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Barclays launches mobile transfer service

Barclays has launched allowing its customers to send money to any UK bank account using a mobile phone number.The free service links a customer’s mobile phone number with their bank account allowing payments to be sent without a bank account number being disclosed. To send money, customers must download the free Barclays Pingit app which is available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.In order to receive payments, customers must register their details online via the Pingit website.

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Vodafone Guardian – Vodafone’s new child protection app

Do you have kids or younger brothers and sisters with mobiles? If so, how well protected are they?

Today Vodafone has launched Vodafone Guardian, a free-to-download Android app which puts protecting young people from unwanted calls and texts, or misuse of the internet, firmly in the hands of parents and carers.

More sophisticated than standard content barring, the new app can be set up by choosing a specific age range, or features can be set individually. Children and parents can discuss specific preferences and program the mobile to control who can call or text, or to bar internet access at certain times of day. There is even a secure ‘vault’ facility for texts from unknown or blocked numbers.

Vodafone Guardian is password protected and any unauthorised change to the settings sends a text alert to the parent or carer. It also has features that allow older teenagers and adults to control who contacts them, without the need for a password.

Latest Ofcom research suggests 18% of 5 to 11 year olds now own a smartphone. Among 12 to 15 year olds, this rises to over one third. Social networking, emailing, sharing photos and watching videos via mobile brings clear benefits but isn’t without its risks. Vodafone’s new app gives people a way to manage these concerns, it’s easy to use and set up, and can be downloaded to most popular Android devices.

Customers can download Vodafone Guardian onto their kids’ phones from Android Market. Vodafone also have a  Digital Parenting app with useful info and tips about your child’s digital world.

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Visa to launch new mobile services

Visa Europe is launching two new mobile services in October.The first is a person-to-person payments service which has been developed in partnership with mobile money firm Monetise. The service allows a visa customer to use an app to send money to an address book contact, mobile number or a visa account.Visa claims that the service is as secure as a normal visa transaction and will be useful for making payments to individuals. A typical example might be splitting a restaurant bill between friends.

Visa is also launching an alert service called Visa Alerts. The service sends real-time notifications to a person when their card has been used.The alerts can be sent by either SMS or email and can be triggered when a person makes an overseas transaction, withdraws money from an ATM or buys something online, Visa said.

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