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Samsung Pay Adds Russia, Malaysia and Thailand to Mobile Payment Service

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KRX:005930) recently announced a new partnership with Russian bank Sberbank to bring its Samsung Pay service to three more countries: Russia, Malaysia and Thailand. The new partnership offers opportunities for small businesses here in the U.S. too. Samsung Pay Mobile Payment System Samsung Pay is a mobile payment system launched last year that uses a compatible ... Read More »

Samsung Alternative to Siri and Cortana Coming With New Smartphone

Samsung (KRX:005930) announced it is adding a new generation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the upcoming Galaxy S8 phone to be released in Spring 2017. With Alexa, Cortana, Google Now and Siri as the established AI platforms for mobile, PCs and homes, Samsung looks to outdo all of them with Viv, the AI company it acquired last month. As reported ... Read More »

Xero, Shopify and More Make Financial Announcements

Businesses that need help managing finances online got some welcome news this week. Xero and Wells Fargo unveiled a new financial tool, and Shopify announced that Apple Pay will be available as a payment option later this year. Read on for these headlines and more in this week’s Small Business Trends news and information roundup. Finance Xero and Wells Fargo ... Read More »

Acer Swift 7 and Spin 7 Seem Useful for Mobile Business — If You Don’t Mind the Price

When Apple launched the MacBook Air, it introduced a new level of portability in computing with a very slim form factor and functionality that got everyone’s attention. Although it has taken a while, Acer (TPE:2353) has one upped Apple with the announcement of its new laptop and a two-in-one, called the Swift 7 and Spin 7 respectively, at the IFA ... Read More »

Viber Adds Video Calling for Android and Apple Devices

Viber, the VOIP service purchased earlier this year by the Japanese eCommerce company Rakuten, now has the ability to make Viber video calls on mobile. Previously, Viber users could only make video calls using the app’s desktop platform. Mobile Viber users – both iOS and Android – were limited to making voice calls and sending text messages. Now, Viber users on ... Read More »

Kickstarter Apps Go Open Source on iOS and Android to Help Startups

Kickstarter is known for giving startups the boost they need to get going. And independent developers will now get similar help by getting access to the functional programming used to create the app. Kickstarter announced recently the company had released open source iOS and Android. The announcement was made on the company’s official company blog. Kickstarter launched in 2009, but an ... Read More »

Zaniac Franchise Teaches Math and Science with a Twist

Zaniac began in Park City, Utah, in 2012 with its first campus. Since the birth of his children, founder Paul Zane Pilzer realized what schools these days were missing: a fun location where kids could come to learn alternative methods. Zane Math, for example, is a teaching approach using paper and pencil as well as technology for customizing curricula, daily ... Read More »

8 Ways to Protect You and Clients from Financial Fraud

The predicament unfolding at Wells Fargo where 5,300 employees were fired due to phony bank accounts opened to “boost their sales figures and make more money” is not new in the financial world. Unscrupulous practices have occurred for years in varying degrees. In 1985, a just-fired employee at a New York-based commercial bank stood in front of his former co-workers to ... Read More »

Separating Your Personal and Business Finances: Why and How

New business owners may seek to keep things simple and co-mingle their business and personal finances. This is a BIG mistake. Here’s why, and what you can to do to appropriately separate your financial activities. Why and How to Separate Your Personal and Business Finances Why Keep Finances Separate? There are important financial, legal and tax reasons to separate your ... Read More »

How liberalization changed the face of real estate and education

St. Soldier Group of Institutions chairman Anil Chopra. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint New Delhi: Throughout his formative years in the 1960s and ’70s, Anil Chopra had an overriding ambition: to join the Indian Army. The son of an academic father connected to the army, the olive green uniform was all he dreamt of. Back then, it was considered one of the ... Read More »