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Square is a popular payment processing service that offers software and hardware solutions. Originally the company started with a small credit card reader that worked via headphone jack in 2009.

Square has built a highly successful business with easy to use software and hardware that appeals to a range of businesses from individual entrepreneurs up to larger businesses like retailers.

In 2015, Square launched its contactless and chip reader that brought Apple Pay support. While the company has updated its Square Stand offering for use with iPads over the years, it has also released a dedicated, integrated system called Square Register.

 

Square Stories April 12

The well-known payments company Block (formerly known as Square) has always offered solutions for merchants who use iPads as sales terminals. However, this time, Block is now introducing a new iPad stand that comes with a built-in NFC reader for payments.

Update: Block has now officially unveiled the next-generation Square Stand for iPad.

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Square Stories March 4, 2021

We heard a surprising report back in December that Square was in talks with music streaming service Tidal about a possible acquisition. Now it’s surfaced that the fintech company is slated to buy a majority stake in the niche music streaming service for $297 million. The new partnership is aiming to translate the success of Square in the fintech space to Tidal’s artist-owned and led approach to music streaming.

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Square Stories December 24, 2020

Odd report claims Square has been in talks to buy Tidal

A strange report today claims that Square Inc. might buy Tidal, after Jack Dorsey was twice seen with Jay-Z and Beyoncé, two co-owners of the streaming music service …

Square Stories October 25, 2019

Square’s Cash App now allows you to buy and sell stocks free of charge, avoiding the usual fees which can eat into profits.

Even better, the app allows you to buy fractions of expensive stocks like GOOG, where a single share currently costs over $1,200. Indeed, you can begin share trading with as little as $1…

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Square Stories October 18, 2018

Square Terminal has launched today as the company’s newest point of sale hardware solution that includes a touch screen, support for Apple Pay and traditional card payments, and even a built-in printer. Read on for all the details.

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Square Stories August 29, 2018

Square introduces new Lightning credit card reader for iPhones without headphone jacks, no dongle needed

Square is today announcing a new and updated mobile payment terminal that aims to make payments with iPhones or iPads easier.

Square Stories August 2, 2018

Square is opening up its payment processing tools to developers for the first time now thanks to its new Square Reader SDK. Square’s new software development kit lets third-party apps integrate with Square Reader hardware so vendors can accept payments in their own apps while still benefiting from Square’s card readers.

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Square Stories January 31, 2018

If you’re curious about the Bitcoin craze but haven’t jumped in yet, Square Cash has made it super simple to buy and sell Bitcoin from your iPhone. Square CEO Jack Dorsey says Cash added Bitcoin trading because the company sees Bitcoin “as a long-term path towards greater financial access for all.”

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Square Stories October 30, 2017

Square announces fully integrated high-end ‘Square Register’ with Apple Pay reader

Square today has announced a brand new high-end all-in-one point of sale product called Square Register that integrates hardware, software, and payments.

Square Stories September 27, 2017

Square Checkout now works with Apple Pay on the web

Apple Pay on the web is coming to more places online starting today thanks to Square Checkout. Square is enabling support for Apple Pay on the web for all Square Checkout sellers, and support won’t require any update or code change.

Square Stories August 24, 2017

Square opens its first brick and mortar store for tech support and more

Popular payment processing company Square has tried a variety of approaches to attract new businesses to its service this year. Now, the company has opened a store focused on tech support in New York City.

Square Stories May 22, 2017

Square is hosting a free event featuring tech talks and a Q&A session in San Jose during WWDC week next month. Square engineers will be available to discuss using the payment processor’s technology on iOS and how to leverage Apple Pay, according to the announcement.

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Square Stories April 24, 2017

Square has reportedly hired most of the staff behind the anonymous chat app Yik Yak, according to Bloomberg sources. The move is said to be a less than $3 million deal for engineers and leaves out the anonymous chat app’s CEO Tyler Droll.

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Square Stories March 28, 2017

Square has now launched in the UK, allowing small businesses to accept payment by both cards and Apple Pay through its iPhone- and iPad-connected card readers. Even better, UK businesses will pay a lower transaction fee than Square charges in the USA.

A small white box combines a slot for chip-and-PIN cards and an NFC reader for contactless cards and Apple Pay …

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Square Stories February 8, 2017

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Square is releasing a new iPad-based point-of-sale solution called Square for Retail that includes “a complete package of business tools built to work together seamlessly.” The point-of-sale package starts with a new iPad app launching today called Square Retail.

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Square Stories January 30, 2017

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Square already makes it possible for small businesses to easily accept Apple Pay at checkout with their latest payment terminal, and now Square is working with Apple on a new promotion to discount Square Readers and make processing fees free for businesses that use Apple Pay.

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Square Stories August 18, 2016

Mean Kanye

 

Not one to shy away from the spotlight, Kanye West has announced that this weekend he’ll be opening up 21 pop shops around the world, some of which will be exclusively accepting Apple Pay thanks to a partnership with Square. Square’s contactless readers will be available in the U.S., Canada, and Australia so that customers can focus on paying for their items as quickly as possible. West claimed that the last pop-up shop had generated $2 million in sales in New York City alone, so a high revenue weekend like this could be great exposure for Square’s technology.

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Square Stories July 8, 2016

Apple Pay/contactless payment users are better tippers – Square data

Data from businesses using Square’s mobile payment terminal revealed that those using Apple Pay and other forms of contactless payment are better tippers than those using conventional cards. The company found that while 67% of swipe card customers added a tip, the number jumped to 73% for NFC payments.

Square Stories March 30, 2016

Square launches Register API to allow for customized point of sale iOS apps

Square is today launching a new set of APIs under the “Build with Square” banner that will allow sellers to use Square payment services and hardware (including Apple Pay), while maintaining a customized point of sale experience that might be crucial to their business.

Square Stories February 29, 2016

Square Cash introduces Cash Drawer to compete with Venmo and PayPal

Square Cash, Square’s app that allows users to send money to each other for free, saw a new update today that puts it more inline with competitors. With Cash Drawer, Square Cash now let’s users hold money within the app instead of transferring it immediately out to their own accounts. This behavior directly mimics functionality that Venmo and PayPal bolster.

Square Stories February 3, 2016

Square’s Apple Pay Reader is now available at U.S. Apple Stores

Last year mobile payment company Square unveiled an updated version of its credit card reader that works with Apple Pay, and starting today the Apple Pay reader is being sold across the U.S. at Apple Stores.

Square Stories January 14, 2016

Square Apple Pay Reader

Late last year Square released its updated Square Reader for accepting contactless and chip payment methods on iPhones and iPads, which means small businesses and pop up shops can take Apple Pay payments from iPhones and Apple Watches without expensive terminal systems. The new Square Reader goes for $49 with transaction fees set at 2.75% so you keep $97.25 out of every $100 sent through Square. Square’s app lets you create mobilized businesses on iPhones and iPads, and we’ve tested the new Apple Pay-ready reader to see just how easy it all is.

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Square Stories December 2, 2015

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Apple is continuing to sign more banks and credit unions up every few weeks to support Apple Pay, and the latest expansion in the United States includes another 40 new partners to back the company’s mobile payment service. Check below to see the latest banks to go live: expand full story

Square Stories November 23, 2015

Square Apple Pay

Earlier this year around WWDC, Square announced that it would be selling new hardware that will allow small businesses to easily accept Apple Pay later this year. Now Square is setting up 100 small businesses around the US with their new Apple Pay-ready contactless card reader. These allow customers to pay merchants using Apple’s mobile payment service through iPhones and Apple Watches securely and without sharing credit card information. expand full story

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