Square wants Square Register and iPad to be your POS solution

Square wants Square Register and iPad to be your POS solution:

 

Square is looking to expand its reach into retail using its new Square Register app for the iPad. This solution promises to replace the cash register and let small retailers process credit card payments, accept cash payments, list store products and track customer purchases.

Similar to Square for the iPhone, the Register app and the credit card reader are available for free. Merchant must pay 2.75% per swipe for Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. The new Register app works on iPads running iOS 5. There are no plans to bring the POS system to Android.

 

Square wants Square Register and iPad to be your POS solution originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 05 Mar 2012 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Printopia 2 for Mac Mobile Printing Software Review

Printopia 2 for Mac Mobile Printing Software Review:


We have been promised a paperless office for years now. Perhaps it will never happen. With the iPad, I have found that many of the documents I used to print out I now carry on my device or store online in a service such as Evernote or Dropbox. But, on occasion, I’ll want to print something from my iPhone or iPad, and there’s no AirPrint printer available, or I really just want to send a screen shot to my Mac. How do I do it? Printopia, a Mac application from ecamm, to the rescue!

(Via The Gadgeteer)

6 cool Messages tips and tricks

6 cool Messages tips and tricks:

It's just arrived in beta, but Apple's next chat app is intriguing. Are you looking to spice up your Messages skills? Here are a half dozen tips and tricks for you to start with.

Choose the contact method: Messages can contact you via your AIM/iChat ID, your phone number, your Apple ID, and so forth. It's up to you to choose exactly how you want your message delivered. Locate the pop-up in the To: field and use it to select the contact method you want to use for your conversation.

Switch to FaceTime: To the right of the "To:" option is a second pop-up, which allows you start a FaceTime session. You can select which address you wish to connect to (typically phone number of Apple ID). Click this, choose the contact method, and wait as OS X launches the native FaceTime application.

Edit Contacts: Right-click any contact and choose "Show Contact Card" to open a contact in Address Book (soon to be the Contacts app). Once there, you can add phone numbers, Apple IDs, etc. After saving, these items are instantly made available in the two pop-ups you've just read about.

Use "read receipts": You can let people automatically know you've seen their messages by enabling read receipts. Open Messages > Preferences (Command-,), choose Accounts > your iMessage identity and check Send Read Receipts.

When you read the message, the sender is instantly updated with a status change that looks like this. They can tell at a glance that you've received and seen the text that was sent.

Change the Presentation Style: Right-click in the message area and choose from three styles: Show as Balloons (the default), Boxes (a semi-compact style that I quite like), and Compact (which seems overly compressed to me).

In Boxes style, successive messages are merged together rather than appearing as a sequence of bubbles. Here, three messages are grouped to one box.

Convert Smileys back to text: If smileys get on your nerves, you can convert the Messages presentation from their stock art to standard text. Right click and choose View > Hide Smileys

Got more tips or suggestions? Add them to the comments!

 

 

6 cool Messages tips and tricks originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Daily Tip: How to setup Emoji keyboard shortcuts in iOS 5

Daily Tip: How to setup Emoji keyboard shortcuts in iOS 5:

 

Curious about how to make it easier to insert Emoji icons into a text message, email or iMessage? Switching between the normal keyboard and the Emoji keyboard, navigating to the emoticon you’re looking for, then switching back to the normal keyboard to resume typing can be tiresome. Luckily, you can use Emoji much more efficiently thanks to keyboard shortcuts in iOS 5.

Before getting started, you’ll have to enable the Emoji keyboard from within the Settings app.

  1. Tap the Settings app on your Home screen
  2. Tap General settings
  3. Scroll down and tap Keyboard
  4. Next, tap International Keyboards
  5. Tap Add New Keyboard
  6. Now, just scroll down a bit until you see the option for Emoji and tap it

At this point, your keyboard setup will allow you to switch over to the Emoji keyboard by tapping the small globe next to the 123 button.

Emoji Keyboard -- Tap Globe Next To 123 Button

All you have to do next is setup your own custom keyboard shortcuts for emoticons now that you have the Emoji keyboard enabled.

  1. Tap the Settings app on your Home screen
  2. Tap General settings
  3. Scroll down and tap Keyboard
  4. At the very bottom of the Keyboard settings pane, tap Shortcuts
  5. Tap the ‘+‘ button in the upper right-hand corner
  6. In the Phrase field, call up the Emoji keyboard (see above for instructions) and select your desired emoticon
  7. Input the specific shortcut you’d like to use for the corresponding emoticon

That’s it! This tip saves boatloads of time when trying to input Emoji and it’s a total no-brainer with the new keyboard shortcut feature in iOS 5.

Thanks @kcmon for the tip!

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Daily Tip: How to setup emoji shortcuts in iOS 5



 

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Say Goodbye to "Kay" and Hello to "Jay" on your iPhone


So, let's say you have a friend named "Jay", and you like to send him lots of SMS or emails from your iPhone. The problem is that your iPhone wants to auto correct "Jay" to "Kay". Well, the conventional way to fix this is to press the little "x" next to "Kay" every time it comes up. The iPhone is supposed to learn. But sometimes it just gets stubborn about it. The solution in ios5 is to just add a new keyboard shortcut.

 

  1. Goto Settings the shortcuts setting under keyboards
  2. Then General
  3. Then Keyboards
  4. Then scroll down to shortcuts
  5. Add a new shortcut phrase "Jay" with the shortcut in lower case "jay"

 

This should work for any annoying auto correct problem you're having.

Follow the pitures below if you need help.