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Square Cash’s Fast Payments App Can Now Hold A Balance

Square Cash, the peer-to-peer payments app that aims to replace cash by offering instant deposits, rolled out another feature today that better positions the app to challenge competitors like PayPal and Venmo: the ability to maintain a cash balance. That is, users can now choose to switch on an …

FinTech

Bitcoin Group delays public listing on Australian Stock Exchange

Digital currency ‘miner’ has another setback, telling investors ASX has requested additional information<p>The Bitcoin Group has delayed its public listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in order to provide further information about the currency to the exchange.<p>The company has been seeking to become …

Cryptocurrency

Whirlpool's new smart appliances have Amazon Dash built in

Washer and dryer will tell you to buy more detergent<p>Last October, Amazon partnered with a host of companies to incorporate its Dash order functionality directly into some of their products. Where previously you could only make Dash orders via dedicated Wi-Fi-enabled buttons, the integration with …

Smart Homes

Your iPhone is quickly becoming a brilliant music-making tool

iPhone owners have had some good music-making tools at their disposal for some time, but those apps have always played second fiddle to the much more powerful examples available for the iPad. Now the gap is closing thanks to some excellent recent releases.<p>Japanese musical instrument veteran Korg is …

Phone data can predict infectious disease outbreaks

A team of Princeton and Harvard researchers analyzed the phone call records of 15 million users in Kenya -- not to spy on people, but to study the spread of seasonal disease. The team wanted to see if the movement of phone users can predict outbreaks of seasonal diseases like rubella or German …

Forget Beacons: The Future of Retail May Be Magnetic

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Did you know your local mall has its own unique magnetic signature? It does -- and in the future, it could help inform the way you shop.<p>On Monday, IndoorAtlas unveiled a new technology that should make it more convenient for shoppers to …

eCommerce

Uber's Hong Kong offices raided in probe into illegal operations

Three Uber employees bailed after computers seized in the autonomous Chinese territory, while India is predicted to overtake US after Asia push<p>Three Uber employees have been released on bail after a raid on the company’s Hong Kong offices in a probe into its illegal operations within the autonomous …

Hong Kong

Stripe's new funding makes it a $5 billion company

Visa has made a big bet on Silicon Valley payments upstart Stripe.<p>Tomorrow, the financial services giant will announce that it has made an investment …

FinTech

The Backed Pack: Remix Mini brings Android to a tiny $30 Windows-like PC

<i>Each week our friends at Backerjack highlight a cool crowdfunded gadget. This week we look at the Remix Mini, which has raised nearly 16 times its funding goal and is on track to surpass a million dollars.</i><p>Once upon a time, in a land before laptops, towering desktop PCs peppered the landscape, their …

This startup has made over 1 million email receipts truly useful

Practically every time you buy something online, you get an email receipt. That’s handy for keeping track of your spending or quickly sorting our work expenses, but the actual text is rarely useful in itself.<p>Receiptful is a startup that’s been quietly working away to change that. It began in …

ShoCard Raises $1.5 Million For Its Digital Identity Card On The Blockchain

What if you could get rid of your driver’s license? We’re not there yet, but ShoCard just raised $1.5 million from Morado Ventures Partners, AME Cloud Ventures, Enspire Capital and Digital Currency Group to do just that.<p>As a reminder, ShoCard certifies and stores ID documents into the Blockchain, …

Digital Currency

The Year Of Mobile Payments

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alix Murphy is a mobile telecommunications industry professional with experience in electronic and mobile identity, mobile payments and international development sectors. She is a senior mobile analyst at WorldRemit.</i><p>Ask most people what the state of mobile payments is today, and …

FinTech

Why March 10 was a big day for bitcoin

If January 4, on which the second-largest bitcoin exchange BitStamp was hacked to the tune of $5 million, was bitcoin’s “Bloody Sunday,” you could …

Bitcoin

Piper Announces New Piper NV Home Monitoring System With Night Vision For $269

The home security industry once dominated by complicated, expensive systems is in for a rude awakening. Piper, Canary and Scout are all offering affordable options to keep an eye on your home’s safety, and Piper just announced a new system equipped with night vision called the Piper NV.<p>The Piper NV …

Home Security

Meet The Mobile-Only Bank For On-The-Go Millennials

Other digital banks have failed to take off. Does BankMobile stand a chance?<p>You’ve heard this story before: A finance refugee, exasperated by the industry’s byzantine fee systems and clunky digital experiences, sets out to build a better bank. No fees, no branches, and design-savvy online …

