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The Cloud And It's Use In Hospitality

Posted by Libby Tainton on

Long gone are the days where handwritten dockets lined the pass of any busy restaurant. For at least a decade computers have fulfilled this role - spitting out dockets and relaying information to the register courtesy of in-house point of sale.
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NFC Rising

Posted by Kunal Arora on

The big guns of mobile payments are set for a bumper year, with Juniper Research indicating m-commerce providers Apple, Samsung and Android Pay will attract over 50 million users by the end of 2017.
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All About The Galaxy Tab S3

Posted by Ryan Raubenheimer on

Just when you thought hi-spec tablets running Android might be dead in the water, Samsung has revealed its new Galaxy Tab S3. It's a bold gamble on what many had tipped would now be an operating system consigned to nifty little smartphones. But the Tab S3 runs Android 7 Nougat, comes with an included S Pen, has a premium look and feel, and a 9.7-inch screen that bears a remarkable resemblance to...wait for it...the iPad.
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All About The Latest iPad

Posted by Ryan Raubenheimer on

It's not a Pro, and it's not an Air, but Apple has continued the rollout of the ever-popular iPad range with the surprise unveiling of a new, improved 9.7-inch model.

On March 21, in comparatively quiet fashion, Apple announced a new iPad would be available from the end of the month. The point of difference? It boasts better credentials than the Air 2, lesser specs than a Pro and comes in at an affordable price tag that sees an entry point of just US$329.

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Fusion Cases Are iPad Ready

Posted by Ryan Raubenheimer on

Apple released its latest tablet late last week, called simply the iPad.
It is compatible with all existing iPad Air Fusions cases, and can be purchased from us if you don't have existing hardware.
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New iPad Pro 12.9 Stands Available

Posted by Libby Tainton on

Boss-Tab's ever popular Fusion tablet enclosure range is expanding, with enclosures now in production specifically for the iPad Pro 12.9.

Fusion tablet enclosures are currently available to suit most tablets and iPads including the Pro 9.7, Surface 3 and Galaxy Tab, and are renowned for their security, durability and accessibility in all retail, hospitality and business environments.

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Best 2 in 1 Tablet Laptops

Posted by Andrea Baker on

For the past few years the world of hybrid laptops has been rapidly evolving with these nifty mobile computers working tirelessly to also embrace the tablet realm.

Whether they attempt this with detachable screens, or convert contortionist style to operate like a tablet, 2-in-1s are designed to offer versatility to a market constantly seeking more power, more mobility, more entertainment capability, yet day-to-day functionality, all in a neat little package.

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How To Engage Your Customers This Christmas

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Americans are likely to spend a record $655.8 billion over the holiday period this year, potentially making this the merriest Christmas for retailers since the beginning of the Global Financial Crisis.

But as online retail continues to rise, gaining a slice of the shopping pudding will require more innovation than ever before, with bricks and mortar stores required to put in some solid footwork to get customers to walk through their doors.

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Newest Products From Microsoft

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Microsoft has rounded out 2016 with an emphasis on 3D and virtual reality, and by bringing a whole new family to town. At their recent October event, the tech firm rolled out its latest Windows update with a focus on creativity and 3D, and introduced the new "Surface family".
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All About MasterCard Selfie Payments

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Payment giant Mastercard is rolling out the latest identity technology with "selfie pay" set to hit the Unites States by the end of 2017.

The release comes after a year of testing and the recent launch of Identity Check Mobile aka "selfie pay" in Europe on October 4.

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All About The Microsoft Surface Book 2

Posted by Libby Tainton on

In late October this year Microsoft released an upgrade to its innovative hybrid, the Surface Book, in the form of the i7. This new addition rounded out what was already a popular model by providing more power, a faster processor and better battery.
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Galaxy Tab S3 Update

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Samsung's latest mid-range tablet offering, the Galaxy Tab S3, is expected to hit the market early next year, after missing its anticipated September 2016 release.

The new offering will likely boast many similar features to its widely popular predecessor with the possibility of a few new tricks up its slim and lightweight sleeve.

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Mobile Banking Is The Future

Posted by Andrea Baker on

The way we make payments, access our finances and use our banks is altering as mobile banking takes hold, with analysts predicting 2 billion people globally will access their banks via mobile device and apps by 2021.

This figure indicates a staggering 800 million people will join the mobile banking trend within the next five years as mobile technology continues to improve.
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iPad Pro 2 Rumours

Posted by Andrea Baker on

It's been more than a year since Apple surprised the world by releasing a whole new iPad varietal in the form of the Pro. It was a larger iPad than ever before at 12.9 inches, and boasted increased storage with stylus compatibility.
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The New Frontier Of Digital Wallets

Posted by Andrea Baker on

This year almost US $30 million worth of transactions will be completed in America courtesy of digital wallets and mobile payments. That's three times the value of last year but a meager drop in the estimated ocean of what's expected to occur by the year 2020 when mobile transactions will reach US $266 million annually.
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Best Tablets Running Windows

Posted by Andrea Baker on

With the arrival of Windows 8 a new era of tablet usage arrived. Now, the tablet was not just a portable device with word processing capability, it could offer all the convenience of the renowned Office suite.
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All About The Microsoft Surface Book

