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The Digital Wallet Debacle

Mobile technology has reached another milestone in recent years with the introduction of the digital wallet. Ideally, this is a terrific idea; instead of carrying your credit or debit card with you whenever you have to go shopping, you simply pay for your purchases using your smart phone. Google is at the head of this new trend, attempting to phase in its Google Wallet app and Android Pay in favor of predecessor Google Checkout. As convenient an idea as the digital wallet is, many retailers are hesitating to climb on board. And there are a few reasons why they’re not more excited about it, one being that, because the digital wallet has no predecessors like it, there’s nothing to compare it to, and therefore, no way to quantify it.

As well, the digital wallet is only being offered on a very limited basis at present, making customer reaction hard to gauge. The growth and adoption rate of this type of technology will depend on the quality of mobile marketing and consumer loyalty. Indeed, being able to pay for anything with just a smart phone may not be enough to get customers to use the technology; some form of incentive, whether it be a discount or reward program may have to be put in place.

The reluctance to adopt this technology may also be due to the increasing threat of malware that is targeting mobile devices. But this threat, like other cyber attack threats to personal computers, is expected to diminish with the advent of new and more secure mobile technology.

The DVR – How Its Many Advantages Have Changed The Way Customers Watch TV

When you look back over the last 20 years, it can be shocking to see how much TV has changed. Back in the 80s, the VCR was the latest technology. Video cassettes afforded us the opportunity to record shows for later viewing. The next innovation, the DVD player, simply expanded on this technology using digital means. But over the past few years, the DVR has come onto the scene. The DVR is actually a computer with which several shows can be instantly recorded. A DVR allows you to record several shows at once. It also allows you to watch one show as you record others, and lets you schedule upcoming recordings weeks or even months in advance. One of the greatest benefits, however, is the instant replay. Using computer technology, the DVR allows you to pause, fast forward and rewind a show segment, and all with a simple touch of a remote. And now, wireless technology allows you to program your DVR using your smart phone.

NSA Reveals Just How Much Internet It Can Touch With Help Of Quest Internet And Other Providers

The NSA has once again released information that many say points even further to the existence of a surveillance state in the U.S. As if it weren’t bad enough with the information leaked by Edward Snowden regarding the telephone metadata being collected by the NSA as well as a PRISM program designed to find information from internet service company servers, the news just keeps getting worse. Last month, the existence of XKeyscore was revealed, which allows email and other online communications to be intercepted by the NSA. And now, a new Wall Street Journal Report says that the NSA’s reach is actually much wider than anyone thought.

According to their recent report, the Wall Street Journal says that the NSA actually has the capacity to reach as much as 75% of all internet traffic flowing in the United States. This is a sobering thought, considering the NSA’s repeated assurances that it only targets foreigners as far as its spying programs are concerned, but does sometimes retain communications between United States citizens. In 2002 during that year’s Winter Olympics, the NSA actually arranged for intercept equipment from Quest internet. The purpose of this was to monitor all email and text communications in Salt Lake City for security reasons.

Design Project Shows How Much Information Travels Over The Internet Each Second

If you’ve ever wondered how many emails are being sent around the world right now, or how many YouTube videos are viewed in the time it takes to read one sentence, you will definitely be interested in One Second on the Internet. This project, reminiscent of New York’s ‘national debt clock’, grows in numbers on the screen as the seconds wear on. Not only that, but visitors enjoy a graphical representation of several online activities, including Facebook likes, Reddit votes and Instagram uploads. And just when you thought you had come to the end of the page, there’s another linking to the number of emails per second.

According to the site, there are over eight hundred posts being made on Tumblr every second, over eleven thousand files being uploaded to cloud service Dropbox, and a whopping 1.67 million emails sent each second. The site doesn’t provide any further details about the latter, such as whether it accounts for all email, including spam and forwards. It also doesn’t answer whether any of the numbers stated include the ‘small’ amount of online communications that the NSA recently reported it only ‘touches’ on a daily basis.

 

Verizon Internet Service Joins Forces With Motorola For New Mobile Broadband Device Delivery

First responders across the nation will now be able to increase the quality of their response to emergencies, as well as be more efficient with their routine activities thank to a new mobile broadband device. The vehicle-based device is a modem which allows incredibly fast access to databases, as well as streaming video and photo to be delivered to responders. This allows them to obtain digital medical records, as well as send statistics about a patient’s vitals and video to waiting hospital personnel. This allows them to prepare for treatment before a patient even arrives.

