PeachPay Offers New Payment Solution for Creatives and Freelancers

Being a creative has its perks, like getting to spend your time doing what you’re passionate about and getting paid for it. However, you’re also responsible for billing and ensuring your clients have a convenient way to pay you, and that’s not always easy to find. Many payment systems also charge you fees for providing their payment service to your clients, which can quickly add up. Need a better way to invoice and accept payments? PeachPay offers a solution.

PeachPay is a payment system that empowers creatives and freelancers to easily accept payment through an accelerated checkout method, helping them convert their passion into income. With PeachPay, users set up a personally branded Pay Me page where they can accept a variety of payment methods, including credit cards, ACH bank transfers, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and their choice of cryptocurrencies. The Pay Me page can also be shared to social media or accessed via a QR code, making it even easier for creatives’ clients and fans to find and use.

Unlike other payment systems, PeachPay allows users to automatically split transaction fees with clients as well as choose how those fees are split. Users can accept many different payment types and even send invoices in over 100 different currencies as well as several popular cryptocurrencies. Payments are secure, too: traditional payments are processed by Stripe, and cryptocurrency payments are processed by Coinbase.

Features

PeachPay’s features make it a convenient payment solution for creatives and freelancers as well as the people paying them.

Custom Pay Me page portal: The Pay Me page makes it easy for customers to pay creatives and freelancers. Customers can enter the amount they’d like to pay, choose the currency, and even add an optional message. Creatives can customize their Pay Me page to reflect their personal brand.

Multi-currency invoices: Invoices can be submitted in more than 100 different currencies, including USD, EUR, CAD, JPY and many more.

Cryptocurrency invoices: Invoices can also be submitted in some of the most popular cryptocurrencies.

Apple Pay and Google Pay payments: Accepting Apple Pay and Google Pay payments is just one more way PeachPay makes it easy for clients and customers to pay creatives and freelancers in a way that’s convenient for them.

Secured with Stripe and Coinbase: Stripe enables users to accept direct bank transfers and credit card payments, and Coinbase enables users to accept various cryptocurrencies, all while keeping transactions secure.

Split transaction fees: Paying all transaction fees yourself can quickly add up. PeachPay allows users to split transaction fees with clients, helping them keep more money in their own pocket.

Interested?
Working on projects you’re passionate about is a great feeling. Getting paid for those projects? Even better. PeachPay makes invoicing and payment processing quick and easy, so you can spend more time creating and less time on accounting tasks. Sound like something that could make your life a little easier? Learn more and sign up for an account at peachpay.me.

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[Nexa3D in TCT Magazine] ProductionToGo now offers PostProcess Technologies’ resin removal units alongside Nexa3D SLA 3D printing tech

Additive manufacturing distributer ProductionToGo is to offer PostProcess Technologies’ resin removal solutions alongside Nexa3D’s NXE400 stereolithography (SLA) platforms.

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With its new Pulse app, App Annie offers a more digestible view of its data

Mobile analytics and market data company App Annie launched a new app today that CEO Ted Krantz said is built not for the analyst who’s “immersed in the data,” but rather the executive who needs “a much more elevated, top-down view.”

The biggest new piece of the company’s Pulse app is something called the App Annie Performance Score, which Krantz compare to a FICO score for mobile apps. The idea is to take an app’s user acquisition, engagement, monetization and sentiment and boil them down into a single score that benchmarks how the app is performing relative to the competition.

Krantz said that eventually, the performance store could become more customizable for each customer, so that  “you can tailor it to the metrics that matter to you.” The app also highlights any shifts in key app metrics and identifies potential causes, and it includes newsfeed showing what’s happening to the apps and markets that a user follows.

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The goal, Krantz added, is to provide executives with a quick overview of the data they need without requiring them to dig through it or wait for a report — especially as “mobile is becoming such an imperative.” It’s the team’s “aspiration” to create an app that executives check every day, though he’s not necessarily expecting that to happen initially.

The Pulse app is based on App Annie’s market-level data, so Krantz said it shouldn’t be affected by Apple’s upcoming privacy changes. At the same time, he acknowledged that the company’s broader goals of bringing together first-party and third-party data are starting too look “a little tricky.”

App Annie Pulse is currently available on iOS, with the company planning to launch an Android version in the second quarter of this year. And while Pulse is only available to paying App Annie customers, Krantz said there are also plans for “revamping the free side of the equation and make that a little more meaty.”

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[Brodmann17 in The Times of Israel] Tel Aviv startup offers clear route for car computer vision

Carmakers are racing to meet new high-tech safety standards, such as automatic emergency braking systems, that are expected to take effect across Europe and the United States next year.

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Virtual events unicorn Hopin launches mobile app; here’s what this new app offers

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London-based virtual events platform Hopin has launched a mobile app at the Hopin 2021 Kickoff, which, according to the company, is a global gathering for event professionals to illuminate the future of virtual and hybrid events.

The move comes after the company witnessed substantial success due to the coronavirus crisis. “This app will be a critical piece to Hopin’s future hybrid strategy,” wrote Hopin VP of product David Aubespin in a company blog.

David Aubespin was the co-founder of Topi, an event tech company that Hopin acquired for an undisclosed amount in December 2020. Topi’s other co-founder Eric Selin also joined Hopin to lead its development of hybrid and mobile products.

