Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao during the Nationals’ tune-up game against Adelaide 36ers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas escaped hard-fighting Adelaide 36ers in the first of their two tune-up games at Meralco Gym in Ortigas Friday night and coach Yeng Guiao felt that his charges are still far from their optimal form.“Our big men weren’t that quick, so we should find a way to keep up,” Guiao told reporters shortly after the Filipinos’ 92-83 decision over the Aussies that showcased Gilas’ potential on both ends of the court.ADVERTISEMENT But Guiao stressed that improvements are still welcome, especially during a time when the team is plagued with minor injuries.“We can still get a bit smoother, a bit more fluid,” he said. “When we were playing in Spain, after being together for a while, I saw that we were playing well as a team.”Poy Erram and Matthew Wright both sat out the game after getting hurt in a scrimmage last Monday. They will continue to miss the remainder of the friendlies, while Marcio Lassiter is ruled out of the World Cup, according to Guiao himself.For now, what Gilas needs is for the June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy to adapt, and quickly.“We need those three guys to catch up,” Guiao said. “We’re hoping to make the adjustments on Sunday, and after that, it’s really just practices and putting together a game plan.”ADVERTISEMENT Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Gilas will try to repeat over the 36ers on Sunday before revealing its final roster for the global meet slated to begin on Aug. 31 at the Chinese city of Foshan.The scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 92 – Blatche 19, Aguilar 17, Perez 12, Pogoy 10, Lee 10, Bolick 8, Almazan 7, Barroca 5, Fajardo 4, Norwood 0, Rosario 0.ADELAIDE 83 – Moore 16, Froling 11, Teys 10, Dillon 10, Taylor 9, Griffin 9, Kyei 8, Johnson 6, McVeigh 4, White 0.Quarterscores: 25-16, 50-49,73-68, 92-83.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery French president, football stars unite against Amazon fires “This game gave us a glimpse of what we will face (in the future).”But Guiao also said that he had a good problem on his plate, considering the way his wards performed individually.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s difficult [to choose] the final 12 given the way they played,” he said as the team’s preparations for the Fiba World Cup in China enters its final week.Five Gilas players scored in twin digits, while only two were scoreless as the Filipinos set the tone pretty much for the whole duration of the contest. BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender MOST READ ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake View comments
Honeypot Coffee House in Letterkenny has won the overall prize in the JCI Donegal Friendly Business Awards 2018.The cafe team triumphed at the JCI Donegal Friendly Business Awards in Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny on September 22nd.Since opening on the High Road in 2016, Honeypot Coffee House has become well-known for its quality food, service, convenience and value for money. Ann-Louise McClintock JCI Donegal, Dee Stanislavov Honeypot Coffee House Winner Donegal’s Friendliest Business and Gary Alcorn, AIBEmma Boylan, JCI Donegal President and MC said the JCI awards are about “highlighting businesses that make the extra effort to be as friendly as possible to their customers.”Over 60 excellent businesses were nominated this year, with the category winners below:Century Complex won the Disability Access category sponsored by ShopLKInishowen Injury Clinic took the Customer Care award, with Norries Coffee Shop, Moville and Tina’s Tea Cakes Coffee House as runners-up sponsored by Kelly’s DinerAtlantic Travel in Letterkenny won friendliest Shop Layout which was sponsored by CBM SignsOURganic Gardens came out tops for Eco-Friendliness, sponsored by Peadar Jim’s Property MaintenanceRodney Deery School of Music won the Community Impact award, with LK Food Fest as runner-up, and was sponsored by Honeypot Coffee HouseMagees Pharmacy won the Digital Experience Award sponsored by Format Computers.JCI Donegal Members, Winners and SponsorsChantelle Grant, Century Complex Disability Access Winner and Ann-Louise McClintock, JCI DonegalAnn-Louise McClintock JCI Donegal, Rodney Deery Winner Community Impact and Dee Stanislavov Honeypot Coffee HouseAnn-Louise McClintock JCI Donegal, Norries Coffee Shop Runner up Customer Care and Mairtin Kelly, Kelly’s DinerAnn-Louise McClintock JCI Donegal, Derek Walker LK Food Fest, Runner up Community Impact and Dee Stanislavov Honeypot Coffee HouseAnn-Louise McClintock JCI Donegal, Cahir McLaughlin, Inishowen Injury Clinic Winner Customer Care and Mairtin Kelly, Kelly’s DinerPeter Blake, Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance and Ann-Louise McClintock, JCI Donegal – Eco-Friendliness Award winner with OURganic GardensThe seven winners will now go forward to represent JCI Donegal in the All-Ireland final in Galway in October.