Mint Adds Fingerprint Functionality

Mint Adds Fingerprint Functionality

Nov 14, 2016

Intuit’s money management application Mint: Personal Finance & Money is adding some features via an update.

Perhaps most front-facing is the ability to use finger print authentication on phones that support said feature. Now, one can set this feature in Settings under the security options, and the app can be accessed via whatever fingerprint input means exists on the host device.

Also, the 4 hour auto-refresh option has been deprecated. As always, users can refresh data manually from within the application.

The update also includes bug fixes.

The app remains free on Google Play.

[via Google Play]

Mint: Personal Finance & Money Gets an Update

Mint: Personal Finance & Money Gets an Update

Sep 20, 2016

Intuit’s finance management application Mint is getting an update.

Excerpts from the Google Play changelog:


– Fixed issues with automatic refreshing
– Removed requiring the camera and vibrate permissions
– Fixed issues relating to Account refreshing
– Added pull down to refresh the Overview screen
– Removed closed accounts from the Accounts screen

It remains free on Google Play.

Mint Gets an Update

Mint Gets an Update

Aug 26, 2016

Intuit’s financial management application Mint: Personal Finance & Money just received an update.


– Removed requiring the camera and vibrate permissions
– Fixed issues relating to Account refreshing
– Added pull down to refresh the Overview screen
– Removed closed accounts from the Accounts screen

The app itself remains free on Google Play.

A look at TurboTax Mobile

A look at TurboTax Mobile

Apr 18, 2016

“Can I hear a ‘what, what’ for tax time?” (said no one. Like, ever).

Look, it is a pain. No one will dispute that, no even the IRS itself (think about it… how do you think IRS employees feel during this period? Don’t beat me; it’s just food for thought)>

Win or lose, refund or payment, taking or giving, the fact remains, tax preparation can be stressful. In an increasingly mobile, do-it-yourself world, there are several options that are geared towards providing a reasonable experience on smaller screens.

TurboTax is well positioned to do just this, with several tools on the biggest mobile platforms.

This year, it unveiled a new enhancement: a product especially prepared for folks looking to get things done via mobile browser. In several ways, this makes sense; I have been flirting with the idea of doing most computer-y things with a keyboard-docked Android tablet. Yes, armed with an Intuit-provided review code, we decided to take on the child.

Using the Chrome browser, we easily were able to start the program. From a visual perspective, it retains the color scheme of the application and desktop browser, with whites on grays plus blue and red accents. The text flows professionally. The interview questions are easily discernible, and the program is partitioned well.

One great feature is that the entire system syncs. One is able to save and sign out of the mobile browser, and pick right off in the app or the desktop version, truly allowing one to work on one’s returns whenever, however on almost any type of mainstream connected device

Basically, the mobile build is a self contained option, and it gives a filer the opportunity to get stuff done in an easy way. The experience is not degraded at all, and in many ways, is better with its well designed mobile component.

TurboTax gets update

TurboTax gets update

Mar 16, 2016

It’s tax prep time, and TurboTax Tax Return are ensuring the app stays as current and effective as possible with an update.


Support for Easy Extension and more product enhancements, so you’ll have more time for the important things in life, like cat videos.

The app remains free (with in-app pricing) on Google Play; our review should be posted shortly.

Mint: Personal Finance & Money gets an update

Mint: Personal Finance & Money gets an update

Mar 8, 2016

Popular finance and budgeting app Mint: Personal Finance & Money is getting an update.

Per Google Play:


• Gave our app’s menu a makeover, providing a cleaner and more intuitive navigation experience

In testing, the menu has indeed been streamlined a bit, making it a bit more logical with a cleaner feel.

Mint remains free on Google Play.

Mint: Finance, Budget & Money Gets an Update

Mint: Finance, Budget & Money Gets an Update

May 21, 2015

Intuit is hard at work improving its mobile money manager Mint, and a new update is rolling out now.

Per Google Play, the current update includes:

Weekly Summary Page:
See your top spending categories, where you made the most purchases and on what days you spent the most money all on a single page. Weekly summaries are available Sundays and will be sent via notifications.

Additional Improvements:
– Summary Page Notifications can be turned off from the Summary Page
– Layout improvements for Tablet
– Additional Material Design Improvements in Phone and Tablet
– Improved Card Management for Account Suggestions
– Squished Bugs

Mint is available for free on Google Play.


[Source: Google Play] Receives Update Receives Update

Apr 4, 2015 is getting another update; this one has to do with card management improvements.

New for 4.2.0
– Improved Card Management for Suggested Bills
– This Month and Next Month Bills are separated in the Bills List Page
– Squished Bugs is available for free on the Play Store.

Five Apps That Can Help with Tax Time Blues

Five Apps That Can Help with Tax Time Blues

Mar 9, 2015

It’s tax time!

What? No applause? For those of us that are Stateside, the first quarter of the year is that time when a lot of folks have to file tax returns. The entire period is a mixture of mailed documents, special tax time promotions and (depending on one’s personal circumstances) a lot of angst.

