ZipZap has partnered with Microsoft Mobile to offer businesses and retailers a mobile solution that enables them to accept payments from customers wherever they are, transacting anywhere, anytime.
“Microsoft is committed to reinventing productivity and business process, and this extends to the important collaborations embarked on with Business-to-Business partners, like Paycorp. Whether in the solutions we provide for large corporations or those aimed at smaller businesses and enterprises, it is about continually enabling new and efficient ways of working and doing business” says Veran Maharaj, B2B Lead Microsoft Mobile.
ZipZap mPOS, coupled with a Lumia smartphone, enables merchants to accept all card payments, issue e-receipts via SMS or email, and view a detailed transaction history via the free app or the online merchant portal. The combined package allows for enhanced business insight and management through Microsoft Office preloaded on Lumia.
Wayne Abramson, CEO of EFTPOS, the point-of-sale (POS) subsidiary of Paycorp said: “This is exactly the kind of innovative business solution we like to bring to market. It immediately capitalises on smart technologies to make it possible for a wide range of businesses – from small retailers to businesses on-the-move – to accept immediate payment for goods and services. Our partnership with Microsoft creates an even more powerful mobile business solution for more merchants.”
“Together with Paycorp, we are able to offer businesses a mobile payment solution that is not only convenient, but also safe and reliable, further extending our mission of enabling productivity anywhere and anytime. Our dependable Lumia devices running Windows Phone software that by design is secure, means business can be done and financial transactions processed with complete peace of mind” Maharaj continues.
ZipZap mPOS uses a smartphone or tablet to accept credit and debit card payments by connecting via Bluetooth or USB, to a separate and secure ZipZap PIN pad. The safe and secure system enables merchants to take instant card payments from clients instead of cash or EFTs. The free ZipZap app is available for download on all current mobile operating systems but is the only mPOS solution compatible with Microsoft Windows.
In partnership with Microsoft, Paycorp is offering rent-to-own contracts payable over 18 months. The first includes the ZipZap card reader, a Microsoft Lumia 535 and 1gig of data per month for R380.00 (incl VAT) per month for 18 months. The second package also includes a Mecer Express A801 tablet for R513.00 (incl VAT) per month for 18 months.
CES: Most useless gadgets of all
Choosing the best of show is a popular pastime, but the worst gadgets of CES also deserve their moment of infamy, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.
It’s fairly easy to choose the best new gadgets launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Most lists – and there are many – highlight the LG roll-up TV, the Samsung modular TV, the Royole foldable phone, the impossible burger, and the walking car.
But what about the voice assisted bed, the smart baby dining table, the self-driving suitcase and the robot that does nothing? In their current renditions, they sum up what is not only bad about technology, but how technology for its own sake quickly leads us down the rabbit hole of waste and futility.
The following pick of the worst of CES may well be a thinly veneered attempt at mockery, but it is also intended as a caution against getting caught up in hype and justification of pointless technology.
1. DUX voice-assisted bed
The single most useless product launched at CES this year must surely be a bed with Alexa voice control built in. No, not to control the bed itself, but to manage the smart home features with which Alexa and other smart speakers are associated. Or that any smartphone with Siri or Google Assistant could handle. Swedish luxury bedmaker DUX thinks it’s a good idea to manage smart lights, TV, security and air conditioning through the bed itself. Just don’t say Alexa’s “wake word” in your sleep.
2. Smart Baby Dining Table
Ironically, the runner-up comes from a brand that also makes smart beds: China’s 37 Degree Smart Home. Self-described as “the world’s first smart furniture brand that is transforming technology into furniture”, it outdid itself with a Smart Baby Dining Table. This isa baby feeding table with a removable dining chair that contains a weight detector and adjustable camera, to make children’s weight and temperature visible to parents via the brand’s app. Score one for hands-off parenting.
Click here to read about smart diapers, self-driving suitcases, laundry folders, and bad robot companions.
CES: Tech means no more “lost in translation”
Talking to strangers in foreign countries just got a lot easier with recent advancements in translation technology. Last week, major companies and small startups alike showed the CES technology expo in Las Vegas how well their translation worked at live translation.
Most existing translation apps, like Bixby and Siri Translate, are still in their infancy with live speech translation, which brings about the need for dedicated solutions like these technologies:
Babel’s AIcorrect pocket translator
The AIcorrect Translator, developed by Beijing-based Babel Technology, attracted attention as the linguistic king of the show. As an advanced application of AI technology in consumer technology, the pocket translator deals with problems in cross-linguistic communication.
It supports real-time mutual translation in multiple situations between Chinese/English and 30 other languages, including Japanese, Korean, Thai, French, Russian and Spanish. A significant differentiator is that major languages like English being further divided into accents. The translation quality reaches as high as 96%.
It has a touch screen, where transcription and audio translation are shown at the same time. Lei Guan, CEO of Babel Technology, said: “As a Chinese pathfinder in the field of AI, we designed the device in hoping that hundreds of millions of people can have access to it and carry out cross-linguistic communication all barrier-free.”
Click here to read about the Pilot, Travis, Pocketalk, Google and Zoi translators.