August 30, 2005

Walgreens switching back to Kodak digital photo kiosks

Eastman Kodak Co. is retaking the photo kiosk business at Walgreens drug stores from Fuji Photo Film Co., making Kodak the choice of the three biggest U.S. retailers of prints....



Zaplink Kiosk program expanding

The agreement, announced Monday, would expand the number of Zaplink self-service kiosk locations and the scope of its kiosk financial services by adding new billers and pre-paid products. Currently, customers can pay wireless, cable, utility and other bills in cash....



Ticketing Kiosks Are Leading Vertical

Forrester Research estimated that sales of tickets online reached $5.4 billion in 2004, which analysts believe is 40 percent of the overall ticket marketplace. Ticketmaster is still the dominant force in the industry, but it is seeing competition in many...



August 29, 2005

Biometric Traveler Kiosks in Israel

Since 1998, the kiosks have successfully handled about 5 million transactions. For members of the program, the kiosk system cuts wait times from two hours to as little as 10 seconds during peak periods....



August 27, 2005

London's contactless transit card to be accepted at local merchants

Oyster, Transport for London's popular transit fare payment card, is about ready for a new benefit for its more than two million users. They'll soon be able to use their contactless card to make small purchases–coffee, newspapers, milk–at participating retailers....



Contactless Card and Blink: Part II

Chase introduced the card in June in an effort to be the first to pave the way for a national switch to smart cards in the U.S. To date, Chase has issued two million blink cards to Visa and MasterCard...



Photo Kiosk and Minlab Kiosk Print Data from PMA

Survey Shows Digital Camera Printing Increased 70 Percent: Printing of digital prints of all sizes increased by 70 percent for the year ending June according to the PMA (Photo Marketing Association). Printing at retail kiosk minilabs skyrocketed to 128 percent....



August 25, 2005

Photo Kiosk Print Data from Lucidiom

Data Reveals Robust Photo Kiosk Business beyond the 4X6 Print; Profitable APM Enlargement Orders Have Grown 17 Percent Since 2004...



August 23, 2005

The Food May Be Fast, But Kiosk Adoption Slow

It wasn’t that long ago that self-service kiosks weren’t an option at supermarkets and airports, but acceptance by consumers has since come relatively quickly. You can’t find an airline that doesn’t offer a self-service kiosk check-in, and a recent study...



August 22, 2005

FYE Offers Digital Music Service, In-Store Kiosks

Music retail giant Trans World Entertainment has recently launched a subscription and download store for its FYE chain....



Games on Demand Move By Microsoft

Microsoft finally decides it's time to jump onboard the net online playing of games. Why they couldn't respond/engage this market sooner is a good question since they are now playing catchup game ironically....



August 19, 2005

POS VISA/MasterCard Approved Pin Pad

Hypercom Corporation (NYSE: HYC) announced today the immediate availability of the new P1300 PIN Pad, the first handheld PIN entry device to meet the rigorous new PCI (Payment Card Industry) security standards established by Visa International and MasterCard International to...



Contactless Payments Blink

"Blink" technology – a computer chip with a high-security level of encrypted data embedded in a credit card, debit card or key fob – is making its way through the current U.S. retail landscape in rapid fashion. Most consumers...



Meijer Adopts Contactless Card Payment

Meijer Stores, a grocery and general merchandise retailer, and one of the fastest growing privately-owned companies in the United States, today announced it is the first super center chain in the United States to accept MasterCard PayPass as a contactless...



August 16, 2005

Biometrics - Iris Technology

NIST to evaluate iris recognition technology. Iridian Technologies Inc. of Moorestown, N.J., announced this month that its iris recognition technology has been selected for the Registered Traveler program at Orlando International Airport. It is the nation’s first privately sponsored program...



August 12, 2005

Music and Entertainment Week in Review

The most interesting digital music news items for the week....



