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Say goodbye to clunky cash management. Hello Square Up.

Tired of clunky cash registers like everyone else? The customer transacation process has long suffered from a lack of innovation. Enter the Square Stand - an elegant square stand with a credit card swiper that has the ability to integrate with other printers and scanners. Now there’s something we can all respect. 

Interested customers can pre-order the stand online for $299; it will be available for purchase in Best Buy stores and other select retailers starting the week of July 8. Square Stand currently works only with an iPad 2 or 3, but a version for tablets with Lightning connectors will be available later this year. Beginning May 15, a handful of local merchants around the country will run their business using the Square Stand. 

Penultimate 4.0 now part of Evernote

Penultimate is the original and easiest-to-use handwriting app for iPad that combines the natural experience of pen and paper with the flexibility and syncing of Evernote. Lose the paper, keep the handwriting, and remember everything.

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How do you beat the iPad? One way is to re-invent the PC

Alongside the Windows 8 release, Intel and its PC-maker partners are pushing a range of unusual new computing form factors, from convertible tablets to touch desktops. The question is will they sell?

Company wants to bring mind-controlled computing to the masses, your iPad

InteraXon, leaders in thought controlled experiences, have connected brainwaves to the iPad in a new application that puts BCI technology in the palm of your hand. Showcased at CES2011, InteraXon has partnered with SecretExit, adding a new thought-controlled element to the award winning ZenBound 2.

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Kindle Paperwhite leaves a glowing impression

With so much attention showered on color tablets these days, it’s refreshing to see dedicated electronic readers get some love. So while Amazon.com has certainly pushed the latest iterations of its Kindle Fire tablets, the Internet retailer also is shining the light on the dedicated Kindle Paperwhite e-reader that starts shipping Monday. The shine is coming right back at you (in a good way). Paperwhite is the first conventional E-Ink-style Kindle with a built-in reading light. It leaves a glowing impression.

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Work the way you want to with Podio

Podio, now part of Citrix Systems, is an online work platform with a new take on how everyday work gets done. Podio gives people more power than ever before to manage their work in their own way and is trusted by thousands of teams, companies and organizations worldwide. Podio users create workspaces to collaborate with specific groups of people, use an Employee Network for company-wide communication across departments and locations, and get their work done using Podio Apps.

Anyone can build their own Podio Apps without any technical skills, and can choose from hundreds of readily available, free apps in Podio’s App Market. These apps add structure to any business process or project and are connected to social, collaborative activity streams used for commenting and discussion.

What really sets Podio apart is how it puts people in control of their work tools, rather than the other way around. You decide how to structure your projects, teams and workflows by creating your own workspaces and sharing them with relevant people. You also decide how to structure, create and present content and information that’s linked to your work processes and interactions. You do this by choosing from hundreds of Podio’s specialized work apps or creating your own to help you get the job done – whatever it is.

Podio was founded in early 2009 by Jon Froda and Anders Pollas with founding developer Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen. The stealth project was then named Hoist. Later in 2009, Kasper Hulthin joined the founding team. Thomas Madsen-Mygdal and Ulrik Jensen provided support to the team with seed investment in early 2009. Podio signed up its first customers in August 2009, while still in stealth mode. Since then Podio has grown its customer base at a rapid pace. In August 2010 Tommy Ahlers invested in Podio and joined the team as CEO.

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Savant’s iPad-Powered Home of the Future

If you’re asking yourself who Savant is, you need to dig deeper into the world of home automation. All the videos that we saw about robots and appliances magically operating themselves at the click of a button back in the 70s are finding real world applications, thanks to ingenious smart systems that cohesively integrate the operations of your in-house appliances. Currently available only on Apple products, the Savant system can be controlled using an iPad, iPhone or Savant’s proprietary remote control. 

Pioneering Savant’s cause is Robert Madonna, an early telecom industry juggernaut, who founded the the Excel Switching System in 1988 during the the era of deregulation in the telecom market. Savant has won the Electric House product of the year award this year and continues to marry other appliances into its integration model to fulfill its promise of a fully automated house.