2017 looks set to be the year of the digital wallet with Juniper Research predicting collectively Apple, Samsung and Android Pay will be adopted by an extra 50 million users globally this year to reach over 150 million people worldwide.
For fans of all-things Android, it's been a while between drinks on the quality tablet front. But Samsung is willing to bet consumers are more than ready to re-embrace the little green 'droid , announcing the launch of their latest Galaxy Tab S3.
March is traditionally debutante season in the world of Apple, and true to form a new iPad model is indeed now available. But while many were expecting a mid-sized 10.5-inch Pro, Apple is targeting the everyday user, adding a new 9.7-inch, no-frills iPad to its lineup of the ever-evolving brand.
Boasting the highly desirable feature of being the most affordable 9.7-inch iPad ever, it's a tilt at further cornering the tablet market while converting PC users.
Driverless cars, smart homes, change rooms that can tell you how you'd look in that style but a different shade...Sound like a futuristic world reminiscent of the Jetson’s?
Well it's not; it's right here, right now courtesy of the "Internet of Things", and according to experts it's set to transform the world of retail - from the way we learn about products to the experience we have in store and how we choose to pay.
This is the Internet of Things and what it's tipped to offer.
Have an existing Fusion stand with an iPad Air faceplate? Well then you're in luck. Apple's latest iPad, released late last week, is compatible with our iPad Air variations, so you can start enjoying the new iPad without needing to purchase any new equipment.
These days point of sale is all about mobility with a host of apps available to suit retailers and hospitality providers alike. Often easily affordable with month-to-month plans, they can be downloaded at the click of a button.
But as you trawl through the bounty of downloadable delights available, here are five key features to look for in your POS.
Gone are the days where the choice was a laptop or tablet, now consumers can have it all in one multitasking device courtesy of the hybrid.
This 2-in1 market has seen major developments in recent years with all the big names fighting it out for a slice of the pie, so let's take a look at the hybrid world and who currently makes the top five on that list.
Christmas comes but once a year, and with it the most significant period of consumer spending on the annual retail calendar.
Courtesy of the rise in online retail and mobile payments, the last decade has seen a major shift in the way people search for Christmas products and purchase them, meaning harnessing new techniques and technology is critical to engaging customers for bricks and mortar stores.
In one of the final tech events of 2016, Microsoft has launched a bold new assault on Apple, creating an all-in-one PC that looks to challenge the iMac at its own creative game.
The launch of this latest addition to the Surface family was part of Microsoft's October event which also saw a host of new products, a focus on 3D and virtual reality, and a push to corner the creativity market.
Shoppers keen to abandon those pesky payment passwords will soon be able to authentic their transactions using a selfie, courtesy of new technology being progressively rolled out globally by Mastercard.
Released in October 2015, Microsoft Surface Book was a hugely popular hybrid that had many impressed. It was big yet light, powerful, boasted a detachable clipboard and included a Surface Pen. It also featured Microsoft Windows Pro (nat
Mobile banking is changing the world of business with forecasters across the globe anticipating an explosion of usage in the coming years. The trend is being driven by innovation, apps and emerging technology. But what does this mean for business and retailers?
Samsung hasn't had the best year with the recent recall of its smartphone the Galaxy S7, but on the tablet side of business things are looking much brighter courtesy of the newly released Samsung Galaxy T
Barely a week goes by without rumblings about what Apple will deliver next, and nowhere is that speculation more rife than regarding their world leading iPad range. Renowned for their secrecy and innovation, Apple sets the bar when it comes to the future of tablet technology. Now, as the iPad Pro rounds out its first full year on the market, what's next for this not-so-little number and when will it hit the shelves?
Not so long ago tablets were all about Androids and iPads, but that all changed with the arrival of Windows 8. Now a host of tablets carry the Windows operating system, allowing users the versatility of a mobile device, with the functionality of Windows and the advanced work features it provides.
With Android and Samsung Pay recently launching in Australia, and Apple Pay available but still locked in battle with some of the country's biggest banks, 2016 has arguably been the year of the digital wallet.
Since Microsoft announced in 2012 it was releasing its own line of PCs this big name software player has been notching up some serious hardware runs on the board. Now after the success of Surface tablet range, Microsoft has again upped its game in the form of its newest hybrid - the Surface Book.
Apple is reframing the future of mobile audio technology courtesy of wireless ear-buds and the elimination of the 3.5mm audio jack on the latest iPhone. These were among a series of launches and announcements at the September 7 Apple Keynote conference, which saw the unveiling of AirPods, the iPhone 7, and Apple Watch Series 2, along with new apps, innovations and refinements.
These days the tablet is part of day-to-day life, whether it's accessing emails, trawling the net or kicking back with a good book. And increasingly this highly portable mobile device is not only present in the domestic and business world but in shop fronts, restaurants and even banks being used in functional, creative and innovative ways.
