Nico Valderaz

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The countries where cash is on the verge of extinction

Is going cash-free really ‘cleaner’ or ‘safer’?<p>My dad, a former Wall Street trader always advised me “cash is king” and to “hold on to it” when the economy gets tough.<p>I can’t remember the last time we received a cash payment<p>But in the Netherlands, cash is definitely not getting the royal treatment. …

It’s finally getting easier to send and receive money electronically

By Jonnelle Marte<p>, Reporter<p>People who need to send cash to friends or relatives to, say, split the monthly bills or pay one another back after a night out, finally have better options.<p>Sure, sending money to friends is easier today than it was back when writing a check or running to an ATM were our …

FinTech

What is a Mobile Wallet and Why is Apple Pay so Important to Apple Inc.?

When Apple first launched Apple Pay in the United States in October 2014, CEO Tim Cook took a swipe at credit card companies for using a …

Study: Mobile shopping and purchasing have become the norm worldwide

Sept. 30, 2016<p>Mobile shopping and purchasing have become the norm across the globe as 75 percent of smartphone and tablet users said they have …

Apple Pay Is Debuting In Its 10th Market This Week

Apple’s mobile payments service, Apple Pay, is debuting in its tenth market of operation: Russia.<p>The platform is a mobile payments service that works …

Your Security Concerns About Using Mobile Payment Are Valid

Despite the surge in mobile phone usage, and the innovative payment technologies that have come of age in mainstream usage, some consumers remain reluctant to completely embrace the latest payment technologies. In fact, it’s been found that only 52 percent of North Americans have used mobile …

Cashless Society Gets Closer: Now You Can Make Payments Using Apple’s Messages

With the recent update to iOS 10, the Message app–formerly called iMessages–can now run smaller apps inside itself. These let you do things like add …

Apps

HSBC Marks $100B In Mobile Corporate Payments

Share Email<p>Mobile payments are typically viewed as a consumer solution, but new data from HSBC finds enterprise use of mobile payments is nothing to …

Security concerns still undermining mobile payments

Concerns about fraud and theft risks are inhibiting adoption of mobile wallets, but businesses underestimate the problem. The survey found more than …

Kohl’s launches QR code mobile payments feature across the US

Customers at US department store chain Kohl’s can now make purchases by scanning a QR code at the point of sale using Kohl’s Pay, a mobile payment …

Mobile Payments

How pumpkin spice lattes are evolving payment technology

Perhaps the best example of the potential for digital payment technology is young Sam Crowder’s ESPN College Game Day sign — “Hi Mom! Send Beer …

Apple Pay Facing Stiff Competition From Retailers' Mobile-Payment Services

Five months after shaking hands with Apple, retailer Kohl's is starting to compete with the tech giant's mobile-payment service Apple Pay.<p>For Apple, …

iKream

iPhone 6 touch problems? The gray flickering is an epidemic

If your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus stopped responding to touch, you're not alone. Many iPhone users are reporting the loss of touch combined with a …

Mobile Technology

USB Type-C could kill your headphone jack. Here's how

One venerable computing technology, USB, could be about to help kill off an even older standard, the 3.5mm audio jack.<p>The 3.5mm audio jack was popularized as the way to plug headphones into Sony's portable Walkman tape player and got a new lease on life as a way to handle audio on virtually every …

Headphones

Report: LTE speeds drop in US over the last year

The download speeds of 4G LTE networks dropped in the US over the last year, according to measurements from network monitoring app OpenSignal.<p>In the February 2014 report, the United States ranked 15th of 16 countries for download speeds, losing ground as the average data rate dropped to 6.5Mbps …

The technology that will make your phone's internet 50 times faster is arriving much sooner than we thought

Verizon's chief information officer, Roger Gurnani, said he expects "some level" of commercial deployment by 2017, much earlier than the 2020 rollout some had estimated, CNET reports.<p>If Verizon's trials do start in the next year, it will mean Verizon will be the first carrier in the world to make …

New research tool can improve battery life by 16%

Battery life is among the biggest concerns for smartphone users ever since screens started growing and technology within our cellphones evolved. So far our best solution is providing a larger battery, but until a new type of energy source shows up there are also plenty of software improvements that …

Batteries

A suspicious number of iPhones are breaking right before an iPhone launch

Planned obsolescence is one of those quasi-conspiracy theories that sits right alongside the breakfast-industrial complex as making you a weird …

Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

Computers have already beaten us at chess, Jeopardy and Go, the ancient board game from Asia. And now, in the raging war with machines, human beings have lost yet another battle — over typing.<p>Turns out voice recognition software has improved to the point where it is significantly faster and more …

Artificial Intelligence

On the safe side: Technology that allays privacy concerns | tech | features

We live in the age of the Internet. In this connected world, phones are smart, drones fly above us, apps track our health and virtual reality …

Privacy

‘Interscatter’ tech uses reflected signals to link smart contact lenses to the internet

Contact lenses and brain implants that can transmit data may sound like science-fiction gizmos but researchers at the University of Washington are …

How Mobile Technologies Are Innovating The On-Site Retail Experience

MIT research shows that over 80 percent of in-store shoppers first visit online<p>The increasingly mobile retail environment is changing consumer expectations about shopping experiences. At the same time, it is putting new tools in the hands of retailers to help them reach, engage, and ultimately …

Arrow launches Smart Shirt for office-goers

<b>Mumbai:</b> A shirt that lets you share your LinkedIn profile or business card with a tap to the cuff? Stuff of sci-fi films you say. No longer. Arrow, a …

Soon you'll be able to play 'over 400' PlayStation games on your PC

YouTube? Netflix? That stuff's old hat at this point. It's almost hard to remember a time when watching a movie meant having to go to a store.<p>To say nothing of long downloads!<p>Bizarrely, there's no Netflix for video games — there's no easy streaming service that lets you play whatever game you want, …

Uncharted