit card purchases right from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. A company called Square has made a free solution for the iPhone and iPad that allows the device to swipe or type in a credit card and take payments right into your bank account.
This is a great solution for the small business. I have it for my consulting company. Square takes a percentage (though smaller than most credit card companies at 2.5-3.5% of the purchase) and a $0.15 processing flat fee.
Interesting enough, it does bring up questions about why don’t people consider Square for their garage sales, bake sales and payment for the landscaper. It makes payment easy, cool and protects the seller and “store”.
Have a iPhone and a small business, seriously consider Square.
Read David Pogue’s article from the NYTimes
Hulu has announced the roll-out of Hulu Plus subscription service. For $9.99 a month, the solution will allow full runs/seasons of many FOX, NBC and ABC programs and they can play to iPhones (over 3G and wifi), iPads and BluRay devices (Samsung right now). The system will support up to 720p hi-def streaming (at this time).
You can sign up for a preview invite and see if you get one. I’m excited to see what is happening with the Hulu App and online solutions for both desktops and mobile devices.
Yet another option to full-blown cable service for $30+ dollars/month to ride along with Netflix and ABC’s own iPad App.
The iTunes App Store now has an App for the iPad and iPhone that will allow access to the “free” content (I’m guessing to get people hooked) and test the waters. The system is not yet open to the public but as mentioned above you can request an invite and maybe get lucky.
I also tried the app on the way into the office on good ole NJTransit. I had a good 3G signal and the stream of NBC’s 30 Rock started almost instantly. The quality (both audio and video) lowered at one point but continued to stream. I know Pandora and other audio streaming services do this too, but it is much more apparent with video content (obviously).
One other very interesting take on all this is the expected update of the AppleTV to more of a streaming device that would work on the foundation of the iOS4. With iOS4 and access to the Apple App Store, an AppleTV could not only have access to your home personal iTunes audio and video collection, but finally tie into the internet so many people could discontinue their cable subscriptions and sit back on a comfortable couch and watch TV (granted it may not be live, but would work VERY well).
More to come when Apple updates their AppleTV device and we see how it will work with existing media and new internet content.
Wired released an iPad app from Condé Nast Digital Wednesday. The app currently costs $4.99 (which is less then the newsstand price but more than the subscription cost). This is a wonderful and exciting multimedia version of the paper copy of the magazine I have on my night stand right now (got it in the mail on Friday).
The Wired app weighs in at about 550MB and required a lot of work since Wired’s first version relied heavily on Flash (and we all know how the iPad works with Flash – it doesn’t and it won’t!). Obviously it is portable and if a subscription model is created (buy a year of downloads for $10 for instance) – I’d be signing up and converting my physical to digital right now… There is still a way to go, but it appears to be the start of something great and another example of what publishers and the iPad can do.
More to come following the commute and a trial run…
UPDATE: Well, the rich magazine experience is amazing – first generation (there are some bumps with how you interact with the “magazine” but amazing non the less). Some of the navigation feels a lot like Wired (I recall early versions that were orange text on silver pages – pretty but sometimes hard to read), but not as intuitive as one would expect. For instance when you get into a story, there are times you scroll up and down – not left and right. Once you get it – it works, but weird when books and other magazines are VERY left to right linear.
Check out a video of the App in action