Dave Teixeira – Owner of Dave.ca joined the Jon McComb show to talk about things trending in the world of web for Web Wednesday’s.
This program lets you email anyone a cheque, and it can be deposited for free.
“Cheques have always sort of been there, in fact there is a number of business’ who still want a post dated cheque or something such as that. A lot of people don’t have them, and so someone said ‘there must be a virtual solution for this’ and someone came up with one.”
Checkbook is only currently available in the states but it is coming to Canada.
You put in some basic banking information, like the numbers at the bottom of the cheque, and the amount you want to put on the cheque. It then does a comparison on your bank account to make sure it is your bank account. You then email it to someone and all they have to do is accept.
They do charge for businesses, but are giving 50 free cheques to individuals a month (if you ever write that many in one month).
This continues on the trend of already being able to deposit cheques just by taking a picture of the front and back and it being deposited without having to step foot in the bank.
Facebook birthday cam
“What this does, it kind of makes it a little more personalized. Most people on your birthday take the ‘great effort’ to put happy birthday or ‘HBD’ if they are in to much of a hurry. But now, you can leave a 15 second video and it is pretty simple. When you go to your friends page, you tap on your friends name, scroll down slightly and this blue bar comes up that says “record a birthday video”.
It is of course free to use and only takes 15 seconds of your time. Right now it is only currently available for iOS.
Listen to the full interview here:
What to do when someone trashes your company online
The SWARM method
S: speak like a human
A: avoid a public battle
R: right the wrongs
M: to monitor
“A lot of times, you start speaking from your speaking notes. So speaking like a human makes a lot of sense. We saw this a number of years ago, Microsoft got into some trouble online with their Xbox division and instead of speaking from their corporate notes, they came out and said ‘you know what, we really screwed up, we’re really sorry.’ It was literally those few words, they were enough to calm down the waters.”
Teixeria also notes that you should encourage the conversation to go offline and try to avoid a public battle. Invite them to call you once it escalates, or if it is private information being shared.
Apple and Malaysian Airlines flight 370
Did Apple help out in the search for missing flight MH370?
“The house committee was speaking to Apple executives and they wanted to find out more about how the system worked, and about three and a half hours in, Apple indicated that they always try to help recover data and in fact they were approached by law enforcement, the FBI after the Malaysian airlines plane went down, within a hour of the plane going down by the way, to see if they could help ping phones and to see if they could help find a phone and potentially find a survivor.”
Teixeria noted Apple is always willing to help out ping phones or find phones, but not break into them.
Teixeria’s thoughts on the ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI
Teixeria discussed his thoughts on the ongoing saga between government officials and Apple on if they should be able to unlock the phone of one of the San Bernardino attackers.
“Apple is getting a lot of support. In fact, they even got some support from one or two family members of people who were killed in that San Bernardino attack saying that the right to freedom and liberty and privacy is key.
I’m conflicted on this. I like to believe when Apple or Google or any other technology company gives us a piece of technology and says its secure, and no one can get into it, that that is true but there always seems to a backdoor and when ti comes to public safety, you would think a company should or want to help.”
He also noted that Apple will be updating software in the next update to make it impossible to help anyone out.