• Square Reveals A Reader For Chip Payment Cards Ahead Of Coming U.S. Launch

    Square Reveals A Reader For Chip Payment Cards Ahead Of Coming U.S. Launch

    Square is set to bring its payment card reader for mobile devices in line with modern tech used most places in the world outside of the U.S. – today it revealed its upcoming EMV and chip-compatible dongle, which will be available soon for pre-order with an estimated ship date of sometime in 2015. The new reader looks very similar to the existing one, but it’s designed to read… Read More

  • Square Reveals A Thinner Credit Card Reader With Higher Accuracy And More Device Compatibility

    Square Reveals A Thinner Credit Card Reader With Higher Accuracy And More Device Compatibility

    Square did indeed reveal something new today as promised, and it’s a credit card reader design update, which is what we suggested was most likely yesterday when they teased the news. The new reader is thinner, and has a design that’s supposed to improve success rates at reading cards. Finally, the 3.5mm audio jack plug has been redesigned to play nicely with many more devices. Read More

  • The Evolution Of Google Reader Started With A Crash Crunch Network

    The Evolution Of Google Reader Started With A Crash

    Editor’s note: Jason Shellen is a former Googler and founding product manager of Google Reader. He is now co-founder at Boxer and advisor at Tapedeck. As part of Google’s recent announcement that it is shutting down Google Reader in July, I thought looking back at the history of how our beloved but beleaguered Reader came to be, why we’ll miss it and what we really want in… Read More

  • Good Riddance, Google Reader

    Good Riddance, Google Reader

    Google Reader turned into a zombie a long time ago and it’s good that Google finally killed it. For years, Google Reader has been sitting on Google’s servers without any appreciable updates. Sure, it got a bit of a facelift in 2011, but it only lost functionality since Google decided to rip out its social features in an effort to drive people to Google+. Its core features… Read More

  • Delve Launches Enterprise Newsreader For Focused, Relevant And Collaborative Reading

    Delve Launches Enterprise Newsreader For Focused, Relevant And Collaborative Reading

    RSS readers, Instapaper, Pocket, Flipboard, etc., all provide ways for consumers to gather, collect, and share news. But each of these is aimed at the general user, and while definitely usable in a business setting, none are actually designed for enterprise deployment. That’s the itch NYC-based startup Delve wants to scratch with its new tool for collaborative enterprise news… Read More

  • Square Redesigns Its Career Page To Better Match Its Culture Of Beautiful Design And Interactivity

    Square Redesigns Its Career Page To Better Match Its Culture Of Beautiful Design And Interactivity

    As I’ve been digging deeper into companies, specifically their internal culture, one company that has stuck out to me is payments powerhouse Square. As I wrote last week, the company does some pretty interesting things to keep its team connected and on the same page. At the same time, Square is on an absolute hiring spree and is moving into a larger office in San Francisco in hopes… Read More

  • The iPad is For Reading: Apple Will Introduce Its Own Newsstand In iOS 5

    When Apple launched subscriptions for iPad publications back in February, it effectively became a digital newsstand. With iOS 5, it will formalize the process with an official Newsstand app, exec Scott Forstall announced today at Apple’s WWDC today. Much like its iBooks app is a store for digital books, Newsstand will be an online magazine rack where you can keep and organize all of… Read More

  • E-E-book readers for kids. The first "E" stands for educational.

    With all the flaws that e-book readers have, they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. VTech, makers of fine educational electronics, are rolling out the Flip animated e-book reader, so now, your kids can get in on the action too. Read More

  • The Dulin's Books Boox 60 packs Wi-Fi into a $350, 6-inch e-reader

    The US e-reader market is about to get one more player when Dulin’s Books brings its Boox 60 reader to the States in the middle of January. But even though it packs a lot of tech into its shell like W-Fi, Wacom technology, and a Webkit browser, chances are it won’t ever make it mainstream thanks to the Kindle, Nook, and Reader. Read More

