Viableware integrates payments platform into restaurant POS systems. Viableware, developer of the RAIL payment platform for restaurants, announced that it has integrated its payment technology with restaurant point-of-sale (POS) systems from MICROS, NCR Aloha and Dinerware.
Integrating Viableware's RAIL payment platform with leading POS manufacturers that serve more than 60 percent of the full-service restaurant market makes it easier for operators to accept various forms of payment at the table – including e-wallet and smartphone payments. The integrated RAIL platform also enables restaurant operators to improve guest service and reduce PCI compliance requirements. "Our integration with three major POS companies makes it extremely simple for the vast majority of full-service restaurants to embrace modern payment methods without compromising the traditional dining experience," said Joe Snell, CEO of Viableware. Read more POS system news. Harbortouch gives away POS systems to capture transaction fees. The most important investment that a small restaurant or retailer must make is in a decent point-of-sale (POS) system to keep track of trends, orders and inventory.
The rub is that any company in start-up mode probably doesn't have the upfront cash to spend on one. That's why Harbortouch Systems is giving its POS hardware and software away -- in exchange for a five-year commitment to its transaction processing services. You knew there was a catch, right? Especially since typical merchant agreements are usually in the three-year range. Not surprisingly, Harbortouch started its life on the financial services side -- it serves about 140,000 businesses around the United States -- usually small companies such as dealerships, restaurants, and e-commerce merchants and mom-and-pop retail operations, said Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Harbortouch, which started life as financial services company United Bank Card.
5 Technologies Changing the Restaurant Industry. Advertisement september 09, 2012 • 08:05 AM Hanna-Barbera The foodservice industry is poised to outpace the economy for the 12th consecutive year with sales expected to reach $632 billion, a 3.5 percent increase over 2011, according to the National Restaurant Association.
And restaurants will reinvest a lot of this money in technology that gives them an edge. Customers already are signing credit card bills with their fingers on touchscreens and using apps to order at fast-food restaurants. 1. Digital boxes such as the MooBella Ice Creamery Machine can produce 96 variations of cool treats in 40 seconds. Who should use it: While cafeteria settings are a natural fit, fast-food restaurants and grab-and-go establishments could benefit from reduced staffing with these machines. How much it costs: Prepare to pay for convenience. 2. Busy hosts may like the New York City-based app Breadcrumb, which was created by a team of restaurateurs turned software makers. 3. 4. 5. Apple Is Giving Away $10,000 for its 25 Billionth App Downloaded. Apple has launched a countdown to its 25 billionth app downloaded from the App Store, but more is at stake than the glory of a historic download.
The company is giving away a $10,000 gift card to spend in the App Store. Think of all the Zynga games — without the frequent pop-up ads of the free editions — you could by with that kind of money! What's strange about the giveaway is that you don't need to download anything to enter the contest. You can fill out an online form to be entered to win. The winner must agree to publicity, such as sharing your name, photo and some of your App Store picks with the Apple community. For Some Developers, Amazon Appstore Now Brings In More Money. In the latest monthly report from app analytics firm Distimo, the company delved into the revenue generating possibilites for apps sold through both Google’s Android Market and the Amazon Appstore.
Looking at the top 110 apps available in both marketplaces, Distimo found some surprising data: 42 of those top apps made more money on Amazon’s store than in the more widely available Android Market. That the Android Market has its challenges when it comes to paid applications, is widely known. In fact, just the other day a friend was telling me how when she went to buy her first new smartphone, the Verizon rep was pushing Android devices because they “have more free apps” than the iPhone. Great story, right developers? Now the Android Market’s inability to make you money is a selling point for Android phones. Still, the Amazon Appstore is only a small piece of the overall revenue pie for now, delivering just 28% of the top 110 apps’ revenue.
How Companies Learn Your Secrets. Which 'big data' are you talking about? Late last year I posted a blog item about big data and if/when it would present opportunities for storage vendors.
