Sites of the Week: November 2, 2013

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.”

Leonard Bernstein

Factoid: Forty-three percent of people who have signed up for Twitter either never use the service or have deactivated their accounts.

TheAtlantic.com

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Square Cash
https://square.com/cash

Square Inc., the brainchild of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, has made mobile payments even easier with Square Cash. You can email cash, free of charge, directly from your debit card to anyone—regardless of what bank each party uses. There’s no login or password to remember and no special software or hardware required. Square Cash permits you to transfer up to $2,500 a week. Currently, the service is only available in the U.S. and with debit cards carrying either the Visa or MasterCard logo and cannot be used for online purchases.

To transfer funds, compose an email with the payee’s email address in the “To” field. In the “CC” field, enter “cash@square.com.” In the subject field, enter the payment amount. Either leave the message body blank or include a note explaining the reason for the payment and send it. Square emails first-time users a link to enter your debit card information. Once Square verifies your debit card number and confirms you have sufficient funds, it sends your payee two emails: the one from you and a second from Square stating that you are transferring funds. If the transfer is accepted and this is the first use of the service by the payee, Square will request the payee’s debit card information. Once verified, the funds are transferred in 1-2 days directly from your bank account to theirs. If fraud is suspected, the company says it will reverse the transfer. The service notifies you via email or text that it has received a transfer request so you can cancel the transaction if you didn’t initiate it or it was a mistake. Walt Mossberg, author of the weekly Personal Technology column in The Wall Street Journal, wrote “I tested Square Cash, sending and receiving money in amounts ranging from $10 to over $1,000, with eight people, and it worked rapidly and flawlessly. I can recommend it for anyone who needs to pay a small debt, give a cash gift, split a bill, or send cash quickly and easily.”
 

Mycoted Science & Technology
http://www.mycoted.com/Category:Puzzles

Mycoted is a “company dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems worldwide”. Their site features mind exercises, puzzles and more. My friend Gary W sent me this challenging 4 Men in Hats 4 Men in Hats puzzle. I couldn’t solve it. If you do solve it, please let me know. No cheating!
 

RootMetrics
http://www.rootmetrics.com/

Thinking of switching carriers or just want to check your current carrier’s coverage and speed. This site is for you. They have carrier comparison reports for major cities reporting on coverage, reliability and speed.
 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

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