The Square, that little plastic device Twitter founder Jack Dorsey invented about a year and a half ago to allow anyone to accept credit card payments via their smartphone, is having a makeover.
Designer Vivienne Tam has pepped up the boring black square with two red double happiness symbols, one on the front, one on the back. Now making payments on the go won’t just be convenient, it’ll be a design experience too!
While the media were not allowed to reach out and actually touch HP’s TouchPad at its launch in San Francisco on Wednesday, there was an opportunity to see some close-up demos after the unveiling and to handle the new Veer and Pre3 smartphones. My impressions were that this was a strong competitor in the power of its interface and hardware to the iPad, but its summer launch and comparative lack of apps may not put it in touching distance of the iPad or Android devices appearing months earlier.