  • Sony squeaks out the Reader Daily Edition before Christmas

    This is cutting it close. Sony had previously promised to make the 3G-equipped Reader Daily Edition available before Christmas and the company just announced it’s shipping out pre-orders placed before December 20th. The rest? Well, you’re SOL like some folks that ordered the Nook. Read More

  • Introducing the $1,500 Intel e-book reader

    The Amazon Kindle costs $260. The Barnes and Noble Nook costs $260. The Sony reader is $300. Clearly there’s an established price point for what we call an e-book reader. Jumping into the e-book fray comes the Intel Reader, for fifteen hundred U.S. dollars. No WiFi, no associated book store, but it does include a 5 megapixel camera, and a host of features designed to make it the best… Read More

  • Full specs of new Sony Readers posted (and then pulled)

    Oh, the wonders of our Internet. J&R apparently posted product pages of the new, and also unannounced, Sony Readers which were then of course pulled, but not before Google cached ’em. (hehe) There really isn’t any tantalizing details that the wasn’t in the prevous leak. There still isn’t any mention of wireless connectivity like WiFi or WWAN though. If said… Read More

  • Sony’s Reader goes touchscreen with the PRS-700

    Sony’s got a new Reader in the PRS-700 and that Reader, it’s got a touchscreen. Simply slide your dirty, smudge-inducing finger across the six-inch screen and watch as the e-inked pages magically turn, just like a real book. Or use that same finger to enter notes and/or highlight text. There’s also a stylus for people like me who have weird issues with touchscreens. And for… Read More

  • Google Says It's Making Reader More Fun

    Google yesterday announced a few updates to Google Reader. The company tried to throw in some cool lingo to make the announcement sound better than it was, but let’s face it — how excited can you really get about putting your feeds in alphabetical order? According to the company, sharing is now available to friends across the globe. Prior to this announcement, it was only… Read More

  • Sony Reader coming to Target Stores

    Just in time for the Christmas buying season, Target is going to start pimping the Sony Reader. The e-ink reader should hit stores starting September 14, and purchasers will receive a free, early download of…wait for it…The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory. Exciting, I know. Read More

  • Google hearts the Konami code

    Even as Google grows bigger and bigger, its developers continue to slip little Easter eggs into their applications. It’s never anything huge – just little inside jokes which serve as a reminder that there are living, breathing people behind the otherwise faceless applications. As Blogoscoped points out, one of these people has infused a bit of gamer lore into Google Reader. Log… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 100 free eBooks with the purchase of a Sony Reader

    In what appears to be a last ditch effort by Sony to thwart the onslaught that the Amazon Kindle is bringing in the realm of eBooks, they’ll be giving away 100 Connect eBooks Classic titles with the purchase of the Reader Digital Book. That’s not too shabby considering each title is $1.99. A few of the titles included are Beowulf, The Time Machine and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Read More

  • Samsung puts RFID reader on single, tiny chip

    Samsung, our favorite tech company ending in “sung,” has revealed a compact and complete RFID reader, which they’ve managed to compress onto a single chip. It’s small enough (6.5mm square) to be embedded in clothes, posters, and probably babies as well – at least, if they wanted babies to be able to read RFID tags. Its low power consumption rate means… Read More

  • Sony announces updated Reader, eBook lovers around the world to meet in a phone booth to celebrate

    Call me Mr. Crazypants — it’s a Hungarian name, I think — but aren’t we done with eBook readers? I could see eBooks on the iPhone or eBooks on our laptops, but a standalone reader is just too esoteric and niche to really go far. I want this stuff to work but it’s just not in the cards. That said, Sony just announced their new Sony Reader. It will cost $300 and… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Hey readers. How are you? We love what you did with your hair. You smell nice, would you like a hug? All you beautiful people should shoot us an email at commenter at crunchgear dot com with your name, password, and email address in the subject line so that we can set you up with your very own commenting account. Yes, yes, the responsibility is great but we think you’re up to… Read More