PayPal Launches PayPal Here, A Competitor To Square Designed By Yves Behar Today, Paypal announced PayPal Here, a triangle-shaped mobile creditcard-swiping gadget aimed directly at Jack Dorsey's reader, Square. And, just like Square, they’re aiming to convert customers with the power of their design: They tapped Fuseproject, the firm run by Yves Behar and a darling among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, to create the object. Obviously, the $4 billion in transactions being done every year on Square were an enticing market for PayPal. But PayPal is also trying migrate into offline, physical transactions. "We’re actually going after offline business in a serious way," says David Marcus, VP of mobile at PayPal. The gadget works similarly to Square, offering a simple attachment and merchant app that allows iPhones and Android smartphones to do the work of a cash register, swiping credit and debit cards, and tracking receipts. But PayPal differs somewhat in market strategy: The company is hoping to become a full-on electronic wallet. But back to PayPal Here.
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Room Lust: Hotel Saint Cecilia - The Dandy Liar Get ready for a lot of pictures, guys. Because try as I did, I just couldn’t narrow down the images. Why? Because every room in the Hotel Saint Cecilia is completely different from the next and is bursting with inspiration. Hotelier Liz Lambert knew she found a gem when this beautiful Victorian went up for sale. I’m typically not a fan of painted wall texture, but here, it offers a nice contrast to the lacquered bar. As nod to it’s namesake, the Hotel Saint Cecilia gift shop boasts an extensive vinyl collection, along with other music-related items. I’m obsessed with everything about this patriotic room- maybe that’s because I’m on a red and blue kick (ie: my nursery inspo). Each room has an eclectic mix of furniture, art and textiles from different eras and of varying styles. These chairs are AMAZING. And so is this vintage chair by B&B Italia. image via And the pool- it’s like its own little oasis in the middle of Austin. Images via Hotel Saint Cecilia unless stated otherwise.
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Posterous 5 Great Sites for Exploring Cities Around the Globe When Google launched its panoramic photomapping service back in 2007, it was the first time many netizens had the chance to explore a swathe of detailed street-level photos from their armchairs. In the U.S., Street View's rivals now include Microsoft's Silverlight-powered "Streetside" via Bing Maps and MapQuest's 360 View. Elsewhere in the world, other international sites offer rival photomapping for their particular part of the globe, even as the reach of Google's Street View steadily increases. We've picked our five favorite websites from around the world that offer extensive street level imagery from places as varied as Munich, Mae Hong Son, Moscow and Miskolc. So grab your Panama hats and get ready to hit the virtual sidewalks of streets many, many miles away, then let us know your favorite services in the comments below. City8 NORC's photo mapping services cover Eastern and Central Europe. MapJack SightWalk Yandex BONUS: VideoStreetView
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