“The JCI Friendly Business Awards recognise the important role that local businesses play in the continuous development and improvement of our country,” a spokesperson said. “The project aims to award friendly businesses, ones that go that extra mile and provide outstanding customer service for their customers and their community. It is particularly important in this economic environment to highlight businesses that don’t allow their standards to slip and continue to provide quality services.”“JCI Donegal are a voluntary organisation and we appreciate the support from local businesses and banks in sponsoring our awards – Kelly’s Diner, Honeypot Coffee House, ShopLK, AIB, Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance, Format Computers, CBM Signs and Bank of Ireland.”Sweet! Honeypot Coffee House crowned Friendliest Business 2018 was last modified: October 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:friendly business awardshoneypot coffee housejci donegal
ReutersThe Congress on Saturday released its eighth list of Lok Sabha candidates fielding Mallikarjun Kharge from his traditional seat of Gulbarga, Manish Khanduri from Garhwal and Meenakshi Natrajan from Mandsour.The list has names of three former chief ministers — Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal, Ashok Chavan from Nanded and Harish Rawat from Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar.Other prominent names in the list include former union minister M Veerapa Moily from Chikkballapur, Kanti lal Bhuria from Ratlam and Rashid Alvi from Amroha.While Kharge is the leader of the Congress in the outgoing Lok Sabha, Khanduri is son of BJP leader and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister B. C. Khanduri. He had joined the Congress earlier this month.The party has chosen a tough seat for Digvijaya Singh. In Mathura, Congress has fielded Mahesh Pathak against actor-turned-politician Hema Malini of the BJP.The list includes 18 candidates from Karnataka, nine from Madhya Pradesh, one from Maharashtra, two from Manipur, five from Uttarakhand and three from Uttar Pradesh. The list has some sitting and former MPs.With this, the Congress has so far declared 218 Lok Sabha candidates.
Demand to ban Vigo Video rises.TwitterSoon after mobile app TikTok got banned in India, some complaints are being raised on the functioning of another similar app – Vigo Video.Chinese mobile app TikTok got banned in India after the Madras High Court ordered the Centre to ban it on the ground of pornographic and other inappropriate videos being made available through the app.Now, similar complaints are being made on another Chinese app Vigo Video. One Mumbai-based Dinesh Shrivastava reached out to International Business Times India, and shared some serious issues that he said were pointed out to the app authorities, but with no response.He said that vulgar videos are being created and shared on Vigo Video. Dinesh further said that dance videos of girls are being edited and uploaded on some obscene accounts on the app.Another issue that has been raised by him and some others is that most of the videos on Vigo Video that speak in favour of nationalism or Indian Army get deleted from the app.The irked user of the app further said that he had sent multiple emails to the concerned authorities, raising the issues, but he did not get any response, and instead his account got deleted. He also said that an official complaint letter (copy with IB Times) was also sent to Vigo Video along with the government of India and Department of Economic Affairs. However, he has not received any response from any party yet.Vigo Video is currently one of the most popular mobile apps in India. These apps are more popular among the youngsters. Only time will tell if Vigo Video also comes under the government’s hit-list in coming days.