SquareIt’s easy to embrace the brave new world of smartphone payments when Square’s tiny contactless card reader allows an iPhone or iPad to accept tap n’ go payments.

There are plenty of ways to put an iGadget to work in your business. Not only do iPads and iPhones make for great personal productivity tools, but they can also double as a fully blown Point of Sale system – either sitting on the counter in your retail store, or living in your pocket when you’re doing business on the move.

A traditional Point of Sale system and merchant facilities can come at considerable expense, making it difficult for small businesses to step up in the... Read More

Google challenges HTTPSGoogle’s push to make HTTPS website encryption standard across the web is about to force some businesses to lift their security game.

If your business website allows customers to log into an account or enter payment details then you certainly already use HTTPS for those web pages, creating a secure encrypted link to ensure this sensitive information isn’t intercepted in transit. Now, Google is on a mission to ensure all websites use HTTPS, to combat online eavesdropping and data tampering. It also helps fight scammers who try to trick you into visiting spoof websites, masquerading as banks and other sites where you’re likely to enter information worth stealing.

HTTPS works by creating an encrypted link from your browser tab all the way to the website... Read More

Owning your own hardwareAs digital disruption threatens to shake up every industry, hiring your IT equipment allows your business to remain nimble when facing new challenges.

Cloud services are creating an unprecedented level playing field that allows small business to punch above their weight while granting large enterprises the ability to remain nimble against growing competition. Computing power was once a prohibitively expensive resource but the cloud puts it on tap, turning it into a pay-as-you-go service just like the other utilities your business relies on such as power, water and gas.

This revolutionary shift is fuelling a wave of digital disruption that threatens to wash away those who don’t move with the times, Read More

Turn an iPhoneWhether you’re scanning name tags as people walk in the door or scanning product labels at the counter, turning an iPhone into a barcode scanner can certainly make life easier.

Barcode scanners are incredibly handy devices, but they’re not all the same, so it’s worth doing your research to ensure you’re using the best tool for the job. Simple USB barcode scanners plug into a computer, but if you need something more portable and flexible then converting a smartphone into a barcode scanner might be a better solution.

There are two types of barcode scanners: those featuring CCD sensors and those relying on lasers.

Basic handheld CCD-based barcode scanners tend to be cheaper than laser scanners, plus they’re also more sturdy than laser scanners as CCD sensors don’t have any... Read More

Master the iPad Mail appIf you regularly check your email using an iPhone then you might assume you know all the ins and outs of the iPad’s Mail app, but it has a few handy tricks to help business users stay on top of their inbox.

One of the key advantages to checking your email on the iPad is that you can view your inbox in the left-hand column and tap on each email to view the contents on the right of the screen. To take advantage of the extra screen real estate you can turn your iPad sideways to use the Mail app in landscape mode, where this left-hand column remains permanently on the screen.

By default, you see two lines of preview text of each email in the inbox column, but... Read More