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Facebook Denies Smart Phone Rumors

January 29th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

For whatever reason, Facebook users and social networking fans have been throwing around rumors of an HTC Facebook smart phone. Once again, Facebook has asserted that they are not developing a smart phone and that they have no plans to make one in the future. While a Facebook smart phone would probably do okay as far as sales go, the fact is that most smart phones are already capable of logging into nearly every social networking website in the world. Besides, Facebook already worked closely with the INQ1, so there would be no need to do again via the Android.

There are plenty of smart phones such as The Torch and the iPhone 4 that have Facebook applications fully integrated in them. What developers at Facebook are working on are new applications and features that will help mobile users to get the full ‘Facebook’ effect while on the go. The Facebook smart phone rumor was traced back to a piece written on CityAM. Since there have been no contacts at Facebook who would confirm the rumors, it is hard to understand how this rumor really got started in the first place.

As new smart phones come on the market manufacturers are working hand and hand with app developers and social networking sites to give users the best mobile experience possible. If Facebook does ever decide to market a smart phone they will need to make sure that users will still be able to access other social networking websites such as Twitter. It may not seem like a big deal considering that nearly everyone on the planet has a Facebook account, but blocking or limiting access to competitors would give other social networking a chance to seize the moment. You can visit http://www.phones4u.co.uk for more information on the Blackberry Torch as well as other smart phones.

Tools Merchants Can Use To Reduce Chargebacks

January 22nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Computers

If you are an online merchant you have already dealt with dozens of cases of credit card fraud and unsubstantiated chargebacks. Whether you are dealing with brazen crooks or unethical consumers, the future of your relationship with your credit card processors hangs in the balance. Having too many chargebacks in a short period of time may leave you unable to accept online payments at all. Out of all of the security measures that you can put into place using electronic signature verification will help you to stop fraud in its tracks. New technologies have made it virtually impossible for thieves to get away with online fraud when they come up against digital signature verification. Unlike systems that were used in the past, you can have your customers electronically sign for their purchases whether they are at their home computers or on the go. This will enable you to avoid costly additional expenses related to identity theft.

In addition to electronic signature verification you can also use other technologies to get your customers to sign up for recurring charges. If you offer a service and your customers want to do business with you for months at a time you can have them sign up for a service that will allow them to pay bills at the same time each month. Instead of manually sending out reminders each month your clients can automatically have their credit card on file debited, or they can sign in and authorize the payment at a time that is convenient to them. As a business owner you have other things to worry about, so use these technologies to help you manage your time better. Avoid chargebacks and other forms of fraud and you can be sure that your credit card merchants will continue to do business with your company in the future.

Group Chat Software Still A Long Way From Launching Despite Raising $10 Million

January 7th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

GroupMe, a group text messaging software that was first developed in May of last year may change the way that texting is done in the future, but the start-up company still has a lot of work to do. The platform that GroupMe uses is quite simple. A user initiates a group text session by assigning a group of contact a single ‘phone number.’ After the first text is sent, everyone in the group is able to communicate in a manner that is similar to conference calling. As of now, texts can simultaneously be sent to groups of people, but recipients have no way of responding back to everyone within their group. Teens may get a kick out of GroupMe’s groundbreaking technology, but business professionals may find that they are not able to live without it.

Users can access a beta version of the software for free, but the company has just been able to raise $10 million in funding. Unless the creators of GroupMe are somehow able to incorporate advertisements within the software, users will ultimately have to pay a fee to use it. Engineers are still hard at work, making the software more user friendly and eliminating glitches. The company’s founders described fund raising as little more than a nuisance, but having the money to fund a global launch is a necessity. If you would like to try out GroupMe for yourself, you will need to have a cell phone and at least two people on your contact list. After trying out this group text software you might want to find out how you can invest in this start-up company yourself.