अब बारी विगो वीडियो बन्द होने कि है।विगो विडिओ भारत मे बिजनेश तो करता है पर भारतीय संविधान को नही मानता @divyankasirohig @PMOIndia @FinMinIndia @htTweets @timesofindia @aajtak @EconomicTimes pic.twitter.com/8MI1M47uSd— Dinesh shrivastava (@DineshNisha25) April 19, 2019Now its there turn like video maker app and Vigo video app??. Dear modi ji ban these two app also?#BanLikeVideoApp#BanVigoVideoApp pic.twitter.com/mrOtaEno1k— Rishi (@Rishi66884078) April 18, 2019@narendramodi thanks indian govt for ban on tiktok but there are many other apps now like vigo video and like me app. please ban those also.— Ashutosh Mishra (@Ashutos75031530) April 17, 2019bhai ye tiktok nahi vigo video k h, in sabhi app pe b ban hona chahiye— Bad Hindu (@Nitinyadav03) April 17, 2019Tik Tok To India Me Ban Hogya… Ab Like Me or Vigo Video bhi Ban kro— Nitesh Kumar (@kumarmn1998) April 17, 2019
Facebook/Prashant KanojiaThe Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 11, ordered the immediate release of journalist Prashant Kanojia on bail. Kanojia was arrested on June 8 by the Uttar Pradesh Police for allegedly “defaming” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.Hearing a petition filed by Kanojia’s wife Jagisha Arora, a vacation bench of the SC, comprising justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi, said that though they do not appreciate the tweet, this was not a case of murder and the judicial custody till June 22 is “not appropriate”.”Liberty of citizen is sacrosanct and non-negotiable. It is guaranteed by the Constitution and it cannot be infringed,” Justice Banerjee said.Condemning the UP government’s argument, the SC reportedly said, “Have you ever come across remand for 11 days in such a case? Sit behind the bars day after day and challenge the order? That is not a very fair stand.”Arora had filed a haebus corpus petition, challending Kanojia’s arrest and demanded for a direction to the Uttar Pradesh Police to release him without any delay. The plea had also sought departmental action against the policemen, who were not in uniform, for arresting Kanojia from Delhi for “bailable offences”, and “exemplary damages” for Kanojia for his “illegal arrest”.”The Hindi journalist was unceremoniously taken away by men in civil dress on June 8 from his Delhi residence. It transpires that on June 7, police officials of Police Station Hazaratganj at Lucknow had lodged an FIR against him under sections 500 (criminal defamation) of the IPC and 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act and both offences are bailable,” the plea had said.Section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC and Section 67 (Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the IT Act were added later to the FIR. Arora’s petition says, “Neither of these sections are even prima-facie made out”.Addressing the media after the judgment, Arora said that she is happy and hopes for Kanojia to come out of jail as soon as possible. Her lawyer Shadan Farasat also reportedly said they will approach the Delhi High Court to quash the FIR against Kanojia.Four people, including Kanojia, Anuj Shukla, who is the editor of Noida-based TV channel Nation Live and Ishika Singh, the channel’s head, were arrested in two days on charges of posting allegedly objectionable content about the Uttar Pradesh CM.Kanojia was arrested for allegedly sharing a video on Twitter and Facebook, in which a woman is seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside Yogi Adityanath’s office, claiming that she had sent him a marriage proposal.The Editors Guild of India condemned the arrests on June 9, saying that the police action “amounts to an authoritarian misuse of law”.The Editors Guild of India has issued a statement pic.twitter.com/fdczdNDwyz— Editors Guild of India (@IndEditorsGuild) June 9, 2019 The statement issued by the guild also called it “an effort to intimidate the press, and stifle freedom of expression.”
gold. File PhotoCustoms officials on Wednesday seized 32 gold bars weighing around 3.5 kilograms from a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram.A team of customs officials recovered the gold bars from an abandoned bag found in the flight came from Dubai around 11:00am, airport manager Sarwar-e-Jahan said.The flight was flying to Dhaka via Chattogram, he added.However, none was arrested in this connection, reports UNB.
