The conversation around this category must begin with Square, as it was the first to create a simple solution with its card reader and easy-to-maneuver interface.
There is no cost for setup – Square will even send you the card reader for free, which plugs directly into your device’s earphone slot. For most usage patterns the free option should work fine – Square takes 2.75 percent of each swipe. If you do a larger volume of business, you can instead opt to pay Square a flat rate of $275 per month, which eliminates the per-card fee.
Intuit has built a strong competitor with its own point of sale [...]
The $299 Square Stand has a built-in credit card reader and works with either the iPad 2 or iPad 3.
Square’s card swipers for iPad are already a hit with small business and the company recently inked a huge deal to provide payment systems to Starbucks. Now the Square Stand builds the iPad out to a fuller point of sale system.
To that end, Square is also offering several additional accessories retailers can connect to the Square Stand including a receipt printer ($199), a locking cash draw that can be opened (when unlocked) with a touch of a button on the iPad ($199) and bar code scanner $99.
However, Square is currently only taking pre-orders for the [...]
A number of technology blogs are reporting that the Intel-powered tablet can now be found at various retail stores, with Engadget suggesting that the device is already on show at select Staples and Best Buy stores across the U.S. and Canada.
CNET claims to have seen the tablet in action at Microsoft’s retail store in Century City, Los Angeles, and says that the tablet is now listed on Best Buy's website.
The Surface Pro will be available with 64GB ($899) or 128GB ($999) of memory and comes with 4GB of RAM and Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor. The tablet, however, comes without the optional Type Cover ($129) or pressure-sensitive Touch Cover ($109) [...]
ZDNet writer Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft will hold a “private evening reception for select guests” in the lead-up to the formal launch, which will take place just before midnight at the Best Buy store in Union Square, New York City.
In something of a surprise, members of the press won’t be invited to the launch party, which will be overseen by Surface general manager Panos Panay and members of the Windows team.
Microsoft has been forced to change tack with the Surface Pro launch, with the Redmond giant having used the now-closed Microsoft retail store in Times Square, New York to launch its Surface RT tablet back in October.
The Surface [...]