What does Hopin’s new app offer?

Hopin is an 18-month-old startup that is now valued at a whopping $ 2.1B (approx €1.74B). The new mobile app will serve as a companion to the desktop platform or as a second screen experience for both organisers and attendees. The app will be made available on iOS and Android later this month.

For organisers, the app will offer access to Hopin’s real-time analytics and reports, team communication channels, attendee profiles, audience questions, and more through a mobile platform.

As for attendees, they will also be able to use the app to access Hopin events as they are streamed online. This can be their primary access point, while a second screen will be provided to access other tools while streaming on a desktop, or a way to enhance the live experience for those who attend events in person.

With the app, users can discover new events, join events, one-on-one networking, and engage via chat and polls. Users can also see people who are attending virtually or physically.

Previous funding and developments

Last month, Hopin acquired its competitor StreamYard for $ 250M (approx €208M) in a cash and stock deal. With the acquisition, the company aims to enable its clients to produce “professional-quality” video streaming experiences. Eventually, it will integrate StreamYard’s tech into its platform; however, for now, StreamYard continues to offer its live streaming studio tools to independent content creators.

In November 2020, the startup raised $ 125M (approx €106.1M) in its Series B round of funding led by existing investor IVP and new investor Tiger Global. The raised capital enabled Hopin to scale its platform, expand its team, meet soaring demand, bring innovations online, and ultimately, make the virtual event experience as normal as physical events.

With its Series B funding, the company also announced the launch of Hopin Explore. It is a virtual events marketplace where individuals, communities, companies, and friends can discover and explore virtual and hybrid events from anywhere around the world.

Prior to that in June 2020, the company had raised $ 40M (approx €33.3M) in its Series A round. And, in February 2020, it raised £5M (approx €6M) in Seed round led by Accel, with participation from Northzone, Seedcamp, Web Summit’s Amaranthine Fund, and Slack Fund.

About Hopin

Founded in 2019 by Johnny Boufarhat, Hopin is a live virtual events platform where attendees can learn, interact, and connect with people from anywhere in the world. 

The platform allows users to create live online events that are interactive and personal whether they are hosting a live training workshop, bringing a company’s remote team together, or launching a full-scale digital conference. 

Hopin’s platform hosts virtual events such as large-scale tech events, major international conferences, and even weddings. Attendees can network one-on-one, break out into group sessions, watch keynote presentations, send chat messages and polls, and explore interactive expo areas.

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Dell Offers Top Tech Solutions to Boost Productivity Remotely

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Quonference Offers Web-Based Video Conferencing With a Focus on Security

As many companies continue to operate with a fully or partially remote team, video conferencing has become commonplace. However, with a variety of video conferencing tools available as well as reports of people hacking into meetings, it can be hard to know which video conferencing tool is the most secure. Luckily, there’s a new platform that prioritizes security: Quonference.

Quonference is a web conferencing platform for businesses that want to meet without worrying about security issues or infiltration. The platform offers a range of security capabilities, including one-time passwords, biometric control and more. It also supports Yubico keys, onboard fingerprint readers and other devices. Quonference is designed to be a great option for meetings where secure access control and confidentiality are important.

Quonference offers four levels of security on their meeting rooms: fully open, user login required, invitation only, and FIDO2/Biometric. In fully open rooms, anyone with the room link can access the meeting room. For rooms where user login is required, users must have a Quonference account and be part of the same company as the room owner. Invitation-only rooms are accessible only to people selected by the room owner. Users must identify themselves with their login credentials if they have an account or an assigned individual pin if they don’t have an account. In rooms with FIDO2/Biometric security, participants must use a biometric marker, a FIDO2 roaming hardware authentication device or a FIDO2-compatible security key with their account. This way, only participants who are able to confirm who they are by using a fingerprint reader or similar device can access the room.

Features
In addition to secure logins, Quonference offers a variety of features designed to create a great user experience.

Quality video
Quonference offers high-definition, multi-party video conferencing so you can easily see who you’re talking to. The meetings take place in your web browser, so there’s no need to install plugins or apps.

Quality sound
Users can join the meeting using a headset and their computer, or dial in using an in-country access number.

Seamless recording
Room owners can record their meetings, download them, share them with their team, or keep them private.

Collaborative whiteboard
The shared whiteboard feature allows meeting participants to hold brainstorming sessions or share their ideas.

Screen sharing
Room owners can give presentations using the screen-sharing feature, or allow other members of the call to share their screens. There are no plugins required to use this feature.

Affordable pricing
Quonference is free to use during BETA, and the company plans to later offer prices that are clear and have no hidden costs.

Custom waiting screen
Room owners can customize the waiting screen that participants see while waiting to be admitted to the meeting room. Waiting screens can be customized with music or video.

Unlimited rooms
Using an intuitive portal, you can create as many rooms as you’d like for your team.

Real-time reporting
Check attendance through instant post-meeting reports.

Interested?
Are you looking for a new web conferencing solution for your team? Quonference is currently in BETA and looking for users to sign up. Visit quonference.com to learn more and try it out for yourself.

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[Juganu in Israel21c] The futuristic lighting system that offers disinfection and Wi-Fi

From streetlights with built-in Wi-Fi to overhead lights that neutralize all the germs in a room, this sci-fi invention is already on the market.

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