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Swedish payments start-up iZettle, a rival to Square, has bought Edinburgh-based Intelligentpos, whose software turns iPads into sales terminals. iZettle makes card readers that can attach to smartphones and tablets in order for small merchants to process payments. Now the company wants to target larger businesses, rather than just sole traders, which is where Intelligentpos will help.
An unmanned boat designed for military use has been unveiled as one of 50 vehicles and devices that will feature in “robot wars” exercises off Scotland. The craft, called Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (Mast), was displayed on the Thames in London earlier this week. The Royal Navy said it is to play a part in the inaugural Unmanned Warrior. The exercise in October is to be held in parts of the sea off west Wales, north west Scotland and the Western Isles.
Dell Technologies announced it had completed its acquisition of EMC, bringing together their expertise in small, medium and large enterprises and in doing so creating the world’s largest privately controlled tech company. Both Dell and EMC have a presence in Scotland. Dell has operated its sales and customer support centre from Glasgow since 2005, and EMC has had a base in Livingston since 1999.
London-based Xceed Group, an independent IT management consultancy, has appointed the RBS former head of direct channels, Andy Boyes, as managing director in Scotland. Boyes joins Xceed with 28 years’ experience shaping and delivering business and IT transformation projects within large scale organisations.
And finally…Apple’s big autumn event – for its iPhone 7 and Watch 2 – starts at 6pm; there’s no escaping it so why bother trying? You can watch it live here or follow TechCrunch’s blog (among others).