When you're a leader in the innovation world, what's next after releasing a hugely acclaimed tablet in the form of the Apple iPad Pro? A better model in a mid-range size, according to renowned KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Considered by Harvard Business Review as the "missing piece in the mobile shopping puzzle", beacon technology has the potential to revolutionise the way shoppers interact with bricks and mortar retail stores.
It's been the hot topic for over a year, with fans of iPad clamouring for news about the latest and greatest addition to the popular iPad Air range. But as rumoured dates have come, gone and faded into history with no sign of release, where oh where is the much anticipated iPad Air 3, and if it comes to fruition, what can we expect?
Tech giant Apple is gearing up for its season of giving, with only weeks until the company unveils its iPhone and iPad lineup for 2016. Now as the rumour mill hits fever pitch, all eyes are on the US to see what new wonders will soon become part of our everyday technology needs. Amongst this year's hot releases will be the new iPad Mini, so what's tipped to rock the world of small tablets?
When it comes to high-end tablets there are some big-name players delivering big results. It's hardly surprising the most talked about tablets of the year make the grade with Microsoft, Samsung and Apple amongst the list. But a couple of others also hit the soprano notes. Here's are the top 5 tablets if your budget stretches to the high end market.
With new top of the range tablets like the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro stealing the limelight in recent months, it's easy to assume that having portable technology will set you back on the finance front. The truth is you don't need to spend a fortune to have adequate technology at your fingertips. Here are the top five budget tablets to have you functioning fully on the cheap.
Whether your business is retail or hospitality, point of sale (POS) software is critical to the smooth running of day to day operations. Find the right system, and inventory tracking, orders and sales occur seamlessly. Pick the wrong package and you can be lumbered with technology that slows down proceedings and is constantly challenged to meet business needs.
Unveiled in January 2016 and available in Australia as of April, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is the latest device to blur the edges between personal computer and tablet in an attempt to crack the conundrum of which computer to use, when.
How does your store accept payment? Retail businesses today have a seemingly endless selection of payment gateways to offer. From traditional credit card terminals to mobile credit card processors, technology has reinvented the checkout line. There are a variety of options available, depending on what makes sense for the unique retail environment. For example, customers can chat with employees while swiping their card, or can skip the line altogether with an iPad k
Regardless of what small business you're in, the day-to-day running of an enterprise requires the mastery of multiple tasks. There's the accounts, staffing, promotions and then industry-specific challenges like inventory management, bookings and menus. Thankfully, technology is here to help, so here are great apps to support small business.
The stand features a sturdy metal base and enclosure that is locked with a barrel key that is unique to that particular case. For optimum security, only the barrel key that comes with the enclosure can open it. The stand comes in two styles, one free-standing and one that can be bolted onto a table, wall, or countertop. The free-standing version can attach to a security cable, like those you would use with a laptop computer, for added protection.
PayPal is best known as a secure online payment system, favoured by users due to its facilitation of payments without any card details ever being entered on the merchant’s site. In a world where online ‘card not present’ fraud is a significant concern for consumers, PayPal has become a global leader in online payment systems with both consumers and retailers appreciative of the fraud protection it offers.
Apple Pay is a contactless payment technology that is integrated as standard with the latest generation of iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. In essence, Apple Pay’s functionality is designed to replace the need for a physical wallet containing debit and credit cards. The technology pulls card and other payment data from the Wallet app and allows the shopper to use their iPhone or Apple Watch as an all-in-one contactless payment card.
It's finally happened; your faithful old laptop has died and you want to replace it with a brand new tablet. Yet with fierce competition as rife as ever between Apple and Microsoft, it can be difficult to know which one to trust when making your first tablet purchase. Is the latest offering from one technology giant better than the other? Will either be able to fully replace a laptop? Here we compare Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro 4.
The 21st century offers a variety of ways to bring in new customers, ways that retailers only dreamt about a generation ago.
As millennials grow up, and everyone else becomes more tech savvy, consumers have become accustomed to rapid technological changes. A high-tech environment is even expected. Businesses failing to meet these expectations are often cast aside by savvy consumers.
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.
The brand new Apple iPad Pro has even more to offer than its past versions. This iPad comes in two sizes, the largest being the new 12.9 inch model, which boasts the highest screen resolution of any iOS device at 2732×2048. However, if it's mobility you are after, you may prefer the 9.7 inch model. The iPad Pro is more efficient, adaptable and portable than ever before, with optional keyboards available to purchase to turn the tablet into your computer, so you can use it anywhere and everywhere!
We'll soon be adding a new Kiosk to our Fusion Range. "EZY" will be our newest Fusion and is specifically designed for environments such as meeting rooms, offices that require client engagement, cafe's and restaurants where its important to have a kiosk application...
If the rumours are true - and they often are where technology is concerned - Apple will be revealing a few new gadgets at an event a bit later this month. Among them are a new iPhone and iPad. It's the iPad, however, that has the attention of the online community. Today, we'll look at why that is.
Technology plays a significant part in altering the nature of commercial transactions, and our behaviour along with it. Indeed, conglomerates are responding to technological change with a hybrid model of flexibility and innovation to drive the way that products are offered, bought and sold.