Payments Between Friends with PayPal and Xsync

Xsync makes it super easy to pay friends and the people around you.

PayPal has tons of users worldwide.  They claim almost 220 million people with accounts which is pretty impressive.  So we the team here at Xsync decided to use their payments network to make it easier for people to exchange money when they are right next to each other.

Do you ever find yourself with a buddy at a bar or in a taxi and one person ends up paying?  This happens to me all the time. Sometimes, you can’t split costs with different credit cards and I’ll bet that all the time you probably don’t have exact change.  So you say to your friend, “yeah I’ll get you back later” or something like “I got the next one.”

That’s great and all but what if you could just pay them back here and now?

That’s what we’re thinking with Xsync payments with PayPal.  If you and your buddy both have an iPhone then it’s probable that you both have PayPal accounts too.  So what you need to do is just fire up the Xsync app, and select Finance,which is the lower right dollar sign image.

Then you’ll need to enter in your email address that you use for PayPal.

Next, select an amount of money to send in this screen:

Pay with PayPal

Pay with PayPal

After you enter an amount, press the Send button on the upper left.

A QR code will be generated on your phone.  Now, have your buddy open up the QR reader in Xsync, and scan the code on your phone.

That’s it! Money from your PayPal account to the next!

One last thing, the only transaction fees you’ll get are those from PayPal.  Xsync doesn’t take anything off the top of these transactions.  Check with PayPal about specific fees and such.  Enjoy easy payments!

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Transfer Photos from Android Tablet to Android Phone

Transferrring photos from a tablet to a mobile can be a real pain.  We all now store lots of photos on our mobile devices.  We’ve got some photos here, and some photos there.  I’ve got hundreds of pictures on my phone, and I know that I don’t even use my phone that much!

If you don’t sync all of your photos into a cloud storage app like a Dropbox or Google Drive then stuff can be everywhere.  People asked us about a clean solution that was easy to use, without worrying about connectivity or any compatibility issues.  So that’s how we use Xsync.

We’ve now got Picture Beam into the Google Play store.  Picture Beam works great for sending pictures from a tablet to a mobile and back again.  Are you using an Acer?  A Samsung?  A Nexus?  What kind of phone do you have?  Did you just go out and buy the Galaxy S 4?  Use Picture Beam to move photos between all these devices in such an easy way we think you’ll love using it.

If you try it and you have any issues, be sure to tell us, as we’re continually improving the app and looking for ways to make it better.  We’re aiming for full Xsync on Android soon too and we can’t wait!

Bryan

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Hilarious videos, Good times, Not for Facebook

I was hanging with my friends recently we challenged one of our buddies to do something really embarrassing.  I wish I could share here what happened but it just wouldn’t be nice to him.  Anyway, right before he did the challenge I took out my phone and started recording because I just had to save what was about to happen.

The video was hilarious and when I showed it to my friend his face went completely red!  He wanted me to delete it but I convinced him that we needed to keep it because it was just too good…

So what do I do with this video?  I want to share it but I can’t just put it on Facebook.  I’ve got hundreds of Facebook friends and it wouldn’t be right for everyone to see this video.

That’s when I showed my buddies Xsync.  With Xsync, I can just pull up the video stored on my camera roll, and quickly give it to my friends.  It’s private and nobody else will see!  And we don’t have to deal with email, can I even send a video as an email attachment?  I don’t know but typing an email on my phone totally makes me go cray cray.

So that’s what we did and Xsync is just an awesome way to send these kinds of videos between friends.

Enjoy!

Dan

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Picture Beam for Android Released!

Last night, we discreetly released Picture Beam for Android into the Google Play store.  Picture Beam is Xsync for pictures.  It uses Xsync’s technology and you use it the same way you use Xsync.

Why is this Android version called Picture Beam?

We wanted to get an Android version of our technology out as soon as possible.  We also saw that most people are using Xsync to transfer and share pictures.  So by limiting this version to pictures, we were able to get it out fast while still including our most popular feature.

This app isn’t called Xsync on purpose.  Xsync has many more features than just sending pictures, so we gave it a different name to make the distinction.

What’s the plan for Xsync on Android?

It’s in the works!  We’re working on it and hope to have it out fast.  We’re also working on a complete redesign of Xsync, so the Xsync Android version will probably look different than it does now for iOS.

Anything Else New?

Yep.  Picture Beam, and ALL other Xsync versions on Android will include NFC functionality.  So basically, if you have two Android devices with NFC, you’ll be able to transfer content via NFC which is totally awesome.  We’ll have some future posts about NFC to explain more.  But with this version of Picture Beam, NFC works so try it out!

What do you think?

Try out Picture Beam on Android and let us know what you think about it, and how we can improve it.  We’re hard at work so be in touch!

Here’s a link to Picture Beam: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.idar.picturebeam

Or go to Google Play on your phone, and search “Xsync” or search “Picture Beam”

Bryan

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What are those black and white dotted squares? QR codes?

