How to use a USB barcode scanner with your iPad and Vend POS

Kelly Migro - Thursday, October 20, 2011

As Vend POS will work on an iPad I have been wondering how you could use a bar code scanner with an iPad, there are Bluetooth barcode scanners but they can be pretty expensive and not 100% proven to work with the iPad and Vend POS.  @vendhq shared a post on twitter the other day of how to attach a USB barcode scanner to your iPad. 

If you are an iPad user you will know that there are no USB ports, Apple have released an iPad Camera Connection Kit which retails for AUD $35, this has two adaptors which plug into the dock connector port. One allows the memory card from your digital camera to be inserted to allow uploading of photo's the other has a USB interface.

Using the USB adaptor, you can then plug in a USB barcode scanner and scan away.  It can then be used for doing stock take throughout a store or great for a mobile business for scanning stock for sale.

So if you are thinking about setting up a POS system, you can now use Vend, your iPad and a USB scanner life is getting easier!

Vend POS iPad USB Scanner

I think it is time to get an iPhone

Kelly Migro - Thursday, October 13, 2011

Although I am apple everything, Macbook Pro, iMac, iPad and iPod Touch I've never wanted an iPhone I've always stuck with my BlackBerry.  The reason for this is internet data and BBM. I was always hearing horror stories of people getting huge phone bills from downloading too much data and I didn't want to pay more than what my mobile cap was, now with the mobile carriers offering larger and larger download limits per month and now that I am working in my own office where I can connect to wifi this is no longer an issue.

The second issue of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) is now solved with the release of iOS 5 today, BBM is what has kept me using BlackBerry for so long, to be able to send messages to friends for free rather than a text message, and the ability to see if they have received it and if they have read it! So you always knew whether somebody was ignoring you, just busy or their phone wasn't working.

Apple has today released an update to the operating systems of iPhones and iPads which includes a new feature iMessage. iMessage allows you to send free messages over wifi or 3G to other iPhone and iPad users with iOS 5 installed.  You can set it up so that you get a delivery receipt, a read receipt and know when the other person is typing you a message back... aaah BBM no longer needed.  Plus with all the outages BlackBerry has been experiencing around the world for the last couple of days even more reason to switch.

Plus the release of iCloud I will be able to have my iPad and iPhone syncing together with my iMac and Macbook Pro, this is what I have been waiting for.

What is iCloud?

Kelly Migro - Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So you know all about cloud computing and the fact that applications are accessed over the internet and documents stored remotely in the cloud rather than on your computer... so what is Apple's iCloud?

iCloud stores your music, photos, documents and more, and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Automatic, effortless and seamless — it just works.

So iCloud allows all of your data like your music and documents to sync across all of your apple devices with no effort.  It is free, unlike the old mobile me and you get 5GB of data storage.  5 GB is a lot more than you think, as anything downloaded through iTunes is not included in the 5GB.

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