This month, Capital One introduced its SureSwipe mobile phone app that veers from the alphanumeric mainstream to enable users to log in based on pattern recognition. Instead of setting up a boring old password, SureSwipe users trace a pattern on a square, nine-point touch screen grid that becomes their pattern sign-in. You have to hit at least four of the nine points in sequence, and lame figures aren’t allowed, for you Zorros out there.
Square, the free square-shaped card reader, already transforms any Android device, iPhone or iPad into a nerd magnet.
Now, members of the oldest profession are using it to meet up with members of one of the youngest. The average tech salary of $96,000 tends to attract friends for hire, and the Square is helping to facilitate their interactivity.
Ever aspire to be an ATM?
If it comes to fruition, an Apple app could make it happen.
Apple has applied for a patent that could turn you into a rolling, strolling ATM (think: animated teller machine!) simply by tapping into an GPS-based network that links those with spare cash to those without. The Apple patent application calls it the “Ad-hoc cash dispensing network.” But, if I may make a suggestion to my friends at Apple, I have a catchier name: The iSoBroke app.Apple seeks patent could turn you into an ATM
Here’s how it might work:
My friend says, “No Thanks,” to request to share information on Citi’s ThankYou Point Sharing app. Reaping the benefits of Citi’s new rewards sharing program may not be as easy as it appears. Arm twisting may be necessary if none of my friends have that rewards card or any rewards points to share with me.
And who among my friends is going to be want give up their hard-earned rewards so that I can buy a tent or go on a cruise?