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  • An Apple Watch In Middle America

    An Apple Watch In Middle America

    Okay, it’s technically not “middle” America, geographically speaking, but it is a small chunk of suburbia on the outskirts of an even smaller urban center. A place where people don’t rush right out and buy the latest new gadget simply because it exists. Where people don’t even notice your upgraded Dick Tracy-style Apple Watch wristwear, unless you find… Read More

  • Months After Its “Upgrade,” Simple’s Online Bank Is Still Broken

    Months After Its “Upgrade,” Simple’s Online Bank Is Still Broken

    Simple is no longer “simple.” Nearly two months after an upgrade to its systems and infrastructure, online banking service Simple is still recovering from a series of glitches that have affected every aspect of money management from bill payments to being able to see a correct available balance to refund delays, credits appearing as debits, and much more. Read More

  • Online Banking Service Simple Just Made Bank Transfers Faster

    Online Banking Service Simple Just Made Bank Transfers Faster

    Simple, the online banking service acquired by BBVA earlier this year, had an overall goal of addressing the various pain points found at traditional banks, like minimum balance requirements, fees, overdraft charges, and more. Today, the company is making another improvement as it’s introducing a way to speed up bank transfers between Simple and accounts you hold at other… Read More

  • The Secret Bubble

    The Secret Bubble

    There are a couple of kinds of ‘bubbles’ that we talk about in tech. The most prominent is the ‘money bubble’, which posits that companies and investors are riding a wave of faux optimism when it comes to the worth of technology. This is the other kind. Read More

  • Banking Startup Simple Acquired For $117M, Will Continue To Operate Separately

    Banking Startup Simple Acquired For $117M, Will Continue To Operate Separately

    Banking startup Simple has been acquired, the company announced today. The acquiring company, BBVA, is a 150-year old financial services corporation that operates in a number of markets, and a leading player in the Spanish market, as well as one of the top 15 banks in the U.S. and a strategic investor in banks in Turkey and China. Simple will continue to operate as it has done to date, and… Read More

  • How T-Mobile’s New Mobile Banking Service Compares With Simple And Amex Serve

    How T-Mobile’s New Mobile Banking Service Compares With Simple And Amex Serve

    T-Mobile today announced its intentions to get into the business of providing banking services to its wireless customers, and any others who want an alternative to traditional banking accounts. The new platform will compete with, and also potentially boost, other, less-known mobile banking services, like those provided by a banking startup called Simple, for example, or Amex’s Serve. Read More

  • Simple’s MoneyDrop Will Soon Let Users Transfer Funds Using Bluetooth

    Simple’s MoneyDrop Will Soon Let Users Transfer Funds Using Bluetooth

    Things seem to have been moving rather smoothly for the folks at online banking startup Simple. They’ve spent the last year fleshing out their mobile apps with some much-needed features, and added some 25,000 customers to their ranks since July. Now the team is looking to add yet another feature to the fold in the coming months: Simple-to-Simple fund transfers. Read More

  • Braintree Expands Venmo Touch, Partners With Online Banking Startup Simple For One-Touch Mobile Payments

    Braintree Expands Venmo Touch, Partners With Online Banking Startup Simple For One-Touch Mobile Payments

    Braintree, the Chicago-based payments gateway that’s now processing over $10 billion in payments annually, including those for startups like  Uber, Fab, Hailo, Airbnb, Rovio and others, is today expanding on last summer’s acquisition of payments service Venmo through a new partnership with online banking platform Simple. The banking provider will integrate with Venmo Touch… Read More

  • Online Banking Startup Simple Finally Makes It Easier To Move Money Into Your Account

    Online Banking Startup Simple Finally Makes It Easier To Move Money Into Your Account

    Online banking startup Simple has made some serious strides since it opened up to the public last year, but there’s one thing the service has just never been that great at: transferring money from one bank account to another. According to a post on the official Simple blog, those days are finally over — users can link their Simple accounts to existing bank accounts to move their… Read More

  • Josh Reich of Simple

    Why Simple Is Better Than Your Bank, Both Online And On Mobile Devices

    Most banks are notoriously bad at online, and especially mobile, experiences. Some don’t have mobile apps at all, and those that do exist typically aren’t that good. That’s why the folks at Portland, Ore.-based startup Simple think they can make banking better, with new ways of keeping track of your money. Read More

  • Online Banking Service Simple Now Has An Android App, Designed From The Ground Up

    Online Banking Service Simple Now Has An Android App, Designed From The Ground Up

    Since launch, online banking provider Simple has sought to provide an alternative to traditional banking services. It’s done that with built-in data visualization and a beautiful and intuitive mobile apps. Now it’s on Android, with a native app designed for Google’s mobile operating system. That will greatly expand the number of potential users for the startup’s… Read More

  • Simple Fleshes Out Its Online Banking Service With Mobile Check Depositing

    Simple Fleshes Out Its Online Banking Service With Mobile Check Depositing

    From the outset, online banking startup Simple has been focused on supplanting the brick-and-mortar banks in its users’ lives, but they haven’t always been equipped to handle every little transaction that comes up. Case in point — what happens when someone cuts you a check (after all, the holidays are right around the corner)? Well, that’s no longer the case. According to… Read More

  • Revealed: Mint.com Could Soon Fire Back At Simple With A Debit Card Of Its Own

    Revealed: Mint.com Could Soon Fire Back At Simple With A Debit Card Of Its Own

    Earlier today, online banking startup Simple unveiled new reporting features that will allow users to see how much — and where — they’re spending money in their bank accounts. Those features seemed aimed squarely at Intuit-owned Mint.com, which has been one of the leading online budgeting and data visualization tools. One advantage that Simple has over Mint and other… Read More

  • Simple Rolls Out iPhone App, But Still No Word On Public Launch

    Simple Rolls Out iPhone App, But Still No Word On Public Launch

    Simple (formerly known as BankSimple), the startup with $13.1 million in funding to build a better banking experience for customers, has today introduced its first mobile application, surprisingly ahead of its public launch. Operating in private beta/invite-only mode for now, co-founder Joshua Reich says that anyone with a Simple account can now use the app, which had been limited to… Read More

  • $20 Indian cellphone to bring telephony to developing world

    [photopress:spicephone.jpg,full,left] An Indian telecom corp will release a $20 cellphone that’s aimed at the developing world/celphone market. The phone, nicknamed the people’s phone (much like the people’s elbow) has absolutely zero features other than being able to make and receive calls—no screen, no Web browser, no nothing. Frankly, that’s all I want in a… Read More

  • Anti-Virus On A USB Drive

    When your Windows-based PC becomes infected with an assload of virii and you have no clue how to recover, what do you do? You place an overseas order for DigiWorks’ USB Virus Chaser and pray for the best. This new USB thumbdrive just plugs into a USB port and starts finding every virus that has taken over your computer. Very handy. It drops sometime this month, will be available in 2GB… Read More