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Personal finance site Mint.com (owned by Intuit) has released its first OS X app in the Mac App Store. Called Mint QuickView, the app allows Mint.com users to quickly take a peek at their finances. The app isn’t a full-fledged personal finance app like Quicken or iBank, rather it’s a small window (read: mini browserish) to your Mint account. You access it from OS X’s menu bar to see the balances on all your Mint accounts, recent transactions, and net income. The app also displays badged notifications when you have new transactions or one of your accounts needs tending to.
Owners of the new MacBook Pro will also be pleased to find the app is Retina display ready. Mint QuickView is a free download and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
Australian customers might soon be able to shop at their local Apple Store with their iPhone, according to an ifoAppleStore report. Starting Thursday, Apple will turn on its Easy Pay service in stores throughout Australia.
Easy Pay allows customers to stroll into an Apple Store, pick out an accessory and pay for it using the Apple Store app. It’s easy, takes a few minutes and does not require the intervention of a sales associate. Customers can also use the system to schedule a Genius Bar appointment via their phone. The system is available in the US, UK, the Netherlands and now Australia.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke at a recent conference in Chile, and perhaps the most interesting thing he said was that he is looking forward to Microsoft’s new Surface tablet. Yes, there’s something about Microsoft’s consumer-focused attempt at making a tablet computer (maybe the case with a keyboard or the built-in stand) that has caught Woz’s eye. And he says that not only do Microsoft’s latest offerings “have such a strikingly good visual appearance,” but Woz also joked that maybe “Steve Jobs came back reincarnated at Microsoft.”
We don’t know about that one, but obviously Woz was joking around. And the fact that Woz wants a device that seems aimed at directly competing with Apple isn’t new at all — even when the iPhone was brand new, Woz was happy to carry around at least three iPhones and a few smartphones besides. What can we say — the guy likes the latest and greatest tech, no matter who’s making it. As he says, “I prefer to judge things I really know and not just what I’ve read about.”