HP releases tablet POS for small retailers
Palo Alto, Calif. — HP is releasing a Windows 8.1 tablet-based POS solution designed to make it easy for small business retailers to effectively manage their business and cut operating costs. The HP TX1 POS solution provides the ability to run essential POS applications and popular productivity applications.
The HP TX1 combined the 10.1-inch HP ProPad 600 with a stand and POS accessories in one solution. The HP TX1 can easily detach from the stand so employees can take it home at the end of the day when needed. The ProPad 600 features the latest lntel Atom Quad-Core Processor, long battery life, Windows 8.1 and up to 64GB of storage. It also includes a compact receipt printer, cash drawer, USB hub, and optional barcode scanner.
The solution will be generally available in May 2014 with pricing varied by configuration.
“Small businesses need simple, affordable solutions that help them efficiently drive their business forward,” said Ray Carlin, VP and general manager, retail solutions, HP. “Our tablet-based point-of-sale solution gives today’s retailers the essential tools they need to gain a competitive edge.”
The race is on to create the best mobile devices and wrap stands for MPOS. Some great ideas on display at NRF convention. Microsoft booth was terrific and included HP devices. Keys to success; reliable, integrated peripherals, ease of use for employees, and customer convenience at checkout. Great start HP.
MasterCard rolls out MasterPass in-app payments
New York — MasterCard has unveiled MasterPass in-app payments, designed to enable consumers to make secure purchases within a mobile app. The solution eliminates the need to store payment card credentials across numerous mobile apps, providing consumers with a fast and simple payment experience.
MasterPass in-app payments will be made available to developers and merchants beginning in the second quarter of this year.
MasterPass in-app payments extend the capabilities of the current browser-based MasterPass digital service into the mobile app environment, and provide consumers with one secure direct relationship with their bank. Apps with MasterPass embedded in them enable consumers to complete a purchase with one click or touch on their favorite connected device without leaving the app environment. The optimized checkout process creates a seamless shopping experience, supported by the highest levels of security and cryptology, according to the company.
“We’re excited to begin offering MasterPass to our customers as an innovative digital payment solution. This fully aligns with our philosophy to make in-app commerce as easy and efficient as possible,” said Robert Tibbs, chairman and CEO, Forbes Digital Commerce.
“MasterPass in-app payments is the latest offering from MasterCard to address the specific needs of the digital ecosystem. We’re creating great experiences for consumers across all channels and all devices, and enabling merchants to reach new consumers in ways not possible in the pre-digital world,” said Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer at MasterCard.
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PayPal and Samsung roll out new tech for Galaxy S5
PayPal and Samsung have collaborated to make Samsung Galaxy S5 users the first to be able to log in and shop at any merchant that accepts PayPal on mobile and in-stores using their fingerprint.
The new biometric feature means Galaxy S5 users will no longer need to remember passwords or login details. PayPal is touting itself as the first global payments company to support Samsung’s mobile fingerprint authentication technology.
According to both companies, using fingerprint authentication instead of a traditional login and password on the fifth generation Samsung Galaxy S5 — which launched this week at Mobile World Congress — allows consumers to benefit from an even more secure and seamless mobile and in-store shopping experience.
“We spearheaded the Fast IDentity Online Alliance last year and predicted that the industry would soon move beyond passwords, and this announcement brings us one step closer to that reality,” said Hill Ferguson, chief product officer for PayPal. “By working with Samsung to leverage fingerprint authentication technology on their new Galaxy S5, we are able to demonstrate that consumers don’t need to face a tradeoff between security and convenience. With a simple swipe of a finger, consumers can still securely log into their PayPal account to shop and pay with the convenience that mobile devices afford.”
FIDO Ready software on the device securely communicates between the fingerprint sensor on their device and PayPal’s service in the cloud, said the companies in a joint statement. They added that the only information the device shares with PayPal is a unique encrypted key that allows PayPal to verify the identity of the customer without having to store any biometric information on PayPal’s servers.
"We are very excited about our relationship with PayPal as it will bring one of the most trusted online payment solutions in the world to the broader mobile market," said Hankil Yoon, SVP of mobile product strategy. "Together with PayPal, we expect to provide our customers with a seamless and secure experience in online shopping and payments on our new Samsung Galaxy S5."
Starting in April, PayPal fingerprint authentication on the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in 26 markets globally, including Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S.
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