Using the stock market isn't free. Well, obviously. You're buying and selling stocks, after all. But on top of that, brokerage firms tend to charge fees to manage financial transactions. The Robinhood app lets you get around that fee, and now it has made its way over from iOS to Android. Read More
Google apparently has a service in the works called Pony Express that will improve the way Gmail users manage the bills flooding into their inboxes, and perhaps even some that currently don't. This news comes through a Re/code report stating that the search giant is working with third-party vendors that print and mail out bills to bring even more of them online. Google will then give users the ability to pay these bills without having to leave Gmail.
Re/code got its hands on a document showing ways users will be able to interact with the service. To sign up, they will provide their names, addresses, and social security numbers to an outside company to verify their identities. Read More
Several years back this company called Square produced a product that let people accept credit card payments on their smartphones using this portable swiper-thingy that plugs into the device's headphone jack. PayPal saw this and decided that it wanted in on this action, so it produced a similar offering known as PayPal Here. The solution worked with phones, but many businesses relying on such products for point-of-sale like to use tablets instead. Now PayPal Here works with those too.
The PayPal Here app's bright and simplistic UI could possibly pass for one designed by Google, though considering how all over the place that company's apps can be, that's admittedly not narrowing things down all that much. Read More
Updates are typically exciting, but just like they can add new features, they can also take them away. Version 5.5 of PayPal's Android app tells precisely this type of story. The latest release adds in the ability to link loyalty cards to an account and reduce the strain on wallets everywhere. It also brings in faster logins, though this second change takes place behind the scenes, as the login screen looks just like it did before.
Yet at the same time, this release strips PayPal of its check scanning feature. It's still possible to transfer money over from a linked bank account or a friend, but that's not as versatile as being able to simply replenish funds with a check. Read More
Paying bills sucks. Everything about the entire experience, from reading the email/letter, writing the umpteenth check/visiting the umpteenth website, and kissing that hard-earned money goodbye, is considerably unpleasant. Then there's the consistently broken promise of doing better next month only to find that after forgoing all of that fast food, you actually managed to spend more money than the month before. Again, it sucks. The new Mobilligy won't make it not suck, but there's a chance it will at least make it suck less.
The premise behind Mobilligy is pretty simple. It's free, it consolidates all of your bills into one place, it checks your checking account before paying to prevent overdraft fees, and it give you the ability to pay everything off without having to hop around from site to site. Read More
It's hard to love Intuit. Their most well-known product, Quicken, is what people use to manage their finances, and budgeting is about as exciting as watching your weight. That said, they've found immense success on Windows because their software was usable and, eventually, became a standard that users could expect banks and other financial services to be compatible with. Unfortunately, their Android app has not garnered the same reputation. Last year's release was plagued by a number of issues, and judging from the screenshots provided, it doesn't look like all that much has changed.
Oops, those were the screenshots of Quicken 2013. Read More
It's a good time for both the young and the young at heart. Disney has released four games into the Play Store all on the same day starring well-known characters like Muppets to lesser known stars such as ... a piggy bank? I may not know what the kids are into these days, but that says nothing to diminish the potential value of these four titles. First up, Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc. Run
Judging by the title, Monster's, Inc. Run sounds like a Temple Run clone, but that's what Monsters University was for. This new release is a side scroller with 96 stages spread across six worlds. Read More
For the last couple of years, I've been using Mint to manage my bank account and credit cards. It offers a quick and easy way for me to know how much money I (don't) have at any given moment, as well as constantly monitor my credit cards. For me, simple is good - I don't bother with investments of any kind, so I have no use for a service that offers that sort of management. For those who do, though, the official Personal Capital app just hit the Play Store.
In a nutshell, Personal Capital makes it easy to keep an eye on all your finances - everything from checking accounts and credit cards to any investments you may have. Read More
For as long as I can remember, I've been using Mint to manage my personal finances. It syncs with all my accounts/credit cards, and the mobile app is pretty fantastic. Today, the Mint team pushed a pretty major update to the app in the Play Store, which brings a whole slew of new features to both the phone and tablet interfaces:
- Edit Budgets
- Create New Budgets
- Split Transactions
- Updated UI based on Android 4.0 Guidelines
- Updated Widget
- Squished Bugs
- Split Transactions
- Net Income Over Time Trend
- Updated Widget
- Squished Bugs
With additions like the ability to edit/create budgets and split transactions (!), I can almost completely abandon the Mint website and manage all my finances completely from a phone or tablet. Read More
Sprint's money troubles are no secret to anyone. After losing out on the Lightsquared deal, not to mention the decreased revenue from the iPhone deal (which should pay off in the long run), Sprint has had trouble making ends meet in the short term. Thanks to a new deal signed with the Western States Contract Alliance (WSCA), Sprint will receive $2bn in revenue over the next four years in exchange for its wireless services. Big customer.
It's not enough to offset the absolute thrashing that Sprint's finances have taken recently. When the carrier is taking losses a billion dollars in one quarter, two billion over 16 of them seems like a drop in the bucket. Read More