The Evolution of Money

Money, money, money, money…MONEY: We talk with Skyler Fox, an expert in payment processing and customer loyalty about NFC, RFID, CARD and every other financial acronym we can wrap our minds around. Not even Skyler, however, is able to answer the question: Can a Galaxy Nexus use its built in NFC to pay for itself?

Guest
Skyler Fox 

Show Notes
No Red Candy
Interchange Fee | Wikipedia
Google Wallet | Google
Credit CARD Act of 2009 | Wikipedia
RFID | Wikipedia
Dwolla
Square
Salvation Army accepting mobile payments” | El Paso Inc.
Isis

Windows Phone 7

It’s good to be cing, and it’s good to have Klout. Harry earned a free Windows Phone 7, a Samsung Focus, for his courageous tweeting and shared it (and pizza) with his fellow inThirty hosts. We pick it apart and marvel at its simplicity and the lack of Blue Screens of Death, though its connector software did nearly fry Harry’s MacBook. The tiles, the font, the understated elegance, how could this have come from Microsoft?

PS The first commenter to leave the exact timestamp for Chaim’s Rick Perry moment gets 5 Klout points.

Show Notes

A Windows Phone 7.5 Review from a Dedicated iOS User” | Curious Rat

Klout

Pioneer Studios Closed by Microsoft” | Windows Phone Thoughts

Samsung Focus | Samsung.com

Google Plus Pages, a Minus?

Because inThirty has a team of lawyers making sure we strictly follow all EULAs and TOS, we never created a Google Plus personal profile with first name in, last name Thirty. Now that Google’s introduced Pages for Google+ we’ve gotten clearance to add, or, if you will, +, ourselves to the network to share our weekly thirty minutes of magic.

Find out our initial impressions of Pages and how long it took us to find the link to create a new one, and listen to us compare the fiendishly similar +1s and Facebook Likes, and count the minutes into the podcast until we mention an Apple product.  How do Pages contribute to Google search? Did Google miss the boat on Plus? Will Mark Zuckerberg ever update his Plus profile? Find out on inThirty.

PS: You can play with us on Plus here.

Show Notes

inThirty Google+ Page

How Google Can Leverage Google+ Against Facebook” | Curious Rat

The Fight Between the Three Major Social Networks” | ChaimTime.com

Android Orphans

Please sir, can I have some more over the air updates? Not if you’re using the majority of Android phones. As a follow up to yesterday’s show, we’re lucky to have the creator of the chart that puts the Dickensian state of upgrade support across Android phones on display, Michael Degusta, with us on inThirty. We get to the bottom of how and why he took on this topic and find out what version of Android those big laser-shooting-Transformer-type-things from the Droid commercials run.

Fragmentation Threshold

Ice Cream Sandwich hasn’t even had time to melt and someone out there on the internet has the nerve to create a chart showing just how infrequently all those Android devices actually get the latest version of the mobile OS.
Michael DeGusta, the man who laid out the sad state of Google’s hardware support in red, orange, yellow, and green joins the inThirty crew and our guest host Kelly Guimont to discuss whether Android is a stop or a go and how the carriers, manufacturers and Google factor in to this traffic jam.

Tomorrow we’ll post an interview with Michael that covers why he created the chart, how he found the data, and whether or not he was inspired by the bygone days of the color coded terror alert system.

Show Notes
Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support | TheUnderstatement.com

My View on Android Fragmentation | ChaimTime.com