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monthly round up
of all the tech worth
knowing about, for
work, rest and play.
SMART WAYS TO PAY
New Zealand may be on it’s way to a cashless
society but for the time being cash is still king.
While the folding stuff is important, that hasn’t
stopped Smartpay from developing a range new
ways to pay. One such product is a taxi application
that Smartpay launched in New Zealand in 2014 (in
partnership with TaxiCharge) that allows users to
book and pay for taxis with their smartphone.
Developments of this nature are aligned with a
drastic shift in consumer psychology, attitude and
behaviour that is apparent in the ready take-up of
new services such as AirBNB and Uber, which use
traditional payment instruments in different ways to
make payment frictionless.
In 2014, Smartpay also introduced market-
leading mPOS and mobile payments products in
New Zealand; the company now sells its proprietary
Till2Go mPOS app while integrating its next-
generation mobile payments terminals with both
smartphones and tablet computers.
Zomato has announced that it will soon be
launching its Cashless payment services in
New Zealand. It means consumers won’t
even need to take their credit or eftpos
card to the restaurant to eat.
Zomato’s payments system will store
users’ credits card (on their device),
allowing them to request the restaurant
to charge them for their meal via the app,
rather than going through the usual process of paying. The Zomato app will enable a diner to pay
his or her bill and leave the restaurant without having to wait for the bill from the waiter, or having
to wait for the cashier to swipe a bank card in an EFTPOS machine to complete the transaction. By
using the app, a diner doesn’t need to bring cash or a payment card to the restaurant.
The company also acquired restaurant reservation platform NexTable in April this year, and
will soon launch its table reservations app Zomato Book.
Huawei New Zealand has launched the 2nd generation of its
innovative TalkBand series the B2, showcasing the company’s
minimalist design aesthetic and smart functionality. This
smartphone companion boasts an improved fitness tracker,
enhanced synchronisation with mobile devices and superior
Bluetooth connectivity. A pop-out Bluetooth headset remains
the TalkBand series’ stand-out feature and has been enhanced
for the latest device. It also has smart detection to identify when
the earpiece is removed from the wristband, allowing calls and
media to be routed to the TalkBand B2. The TalkBand B2 is
also equipped with a pager to help locate a lost or misplaced
smartphone through vibration or ring tone alerts.
The TalkBand B2 is available in three colours black, silver and
gold. The $229 Black and silver variants feature a watchband in
flexible material while the gold variant, $279, sports a luxurious
leather strap. It supports devices with Android 4.0+ and IOS7.0+.
For many Baristas
“latte art” is a skill
developed over several
years. It requires a steady
hand and the flair of an
illustrator. Which makes
the arrival of the Ripple
Maker hugely annoying.
This prototype machine
promises to crown any
frothy coffee with intricate
imagery or daffy doodles
at the press of a button.
Using an app, wifi and
a “printing” machine the
Ripple Maker prints photo
realistic images onto flat
whites or lattes. Once
the drink is prepared it
is loaded into the printer
which then sprays the
image onto the foam using
coffee extract. By this
process the coffee can be
adorned with pictures,
logos or messages,
meaning it can be used for
The machine doesn’t
come cheap. The Ripple
Maker website is currently
taking expressions of
interest but the makers
have already indicated the
system will cost $1000
USD and an ongoing $75
USD monthly subscription.
All that and the machine
doesn’t even make coffee,
it just decorates it!
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