Mobile Wednesday with Mario: Gmail Mobile Upgrades, Skype for Windows Phone 7 + More

Welcome to our weekly Mobile Wednesdays with Mario column.

Each Wednesday we bring you articles from Small Biz Go Mobile’s Mario Armstrong – tech expert, commentator and digital lifestyle expert – featuring hot topics, products and trends in mobility and small business.

Square Reader on Sale at Apple

This is pretty cool. In an attempt to make even more waves in the mobile credit card processing arena, Square has teamed up with Apple to sell the Square card reader online and in Apple retail stores. Previous to this announcement, the readers were only sent via snail-mail to users who went through the Square sign up and activate process.

Now Square has some help from Apple to get the popular readers into small business owner’s hands.

Gmail Mobile Site Upgrades to HTML5

Holding on to your feature phone with web access for fear of making the smartphone jump? Or maybe your exchange email setup on your smartphone is acting janky? These obstacles shouldn’t stop you from accessing your Gmail accounts via your mobile device. Gmail has completely redone its mobile version, using HTML on a brand new mobile site that breaks down the full desktop version of their software.

If you truly claim to be a mobile professional, why not use all of the mobile tools at your disposal? The Gmail mobile site, now upgraded to HTML5 has just become one of my tools.

Skype Coming to Windows Phone 7

I have good news for you Windows fans out there! Darren Murph over at Engadget writes that Skype for Windows Phone 7 is “definitely coming this fall.” Confirmation comes courtesy of Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore: ”Skype will be coming to the Windows Phone 7 platform this fall.”

Skype for iOS has been a game changer, since it allows people to have video conferencing with no need for Facetime and without using your minutes. Check out the details on Skype for Windows Phone 7 at SmallBizGoMobile.

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