How the iPad Is Revolutionizing Local Businesses

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Beyond the tremendous cost, most of these POS systems are horribly out of date. Many of them run on Microsoft’s .NET architecture and are prone to all of the same hiccups that any Windows PC will face over the course of its life. Restaurant owners likely do not care how technologically out-of-date their POS systems are, as long as they work. According to Phil Beauregard from Boston-based Objective Logistics, the entire culinary industry tends to be about five to seven years behind technology trends. “When they first came out, they were essentially glorified cash registers,” Beauregard said. “The [POS industry] has mimicked the entire PC industry.”Like the PC industry, the POS sector is about to see a major change in how businesses are interacting with technology. “Everything is getting untethered,” Beauregard said. The Evolution: Mobile + Cloud“When you are carrying around a tablet, you are carrying a gateway to the cloud,” said Nebula CEO and former NASA CTO Chris Kemp in an interview last year.The fundamental thing to know about mobile technology is that its primary computing power is done in the cloud. Yes, chip sets have gotten smaller, cameras are more compact and powerful, and batteries are more efficient than they used to be, but the biggest driver of mobile technology is the ability to offload the actual data and computing power to the cloud. This is something that innovators and enterprises have known for some time. The average small business owner? Not so much. “Cloud computing” is like an abstract theory to most people. They know the term, they kind of know what it does, but the full meaning of the cloud is lost on them. For the most part, they do not care. Consumers just want things to work. Local businesses just want them to work, but also be cost efficient. This is where tablets are poised to disrupt the entire POS industry. They are cheap, collect data on customers’ purchases and make that data easily accessible across any type of computing system. They can be used to make payments, take surveys, provide coupons and notify consumers of offers. The best part for local businesses: Tablets are a lot cheaper than traditional POS systems. “For all new restaurant businesses, they’ll seriously evaluate some form of tablet as their POS. New locations of existing restaurants will probably stick with whatever tech they’ve got, but all brand-new businesses are going to be taking a hard look at the cheap/portable nature of an iPad or Android tablet solution,” said Seth Priebatsch, CEO of Boston-based SCVNGR, which provides a mobile payment tool called LevelUp. The leader in the charge to turn the iPad into the new era of POS terminal is San Francisco-based Square. The company that released the original dongle for smartphones to swipe credit cards has also created an iPad app called the Square Register. It has the ability to turn an iPad into a POS system that works as well or better than anything from the traditional POS vendors. As a standalone product, the Square Register is a great option for local boutiques or coffee houses, where all that is needed is the ability to make transactions and provide receipts.According to Square spokesperson Aaron Zamost, 75% of small businesses will buy a tablet this year. Only 6% of retailers said they haved used a mobile POS device, but half of survey respondents panned to adopt such devices over the next 18 months. Restaurants are another matter. When a server takes an order, that information needs to go to several different places within the establishment. Chefs need the ticket to know when and what to make (cooks call these “duckets”). Bartenders need the tickets to coordinate with the server on what drinks need to be made. In a restaurant, communication is vital and often that is handled through the POS system. The Square Register does not yet fulfill all the needs of such an establishment. But other companies are working to turn the iPad into a fully functional POS system for restaurant use. San Francisco-based Revel features a full suite of products designed to turn iPads into an effective POS system – including employee logins, order taking, payment processing and “cook view” for the duckets. It has customer relationship management (CRM) features and real-time reporting and inventory control. These are all capabilities a traditional POS could offer, but Revel does it for a third of the price, about $1,500 per iPad and a $100/month cloud service fee. Other services, like E La Carte, provide custom-built tablets without an upfront installation fee. dan rowinski Image: Revel iPad POSUntethered, Unplugged & DisruptedIn the chain of innovation, we are not talking about anything extraordinarily drastic. iPads have been around for three years now and the concept of cloud computing has been around much longer. The confluence of mobile and cloud technology has invaded enterprise organizations over the last couple of years and it is now starting to trickle down to the Main Street level. Smart startups have looked at the middle class of American businesses and seen that it is ripe for the plucking. Square recognized it first, but any company focused on marketing, payments, offers and infrastructure will soon see that there are billions of dollars at stake. Are you a local business owner? What do you use for a POS system? A classic register, a touch-based terminal or some type of mobile device? Let us know in the comments. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#Apple#apps#iPad#Microsoft#mobile#Trends The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement It was dinner at a fancy restaurant in Boston. After the last sip of Scotch was polished off, the waiter came over with the check… and an iPad. It was to take a survey about the quality of service, but it just as easily could have been used to pay the bill. Tablets, especially Apple’s iPad, are increasingly finding homes in restaurants and local businesses. They are changing how businesses conduct transactions and receive customer feedback. In a data-driven world, Main Street retailers are on the verge of a significant evolution.Disrupting the Point of SaleYou have seen it before. You make an order at your local coffee shop or restaurant, or buy an item from a local merchant. The server or cashier punches a couple buttons on a static touchscreen, runs your debit card and hands you a receipt. Using these Point-of-Sale (POS) systems is now so common that consumers pretty much take them for granted.The people who own the businesses do not take them for granted. They often have a lot of money invested in them. The top POS vendors, such as Aloha, Micros and POSitouch, charge thousands of dollars to restaurants and retailers to set up and maintain these systems. For a restaurant that seats 100 people, the owners likely paid anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000 to set up three or four terminals. The more amenities that the local business wants, the more POS vendors will gouge its pocketbooks. last_img read more

