Limits of using Square at StarbucksStarbucks dips a toe into the Square Wallet app, Pinterest lets you keep secret boards, and Airbnb users offer free rooms for Sandy victims.
-There's a new way to pay for your Java. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. The partnership between Starbucks and Square has blossomed and now customers can use the Square wallet app to pay at 7000 Starbucks stores by showing the cashier your phone screen. And I know what you're thinking, doesn't Starbucks already have its own app for payments. Well, here's the difference. The Starbucks app is like a virtual gift card you have to keep filling and you get rewards the more you use it to pay. The cashier scans the bar code on your screen to deduct from the balance. Now, if you wanna pay at Starbucks with Square wallet, you preprogram it with your credit car info and when you pay, the cashier scans the QR code on your screen to bill you. I just tried it out at the Starbucks near us, and the QR code wouldn't scan, so the cashier had to mainly enter in a code and I was holding up the line. It wasn't worth the time when I could just hand over my credit card. Maybe it will be faster as they learn the new system, but Starbucks could so much more with Square wallet. There are small businesses that use it make you pay whatever needed to scan your phone screen. You just tell the cashier your name. Your face pops up on their register screen when you are nearby and they just wireless to charge your account. Starbucks is holding back from that feature. It's a glorious day for Pinterest users because now you can finally create a private board to collect ideas for things that you don't want the whole world to see like if you're planning a surprise party or trying to collect gift ideas. You can keep it to yourself or just share it with specific people. Amazon has uncorked its wine store for some states, but ordering wine will cost you $10 in shipping fees. There's no free shipping for prime customers. To prevent underage purchases, all shipment require an adult signature at delivery and you can't send the wine to a P.O. Box or names on locker. And the Star Wars Angry Birds game is now available for several platforms where the Rebel Alliance birds take no Darth Vader, the dark lord of the pigs. Hurricane Sandy left thousands of people in need of shelter, so the do it yourself room rental site Airbnb became a resource for people looking for a place to stay. Hundreds of Airbnb users are offering rent free rooms for anyone who has been affected by the storm, and New York City is working with the service to connect people who need shelter. It's great when see technology make it easier to help in need. That's your tech news update for today. You can find links to all of today's stories on the blog cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.