Steve Helber/APDemonstrators hold signs and chant outside the governor’s mansion in Richmond, Va., calling for the resignation of Gov. Ralph Northam. Share Earlier this month, a racist photo of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam surfaced from a 1984 medical school yearbook page. It showed one person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe. Listen Another photo in the 1984 EVMS yearbook pictures a man who appears to be in blackface and dressed as a woman with the caption: “who ever thought Diana Ross would make it to Medical School!” https://t.co/ahpjoZhShu pic.twitter.com/0IVMHSthi1— The Virginian-Pilot (@virginianpilot) February 2, 2019Jonathan Chism is an assistant professor of history at the University of Houston Downtown. His research explores the intersections between religion, race, and politics.In the audio above, producer Michael Hagerty talks with Chism about the racist history of blackface and why it’s been largely ignored up to this point.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaJonathan Chism is an assistant professor of history at the University of Houston-Downtown specializing in African American religious history. 00:00 /13:16 After initially apologizing for appearing in the photo, Northam denies he’s in it, but he has admitted to wearing blackface for a Michael Jackson dance contest around that same time.The Virginia governor is now planning to head out on what he’s calling a reconciliation tour. A national conversation has ensued, prompting others to take renewed looks at yearbooks and other photos going back as early as the 1980s. BREAKING: Gov. Ralph Northam yearbook page shows blackface and Klan photohttps://t.co/6A89ejp5Ho— The Virginian-Pilot (@virginianpilot) February 1, 2019 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
Security researchers Juliano Rizzo and Thai Duong devised a technique that can attack web sessions that are protected by the Secure Sockets Layer and Transport Layer Security protocols, only when they use certain data-compression schemes. These are compression schemes that reduce network congestion or the time it takes for webpages to load. Security experts have noted that a downside of compression is that it leaks clues about encrypted contents. For the attack to work, a computer user’s client and server hosting the targeted website need to support the vulnerable SSL/TLS features. According to reports, Internet Explorer was never vulnerable because it never supported SPDY or the TLS compression scheme known as Deflate. Apple’s Safari browser doesn’t support SPDY, but its use of compression is unknown.Google and Mozilla released patches after the weaknesses were reported by the researchers. A video taken by Rizzo and Duong shows Github.com, Dropbox.com, and Stripe.com, when visited with Chrome, succumbing to the CRIME attack, but those sites had disabled compression and are no longer vulnerable. Mozilla and Google have prepared patches that block the attack. More information: www.ekoparty.org/2012/juliano-rizzo.php This is a short demo of the CRIME attack against TLS protocol. Rizzo and Duong will take their demo of CRIME to the Buenos Aires, Argentina, security conference, Ekoparty, on September 21. Their attack technique no longer works on the most popular browsers to connect to HTTPS-protected websites, but security watchers believe this is a most useful reminder that the science of encrypton protection knows no rest. Their CRIME exploit is the type of attack that would be a large-scale attack by geopolitical antagonists. In turn, security watchers reasons are paying attention to the researchers’ CRIME technique. Citation: CRIME attack is shown to decrypt HTTPS web sessions (2012, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-crime-shown-decrypt-https-web.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.org Hackers target British anti-crime agency website Explore further (Phys.org)—The fun of acronyms is reflected in coming up with CRIME, which stands for Compression Ratio Info-leak Made Easy. What it translates into, though, is not much fun. Two security researchers have developed the CRIME attack that can successfully decrypt session cookies from HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) connections. This, in theory, would be a serious weakness that would enable the hijacking of a user’s session cookie while the user is still authenticated to a website. Encryption protocols are the Internet’s fundamental safety cushion, the basic level of trust, in encrypting traffic that flows over open networks. They cryptographically confirm websites are really operated by those sites rather than cyber-criminals and spies.