Conte: Out-of-sorts Morata was unlucky

first_imgChelsea Conte blames bad luck for dismal Morata display at Arsenal Joe Wright 07:36 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) alvaro morata - cropped Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Arsenal v Chelsea Arsenal Morata Antonio Conte The Spaniard’s forgettable showing in the 2-2 draw at the Emirates, including three missed one-on-ones, was passed off as bad luck by his boss Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has challenged Alvaro Morata to work hard to improve in the wake of his poor performance against Arsenal.The striker missed three one-on-one chances in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium, the last of which came after Hector Bellerin fired home the Gunners’ equaliser in the 92nd minute.Morata has scored 10 goals in 19 Premier League appearances this season but the majority of those came in the opening three months, with the 25-year-old having only netted twice in his last eight top-flight matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Conte feels the Spaniard has been short on luck in recent weeks but admits his side had plenty of chances to take all three points from Wednesday’s match.”I think it’s a pity because when you have a lot of chances to score, you must win the game. Instead, we’re talking about a good draw against a good team,” he told Sky Sports.When things don’t go as expected there’s only one way… Work hard!Se nos escaparon los tres puntos… Cuando las cosas no salen como uno espera, solo hay un camino… trabajar, trabajar y trabajar. pic.twitter.com/uBcVFLqEOk— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) January 3, 2018Asked about Morata’s misses, Conte said: “He is not lucky in this period. He has to continue to work and improve. It’s a pity because he had many chances to score but, at the same time, I’m very happy for his effort and commitment.”We must be disappointed, me and the players. We had a good chance to win because we deserved to win. “But this is football and we must accept the final result and continue to work really hard to try to score more.”My disappointment is the same as my players. We win together, we draw together, we lose together. I repeat, it’s a pity because we deserved to win the game.”The draw means Chelsea stay third in the table, a point behind second-placed Manchester United and 16 adrift of leaders Manchester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Leans on Running Game and Turnovers in 44-20 Win Over KU

