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New York City Offering More Mobile Payment Options for Taxis, With Hailo Jumping On Board

E-hail app Hailo is now using VeriFone’s API to offer in-app payments for New York City taxi riders. In other words, a taxi customer can now both hail and pay for the cab using the Hailo app — provided that the driver is using Hailo, too — while Hailo uses VeriFone’s system on the back end to process the payments. The new Hailo feature comes on the heels of VeriFone announcing its payment app for NYC taxis a couple weeks ago; VeriFone is one of two payments companies that processes all the credit card transactions for New York City taxicab rides.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus