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A stall set up in a public place where one can obtain information, e.g. tourist information. The information may be provided by a human or by a computer. In the latter case, the data may be stored locally (e.g. on CD-ROM) or accessed via a network using some kind of distributed information retreival system such as Gopher or World-Wide Web.
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A small ornamented pavilion or gazebo, usually open for the sale of merchandise, or to provide cover or shelter to travelers.
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1. A small pavilion, usually open, built in gardens and parks.
2. A similar structure, often enclosed, for the sale of merchandise such as newspapers or magazines.
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A small, self-standing structure such as a newsstand or ticket booth. The original kiosk had room inside for a person who handled the transactions; however, the term evolved to refer to unattended self-service booths with computers that dispense information or make sales via a touchscreen.

Other than simple soda or candy machines, almost any modern vending machine that accepts credit cards can be called a kiosk. For example, digital photo kiosks are today's counterpart to the earlier, manned kiosks for analog film developing. Accepting memory card or CD/DVD input, they allow users to select images and perform limited editing. The units can make prints on the spot as well as burn them onto a CD. See self-service application and touchscreen.

The Photo Kiosk
Photo kiosks with touchscreens have popped up in shopping malls and venues worldwide.

Tablet Kiosks
The flexibility of a tablet makes them ideal for kiosk use. Armodilo Display Solutions makes a variety of desktop and free-standing housings that securely hold Apple, Android, Windows and BlackBerry tablets.

Self Service
Any stand-alone self-service unit can be called a kiosk, such as this parking ticket dispenser in Philadelphia, which accepts cash and credit cards.
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The Minister directed that permission should be granted to set-up a same-designed Kiosk at designated place in each sector of Islamabad.
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Macasaet, who is a Zamboangueno, said Saturday the establishment of the additional three G-W@PC kiosks will expand the service of the agency to its clientele since there will be already a total of six kiosks.
These kiosks will facilitate the payment and enquiry of fines for locals, residents and visitors to the sultanate.
At the corporate level efforts are made to have kiosks as part of HR solutions, where you can apply for your holiday leave, request tickets and more.
Using various data sources - including flight and passenger flow information - Kate can identify where additional check-in kiosks are required to reduce passenger queue times at check-in.
As students requested, kiosk laptops can be checked out for a day.
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Located in the first aisle by the meat or deli section to give customers meal ideas before they shop, the recipe/coupon kiosk is used "frequently," Carlson says, adding that in the future, a sandwich-ordering deli kiosk is a possibility.