Using an abacus and churning butter add a bit of comic relief to the list of outdated tasks found on the Obsolete Skills website. Other skills, like writing in cursive and flipping over a cassette tape just add insult to injury for anyone pushing the age of 40.
But, give it a few years and who knows what else might find its way onto the list. Using a desktop computer perhaps? Although it might sound farfetched, the use of mobile devices is leading society in that direction.
According to a study conducted by Google and Nielsen in March 2013, an overwhelming 77 percent of mobile searches happen at home or at work – even if a PC is nearby. The research from Google and Nielsen also revealed that 45 percent of those mobile searches are conducted to help make a decision. And overall, 17 percent result in a purchase. Continue reading
Google treads forth in its journey to find a place in the payments world. At its I/O 2013 conference, the tech giant said that Google Wallet will integrate with Gmail accounts so that users send money through a simple email. In banking, the feature is the equivalent of person-to-person (P2P) payments.
First, Gmail users link their bank accounts, debit cards and credit cards to Google Wallet. Or, they can fund their Google Wallet account so that there is a balance that’s readily available.
When sending an email, users can select a dollar-sign icon that allows them to choose the funding source and send the payment. Recipients will have the money added to their own Google Wallet balance, which can be transferred to a linked bank account. (If the recipient does not yet have a Gmail account, they’ll be asked to sign up for one to collect the funds.)
There is no fee to send money through Gmail and Google Wallet if the funding source is a bank account. If the funding source is a debit or credit card, there is a transaction fee of 2.9 percent of the payment (minimum of $0.30).
“We’re rolling out this feature over the coming months to all U.S. Gmail users over 18 years old, so keep an eye out for the $ icon in the attachment options,” said Travis Green, product manager at Google Wallet, in a blog post. “You can also get earlier access if your friends have the feature and send money to you.” Continue reading