first_imgThe Cowboys used turnovers and a blossoming rushing attack to take care of business in Lawrence. Here’s a recap of Saturday’s game.1st QuarterThe Cowboys started off Saturday off with a run-heavy game plan. Freshman Justice Hill was the workhorse as he helped push the Cowboys on a 62-yard drive that ended with a Zach Sinor punt from the KU 37-yard line.That first drive: seven rushing attempts to one pass.KU took over after being pinned at their own 11-yard line and quickly gave their own punter Cole Moos a chance to stretch his leg.With 8:52 left in the 1st, OSU starts at their own 32-yard line and again is able to move the ball down the field before a sack-fumble at the KU 26 leaves the Cowboys empty-handed again.Montell Cozart took over after the Rudolph fumble and made the Cowboys pay with a 68-yard touchdown pass, giving the Jayhawks a 7-0 lead.The Cowboys were able to answer the touchdown with one of their own from Chris Carson’s 1-yard run after a 47-yard pass to Jalen McCleskey got them down the field.2nd QuarterThe Jayhawks were again able to move the ball down the field before having to settle for a field goal, taking a 10-7 lead.The Cowboys got the ball but a Rudolph sack for a loss of eight yards put them too far behind the chains to recover and had to punt again.The Jawhawks stalled on their next drive due to continued penalty issues. Cole Moos shanked a 22-yard punt giving the Cowboys great field position which they unceremoniously turned in Ben Grogan’s record-breaking 3-point score to make him the All-Time leading scorer in OSU history.Kansas’ next drive ended in another field goal and the Cowboys were able to get a touchdown on their next drive after a 39-yard pass from Mason Rudolph to Jalen McCleskey and then a pass from Austin Hays to Blake Jarwin for 22 yards set up Justice Hill for a touchdown.The Cowboys were able to go to halftime with a 17-13 lead.3rd QuarterThe opening drive of the second half ended with a Jayhawk fumble as Vincent Taylor poked the ball away from KU tailback Ke’aun Kinner. The Cowboys were able to turn this good field position into a Chris Carson touchdown pass.The Jayhawks answered with their own touchdown, sticking around and making it 24-20.Following an OSU punt, defensive tackle DeQuinton Osborne picked off a pass and returned it all the way to the 1-yard line. Rennie Childs punched it into the end zone on the next play.Then on the next KU possession, one of the wackiest plays you’re likely to see this year unfolded. After a deep pass was picked off by Jordan Sterns, the senior safety pitched the ball to defensive tackle Vincent Taylor who started trucking down the field. To keep the play going, he pitched it back to defensive end Jarrell Owens who made it all the way to the KU 16-yard line. The Cowboys turned that interception into a Ben Grogan field goal to take a 34-20 lead.4th QuarterAt the beginning of the 4th quarter, Kansas appeared to still have some life as they made it down to the OSU 5-yard line before before being stopped on downs by the Cowboy defense.Taking over at their own 4-yard line, the Cowboys moved down field thanks to big plays including a 23-yard Justice Hill run and a 39-yard Rudolph-to-McCleskey connection. Once again, the Cowboys settled for a field goal, pushing the lead to 37-20.The Cowboys would score again. They Jayhawks were not. Chris Carson’s third touchdown in his first game back from injury gave OSU a 44-20 lead which they would keep.  Mike Gundy sent in Taylor Cornelius with 2:34 remaining after a KU turnover on downs to signal the end of his 99th win as Oklahoma State’s head coach.SummaryThe KU defense took Jame Washington out of the game. OSU’ ability to run the ball kept them in it early and their defenses propensity to take the ball way proved too much to Kansas to overcome. There is plenty of film for the Cowboys to study as they welcome the undefeated West Virginia Mountaineers for Homecoming next week. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Monaco chief Campos can see Mbappe joining Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Monaco chief Campos can see Mbappe joining Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AS Monaco sports chief Luis Campos admits he can see PSG striker Kylian Mbappe moving to Real Madrid.Campos worked with Mbappe at ASM.”Kylian represents champagne football, which we like to see and as a high level footballer I see him wearing the Real Madrid jersey because it is a club made to his measure, where the great players want to go,” Campos, who is currently working as a sporting director at Lille, told Telefoot.”In the future, I imagine myself attending a match at the Santiago Bernabeu and enjoying the show that Mbappé can offer. Nowadays, he is more decisive than Neymar and considering his age, he’ll be much better than Cristiano Ronaldo. I see him winning more Ballon d’Ors.” last_img read more

GLAAD Pays Tribute To Glee Star Cory Monteith

first_imgGLAAD has paid tribute to Glee star Cory Monteith, who passed away during the weekend.“We mourn the loss of our friend Cory Monteith, whose support of LGBT youth and his work to end bullying served as an inspiration to countless young people,” stated GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “Losing such a strong ally at a young age is heartbreaking, but we are thankful for the many lives he touched through his work and advocacy. Our hearts go out to his family both at home and on the set of Glee.”The young star was part of a powerful storyline from the beginning of Glee. His character, Finn Hudson, showed animosity towards fellow New Directions group member Kurt Hummel, bullying him and using an anti-gay slur towards him during an argument but eventually, the quarterback apologized and stood up for Kurt against bullies. As the show progressed, Finn and Kurt became close friends and brothers when their parents married. Following graduation, Finn returned to co-direct the New Directions glee club with Mr. Schuester.The actor continued his advocacy off screen by partnering with several organizations and show his support of the LGBT community. The young star recorded PSAs for Straight But Not Narrow and The Bully Project, attended events for The Trevor Project and hosted the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City alongside co-star Naya Rivera. The actor also received an award in 2012 from DoSomething.org for his advocacy work.GLAAD is saddened by the loss of such a strong ally and grateful for the outstanding work he has done for LGBT youth during his short life.Source:GLAADlast_img read more