Here are five applications that are tasked with helping people stay on the right side of the IRS:

  • H&R Block 1040EZ: this is a nifty piece of software from a tax preparation veteran that allows one to get simple tax situations, well, situated. The key word here, though, is “simple;” if one is not filing a single/join return, earns a dollar over six figures, owns a home or has kids, this product isn’t rated for him/her/them. For those that fall outside the above categories, the features — like W-2 important, can be enjoyed for $9.99 in-app.
  • TaxACT Express: This is another product from a well-known company, and it is a bit more full-featured than the previous title, in that the interview allows for more complex tax situations. The app allows for tax status notifications too, but be warned: if you start on taxes via the app, it’s best to finish them with the app, as moving operations to a desktop causes one to invoke online pricing.
  • TurboTax Tax Preparation: it’s hard to talk about finances at all without mentioning Intuit, and it’s tax preparation offering is about as full-featured as they come. It packs W-2 OCR functionality, and one can move back and forth from computer to mobile devices across platforms. Still… if one considers it close to a desktop offering, it certainly is priced liked one.
  • IRS2Go: I know the app is from The Man, but hold your horses… this app is actually pretty good for getting information directly from the horse’s mouth. One can check the status of a refund, get assistance, and fimd ways to, uh, connect with the IRS.
  • Liberty Tax App: this one threw us for a loop, and we are happy to pass it forward. It is from Liberty tax service, and it will allow folks to do sundry things like find a local tax preparer, but its unashamed claim to fame is that is is a game. No, seriously… Liberty Loot Arcade game pits Lady Liberty against the presumably unsavory tax Collectors. Gets Update, Adds Manipulation of Bill Reminders and More Gets Update, Adds Manipulation of Bill Reminders and More

Jan 27, 2015

Intuit is busy with, and has just uodated the app with a bunch of new features:

New for 4.0.0
Bill Reminders: You can now create, edit and view Bill Reminders on your phone.
– When you have a Bill due in the next 7 days, an Upcoming Bill Reminder Card will be displayed in the Updates Section.
– From the Upcoming Bill Reminder Card, you can view all your Bill Reminders
– When viewing an individual Bill Reminder, you can delete that reminder
Additional Improvements:
– Improved pin entry
– Squished Bugs is a great all-in-one financial app that allows users to keep track of spending and budgeting. It allows for syncing with online accounts, and is a cross-platform offering.

It remains free on the Play Store.


[Source: Google Play App Page] Gets Update, Offers Free Credit Scores Gets Update, Offers Free Credit Scores

Sep 10, 2014 Personal Finance, Intuit’s award-winning app that allows consumers to budget and track finances on the go, has just received an update.

Most notably, the new build brings the ability to see free credit scores to phone users.

Per the Google Play change log, the new stuff officially includes:

Credit Score (Phone only)
· See your credit score as part of your complete financial picture in Mint
· Truly free – no credit card required!
· Free credit report summary – understand your score and learn what actions you can take to improve it
· Quick activation – see your free credit score in 2 minutes or less!

This is in addition to the core feature set, which includes online syncing, access to online bank accounts, threshold notifications, visual graphing tools, bill reminders, payoff forecasting and more. (along with this update) is available for free on the Play Store.

Intuit’s SnapTax for Android Review

Intuit’s SnapTax for Android Review

Apr 9, 2014

Doing my own taxes is my personal badge of adult responsibility. I mean, I am confronting the most difficult code since the Rosetta Stone, applying numbers to it, and BAM! It feels awesome, and I feel awesome pointing out how awesome it feels.

But tax preparation software has come along way in its quest to make folks like me awesome. Doing one’s taxes has evolved from gathering W-2s and miscellaneous receipts and driving to a tax preparation office; now, programs can be purchased to do tax work at home, and online programs are commonplace. With apps like TurboTax SnapTax from Intuit, one can prepare one’s taxes on Android smart devices. Intuit was kind enough to provide us with a code to see how the mobile app interfaces with the tax prep software.

SnapTax combines the device’s camera with OCR functionality to effect accurate collection of information; in essence, it greatly speeds up the process of tax preparation by streamlining and automating the most difficult aspect: data entry.snap1

The app itself is fairly minimalist, with mostly white accents. Upon starting the app, it prompts the user to sign in or to create an account; after signing in, there is the picture-taking utility, a section for interview questions and a preview area.

Using the photo utility is easy, at which point the software analyzes the picture of the document and imports the data into the relevant boxes. This was the best part for me; I hate dealing with income forms manually. After W-2s and 1099s have been entered, the program takes one through the briefest of interviews. Assuming all this is correct, the federal taxes can be e-filed right there from the mobile device. It’s so fast that it’s scary.

The convenience comes at a cost, though. For instance, if the app comes across forms outside basic W-2s or 1099s, it routes the user to the full TurboTax program online, the same goes if it determines that one’s tax situation is more complicated than set parameters. TurboTax online didn’t pull all the information already entered into SnapTax, and I was perplexed as to why such superb image capture functionality is not blended directly into TurboTax for users with the same login credentials.

Even with the drawbacks, I loved the program, and mostly enjoyed using it; there is plenty of room for improvement. For those with EZ prep needs, it’s pretty good, with free federal e-file ($14.99 for each state). It (along with Intuit’s other financial apps for Android) is available for free on the Play Store.