The ability send and process gift cards were recently added by Square as an additional service for its merchants. The process is simple, but requires you to download and install the Square Wallet app (iOS, Android) on your smartphone.Once you have Square Wallet installed you'll need to set up an account, complete with your payment information. You can then find a local store listed in Square Wallet, such as a coffee shop or bookstore, open the respective card for that business, and then tap "Send Gift Card." Enter the recipient's information, select an amount and … Read more
After a monster 2012 in which Square, a leader in the mobile payments space, tripled its user base, added Starbucks as a major partner, and hit more than $10 billion in annualized transactions, its COO is predicting that 2013 looks even better.
A year ago, the San Francisco-based startup, which was founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, announced that it had reached a million users and that 75,000 merchants were accepting payments through Square. Now, COO Keith Rabois told CNET in an interview, the company has passed 3 million users and 250,000 merchants taking Square Wallet.
Without question, … Read more
Square has lined up its first luxury-brand partner, a new report claims.
Square and the Burberry clothing chain are testing out a deal to see how the payment processing might work in its stores, The Next Web reported today, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the deal. The announcement could be made soon.
Burberry CTO John Douglas already spilled the beans, albeit unofficially. On Twitter last week, Douglas noted that Square was "live in our Burberry Brit store in San Francisco."
Square has been growing by leaps and bounds. The company, which offers a free accessory … Read more
Square, a leader in mobile payments, today launched a gift card service tied to its Square Wallet program.
The new service is designed to let anyone purchase a gift card for friends or family at any of the more than 250,000 businesses nationwide that accept Square Wallet, an iOS and Android app that lets users pay automatically with their mobile device. The recipient would then redeem the value of the gift using Square Wallet on their own device. All it takes to send a gift, Square said, is to pick a merchant, … Read more
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey may have dropped the first public proof that Twitter is getting ready to release its own photo filtering feature, a tool it hopes could help in its increasingly tense battle with Instagram.
A report published today by All Things D suggested that informed sources have said that Twitter plans to launch its photo filtering tool before year's end. A series of black-and-white photos tweeted by Dorsey today appear to have been created using Twitter's own photo hosting service, pic.twitter.com. That would mean that Dorsey, who has largely relinquished his operational role at Twitter, … Read more
One new feature in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn lets avatars get married. When it launches sometimes next year, only opposite-sex avatars will be able to get hitched, but that may change.
Square Enix discussed the matter of same-sex marriage, among other topics, in a nearly two-hour video posted to YouTube. A representative from the company said Square Enix has been carefully considering allowing same-sex marriage, though no final decisions have been made.
Read more of "Square Enix considering same-sex marriage for Final Fantasy XIV" at GameSpot.
SAN FRANCISCO -- There's so many choices. Cupcakes. Pizza. Sandwiches. Artisanal beverages. A chiropractor. Even a world-class speaker series. And that's all just within a few blocks.
My iPhone is in my hand, and I'm about to head out on a spending spree. No cash or credit cards will see the light of day, but I won't be having any uncomfortable conversations with security guards either. Welcome to my Square Wallet walking tour.
For the uninitiated who think of Square and visualize someone in a food truck ringing up a burrito by swiping a credit card … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- NY Times posts violent takedown review of Guy Fieri's new restaurant in Times Square, New York.
- Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain rips into Guy Fieri.
- Guy Fieri's last name isn't really Fieri.
- How Sony is turning into a ghost in Japan and around the world.
- Seriously though, how cool is this vintage Sony Sports transistor radio?
- Head to Sonyvintage.com for more photos and specs on vintage Sony hi-fi products.
- Japanese photo booth 3D prints mini models of an entire human being.
Bathroom break video: Grand Theft Auto V gets a new trailer and screenshots.… Read more
Mobile-payments startup Square said today that it is now processing $10 billion in transactions a year.
That's a major milestone for a company that announced just seven months ago that it had hit $5 billion in annualized transactions, and two months ago that it had passed the $8 billion mark. In October, 2011, the number was $2 billion.
Founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, San Francisco-based Square has become a leader in the mobile-payments space, growing to the point that last week, Starbucks integrated its service into the coffee giant's 7,000 U.S. stores.