Popular coffee chain, Starbucks, will be adding a new feature to its iPhone coffee app on March 19: digital tipping. In a press release about the new app update, Starbucks “has been a top suggestion on MyStarbucksIdea.com, an online community for people to share, vote, discuss and put into action ideas on how to enhance the Starbucks Experience.” The new update will also include a shake to pay feature which allows users to bring up their Starbucks’s card barcode for payment.
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App security, and security in general have been a major focus for most developers and retailers, especially since the security hack of Neiman Marcus and Target during the holiday season. Now, the latest, is the negligent storage of usernames and passwords of Starbuck’s payment app, which was reported to be simply accessible by plugging a smartphone into a computer.
Starbucks and Twitter are teaming up to bring everyone more caffeine to their Twitter stream – with Starbucks Tweet a Coffee. To send your favorite Twitter personality a jump start to their day, visit Starbucks.com/tweetacoffee to create a Starbucks rewards account, then tweet @tweetacoffee to your recipient to send $5 worth of caffeine.
The first 100,000 coffee tweets will receive a free $5 gift for giving.
The internet is getting faster at Starbucks now that Google is replacing AT&T at the nation’s largest coffee chain and home away from home workstation. Google is promising a 10x boost in speed with up to 100x boost in speed in Google Fiber cities like Austin. The transition will start in August and take about eighteen months to complete. Just look for the “Google Starbucks” SSID.
Coffee shop + Internet—it’s a pairing that many of us have come to rely on. WiFi access makes work time, downtime, travel time and lots of in-between times more enjoyable and productive. That’s why we’re teaming up with Starbucks to bring faster, free WiFi connections to all 7,000 company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States over the next 18 months. When your local Starbucks WiFi network goes Google, you’ll be able to surf the web at speeds up to 10x faster than before. If you’re in a Google Fiber city, we’re hoping to get you a connection that’s up to 100x faster.
Starbucks and mobile payments company Square will allow coffee customers to pay with their Square Wallet app beginning next month. In addition, Starbucks will enable digital tipping on its existing mobile payment apps, as well as on Square Wallet in U.S. stores in summer 2013.
The new features are just the next step in Starbucks’ and Square’s partnership in mobile payments. This past August, Starbucks and Square announced plans to process credit and debit card transactions. Starbucks first launched a Square-powered mobile payment app in 2011. Since then, Starbucks has processed more than 70 million mobile transactions. Starbucks also recently began accepting mobile payments through Apple’s iOS 6 Passbook, a mobile wallet tool.
But you don’t have to be Starbucks to accept mobile payments. Square works with many small businesses. If you are interested in accepting mobile payments, check out our how-to post on the subject. And if you are new to mobile payments, check out this list of apps for making mobile payments.
The Starbucks Digital Network features digital content such as music, movies, news and eBooks and is only available in Starbucks stores. Content providers include Bookish Reading Club, Foursquare, GOOD, LinkedIn, New Word City and The Weather Channel.
The service launches this week with some free digital content including MP3s fro Fistful of Mercy and Ben Harper, a movie clip from Paramount Vantage’s Waiting for Superman and a novel sneak preview from Anita Shreve.
The new Shreve novel, entitled Rescue, is available from Hachette Book Group exclusively through the Starbucks Digital Network in advance of the book’s release on Nov. 30.