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Google and Apple hug it out and soon you’ll be paying for everything by phone. Yahoo gets into local steals. A new mobile payment option lets you use cash instead of credit. A recipe search engine has 500,000 options to choose from. And Google narrows its search for Hot places.
Google, Apple Make Peace
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) set aside their differences for the sake of telephone harmony. (For now at least.)
That’s right, Google Voice for iPhone is now available. That means cheap international calls via the iPhone, along with FREE (yes, FREE) text messages to any phone number in the United States. The Google Voice app also transcribes voicemails. Get yours now at Apple.com.
ISIS for Your Phone
Mobile phone providers AT&T, (NYSE:T) Verizon, (NYSE:VZ) and T-Mobile are getting together for a joint venture to create a mobile payment plan through ISIS.
The new system will let more than 200 million mobile phone users pay their bills by phone--no more carrying around coupons, gift cards, and credit cards in an over-stuffed Costanza wallet.
The ISIS roll out will take place over the next year and a half. Why so long? It’s a big project: The plan involves the implementation of new cell phone microchips and the installation of point-of-sale phone readers at retailers nationwide.
Just in time for shopping season, Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) is getting in on the local deals business.
But instead of creating its own Groupon-like site, it’s gathering LivingSocial, Coupons.com, and Valpak (to name a few) under its own URL to create a one-stop-shop for bargain seekers.
Yahoo’s “Local Offers” is available via mobile on a limited basis, but the company says it will be releasing to the greater American public in the near future.
Cash Goes Mobile
Cash-payment resource PayNearMe, formerly known as Kwedit, now has a mobile option.
The service, which allows users to pay cash instead of using a credit card for online purchases can now be picked up at 7-Eleven stores and only requires a phone number and a PayNearMe card.
When a user makes a mobile purchase with PayNearMe, they simply provide their phone number to the e-retailer and then send along their PayNearMe card number.
Yummly x 500,000
Holiday hosts who find themselves stuck in the kitchen creating cuisine for their guests should check out Yummly.com..
The recipe search engine has access to more than 500,000 recipes from all around cyberspace, searchable by ingredient and course.
There’s even a great feature for the calorie-conscious: The site calculates nutritional value for each recipe, and if the chef wants to substitute an ingredient here or there, the site will note that change, save it if you want, and add that to the calorie count.
Places by Google
Search giant Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) just released a search engine specifically for places; it allows local business owners register their locations and create online profiles.
Hotpot users seeking a nearby Thai restaurant or new tea room can type in their desired destination and find all the nearby places that fit their search description. Once they visit their eatery of choice, they can leave their feedback for other Hotpot users.
Mobile users can access Hotpot through Google Maps while on the go.