When you are a startup with limited capital, it may be tempting to put all your money into advertising and equipment and skimp on office furniture.How you furnish your office might not seem to matter, especially if your customers will not see it. And if your office is located at home, the dining room table might look like the more logical choice.But a nicely furnished office is not just a matter of aesthetics. Grabbing whatever furniture is at hand and plunking it down without a thought to organization can put you at a major disadvantage in terms of productivity.Improving your own and your employees’ performance involves a lot more than finding comfortable chairs. It involves placement of offices and cubicles within the building, proximity to equipment, lighting, desk space, meeting areas, privacy and more.People spend most of their waking hours at the office, so its design has a tremendous effect on morale.How can you create a high-performance office? The first step is addressing organizational issues of who sits where. The days of big “power desks” and hierarchical corner offices are over. More businesses are turning to flexible environments ideal for small companies where the business owner probably doubles as salesperson.With today’s emphasis on team-building, office design is moving away from compartmentalized offices and moving toward large spaces where teams of employees can work. When setting up your office space, think about who needs to work with whom and which employees share what resources. If you group those people together, you enhance their productivity.In addition to maximizing your own and your employees’ productivity, your office may also function as a marketing tool if clients or customers visit.Think about what visitors will see when they come by. Will they be bombarded with noise from one department near the entrance? Or will they see a series of closed doors with seemingly no activity taking place?Visitors should not be overwhelmed with chaos as they walk through your building, but they should see signs of life and get glimpses of the daily activities going on at your company.Once considered some trendy European way to make business owners spend a lot of money, ergonomics has gained respect.Simply put, this term refers to designing and arranging furnishings and space to fit the natural movements of the human body. Ergonomics can help you and your employees avoid repetitive stress injuries from typing or bending and can prevent common problems, like back pain, which often sideline entrepreneurs and their employees.Noise pollution is one of the biggest problems in many offices. One good way to decrease noise is to cover computer printers with sound shields. Covering a printer can cut noise by more than 90 percent and increase concentration accordingly.Buy adjustable chairs. Make sure the desk and chair arrangements you choose allows you to keep the tops of your knuckles, the tops of your wrists and your forearms all in a straight line as you work on your computer.Another often-ignored problem is lighting. Too much or too little lighting causes eye strain and tiredness, decreasing productivity. To cut down on the glare, put filters on computer screens.Always test furnishings before you buy them. Sit in the chair and make sure it is comfortable, sit at the desk and make sure it is the right height. Make sure your desk and chair work together and that there is plenty of legroom under the desk.When you buy furniture, look for solid construction, particularly in desks. A better option for those on a budget is to buy used office furniture. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 9, 2013 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 31, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Version 3.0 of the cash register is the iPad.First, merchants had that heavy metal piece of equipment that made a “ca-ching” noise when you opened the cash drawer sitting in their shops. Then, many business owners used an automatic point-of-sale computer, which can be bulky and costs approximately $20,000. Now, more entrepreneurs are opting to have their cash register, inventory tracking and customer records all run through an iPad or other mobile touch-screen tablet. An iPad looks modern and sleek, the device’s mobility gives a merchant greater flexibility in serving customers, and the cash-register software available for a tablet costs considerably less.Over the next three to five years, many of the existing larger and pricier point-of-sale systems will be replaced with iPads, says Dave Kaminsky, an emerging technology analyst with Mercator Advisory Group, a payments-industry advisory firm headquartered in Maynard, Mass. It’s impossible to predict when a total conversion of the market would occur, he says. In the same way that some customers continue to write checks in an age of online banking, some merchants will continue to use the older point-of-sale systems out of habit, he says.Related: The Benefits of Cloud-Based Point-of-Sale SystemsFor Shannon Seip, transitioning from a more traditional point-of-sale system to an iPad-based system was a cost-saving no-brainer. The set-up costs for an iPad-based point of sale system for her healthy, kid-friendly café were $10,000 less than it would have been with a traditional point-of-sale system. “For a small company like us where $10,000 makes a huge difference, that was a key differentiator,” says Seip, who recently moved her shop, Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School, from Madison, Wis., to Seattle. “That might mean an extra oven that we might need, right there.”When Bean Sprouts was in Madison, the café operated with a traditional point-of-sale system called Aloha, made by Duluth, Ga.