Posted by Andrea Baker on

After increasingly successful attempts at cornering the 2-in1 tablet market with devices like the Surface Pro, Microsoft last year went a step further with an all-out tilt at the laptop market in the form of the Surface Book.
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What You Missed At The Latest Apple KeyNote

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Apple's new iPhone 7 is set to ditch the audio jack and be more durable, more streamlined and boast better cameras in a series of major upgrades, unveiled at the corporation's keynote address on September 7.
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Why You Should Have A Tablet In-Store

Posted by Andrea Baker on

This year about one fifth of all tablet purchases will be made by the corporate sector, with mobile devices becoming an increasingly integral part of business technology. But it's not just offices utilising the power of the tablet. The retail sector is readily embracing the portability, flexibility and affordability of tablets.
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New iPad Pro 10.5" In The Works

Posted by Ryan Raubenheimer on

Apple may have an ace up its sleeve in the form of a mid-sized Pro tablet, designed to woo the increasingly lucrative business and education sectors. This is the news setting the tech world abuzz as renowned KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlines his predictions for what the tech giant is likely unveil in the coming months.
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Beacon Technology In Retail

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Renowned retailer Macy's hit the headlines last year when they offered customers using their app the opportunity to win up to US$1 million in prizes simply by walking through their doors. It was the dawn of a new age of shopping where the online and real worlds collide, and it came to us courtesy of beacon technology.
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iPad Mini 5 Rumours

Posted by Andrea Baker on

With September only weeks away, all eyes are on Apple and their pending release of the latest lineup of mobile technology. But while others look to the iPhone 7, it's the small tablets that have us pondering - what's next for the iPad Mini? What date can we get our hands on it? And what pedigree will it embrace?
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5 Of The Best Tablets In The Market

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Whether you're looking for entertainment capabilities or to work on-the-go, high-end tablets go above and beyond when it comes to delivering speed, resolution and portability. It's been a big couple of years for this sector of the market, with Samsung, Microsoft and Apple all delivering outstanding models that have redefined the industry, but there are others who make the grade. These are the top 5 high-end tablets.
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5 Great Tablets On A Budget

Posted by Andrea Baker on

The tablet industry abounds with big players vying to create the latest innovation, with new varieties, brands and features hitting the market each year. But you don't have to break the bank to find a solid device that meets your average needs. Here are five of the best budget tablets currently available.
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Another 5 POS Software Options

Posted by Andrea Baker on

The point of sale software market is packed full of promise and promotion, but when you're selecting a system to meet your business needs, choosing can prove a challenge. Here is a rundown of some of the biggest players on the current market and what they offer business.
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What's the deal with the Galaxy TabPro S?

Posted by Andrea Baker on

If you're looking for a portable device that does it all, from running daily workflow tasks to accessing entertainment and MS Office, then the newly released Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is a 2-in-1 machine designed to fit the bill.
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What Is MailChimp?

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Since it was established in 2001, MailChimp has carved out a highly successful niche in the ever-evolving world of email marketing. Now ranked as the leading email marketing provider, the MailChimp app services over 12 million people and sends out over 1 billion emails each day.
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What is PayPal Here?

Posted by Andrea Baker on

PayPal has long been at the forefront of financial technology when it comes to online retailing, but that commitment has extended from the virtual to the real world with their ever evolving PayPal Here app.  Available for iPhones, Smartphones, iPads and Android tablets, PayPal Here allows retailers to accept payments via credit card, debit card and check.
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5 Great Apps For Small Business

Posted by Libby Tainton on

Gone are the days where running a small business was just about writing up receipts, reconciling the book work, and placing an advertisement in the newspaper. These days business is all about the technology, enabling entrepreneurs to reach more people, file the prerequisite paperwork and account for staff.
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iPad Air 3 - What's the deal?

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Faster, slimmer, brighter, mightier...The internet abounds with rumors of what the new iPad Air 3 will bring to the tablet market. But the biggest question many want answered is will it be released at all and if so, when?
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5 Point Of Sale Apps

Posted by Andrea Baker on

When it comes to point of sale (POS) software, all apps are not created equal. It's those that go above and beyond, offering a one-stop shop for business management that lead the retail field. Here we check out five of the most popular, top-ranked POS apps and the features that have them rated by users as head and shoulders above the rest.
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Beacon Retail Technology - Improving the Retail Experience One Device at a Time

Posted by Andrea Baker on

In today's technologically-advanced age, if you're not up to speed with the latest gadgets and software, you may be falling behind. And in the wake of the online shopping boom, retailers have seen their sales decrease as customers increasingly turn to their hand-held devices to check out product reviews, service feedback, and competing discounts - even while in-store. Captivating your shoppers' concentration, now, is of vital importance in order to trump the online sales.
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What is the ShopKeep POS Tablet App

Posted by Andrea Baker on

In 2008, Jason Richelson, a small business owner and retailer, had had enough. Frustrated with old-fashioned and time-consuming point of sale (POS) software and methods, he decided to create something that would allow business owners to run their businesses - even without setting a single foot in their stores.
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How Do Consumers Pay for Goods?

