TIME is out with a list of the 50 best inventions of the year. Aside from the iPad (#1) and the BloomBox, which was featured on 60 Minutes this spring, I hadn’t heard about most of these.
For example, Square looks like it will change the world once it catches on. Imagine taking credit card payments with your phone…
There might not be a piece of tech more due for an update than the cash register. Enter Square, a payment platform created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. With the aid of a tiny magnetic card reader that attaches to a smart phone, Square lets anyone process credit cards. It might not do away with paper entirely — plenty of people still prefer cash — but you certainly don’t need to wait for a receipt: sign on the screen, and Square sends a copy straight to e-mail.
The full list is at the link below, click each for more detail.