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Money Is Obsolete
Cash is so passé. Now anyone—from Girl Scouts hawking cookies to growing businesses—can accept credit cards by pairing a Square card reader with a smartphone or iPad. To get started, provide Square, Inc., with details about yourself and your bank. Then the Square team will send you a free Square card reader. Or opt for the definitely not-square “Double Happiness” Square card reader from designer Vivienne Tam (US$10; proceeds go to charity). Square will take 2.75 percent of your swiped transactions and 3.5 percent plus US$0.15 for keyed-in transactions; there are no other fees. The service is available in the U.S. for U.S.-issued credit cards. Square works with a variety of Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Download at the Apple App Store or Android Market.
Are green supply chains becoming the norm? It looks that way, according to an IFS North America December 2010 survey of more than 200 North American manufacturing executives at companies with revenues of US$100 million or more.
Summer’s almost here—time to get in shape. Your smartphone can help.
As an experienced Oracle professional, you’re well suited to climb the IT ladder—maybe. Increasingly, employers look beyond stellar resumes for dynamic interests (no, all-night hacking doesn’t count) beyond work. Need to pump some vitae into your curriculum? Check out Contour GPS, the world’s smallest and lightest GPS video camera. Mount this 5.3-ounce high-definition cam to your helmet and capture a complete 1080 pixel A/V story, along with location, route, speed, and altitude, of your next amazing venture. Gravity sports—skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing—all play really well, but you could also tour your corporate campus or neighborhood and spice up that stale blog while proving there’s life outside the cubicle. US$349.99; includes integrated omni-directional microphone, wide-angle lens, 2 GB microSD card (expandable to 32 GB for up to eight hours of video), and Storyteller video/mapping application for downloading, editing, and adding text to your video and posting it on contour.com.
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Onshoring on the Rise
35 percent of U.S. technology companies outsource services or manufacturing to companies outside the country, down from 37 percent in 2010 and 62 percent in 2009.
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