-based multinational corporation NCR. Now, Bean Sprouts uses an iPad-based point-of-sale system offered by Ontario, Canada-based Aireus. To get set up with Aireus cost Seip $3,750 plus the cost of two iPads and printers. She selected Aireus for its relatively affordable startup and maintenance costs, its compatibility with other financial software that Bean Sprouts uses and the customer service, among other reasons.A range of iPad-based point-of-sale systems are on the market now. As more tech companies look to enter the point-of-sale market, some seemingly unlikely competitors are angling for the same turf. For example, Chicago-based Groupon, known for running daily deals on local services and products, and San-Francisco-based Square, known for giving merchants a way to accept credit cards from their iPhones, both now offer point-of-sale systems tailored to specific segments of the restaurant industry.Related: 4 Tools for Turning an iPad into a Retail WorkhorseGroupon’s restaurant software, called Breadcrumb Pro starts at $99 a month, was released in October 2012 and is tailored to more full-service restaurant set-ups. Square’s free software, Square Register, launched in March 2012, and last month was updated with new functions for the smaller, quick-serve restaurateur. While Groupon’s Breadcrumb Pro monthly software costs starting at $99 a month are higher than Square’s free software, Square’s swipe fee of 2.75 percent of a charge is higher than Groupon’s 1.85 percent of a charge plus a 15-cent transaction fee for any charge above approximately $17.Point-of-sale system companies known for their larger and more powerful $20,000 systems, such as NCR, also have moved to provide iPad point-of-sale solutions. NCR’s iPad-based point-of-sale solution, called NCR Silver, launched last summer. NCR’s software is free, its swipe-fee charge at 1.99 percent is between that of Groupon and Square, and NCR requires merchants to pay an equipment-lease fee, starting at $29 each month. The 128-year-old company is confident that merchants will end up picking NCR’s longstanding expertise over the newer entrants to the market.“When [merchants] do their research, even if it was marketing dollars from a Groupon or a Square that might have gotten them to start that research process, quite often that research process lands them with NCR,” says Christian Nahas, leader of the NCR Silver team. “They are attracted to our stability, they are attracted to our history, they are attracted to our robustness, they are attracted to, ‘This is what we do.’ We are not a deal company that also has a point of sale or a payment company that also has a point of sale.”What’s more, offerings from Groupon and Square don’t currently have the ability to serve the more sophisticated point-of-sale needs of larger enterprise chains, says Sucharita Mulpuru, retail analyst with industry advisory firm Forrester Research. “I am sure that everyone wants to position themselves as more,” Mulpuru says of the point-of-sale tablet options flooding the market. Groupon and Square may be best for the kinds of merchants that were previously cash merchants that are looking to now accept credit cards because of their low set-up costs and ease of adoption, she says. And because it is so expensive and time consuming for a larger retail operation to replace its point-of-sale system, new point-of-sale offerings will have a better opportunity with smaller retailers that either don’t have an existing system or for whom transition costs aren’t prohibitive, says Mulpuru.NCR Silver point-of-sale system being used.Image credit: NCRAmong smaller retailers, the major players like NCR have the advantage of name recognition in the point-of-sale industry, but whether they continue to dominate will depend on their ability to innovate ahead of the more nimble point-of-sale system startups, says Kaminsky. So far, the biggest players have been keeping up and making necessary changes and updates to their systems, he says.As Chicago-based Groupon tells it, moving into the point-of-sale business is a natural evolution from its daily-deal model. The daily-deals model is “super clunky today. Daily-deals is goofy, in terms of where it is going to be,” says Jeff Holden, senior vice president of product at Groupon. Looking ahead five to seven years, Groupon wants to be the engine that connects consumer demand with local merchant supply constantly and in real time.To do that, Groupon wants to become the point-of-sale system for merchants that run deals on its platform. Groupon expects to be able to constantly monitor for peaks and valleys in local small-business revenues and coordinate deals to automatically be sent to its 41 million active users to drive traffic to a shop when a business owner needs it, explains Holden. “Local commerce is super inefficient, is super broken. What local businesses have to do to be successful is crazy,” Holden says. In the still-burgeoning iPad-as-point-of-sale market, Groupon’s ability to monitor the peaks and valleys in a business’s traffic and drive customers to a local business