Strolling through Old Strathcona last Saturday during Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue Art Walk 2014 I noticed something different this year. More vendors were accepting payment by credit card – VISA, MasterCard, American Express – many through the magic of this micro-payment system called Square. It’s changed the way small businesses do their transactions. And now here in Canada, they’ve taken it one step farther with the introduction of invoices allowing complete secure payment transactions when not dealing face-to-face.
I find it odd strange that a company would name a phone after a derivative of the ’50s slang term “square,” but that’s exactly what LG did with its Optimus L7. Not just because square means uncool, but because referencing the ’50s makes the phone sound like a relic. But then… retro is in again!. And the ’50s are really retro. So perhaps using a decades-old term for uncool, makes it cool.