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  • Eliot 1:21 pm on November 26, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: Android, , iPhone, , Square   

    Mobile Payments to hit $1 Trillion by 2017 

    I saw this on Forbes today.

    Disruptive mobile technologies are shaking up traditional payment processes and mobile E-commerce is expected to exceed $1 trillion in worldwide volume by 2017, a new study says… more

    This doesn’t surprise me.  I went to a conference recently and many of the vendors accepted payments on their iPhone with a Square.  It was extremely convenient and easy to use.  Square works on Android as well.

    apple square

    I did some rough cocktail napkin calculations.  If Square captures 10% market share in 2017, which is $100 billion, at 2.75% per swipe that’s about $2.75 billion.  I could be way off but maybe not.  Square is a major player in this space now and I think I’m grossly underestimating their impact in 2017.  Just in case you were wondering Square is hiring by the way.

     
  • Eliot 12:09 pm on August 4, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: Android, , esaytether, ,   

    Free Android Tethering 

    The Federal Communications Commission and Verizon Wireless have reached a settlement that will allow Verizon subscribers to use their smartphones as Wi-Fi hotspots at no extra charge.  You can get more information about it here.  I have done a lot research into Tethering.  Here is a list some application you should check out.

    EasyTether Lite

    The description in the GooglePlay store states that EasyTether can tether to Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu, PS3, WII, and XBOX.  I had no problems getting it working with OS X.  I have the pro version which is $9.99.  The difference between Lite and Pro is:

    EasyTether Lite will block secure (https://, TCP port 443) sites (such as gmail, facebook, amazon or ebay) and any UDP-based applications (including L2TP VPNs, most instant messagers and Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii games) after some time. The paid/activated versions have no such limitations.

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    PdaNet

    I used this application in the past.  PdaNet is slightly different than EasyTether Lite.  You download the application and you can unlock the full version with a code for $15.99.  Similar to EasyTetherLite secured traffic is blocked if you don’t unlock the pro features.

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    • Droidbuddy 4:28 am on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Is there any Free app for Reverse tethering….I need to have a data connection from my PC..

      • Eliot 3:35 am on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hi Droidbuddy. I don’t have any experience with Reverse Tethering but I do find it interesting and extremely useful. I did see a free app in the Google Play store called USB Reverse Tethering. You may want to give that a try.

  • Eliot 1:07 pm on January 12, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: Android, , EasyTether, ,   

    Using PdaNet to play Xbox Live – Part 2 

    I tried with the free version and it didn’t work.  I wasn’t ready for a $30 purchase of the pro version.  Besides, I am not sure it would it either.  Since my failed attempt, I did pick up the pro version of EasyTether.  It was $10 and so far I haven’t gotten it to work.  I will keep at it because this type of connection interests me.

     
    • zack 3:03 am on December 11, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I tried using pdanet and couldnt get past the mtu error. Then i tried foxfi and enabled sharing on my wireless network and success!!! Downfall is the recent update makes the free version limited.

      • Eliot 1:18 pm on December 20, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey Zack,

        I wasn’t able to play with this much since the post. FoxFi seems very cool; thanks for pointing that one out. I think most carriers are allowing you to turn your phone into a mobile hotspot with a simple click of a button (or soon will be). This project lost stem for me because of a couple of things.

        • I travel a bit and was planning to take my Xbox for entertainment. The itinerary for the trips have been jam packed. I probably would leave my console somewhere. Yes, I have let stuff in Hotels throughout the world.
        • XBox is not small and weighs a bit. I didn’t want to run the risk having to pay for a bag because I exceeded a weight limit.
        • I don’t trust TSA with an XBox. Don’t get me wrong. They do a wonderful service keeping the skies safe. However, I would leave it in the care of my five year old niece over TSA any day.

        Zack, again, thanks for the feedback. I just checked the price tag for FoxFi $6.97. That is a bit pricey for an app. Pdanet and EasyTether are more expensive, but I’m not sure how much better they are with quality. At least we have choices right.

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