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Don't want to weed through payment cards at the cash wrap? Try these payment and digital wallet apps for iPhone instead!
Looking for the best iPhone apps to pay with at your favorite stores? The ones that will let you make your wallet digital? The App Store offers all kinds of payment solutions for iPhone. Whether you're buying online or going to a good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar, there are a ton of apps to choose from. But wish payment and wallet apps are the very best?
Square Wallet lets you link a debit or credit card to your Square account and pay with it anywhere Square payments are accepted. If someone sends you a Square gift card you can also store that inside the Square Wallet app for use whenever you're at that merchant. For some places of business, you can even choose items from inventory and have your sale ready before even getting to the cash register. Square merchants can then see you're using Square Wallet from the Square Register app and simply tap to confirm your payment.
If a lot of merchants in your area use Square, you can't go wrong with Square Wallet.
Google Wallet, currently available for purchases in the United States, lets you save all your loyalty cards in once place. You can also make payments online and at any merchant that has a card with credit attached to it. If you need to send money to someone, you can do so for free as long as they're using Google Wallet as well. Google Wallet offers tap to pay for NFC-enabled devices but as the iPhone doesn't have NFC, tap to pay isn't something Google Wallet supports for iOS... yet.
If you make a lot of digital payments or are tied into Google's services already, Google Wallet is a great option.
PayPal is one of the most accepted payment services on the planet. Lots of physical merchants can also let you pay with PayPal, no actual credit card needed. The PayPal app can use your location to determine what merchants around you let you pay with PayPal. Once you're at the checkout, just tell them you're paying with PayPal instead of cash or a card. You'll just have to enter your mobile number and PIN and you're good to go. PayPal just deducts the funds from whatever bank account or credit card you have linked.
If you already use PayPal as your payment service of choice, check out what merchants support payments with PayPal in your area.
Isis is available to both AT&T and Verizon customers and offers the same tap to pay functionality Android users currently enjoy with NFC. The only catch? You'll need to buy an accessory case to make Isis work. After that you can add all your payment cards, including American Express Serve and Chase bank cards, and start tapping to pay at literally thousands of merchants with tap to pay terminals.
If you don't mind buying a case in order to get the same tap to pay treatment Android customers already enjoy, get Isis Mobile Wallet.
Last but definitely not least, lots of merchants have deployed their own payments cards that are integrated through Passbook. Just add the card within the merchant's app with support for Passbook and you're good to go. Whenever you're within the vicinity of a merchant you have stored in Passbook, your pass should appear on your Lock screen for easy access. Popular merchants such as Starbucks have deployed Passbook payments worldwide.
Do you make payments both online and at local merchants right from your iPhone? If so, what payment apps do you find yourself using the most? Let me know in the comments!
Klout has been updated to version 2.0, adding a number of features to help users stay in control of their online presence. These include a personalized content stream, content scheduling, a topic explorer, and more.
The content stream is based on your interests. When you see something you like, you can drag it up to the share window above the feed and share with Twitter, Facebook, or both. Edit your list of interests by pulling the feed to the right and releasing or tapping the menu button in the top left corner and selecting Topics. From the menu that appears, you can also select Create, Schedule, and Perks. Create will take you back to the content feed, where you can share things you see and make your own posts. Schedule will allow you to set a certain time for your post to be shared. Perks shows you what Klout Perks you've earned.
You can download Klout 2.0 from the App Store now.
If you have an Apple TV but find it difficult or impossible to see and navigate the menu system VoiceOver is there to help. An accessibility option meant to help those with visual challenges, VoiceOver "speaks" the controls to you, letting you hear what you can't see. You can even set up shortcuts to turn VoiceOver on and off with just two taps.
If you've got an Apple TV already set up that doesn't have VoiceOver turned on yet, it'll need to be enabled via the Accessibility menu.
I highly suggest enabling the Accessibility Menu option if you have someone in your home that is visually impaired. This way they can quickly enable and disable VoiceOver without relying on anyone else to help them. It's also a great feature to have in case VoiceOver accidentally gets disabled. This same menu also lets you toggle closed captions on and off quickly.
If you've used the VoiceOver feature on the Apple TV, let me know in the comments how it's been working in your household! Are there any features you'd like to see added in a future update? Let me know that too!
RealPlayer Cloud is a new way to store, find, and share videos. Rather than simply holding videos like a service such as Dropbox might, video is the singular focus of RealPlayer Cloud, and it plays multiple formats on desktops and mobile devices.
Once you upload a video to RealPlayer Cloud, you can view it anywhere. The universal app for iOS devices has sections for recent videos, your videos, collections, sharing, and web videos. You can share video through email, Messages, Facebook, and Twitter. To share, hit the share button in the top right corner of a section, tap Share, then select your desired videos, tap the button at the bottom of the screen, and pick your service of choice. You can also share them directly with another device if is compatible with RealPlayer.
The menu screen, accessed by tapping the hamburger menu in the top left corner, helps you manage your account. You can take and upload a video by tapping the camera button, sign in and out of your account, visit the app settings, and see how much space you have. Settings lets you control your network settings, background upload, and device sharing along with video quality. Free Realplayer cloud accounts have 2GB of space, but if you need more, you can upgrade to RealPlayer Cloud 25, which gives you 25GB of video storage for $49.99 per year.
If you share a lot of videos, you might consider giving RealPlayer Cloud a shot.
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