Amazon Could Be Looking to Launch a Credit Card Reader
In the document, Staples lists an “Amazon card reader” among other “registers,” including Paypal’s Here mobile card reader, several Casio card readers and Staples’ own credit card reader
The document reveals the cost of Amazon’s reader — $9.99 — as well as a likely time frame for launch, since Staples is supposed to start advertising it on August 12
A separate source told 9to5Mac that Amazon’s hardware division is working on mobile payment products which include a biometric fingerprint scanner Read more…More about Amazon, Tech, and Gadgets
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Lyft Celebrates NYC Launch by Giving Away Thousands in Free Rides
As Lyft officially hit the streets of New York on Friday, after weeks of negotiations with officials, users of the app received texts and emails advertising the company’s first major promotional stunt: Free rides
The ride-sharing startup began a “beta launch” in all five NYC boroughs starting at 7 p.m. ET on Friday
The company was previously forced to postpone its launch after the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) filed a restraining order to keep it from operating in the city. Officials ultimately gave the company permission to operate in New York, providing drivers comply with TLC regulations, including a yearly drug test and vehicle inspection Read more…More about Startup, New York City, Tlc, Uber, and Startups
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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Feels the Squeeze From Smartphone Cameras
The Samsung Galaxy Camera was a game changer two years ago. It was the first camera to properly fuse a point-and-shoot camera with Android and cellular connectivity. It was supposed to be the template for the future, bringing the power of the Internet and apps to cameras. Samsung was on to something big.
The Galaxy Camera 2 is the second-generation of that Android fusion, only it’s not quite as bold, or as ambitious this time around. Unlike the rapid update cycle that is typical for smartphones and tablets, Samsung took its time revamping the hardware for the Galaxy Camera 2. And, to be honest, it feels like it didn’t try hard enough. Read more…More about Reviews, Samsung, Cameras, Tech, and Apps Software
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5 Can’t-Miss Apps: Selfie Analyzer and More
Luckily, Mashable creates a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps, so you won’t miss out.
This week’s list includes an app that grades your selfies, a suite of photo-editing tools and an app that lets you create your own emoji.Android, Tech, Android Apps, Ios, and Ios Apps
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Nokia Lumia 930: One Solid Windows Phone, Literally and Figuratively
Say what you will about Nokia’s single-minded focus on Windows Phone, but the all-in approach brings with it at least one major plus: for the foreseeable future, the Finnish handset maker’s flagship devices are a shoe-in for the title of “best Windows Phone handset.” And, spoiler alert: that title certainly applies here.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is fast, bright and an overall lovely piece of hardware built around a steadily improving operating system. It’s powerful, sharp, has the company’s customary camera focus and — in spite of a chunky footprint — is an all around eye-catcher.Reviews, Nokia, Windows Phone, Tech, and Mobile
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7 Pieces of Connected Sports Gear to Give Your Game a Virtual Edge
Before technology, only hard work and harder coaching could help you tighten up your baseball swing or quicken your crossover. But now, sports equipment companies are giving athletes of all ages the tools to track and improve their performance in unprecedented ways
There are a slew of sensors and connected equipment that will let you match your experience on the field with the metric and measurements you need to figure out what went right or wrong. When you can figure out why your free kicks are failing, or why your right hook isn’t hitting hard enough, these tools will come in clutch.Apps, Gadgets, Features, Tech, and Dev Design
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How I Crowdsource My Grocery Shopping With Instacart
Grocery shopping in a city is hard. Lugging your goods in bags (which often break and insinuate a clumsy, mid-street re-stuffing of items) and enduring the incredibly long lines at popular stores will make you consider the unthinkable: buying a car.
To avoid that Doomsday scenario (and the New York City parking tickets that inevitably follow), I’ve tried everything — from FreshDirect to HelloFresh, a startup which sends you ingredients for easy-to-assemble meals — to make shopping for groceries more tolerable. The only time I enjoy in-store shopping is late at night to avoid the crowds, and between after-work events and coming home starving, who has time for that? Read more…More about Startups, Tech, Apps Software, Mobile, and Instacart
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Vision-Correcting Display Could Free Users From Their Glasses
Those of us who need glasses to see a TV or laptop screen clearly could ditch the eyewear thanks to a display technology that corrects vision problems.
The technology uses algorithms to alter an image based on a person’s glasses prescription together with a light filter set in front of the display. The algorithm alters the light from each individual pixel so that, when fed through a tiny hole in the plastic filter, rays of light reach the retina in a way that re-creates a sharp image. Researchers say the idea is to anticipate how your eyes will naturally distort whatever’s onscreen — something glasses or contacts typically correct — and adjust it beforehand so that what you see appears clear. Read more…More about Ipad, Display Screens, Glasses, Tech, and Dev Design
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Reports of the iPad’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated
The tablet is dead. At least, that’s what an array of breathless news reports would have you believe. Yes, it’s true that tablet sales are on the decline in many markets and growing slower than others. But don’t believe the unhype; the tablet isn’t going to suffer the same fate as the netbook.
See also: The 25 Best Free iPad Apps
Apple on Tuesday announced its third quarter 2014 earnings. And in what has become a trend, iPad sales failed to meet analyst expectations. Perhaps even more troubling, sales of the iPad were actually down year-over-year, a rarity in a growing market.
Looking at these figures, you can see that although the iPad is still boasting big sales — especially during the holiday quarter — it isn’t continuing to sell in the numbers many analysts predicted it would. Read more…More about Apple, Ipad, Tablets, Tablet Sales, and Tech
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