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Mobile Devices for POS Retail Expansion

Consumers are spending more time engaged (some might say, enslaved) digitally, and retailers have taken note. Never before have retailers paid closer …

An Instant Loyalty Program For Small Merchants

<i>What if</i> you're a small merchant, maybe a single store operation or a small chain, and you want to offer a loyalty program because, well, loyalty …

Price Strategy and Inventory Analytics Solutions

That's why Zebra is here to revolutionize retail. Zebra's <b>Price Management Execution</b> uses Revionics competitive pricing strategy to give retailers …

rfid ready - Auto-ID-/RFID-News & Articles - Point-of-Sale Companies Integrate NFC Capabilities into Product Offerings

Details<p>Category: Mobile Payment<p>Written by Tarun Sharma<p><b>Enables Payments, Offers and Loyalty in a Single Contactless Transaction; Partnerships Support</b> …

FinTech

The payment app of the future will not be a payment app

The use of mobile payments is rising rapidly. The Federal Reserve found that 22 percent of cell phone owners in the US reported having made a mobile payment in 2014, up from 17 percent in 2013 and 15 percent in 2012.<p>That is almost a 50 percent increase in two years. But still, no payment app has …

FinTech

The PayPal Here Card Reader Comes To U.S. With Support For EMV, Apple Pay, Android Pay & More

With the arrival of Apple Pay and, more recently, Android Pay, consumers are becoming more comfortable with alternative ways of paying that don’t involve credit card swipes. And now, with the U.S.’s transition to EMV – smart cards that store data on chips instead of magnetic stripes, which offers …

Chips, Dips and Tips: 5 Potential Problems With New Credit Cards

This is the day when credit cards are supposed to change forever, thanks to a small embedded computer chip that will make many transactions more secure. But Thursday’s “deadline” for merchants to support the new EMV technology — or face the consequences if fraud occurs — is really a soft target, …

Identity Theft

You'll soon be able to use Venmo to pay in stores

Even though PayPal bought Venmo over two years ago, the two apps have remained relatively separate. At the moment, you can’t even directly use your PayPal funds for your Venmo transactions.<p>That will soon start changing, however. During an earnings call yesterday, the company noted that Venmo users …

FinTech

SlimPay Grabs $16.6 Million To Build The Definitive Recurring Payment Solution

French startup SlimPay just raised $16.6 million (€15 million) from Prime Ventures for its payment processing solution. SlimPay is all about making recurring payments in Europe as easy and seamless as possible.<p>In a few clicks, you can set up SEPA bank account debits without having to mail an …

Shopify brings its point-of-sale system to Android devices

Shopify has announced that its point-of-sale (POS) system is now available on Android devices. This development allows merchants to handle transactions without having to worry about specific operating systems.<p>Since its founding in 2004, Shopify has been centered around building a commerce platform …

Android News

Square copies Stripe with new online checkout API

Watch out Braintree, Stripe and other online checkout systems, Square is going after you. The company launched new APIs today for offline and online stores. But the bigger news is that e-commerce merchants can now process credit card payments using a simple form. Behind the scene, Square processes …

Amazon takes on PayPal and others with launch of Amazon Payments partner program

Amazon announced this morning a plan to spread adoption of its payments service, Amazon Payments, to more third-party websites. With the launch of its Amazon Payments Global Partner Program, the retailer will help e-commerce platform providers and other developers integrate with Amazon Payments so …

The second round of Disrupt NY Hackathon tickets are now available

May is right around the corner, and soon thousands of innovators, investors and entrepreneurs will make their way to Brooklyn for TechCrunch Disrupt NY.<p>While the main event may be the conference that runs from May 9-11, one of our favorite parts of Disrupt is the Hackathon, which takes place the …

Disrupt NY

How Two Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Took a Side Business from $100k to $3M in Revenue in Three Years

Have you heard of Crossfit? It's a strength and conditioning system that was started in 2000 and has become extremely popular in the fitness …

Herman Miller Redesign Concept

It's awesome to see web design moving towards the editorial design and also how motion design has huge impact in todays design in general. The Herman …

The Next Big Thing In Retail: Programmatic Commerce

Imagine this: you wake up in the morning and your coffee machine, as it pours you your first cup, tells you it’s almost out of your favourite blend. Rather than making a mental note to yourself to remember to buy some more on your next store visit, your machine instantly does the ordering for you – …

eCommerce

Billing by Millionths of Pennies, Cloud Computing’s Giants Take In Billions

How one programmer broke the internet by deleting a tiny piece of code

A man in Oakland, California, disrupted web development around the world last week by deleting 11 lines of code.<p>The story of how 28-year-old Azer Koçulu briefly broke the internet shows how writing software for the web has become dependent on a patchwork of code that itself relies on the …

JavaScript

17 charts that show just how scary Amazon's $275 billion business really is

Most people think of Amazon as an online shopping store, but it's actually much more than that.<p>Over the past 22 years, Amazon has turned itself into a $275 billion juggernaut that sells everything from cloud-computing services to its own hardware gadgets.<p>These 17 charts show just how scary its …

eCommerce

With the Model 3, Tesla is on the verge of something it's never done

Hype around simply seeing the car for the first time has been huge; Tesla shares have undergone a major recovery over the past month, after the stock cratered at the beginning of the year.<p>The company is now trading well above $200 a share after dropping below $150.<p>Share-price volatility is nothing …

Tesla

New York Auto Show: New Volvo S90 Sedan Aims To Crash The Luxury Party

Volvo is counting on the all-new Volvo S90 sedan to finally crash the luxury-brand party dominated by BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.<p>With the new S90 flagship, the Swedish brand is convinced it finally has the goods, said Bodil Eriksson, executive vice president marketing communications and product …

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What are the best machine learning as a service (MLaaS) companies and startups?

<b>How Machine-Learning-as-a-Service Can Help the Internet of Things Reach its Potential?</b><p>The global machine learning as a service (MLaaS) market is …

Machine Learning
Tableau Software

Why Long Run Mileage Varies in Training Plans

Determine your fitness and goals to find the best 26.2 plan for you.<p><i>Steve asks: I’m preparing to train for my first marathon and have been searching for a training plan. My question is about the long run mileage because I see some plans just go to 16 miles, while others build to 20 or even more.</i> …

Esports market to grow 43% to $463M in 2016 and reach $1.1B by 2019

The global esports market is expected to grow 43 percent from $325 million in 2015 to $463 million in 2016, according to a new report by market researcher Newzoo. By 2019, esports are expected to grow to $1.1 billion.<p>Esports, where professional gamers play video games in competition with others, …

Gaming

LifeStraw Steel Water Filter Let's You Instantly Drink Filthy, Polluted Water Cleanly

LifeStraw Steel Water Filter Let’s You Instantly Drink Filthy, Polluted Water Cleanly<p>Jason Lazarus January 26, 2016 936<p>It’s true, water is everywhere …

Snorkeling

Venmo, beloved millennial app, is finally trying to make some money

Since launching in 2009, Venmo has been great at one thing: letting people easily send money to each other. However, to date, it hasn’t been very good at making any money. Now, with a new feature called Pay With Venmo, the PayPal subsidiary is going to finally try to change that.<p>The feature will be …

FinTech

My Favorite Running Products of 2015 - Women's Running

I love this shoe for several reasons. The low heel to toe drop makes it ideal for mid-foot strikers. The shoe is so light that I feel fast even when …