Tagged with: Square

Square’s Next Register Will Accept Bitcoin and Apple Pay

Square’s Next Register Will Accept Bitcoin and Apple Pay

Over the past year, it’s become a lot easier to buy bitcoin, thanks to services such as Coinbase. And thanks to retailers such as Overstock.com and TigerDirect, it’s now a lot easier to to spend them online. But there’s still one big pothole in bitcoin’s bumpy road to mainstream adoption: Your local coffee shop. ...

The iPhone 6 Has the Potential to Replace Your Credit Card

The iPhone 6 Has the Potential to Replace Your Credit Card

Remember when 3G was such a big deal that Apple named its new iPhone after what was then the new standard in mobile data transmission? The iPhone 3G, introduced in 2008, was the second iteration of the pioneering smartphone, and in a way the name was as much gloating as it was tribute. When cellular data mostly meant ...

Amazon Takes On (and Undercuts) Square with ‘Amazon Local Register’

Amazon Takes On (and Undercuts) Square with ‘Amazon Local Register’

Amazon is diving deeper into the payment processing business. The online retailer announced Amazon Local Register, a mobile point-of-sale service combining a mobile app with a secure card reader -- similar to Square -- that lets small businesses process digital transactions. The big draw for businesses would be Amazon's ...

Report: Square is No Longer Going to Launch a Credit Card

Report: Square is No Longer Going to Launch a Credit Card

Square, the payments startup from Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, has prototyped a Square credit card. The plastic card is all black, and save for the card holder's name emblazoned on the face, features no logos--not even Square's. Over the past year, multiple sources indicate Square employees have been carrying the ...

‘Square Appointments’ Let You Book Reservations from Your Phone

‘Square Appointments’ Let You Book Reservations from Your Phone

Booking a haircut or a pedicure still requires you to call ahead most of the time. It's weird. You can make restaurant reservations on OpenTable, and you can order a pizza without having to talk to a bored employee using Seamless/GrubHub. But, in 2014, there still isn't a standard go-to for making appointments. Square would ...

Report: Square Acquires Food Delivery Service ‘Caviar’

Report: Square Acquires Food Delivery Service ‘Caviar’

Square is on a mission to diversify, and it’s turning to the red-hot food delivery industry to do so. The payments company run by CEO Jack Dorsey plans to announce this week that it has acquired San Francisco-based Caviar, according to a person familiar with the deal. Caviar runs a service that lets consumers order meals ...

Square’s New Card Reader Supports EMV Credit Cards

Square’s New Card Reader Supports EMV Credit Cards

Traditional swipe-and-sign credit cards are slowly being phased out, and Square is adapting to the times with new support for EMV credit cards. Commonly known as chip-and-PIN cards in the UK and Ireland, these are compliant with the EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) global standard and are reputedly harder to hack or ...

Report: Amazon May Soon Launch a Competitor to Square’s Card Reader

Report: Amazon May Soon Launch a Competitor to Square’s Card Reader

Amazon could be preparing to launch its own mobile credit card reading hardware in the coming weeks, according to internal Staples documents hinting at such a launch that we’ve obtained. According to the documents, Staples stores will prepare next month to stock a new product called the “Amazon Card Reader” alongside ...

‘Square Capital’ Offers Cash Advances for Small Retailers

‘Square Capital’ Offers Cash Advances for Small Retailers

While it has been rumored to be in the works for a while already, US payments startup Square has officially announced it’s getting into the merchant cash advance game with a new service called Square Capital. The program is designed to help businesses grow by serving up quick and easy access to funds “in a way that’s ...

‘Square Feedback’ Opens Up a World of Possibilities for Digital Recipts

‘Square Feedback’ Opens Up a World of Possibilities for Digital Recipts

Revolutionizing the cash register receipt sounds like the worst kind of startup cliché, but indulge me for a moment. On Tuesday, Square unveiled a new feature for its digital receipts that, in and of itself, doesn’t radically change how we interact with the places where we shop. But it points us in this direction. And it ...