The Mint app for Windows Phone
Following in the footsteps of Vine and Instagram, another well-liked Android and iOS app has made the leap to Windows Phone. This time it’s Mint, which makes its debut on both Window Phone 8 and Windows 8 today.
If you’re not familiar, Mint is an online service that pulls in transaction data from your bank accounts, credit cards, and loans to help you keep track of your spending and create financial goals, such as paying down debt or saving for a new home.
The Windows Phone app comes five years after Mint launched its first mobile app, for the iPhone, in October 2008 (it came to Android in May 2010). Though it uses the familiar text-heavy Windows Phone design, this version has all the same features as the iOS and
Android apps, including real-time transaction data, budget graphs, and alerts for low balances or upcoming bills.
The app tracks all of the transactions you make with debit card or check, but you can manually add cash transactions as well. Mint uses Bing Maps to match your location to a local business and will automatically categorize the transaction based on what you’re buying. For instance if you pay cash for a latte at Starbucks, the app can recognize that you’re at that particular coffee shop and files the transaction under “Coffee.”
The Windows 8 Mint app.
If you don’t already have a Mint account, you can sign up for one in the app. That’s a popular feature on the other apps, as two-thirds of Mint’s users start using the service on mobile, according to product manager Vince Maniago. He also notes that Mint’s mobile users are more engaged and tend to check the app daily.
Also released today is Mint’s
Windows 8 app, which is designed for touch-screen desktops and tablets. It has a similar experience to Mint on the
iPad, with a main screen that has budget graphs, recent activity, account overviews, and alerts. You can do many of the same things in the app that you can do on Mint.com, but the app offers a full-screen experience.
Both apps come with live tiles that can show your most recent transactions in a specific account, or display alerts. You can download each free app starting today in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone app stores.Read More
Sony might soon acquire a chip plant in Japan that has heretofore been used to produce large-scale-integration (LSI) chips, if it can find a way to change its focus.
Sony executives have toured a Renesas Electronics plant in Japan to determine if it’s a worthy acquisition, the Wall Street Journal is reporting on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the discussions between the companies. Before Sony puts in an offer, however, the company wants to see how difficult it would be to convert the facility into a CMOS-production plant.
Renesas has been in a world of trouble over the last few years as its business has declined at the hands of stiff competition in the chip-making business. Renesas announced plans earlier this year to close its Tsuruoka plant in Japan to cut costs. The company has been building LSI chips at the facility for use in several consumer electronics. According to the Journal, Nintendo has been one of its long-time customers, but recent sales declines on Wii consoles has hurt its operation.
For Sony, acquiring the facility comes down to whether the equipment at the Tsuruoka plant can be easily converted to build CMOS image sensors. According to the Journal’s sources, the image sensors would be sold off to smartphone makers and ostensibly camera producers. Sony might also integrate the sensors into its own products.
According to the Journal’s sources, the talks between Sony and Renesas are still in their initial phases, and any hiccup along the way could scuttle the deal.
CNET has contacted Sony for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.Read More