money transfer service using Google Wallet for Gmail in their 2013 I/O, which basically allows Gmail users to email money, making it as simple to send funds as it is to send a picture. As bad as the timing was for me and my friend, I found it welcome news to know that when/if I do eventually move back home I’ll still be able to transfer money with ease, whether it’s to pay the landlord quickly or just to pay back your organized friend who plans group events (or to actually get paid back if you’re that organizer). It’s a good feeling to know that you’re not restricted in moving money; that you don’t have to concern yourself with either abiding by a transfer time period or paying to get around it. In all truth, it’s about time the US caught up in this area; if the banks aren’t able to do it then it’s great that a company like Google can. It hasn’t fully rolled out in the US yet but that should be happening over the next few months. Supposedly you don’t actually need a Google account to receive money either, which is good because that would probably detract from its appeal slightly. Transfers are instant and free between Google Wallet accounts, although transfers take up to 10 days between bank accounts. So still not quite there yet, but it’s a step in the right direction. As for the security aspect, the service would offer the ‘Google Wallet Purchase Protection’ that would cover against all unauthorised payments and means no account information would be shared over email, according to the director of product management for Google Wallet, Peter Hazelhurst. I know that I’ll definitely be looking into this feature the next time I need to transfer money in the States and I look forward to hearing about its reception from users. Hopefully, by the time I move back, there will be one less thing that I’ll need to re-familiarize myself with.