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Just as fashion trends go in and out of style throughout the years, the same is true for the payment methods that consumers prefer to use when making both everyday purchases and sporadic, larger purchases. While cash may used to have been king, such is no longer the case, with more and more consumers preferring credit and debit cards, or alternative payment methods like PayPal and virtual wallets.
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Customer Relationship Management And You

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Though it may seem like something new, customer relationship management (CRM) is as old as business itself. Only the methods have changed.

CRM has evolved from early hunters remembering what the family on the other side of the hill was willing to trade for, to a shopkeeper, artisan or tradesman remembering what a customer has bought and perhaps writing it down somewhere.

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The State of Retail Stores in the United States

Posted by Andrea Baker on

If you live in the United States, you have undoubtedly seen some retail businesses close over the past few years. Moreover, it has not only been small shops, but also the storefronts of large, seemingly thriving retail chains. You may wonder what’s going on and how this will affect you. No matter what business you are in, it can be frightening to see retail businesses closing all around you.
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Best Tablet for Your Business: Surface Pro 4 vs. iPad Pro

Posted by Andrea Baker on

The new breed of professional tablets are true hybrids, with functionality and power more akin to personal computers than smartphones. Business owners, from mega-chains to mom and pop shops are catching on to the advantages of integrating tablets into the customer experience. How does the new Surface Pro 4 stand up to the infamous iPad Pro? Which should you consider for your business?
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Galaxy Tab S2 Review: Samsung Ready to Challenge the iPad?

Posted by Ryan Raubenheimer on

While there is no shortage of credible alternatives to the iPad, Apple’s devices have generally been widely accepted as the elite standard in tablets. The price-to-quality ratio may be contentious but with cost taken out of the equation, only the most die-hard Android lobbyists would argue that other manufacturers’ efforts have created generally superior machines to the iPad. A clear majority vote, if not a unanimous one, has maintained the iPad’s position as the Prince of Tablets.
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Is It Time to Leave Your Wallet at Home? Cardless Payment Options

Posted by Andrea Baker on

More and more apps seem to be designed to encourage consumers to leave their wallets at home and pay with their smartphones. Although these technologies have existed for many years, it was with the introduction of Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 that the market seemed to really take notice.
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Tablet Displays in Brick and Mortar Retail: Integrating Digital & Physical to Boost Sales

Posted by Ryan Raubenheimer on

The online world and technology are now central to the success of retailers. Online sales in the U.S. are expected to hit $399.48 billion in 2016, an almost 15% increase over 2015. Brick and mortar retail is also increasingly using technology in-store to improve the retail experience, offer access to the same wealth of information consumers have become accustomed to online, and to integrate their online and offline sales and marketing funnels.
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The iPad Pro 9.7: Do You Need It?

Posted by Andrea Baker on

As smartphones have increased in size and laptops have gotten smaller, the tablet market has, without question, felt some squeeze. Tablet sales have fallen off for several years in a row, especially in the iPad market. While users are convinced to upgrade their smartphones every year or every other year, as long as your tablet can still check your email and play Candy Crush, users don't seem to feel the same urgency. Even in businesses and schools, which tend to upgrade in cycles, older models seem to still be good enough, with no particular sign of upgrading soon.
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Getting Retail Technology To Work For You

Posted by Andrea Baker on

There is no need for retailers to compete with the latest technology. All retailers need to do is put it to work for them to help them increase sales. Here are five tools you can put to work for you right now.
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3 innovative uses for tablets in the workplace

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Whether you are tech savvy or electronically challenged, it is important that your business embraces new technology. One of the most versatile forms of technology to grace the 21st century is the tablet. Microsoft Surfaces, Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tablets offer us portable and easy-to-use interfaces which we can use to enhance and modernise business practices. So here are three simple ways to incorporate tablets into your business.
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How far the iPad has come

Posted by Libby Tainton on

Only a few short years ago, the iPad was being bandied about in the collective imaginations of Apple's creative studios. It would have been impossible to predict the insatiable appetite with which the world embraced this technology. Indeed, Apple built the iPad and the tablet industry from nothing.
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How to choose a tablet stand

Posted by Ryan Raubenheimer on

Tablet technology has been popular for a few years now. If you've had one, you have probably realized that the biggest problem with a tablet is that there is no ergonomic way to hold it. No matter how functional and versatile the device, it always feels a little awkward to hold it for any long period of time. You can, of course, put it on a table and lurch over it, hurting your neck and saving your hands. Or you can put it on your lap and fold up your legs. If you're craving your teenage days, you can rest on your elbows on the bed, but this doesn't work for everyone.
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Keep your tablets and electronic devices secure in store

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Creating the ideal security system is a bit of a balancing act. Retailers need to create a secure way to display their goods, yet also make them easily accessible for their potential customers.
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Principles of loss prevention systems

Posted by Andrea Baker on

When dealing with loss prevention systems, there are a number of principles that businesses must put into practice if they intend to be successful at avoiding loss. It's important to know them and what each of them means for your company. Here, we'll take a look at some of these principles.
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