QR codes are popping up these days everywhere we go.  They haven’t taken off as much here in the USA as they have in Japan or in Europe yet, but these little black and white dotted squares are here to stay and can be really useful.

They connect us to the virtual world, and with a quick scan we can see an awesome video, or hear some great music.

When you send something with Xsync, a QR code appears on your phone.  So because Xsync works this way, we built the app so it has a QR reader built into it.  With the Xsync QR reader, you can scan any QR code in the world.

Use Xsync as your normal QR reader when you’re not sending and receiving files.

Xsync Screenshot

There are 2 places where you can find the QR reader on Xsync.

First, the upper right corner where you see a black box

Second, tap on the two phones at the bottom of the screen.

Both of these will open your QR reader.  Then go on and scan any QR code, at any time, whenever you want!

Happy Xsync-ing!

Follow us on Twitter, email us, visit the website, or get in touch!

Dan

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Share Photos Around the Dinner Table

These days, new smartphones are coming out all the time.  We just saw the Samsung Galaxy S 4 come out recently, and we’re eagerly awaiting the new iPhone.  Some people like Android, some iPhone, and even some go for Windows or Blackberry.

Bottom line – there are lots of different types of phones out there.

But say you want to send stuff to those phones?  How best to connect?  For now we can send email, SMS, and MMS because those things are standard and work with all phones.  But that’s not so fun, because you need to type email addresses or search for contacts on your phone.

Xsync is awesome because it works with every smartphone in the world.  Yes, even though we only have an iOS app right now, so you can only send stuff with Xsync, any mobile device with a QR reader can receive media from Xsync.

So, say you’re eating dinner, and Mom has a Galaxy, Dad has a Nokia, You have an iPhone, and Big Sis has a Blackberry.  Imagine you just took some amazing pictures today when you went to the beach and you want everyone to have them.  All you need to do is fire up Xsync and send the photos.  All the fam has to do is open the standard QR reader on their phones.  Then they can get your pics!  Xsync allows you to connect faster, easier, and lets all smartphones be friends!

Try it out with other phones!

Email us, Tweet at us, or check the video on the website.

Bryan

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Why can I only send one picture at a time? Xsync tips and tricks

We sometimes receive emails from users who can only send one picture at a time when using Xsync.  If you’re trying to send pictures, you may be limited to only one picture per Xsync-ing.

This is because the library of photos on your phone contains location information, and the user needs to explicitly enable location based services for Xsync.  This is common to all apps, not just Xsync.

The solution to this is very simple:

Go to your iPhone’s Settings app, then select Privacy.

Under privacy, look for the top category called Location Services.

TapLocation Services and you will find a list of applications.

Look for Xsync and enable access “on.”

Voila! You are now ready to send multiple pictures with Xsync!

Any questions email us at info@xsync.org, visit our website, or Tweet to us @xsyncapp!

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Bar night…Embarrassing Pictures…How to Share Pictures Privately

We had fun at the bar… and took some embarrassing pictures!  How do I send them to my buddies without sharing them with everybody else?

It happens to me often.  I often succumb to convenience and just post it to Facebook or Instagram, because I really, really hate sending email from my iPhone.  And with SMS I have to send the pictures one at a time.  A real pain.

But it can bite back… Not all pictures are OK to share with my work buddies, or my boss, or my teacher… I really wished there was an easy way to send a bunch of pictures to my bar buddies without sharing them with my mom…

With Xsync, I can select a bunch of pictures on my iPhone and it automatically creates a barcode that can be scanned and “magically” transfer my pictures.  All I have to do is select the pictures to send.  I don’t need to worry about the numbers or emails of my buddies.  Here’s what the send screen looks like:

Screenshot Send Photo

Also, if my friends aren’t nearby to scan this code then I still can send an email or SMS to them as a backup.  But when I do this, Xsync automatically includes all of the pictures I selected into the email or SMS, so it’s really easy to send.

Email us or tweet to us for more info!  info@xsync.org or @xsyncapp

Dan

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What are electronic business cards?

In the past few years there has been some buzz about electronic business cards, yet it is still not very clear what they are and how they are used.

Chances are, you have already seen them – they look like normal business cards that have a square barcode on them.

But, here is where the magic begins: rather than typing out the contact info (a chore I can live without) to add the info to your address book, this square barcode contains all the contact information in a standard format, called a vCard.

That means, that with any barcode scanner on your smartphone, you can scan the card and the information will be entered into your phone’s contact list automatically without the need for any typing!

Most scanners will recognize this format and will ask you if you would like to add the contact to your address book.  Adding contacts this way can actually be fast, easy, and fun!

Using the QR reader built into Xsync, you can scan these electronic business cards and Xsync will automatically place the contact into your address book for you.  Give it a try!

Let us know if we can help, email us at info@xsync.org or tweet to us @xsyncapp!

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