August 11, 2005

Patent News - Mobile Video and iPod

Several developments at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have stirred the Apple rumor mill once again. Most recently, Apple updated its iPod trademark to include video functionality, cracking the door a bit more on a possible video-enabled device....



August 10, 2005

Kiosk Mode and Windows CE

Mike Hall, a product manager in Microsoft's Windows Embedded group, has recently posted several entries to his weblog explaining how to build a Windows CE 5.0 image to support "kiosk mode", which restricts the system to a limited set --...



Pepsi, Lounge Lizards and Kiosks

Featuring Microsoft(Nasdaq: MSFT) Xbox consoles, videos, and cozy seating areas, Pepsi Zone's plan is ambitious, but it certainly isn't original. Two years ago, rival Coca-Cola(NYSE: KO) hoped to win over the mall rats by opening a pair of Red...



August 09, 2005

Thortons Adds New Touchscreen Kiosk to SubWorks program

Thorntons Inc., which operates 154 gasoline/convenience stores, one travel plaza and nine car washes in the Midwest, selected Xpedient Software for its SubWorks self-ordering kiosk systems, the company announced....



August 06, 2005

IBM in the fray - Podcasting Whitepapers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - IBM is the latest major company to embrace podcasting, the digital audio craze that allows consumers to take audio programming off the Web and listen to it on portable music players....



Sunlight-Readable LCD for Kiosks and ATMs

NEC LCD Technologies is aiming a new, high-brightness 12.1-inch TFT LCD at outdoor applications such as ATMs, vending machines, and public kiosks. The model NL8060BC31-32 boasts high luminance and contrast, low surface reflectivity, and wide temperature operation (–10 to...



Photo Kiosks Spread Like ATMs

More than 70,000 digital photo kiosks have popped up on the retail landscape in recent years, in locations ranging from McDonald's restaurants and Walt Disney Co. parks to Carnival cruise ships, drugstore and mass merchandiser chains. But 7-Eleven has pulled...



USB Devices Crack Windows

Vulnerabilities in USB drivers for Windows could allow an attacker to take control of locked workstations using a specially programmed Universal Serial Bus device, according to an executive from SPI Dynamics, which discovered the security hole....



August 04, 2005

Analysis: PRN Sale to Thomson and Digital Signage Market

From: Dynamic Digital Signage and Interactive Kiosks Journal -- in case you haven't heard by now, digital signage behemoth PRN (the firm responsible for the Wal-Mart in-store television network) is being acquired by media conglomerate Thomson Worldwide to the tune...



Kiosk Devices and Web Interface Framework

UnifiedPOS committee of ARTS gets open specification for web apps accessing scanners and mag stripe readers (which can be located on kiosks). Noteworthy: IBM Grants Royalty-Free Terms on Patent (WAMPOS)...



August 03, 2005

Phishers exploiting lax ATM security - Gartner

Card-issuing bank is not validating security codes - which are stored on Track 2 of the magnetic stripe and include PIN offsets and Card Verification Value (CVV) codes - while authorising transactions....



Music Label Market Share Numbers

Global recording industry trade group IFPI has released its latest annual report, with Universal Music showing a dominant market share. According to the report, Universal grabbed a 25.5 percent share of the market last year, a percentage that has increased...



August 02, 2005

Photo Kiosk market growing by 10%

According to InfoTrends/CAP Ventures' new forecast report, sales of photo kiosks are projected to grow by 9% in 2005. Some retailers are beginning to outfit their stores with more than one kiosk to avoid lines and long waits for...



DVD Format War

Fox comes out on Blu-Ray side with Sony. They are the last of the major studios to cast their vote. Fox, a unit of News Corp., joins Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Co. backing Blu-ray. Supporting HD DVD...



August 01, 2005

Burning CDs at Concerts

This is ground zero of one of the newest markets for rock and pop music: instant concert CDs, mixed on the fly by the engineer, copied, and then distributed just 15 minutes after a show as an instant souvenir that...