Less than a year after opening up a gift shop, Facebook said Friday that it will no longer sell physical goods. Instead, the social network will fill the shelves of its Web and mobile marketplace with digital gift cards and hawk the Facebook Card.
"Since launching Gifts in December last year, roughly 80 percent of gifts have been gift cards. So, we're now adding more digital codes and making the Facebook Card redeemable at more merchants," a company spokesperson told CNET. "As a part of this shift in focus to Facebook Card and digital codes, we'… Read more
iTunes users may one day be able to send apps, music, videos, and books as gifts to other people -- at least, that's what Apple envisioned in a recently published patent filing.
Published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application called "Media Gifting Devices and Methods" describes a couple of ways to give your favorite iTunes user a present.
In one method, you'd select a specific item from the iTunes Store, such as a song, movie, or book. Your own account is charged the cost of the content, while your recipient … Read more
I love gift cards. There's just something awesome about walking into, say, Starbucks, and feeling like I'm getting my decaf skinny mocha Frappucino for free.
Same goes for shopping on iTunes. You just gotta love buying an album, e-book, movie, or the like without spending "real money." If I get nothing but gift cards for all my remaining birthdays, Father's Days, Chanukah days, and other gift-worthy occasions, I'll be a happy fellow.
Google is bestowing San Francisco the gift of free Wi-Fi in 31 public parks, plazas, and recreation centers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The gift will come in the form of $600,000 from Google, which will pay for equipment costs, installation, and maintenance for two years.
The company is "proud to provide free Wi-Fi in San Francisco, a city where thousands of its employees work and live," Google senior manager for public policy and government relations Veronica Bell told the Chronicle. "We hope that free Wi-Fi will be a resource that the city and other … Read more
The Seattle-based online retail giant on Tuesday launched Amazon Birthday Gift, which allows customers to send friends electronic gift cards on their birthdays. Customers can invite mutual friends to contribute, so the gift can grow.
You start the process ahead of the friend's birthday by going to Amazon's site. After logging into your Amazon and Facebook accounts and connecting the two -- which allows Amazon to collect information about you and your friends -- you'll be shown a list of your friends … Read more
There are times you want to treat a friend to a scoop of ice cream, but quickly getting a gift card into his possession isn't always possible. And you don't always know if your gift was actually used, since there's no alert mechanism to notify you when a gift card has been redeemed.
A free iOS app, called Vouchr, will allow you to create a gift certificate (of sorts) and let any of your Facebook friends claim it when they visit a location you've specified. Originally launched in a small beta just in Canada, it's … Read more
Wrapp, the company that lets Facebook friends send digital gift cards to one another, has picked up $15 million from investors in the mobile manufacturing and mobile payments industries.
The money is going toward the development of the app's latest feature: brand pages. Users can now follow a brand for special deals for themselves.
"The whole idea with Wrapp is to build a win-win relationship between consumers and retailers," CEO Hjalmar Winbladh told CNET. Wrapp will start to add other features as well, he said.
The company is truly mobile first, according to Winbladh. Wrapp users access … Read more
Aimed at those who are not animation professionals, GiftedMotion for Mac tries to offer an efficient yet easy-to-use tool for creating short GIF animations. It worked fairly well, with one notable exception; but for a tool geared toward the newbie, it could use some additional user guidance.
The free application downloads as a jar file and no installation is needed to run the program. The program's main interface lacked advanced graphics and appeared dated, but it did have buttons for its main features such as opening picture files to include, as well as ones for playing, pausing, and exporting … Read more