I concluded by saying that, while it was a bit early for next-year prognostications, I expected to see the number of storage devices aimed at analytics applications blossom in 2011 with more storage vendors pursuing the opportunity. It's now 2011 and I stand by that prediction. However, at least three definitions of big data have blossomed since that posting: Big-data storage: systems that store really big (as in humongous) amounts of data Big-data analytics: systems that use new analytics processes to crunch really big amounts of data from multiple sources and deliver information in real or near real time Big-data storage that supports big-data analytics.
To understand what big data storage is from the vendor point of view, one need look no further than EMC's positioning of its Isilon acquisition. Big-data analytics is very different. Why 'big data' is a magnet for startups. CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
--Armies of entrepreneurs are trying to make money sifting through mountains of data from the Web and other sources, but one of the biggest challenges is simply getting control of the data in the first place Entrepreneurs at an event here this week said that the trend of "big data," or collecting and analyzing reams of information from varied sources, threatens incumbent technology providers and enables applications once considered impossible.
Startups are harnessing massive amounts of data to generate personalized entertainment ideas, predict how media coverage will affect company stock prices, or analyze genomes in the search of new medical treatments. As these applications begin to crop up, the computer scientists behind them are realizing that they require a completely different technical foundation, according to people at the event organized the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Error Report. U.S. Government & Military To Get Secret-Worthy Android Phones. The amount of stuff we trust to fly in and out of our smartphones is astounding.
Just look at what happened when a couple of reporters got access to an unwitting (and rather unlucky) Apple employee’s iMessages alone — within days, they learned more about him than most people know about their closest friends. Now, imagine all the stuff that could fly in and out of a government official’s phone, or that of a highly-ranked member of the military. Forget saucy texts and booty pictures — we’re talking about state secrets, here. Looking to keep their secrets underwraps while on the go, the U.S government is working on a build of Android custom-tailored to meet their security requirements. Word of the project comes from CNN, who notes that U.S. officials/soldiers aren’t currently allowed to send any classified data over their smartphones.
Here’s the gist of the project: Most of the project’s details are still underwraps, but this is all still rather interesting. Sea Change: Apple Guts Textbook Publishing. The days of the $500 college textbook bills are, it seems, over.
With Apple’s announcement of iBooks 2, the world of textbooks is changed forever. Education is a hard nut to crack. There are bright spots and clever new ideas, but technology hasn’t quite figured out how to do a better job than the “old ways.” That’s why Apple’s decision to launch iBooks 2 and the attendant editing tools is so important: it tears down a number of entrenched technologies while maintaining the scaffolding of familiarity.
It leaves the stuff that works and saves the schools, students, and parents money and time. In short, it stabs the publishing industry while it embraces it, ensuring that its old methods are no longer profitable but offering it new tools to go forward. There are, according to Apple, 1.5 million iPads in educational institutions. I am a luddite when it comes to elearning. Apple’s product is big on promise and will, in the end, kill the sale of paper textbooks. Public Data Sets on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Click here for the detailed list of available data sets.
Here are some examples of popular Public Data Sets: NASA NEX: A collection of Earth science data sets maintained by NASA, including climate change projections and satellite images of the Earth's surfaceCommon Crawl Corpus: A corpus of web crawl data composed of over 5 billion web pages1000 Genomes Project: A detailed map of human genetic variation Google Books Ngrams: A data set containing Google Books n-gram corpusesUS Census Data: US demographic data from 1980, 1990, and 2000 US CensusesFreebase Data Dump: A data dump of all the current facts and assertions in the Freebase system, an open database covering millions of topics The data sets are hosted in two possible formats: Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) snapshots and/or Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets.
If you have any questions or want to participate in our Public Data Sets community, please visit our Public Data Sets forum . $1.2 Million Seed Round. Own — Unlike any other. A Glut of Food-Tech Startups Competing for a Piece of the Pie. Rajat Suri was excelling at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when he dropped out and became a waiter — not the typical direct path to fame and fortune in the technology industry.
