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iPhone Check Deposit For All

Iphone check deposit via paypalOur recent post listing banks with iphone check deposit available demonstrated only a one major US bank with this option available for customers. While the rest of us wait for our banks to roll out this feature, a workaround has just become available. Paypal has released an update to their iphone app that enables users to snap a photo of the front and back of their check and deposit it into their account. Since most people have their paypal account linked to their checking account, you can use this as a roundabout technique to deposit into your checking account.  Unfortunately, the check can take 6 days to clear in your paypal account and then you have to wait for the funds to transfer into your checking account, but for those of us that never leave the house, I suppose this workaround will have to do.

iPhone Paypal App [via Gizmodo]

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Which Banks Have iPhone Check Deposit?

Chase Iphone Check Deposit

For most, financial documents, especially those related to banking are a major source of paper in their lives.  Fortunately, over the past few years banks have awoken to the cost savings and desire of their customers to go paperless.  At first, the primary sources of paper were cut out: bill pay and paper statements.  Now a new trend is catching on at banking establishments that, even though it is more of a convience factor than a paper saver, is worth mentioning… iPhone deposit of checks.  While a handful of smaller banks blazed the path, the big boys are starting to pay attention and now Chase offers free iPhone deposit of checks.  You just snap a photo of the check within the app and presto… deposit complete!  


Look for other big banks to follow with their own check-depositing iPhone apps soon.  Curious if your bank offers iPhone deposits?  Take a look at this comprehensive list of banks offering iPhone apps for check depositing.

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Virtual KVM – Multiple Machine Bliss

This may seem off topic, but one of the goals of the paperless office is a clear desk, free of distractions.  Perhaps you can manage to keep the piles of paper from stacking up, but it is still common to be haunted by clutter strewn about such as external hard drives, phone chargers and for those with multiple computers, a stack of keyboards and mice.  The solution to the multiple keyboard and mouse problem has traditionally has been the KVM which provides a physical switch to share a single keyboard, monitor and mouse between computers.  These cost money and can be unreliable.  There is a straightforward and free option available to those that have a display for each computer, but want to share a single keyboard and mouse, the virtual kvm.  The virtual kvm is a piece of software that allows you to share a keyboard and mouse physically connected to one machine with others that are connected over a local network.The are two programs that lead the pack in this domain for the mac: Synergy and Teleport.  I have used both and I think they are both great choices.  A common multi-computer configuration though is to share a keyboard and mouse across both a mac and either a windows or linux box.  For this, Synergy is the only option as Teleport is just for the mac.  Lifehacker has a great configuration guide for getting Synergy up and running.  I have been using Synergy for a few months now and it has worked very well.  I only had one issue when I first installed Synergy, the command key was not being communicated properly to my mac (in my config the mouse and keyboard are connected directly to my pc and to my mac via synergy) which was a big problem for me because I use “command-space” to trigger Quicksilver.  The fix was simple though, I went into the “edit screen” option in Synergy for my mac and swapped the Super and the Alt key modifiers… voila!  If you have other ways to keep clutter from piling up on your desk, let us know in the comments.

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