Amazon takes on Square and PayPal Here with $10 iPhone/iPad cardreader & lower fees

Small businesses looking to take occasional card payments without paying monthly fees now have a third option as Amazon has launched Local Register to compete with Square and PayPal Here – as we predicted last month. The $10 card-reader is compatible with any iPhone from the iPhone 4 onward, as well as any iPad or iPad mini.

Amazon is undercutting both competitor services with a flat fee of 2.5 percent per transaction (vs 2.7 percent for PayPal Here and 2.75 percent for Square). Not enough? Amazon is sweetening the deal with a special introductory rate of 1.75 percent until the end of 2015, and will also credit the $10 cost of the cardreader in full against transaction fees …  Read more

Spotify, Mailbox, Temple Run 2, SoundCloud, PayPal Here, TripWhat, Parcel, Reminders+, deals, more

SoundCloud-SetsSoundCloud version 2.5: SoundCloud iPhone and iPad app gets an update today that brings a “cleaner, sharper, simpler’ design, a new icon, as well as support for Sets on iPhone. iPhone users can now view sets posted by others, create and add tracks to new sets, and search for sets with a  new filter in the search tab.

TempleRun 2 version 1.1: The popular second installment in the Temple Run series was updated today with new features including daily and weekend challenges with in-game coins and gems as rewards, the ability challenge friends through Game Center, and other new enhancements:

★ Daily and weekly challenges to win free coins and gems!
★ Challenge your Game Center friends to beat your score!
★ Check out more offers for free coins
★ Powerups collected now extend the time of already active powers
★ Stuck objectives should be fixed
★ More bug fixes

Spotify version 0.6.1: Spotify for iOS gets updated today with new images and artist biographies when in the artist view and a fix for crashes when you skip in radio.

• New: Look, there are images and artist biographies in the artist view.
• Fixed: No more pesky crashes when you skip in radio.
• Fictitious: This app is reverse-engineered using alien technology.

Mailbox 1.1.0: The popular Gmail Mailbox app for iPhone and iPod touch has been updated with a Shake to Undo feature, bug fixes, and various UI enhancements and performance optimizations. 

Parcel version 3.0: Delivery tracking app Parcel gets rewritten to bring a new UI and a revamped experience on the iPhone and iPad: Read more