But then Suri took his restaurant and technology expertise to Palo Alto, raised three rounds of venture capital, including $4 million from the founders of Groupon, and took a seat at the increasingly crowded table of entrepreneurs mixing technology with food. Suri used his time as a waiter to study restaurant inefficiencies and to devise technological solutions. The result: his company, E la Carte , and an iPad-like tablet called Presto that allows diners to order and pay at their tables without server interaction and play games while they wait. E la Carte is one of several similar startups in Silicon Valley. With so many food-tech startups in the area, some observers, including the entrepreneurs themselves, wonder how the companies can stand out and earn money.
Marc St. HeardAbout? E La Carte Raises $4M From Groupon Co-Founders To Bring Tablets To Restaurant Tables. E la Carte, a company that develops a tableside tablet for the restaurant and related hospitality industries, has raised $4 million in funding from Lightbank, the venture fund created by Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell. The Y Combinator-backed startup previously raised more than $1 million from angel investors including SV Angel, Dave McClure, Joshua Schachter, Roy Rodenstein, and Skip Sack, a former board member and SVP at Applebee’s chain of restaurants.
As we’ve written in the past, E la Carte launched ‘Presto,’ earlier this year to bring user-friendly tablets to restaurants to bring efficiency to the tableside and ordering experience. The 7-inch tablet includes a digital menu that lets you sift through the restaurant’s food and drink selection via photos and detailed descriptions using a touch-screen interface. There’s also a section for Games, including trivia and a drawing app. And, finally, there’s a tab for paying. Point of sale. Points of sale at a Target store POS (point-of-sale) is the place where a retail transaction is completed.
It is the point at which a customer makes a payment to the merchant in exchange for goods or services. At the point of sale the retailer would calculate the amount owed by the customer and provide options for the customer to make payment. The merchant will also normally issue a receipt for the transaction. The POS in various retail industries uses customized hardware and software as per their requirements. The modern point of sale is often referred to as the point of service because it is not just a point of sale but also a point of return or customer order.
Terminology The most common term used is the Point of Sale, particularly when talking about this area from the customer's perspective. History Software prior to the 1990s Early electronic cash registers (ECR) were controlled with proprietary software and were limited in function and communications capability. Unboxing the First Quad-Core Android Tablet. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the first quad-core Android tablet has arrived.
Before you read the full review, check out the unboxing photos. It's a tablet! It's a laptop! It's the first quad-core, Nvidia Tegra 3-powered mobile monster. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is most definitely here. The Transformer Prime goes on sale in about two weeks for $499 (32GB) and $599 (64GB). Besides being built around a powerful quad-core 1.4GHz processor, tablet has an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 10-inch, 1280-by-800 super bright "super-IPS" LCD screen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The Transformer Prime and keyboard each arrive in a simple black box without many extra components; you do get a charger with the tablet, slim manuals and a blue cleaning cloth, but that's about it. Thus far, the Transformer Prime is the most powerful Android tablet you can get, thanks to the Tegra 3 chipset, but it's missing a key element for 2012: Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android.
How to Use Your Tablet Computer as a Small Business Tool. Think your new tablet is strictly for entertainment purposes? Think again. Small businesses are rapidly finding innovative ways to use tablet computers (iPad, Kindle Fire, Playbook, etc.) to connect with clients, market while on the go, and enhance customer experiences. With the deluge of apps available in the marketplace geared toward tablet devices like the iPad, we small business owners can have the latest technology at a fraction of the cost of more traditional setups. Here are a few ways a tablet can help your business. 1. It seems odd to think that a tablet could replace your workers, but that’s what the iPad is doing for many restaurants nationwide. Point-of-sale systems for restaurants like ISISPOS also make it easy to seat tables, update menus and accept payments, all from a tablet. 2. If your business is too small to really benefit from merchant services and credit card processing, but would like to accept credit cards, the tablet can help you do that. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.