at peak moments gives the daily-deal company a “significant benefit,” says Kaminsky.Related: Startup Turns Your Tablet Into a Point-of-Sale SystemSquare also says that its move into the point-of-sale market was organic. The logical extension of providing merchants a way to process credit cards is offering a way to manage and track those payments. “We expect Square Register to be the default way any brick-and-mortar merchant manages and runs their business. That means building features and functionality that make commerce easy for merchants of all kinds from restaurants, to boutique retailers to mobile sellers,” says Aaron Zamost, spokesman for Square. The option of a flat monthly fee combined with Square’s speed and agility in adding new features to its software make the company an attractive option for even some larger merchants, says Kaminsky.As an entrepreneur, choosing a point-of-sale system for your business can seem overwhelming. New options and enticing sign-up offers are available regularly. For example, earlier this month, PayPal offered to waive transaction fees for the remainder of the year if a business replaces its cash register with an iPad operating PayPal’s free mobile-payment technology, called PayPal Here.Business owners often choose an interface and financial dashboard that feels most comfortable, says Kaminsky. “A lot of times, they are going to say: These are all basically the same, they are providing the same service, the differences they have don’t make a difference to me. And at that point, it is going to come down to, once again, that trust, whose name do you feel most comfortable going with,” he says.Related: The 4 Essential Elements InventoryWhile the tablet-based point-of-sale systems are gaining in popularity, they aren’t for everyone. Jerry Nevins and three buddies launched an artful frozen-drink lounge Snow & Co. in Kansas City, Mo., in November 2011 with Ambur’s iPad point-of-sale system, for which they paid $2,500. But by October 2012, after much deliberating over the cost, Nevins and his three other co-founders bought a $20,000 point-of-sale system from Micros. Along with the more traditional point-of-sale system, Nevins ordered hand-held mobile devices which waiters carry with them to tables to take orders from customers.A server at Snow & Co. using a Micros handheld, mobile device to take an order.Image credit: Snow & Co.As Snow & Co. grew, Nevins wanted to be able to more carefully understand his customer behavior. “I could get a sales report by ticket and by customer, and I could get a sales report by item, but those things didn’t tie together, so I couldn’t see what my customers were buying most often together,” says Nevins. “If I wanted to get my hourly sales, I could run it out by hour, but I couldn’t get a report that would show me my sales by hour automatically.” With the more costly system from Micros, Nevins can generate these reports that he didn’t have access to with Ambur’s iPad system.The team at Ambur is aware of the restrictions on its software reporting system, and it is working on increasing the reporting functions it can provide, says Jeff Su, the director of operations. When more robust software becomes available, customers will be able to access it for free, Su says. He was unable to provide a timeline as to when more sophisticated reporting software would be ready. But, he says, what’s important to Ambur is that a potential customer is able to play around with a fully functional demo of its product before they purchase it. “We want people to know exactly what is going to be happening and then they can ask any questions that they want, they can see it live in person or over a computer screen,” says Su.Tablet POS SystemsGrouponSoftware: Breadcrumb ProSet-up: Starts at $99 a month, goes up depending on number of iPad terminalsHardware: Restaurateurs can purchase third-party equipment or use their own tablet.Swipe: 1.85 percent of a charge plus a 15 cent transaction feeLaunched: October 2012Target market: Full-service restaurants and bars Early adopter: New York City-based restaurants, including Empellon Cocina and Terrior Park SlopeSoftware: Breadcrumb POSSet-up: FreeHardware: Merchants can purchase third-party equipment or use their own tablet.Swipe: 1.85 percent of a charge plus a 15-cent transaction feeLaunched: May 2013Target market: Quick-service eateries, salons and spas, retail establishmentsEarly adopters: San Francisco businesses are testing a pilotSquareSoftware: Square RegisterLaunched: March 2012Set-up: FreeHardware: Business in a Box cash drawer and iPad stand: $249 and $499 with receipt printer; Square Stand iPad stand: $299, includes integrated card reader (available July 2013)Business in a Box launched: February 2013Swipe: 2.75 percent of a charge for its services.Target market: Local businesses and quick-serve restaurantsEarly adopter: Oakland, Calif.-based Blue Bottle CoffeeNCRSoftware: Vantiv Mobile Checkout Powered by NCR SilverLaunched: May 2013 (NCR Silver stand-alone program launched June 2012)Set-up: FreeHardware: $29 per month hardware lease, includes wired printer and Ethernet wire, cash drawer, iPad stand, encrypted credit-card reader. Merchant provides the iPad.Swipe: 1.99 percent per transactionTarget market: Average customer makes between $100,000 and $1 million a year in sales; mostly restaurants, cafes, retailers and service providers. 11 min read Register Now »