Square, a mobile payment company, announced a new chip-based version of their mobile credit card readers. Done mainly for security reasons, the chip-based version is much more secure than current magnetic stripe readers. With the majority of current chip-based readers being bulky and not mobile at all, Square is offering the best of both worlds starting early next year. Starting October 2015 in the United States credit cards must adhere to EMV regulations to be chip-based instead of using magnetic stripes.
Reducing the amount of credit card fraud while remaining completely mobile should allow Square to remain popular and grow in the sector. The mobile dongle will sell for $29, while the tabletop version will be $39. The dongle will be compatible with iOS and Android devices, is extremely energy efficient and should last the whole day. To find out if Square is right for your business, more information is available on their website.
Smartwatches offer great features that traditional watches just can’t match. Some are more fitness focused, while others have downloadable apps to fit your needs. Most, if not all, sync with your current smartphone in some form. It’s important to make sure the smartwatch you are interested in is compatible with your smartphone and has the functionality you need. More and more brands are entering the smartwatch market as the technology grows, with watches already available from great companies like Samsung, LG, and Sony. Apple’s smartwatch should hit the market early in 2015.
On to the benefits and why a smartwatch could be beneficial for you. For active people fitness tracking can be helpful in setting and meeting goals, tracking vital signs, and timing your workouts. If you can’t or don’t want to carry your smartphone, smartwatches can receive alerts letting you know when you get a text, phone call or email. You can also load playlists of your favorite music. Each smartwatch has it’s own unique features and functionality, so be sure to research the available models to find the right one for you.
November signals the start of the holiday shopping season with its annual big sales, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While there are great deals to be had, it is smart to research and compare prices to ensure you get the best deals possible. Other factors to consider include the number of units at the special cost and availability of the product. Most retailers will advertise a few “door-busting” deals to get you in their store, with the hope you’ll buy other products or services that aren’t marked down. Online shoppers should try to buy their gifts as early as possible to avoid delays including out of stock items, possible weather delays, or delays from the sheer number of shipments close to the holidays.
Considering these things before you make a purchase can save you time, money and the stress that can be associated with the holidays. With a little bit of research you can make your holiday shopping an enjoyable experience and get everything you want at great prices.