The Obama presidential campaign is again pushing the bounds of technology in politics by using Square mobile payments in its fundraising efforts. Square’s mobile payment device is a secure magnetic stripe credit card reader that can be attached to the headphone jack of iPhones, iPads, and Android devices to accept payments.
You may not have encountered a Square mobile credit card reader, but the odds of it might have just gone up. Company CEO Jack Dorsey announced today that Wal-mart has been added to the list of retail stores that sell the Square reader. This comes in addition to Apple, Target, Radio Shack, and Best Buy stores. Great for those times when you absolutely, positively have to take payments now.
Right on the heels of the Internet Explorer 9 beta, Adobe is talking about their upcoming 64-bit Flash plug-in called "Square". This new version of the plug-in should run fine in a 64-bit browser like the new IE9. The preview of this new plug-in can be downloaded now for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Open source nerds are pleased with that last point. They have traditionally been left on older versions of Flash.
Adobe is claiming that users will see a performance increase, although they were light on the benchmarks. They did say that the there will be a 35% increase over older versions of IE in Flash performance, but it's hard to know how much of that is thanks to the new IE9 engine. Have you tried the preview? Noticing any speed improvements?