Banking

Boston Is Using Uber Data To Plan Better Urban Transportation

For once, Uber does good with its trove of data.<p>Yes, Big Data is watching you, including when you hail an Uber car on the way home from the bar. But while the controversial car service has used that information in creepy ways in the past–like charting out potential one-night stands, just for fun–it …

Don’t Try to Be a Publisher and a Platform at the Same Time

In the wake of digital disruption, new media companies are seeking scale and legitimacy, while old media companies explore new business models.<p>The “platform” is a new media company model that has been perfected by the tech industry. Platforms can easily scale to serve gigantic audiences, and their …

Media Industry

Chinese Taxi App Company Kuaidi Dache Raises $600 Million Led By SoftBank

China’s top taxi-booking apps are locked and ready to go for 2015 after Kuaidi Dache became the fourth player in its space to raise new funding in the past month. The company announced that it has closed a $600 million financing round that is led by new investor SoftBank.<p>The round includes …

Venture Capital

Stellar rewrote the rules of cryptocurrencies. Now, users in Asia are leading its growth

Last July, Stellar premiered to celebratory and breathless fanfare. A new payment protocol and cryptocurrency from Jed McCaleb, creator of Mt. Gox, …

South-east Asia

How Uber breaks the rules (and why you should care)

<i>This post is in partnership with Money. The article below was originally published at Money.com.</i><p>By Jacob Davidson, Money<p>Shawn Marquez doesn’t …

Light-bending silicon strips are the key to super-fast computers

No, that's not a barcode you're looking at -- instead, it's the likely future of computing. Stanford University researchers have developed an optical link that uses silicon strips to bend light at right angles, which future processors will likely need to transmit data at super-fast speeds. The key, …

Bitcoin moves from hype to disappointment, and on to real utility

<i>Updated December 3 at 9:45 a.m. ET to reflect that Blockstream is based in Canada, not the U.S.</i><p>If you hang around the tech scene for long enough you will see some absolutely amazing ideas being turned into businesses.<p>Some arrive too early to be successful, some aren’t executed successfully and some …

Reduce Roaming Fees With KnowRoaming - KnowRoaming

The smoothest [roaming] solution is KnowRoaming’s international SIM “sticker,” which you attach to your current SIM card, magically turning it into …

Drummer is a beautiful, minimal drum machine for iPhone

"The world of pro audio gear has not yet been hit by the <i>tidal wave</i> of the internet, nor by the….. <i>earthquake</i> of good design," howls Jake Lodwick. He’s the effervescent, manchild co-founder of Vimeo, and more recently of Elepath, a software development company based out of New York City’s hip …

Starwood’s keyless entry takes self-service to a new level

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Starwood<p>Later this week, ten Starwood hotels will let customers use their smartphones to unlock their hotel room …

Best iBeacon hardware crowned following extensive stress tests

A new report from AisleLabs shared with 9to5Mac ahead of its release examines the various Bluetooth beacon hardware options that support the ‘iBeacon’ technology Apple introduced last year. The extensive testing resulted in winners for four categories including style, performance, value for money, …

Poynt: A Universal Checkstand For Mobile Payments

Google Wallet. Apple Pay. QR codes. Who will win? Who cares?<p>Apple Pay. Google Wallet. Square. Paypal. Affirm. Coin. Plastc. Visa. Mastercard. Chase. Capital One. Everybody wants to collect a toll on the post-credit-card future of payments. They all use differing standards and technologies.But who …

FinTech

This Computerized Harness Might Be The Dog Translator We’ve Been Waiting For

North Carolina State University researchers are developing a two-way system that relies on a dog’s body language.<p>Ever since canids began following us around to sniff at our leftovers, humans have been searching for more efficient ways to communicate with dogs. And, so far at least, a universal …

Pets

Everything You Need To Know About The Internet Of Things

A few months ago I wrote a post called, A Simple Explanation Of The Internet Of Things where I tried to provide some clarity around what this new connected world means for all of us. In the article I mentioned some of the driving forces behind this.<p>“Broadband Internet is become more widely …

TinyScreen Color Display Allows You To Create Your Own Smartwatch And More (video)

Makers and developers that enjoy building electronic projects might be interested in a tiny new colour display that has launched over on the …

Bluetooth