Whatever comes to mind, and then the interesting directions that thought will take you on the web.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Does Square need the Square Device

Square is a neat way of capturing a credit card transaction on your iPhone. You just plug the device into the audio jack on the iPhone, then swipe the credit card.

Today I signed up for Uber, and in the process, I was able to enter my credit card details by pointing the iPhone camera at the credit card.


That got me thinking - is the Square device even needed? Seems a lot more convenient to just use the camera.

Maybe this would cause problems with a subset of the people whose credit cards you are charging. The swipe seems "official", whereas taking a picture of the card seems scary and insecure?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

No Original Thoughts

Over the weekend I started playing a game in Spotify.

The idea is to start with an artist, and get to another artist through Spotify's "Related Artists" concept. A little like 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

It's fun, and you can add to the interest by playing a track as you pass by each artist.

As an example, to get from Green Day to Elton John, follow this route.

Green Day
The Damned
The Undertones
Roxy Music
David Bowie
Cat Stevens
Elton John

I also play that you can't use the Beatles, as they're probably at the root of a lot of bands.

I wondered if anybody else had come up with this game, and found a similar idea here.