The collaboration is a joint effort by two major American companies. Motorola Solutions, and Verizon internet service, both members of an initiative announced in 2011 are teaming up to enable connectivity for first responders, via both public safety LTE solutions and the 4G LTE network that Verizon provides. The device, called the VML 700 LTE Vehicle Modem R 1.1 will operate on both Verizon’s network and those networks dedicated to safety, such as FirstNet, which is authorized by Congress. This new device will allow many first responders to abandon their reliance on older legacy analog, digital technology and 3G wireless platforms for the more reliable 4G network.

Could Fiber Outlast Providers Like AT&T Internet Service?

Many are saying that traditional internet will soon be a thing of the past. And one of the reasons they are saying this is because of fiber. Fiber optic internet is the fastest type of readily-available internet service on today’s market. Its thin glass fibers and use of light to transfer data over long distances make it an incredibly tempting form of connection. But if you are considering another company, will fiber optic be the best choice for you? Some are saying that this internet type is the way of the future. After all, demand for content is rising, along with an increased need for bandwidth.

Some say that fiber is the only internet medium that will be able to handle the strains that this increased demand for content will put on companies like AT&T internet service. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that traditional internet companies will soon go extinct. After all, fiber optic internet cannot be made available to every community. As it stands currently, this internet type is very expensive to roll out, especially where it comes to sparsely-populated areas. And so until those areas have increased in population enough to make a major fiber rollout feasible, landline forms of internet may be the only solution.

Operation Rules Target Of Latest Statement By Former Qwest DSL

Earlier this week, a challenge was laid down by the former Qwest DSL. Centurylink’s CTO Matt Beal challenged telco companies to change the way they do business. But why? According to Beal, its either that, or become defunct. So what was the suggested change? Simply to recognize that consumers want to be able to change their services at exactly the time they desire, and should be able to.

Beal says that this kind of flexibility is not being offered by today’s companies, and will render them ancient if they do not change their business practices to be in line with where the future of telcos is going. In particular, Beal mentioned that giving only voice to customers isn’t enough, that they require access to broadband to be able to conduct those daily tasks which are so meaningful to everyday life.

High Speed Internet Providers In My Area And Malware Shut Down Government Catalog

Most computer users know the dangers of malware to our computers via messages, images and files received via high speed internet providers in my area. But recent news has revealed that malware has caused the shutdown of a database of – ironically – cyber vulnerabilities. Run by the United States government, The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Vulnerability Database site and services have been offline since March 8th.

Two web servers were infected with unidentified malware. Thanks to an anonymous tip-off, the site issued a statement regarding unusual traffic that it took steps to block. Once the cause had received further investigation, it was determined that both servers had to be taken offline. However, the site says that as far as it knows, none of its pages were used to serve the malware.

Figuring Out The True Cost From Internet Service Providers Philadelphia

Did you get a special deal or free offer when you signed up with internet service providers Philadelphia? If so, you may end up paying more. This may make many customers wonder: how can I pay more for something that didn’t cost me anything or cost me less than regular price? Promotional packages, while looking incredibly tempting, can also carry with them a caveat: the limited time offer. This will cause your prices to rise to regular levels after a particular period of time, commonly six months to one year.

Another hidden cost can lie in the attempt to offer things for free. And when there are a lot of companies to choose from, each one offering something different for free, it can become incredibly difficult to figure out which one offers the best deal. One solution is to look at the cancellation details. If the deal in question involves TV channels, not knowing when to cancel them by can mean paying premium prices at the end of the promotional period.

Get Your Phone To Let You Know About Unauthorized Google Access

If you have a Google account, then you also likely have access to Google Drive, Google+ and Images, in addition to the Calendar and other features. And that can add up to an awful lot of data spread over these many locations. But there’ s no need for any Google user to worry about the safety of their data, thanks to the company’s extra opt-in features.

Google has a two-step authentication process which lets you choose how frequently to enter the authentication code when you log in. The genius in this is that Google will ask you to enter a code twice if it detects you are signing in from elsewhere. In the past, the company would allow you to choose to be emailed when unauthorized access occurred. But now, you can be notified via your phone. All that you have to do is log into your Google account, choose Security, then Notifications. From there, ensure that the Password change and Suspicious login attempt boxes are checked.

Although Maybe Not Best Internet Provider Yet, Cuba Is Now Visible To The World

Almost two years after fiber optic internet had arrived in Cuba, January 14th was the day the country finally turned on its connection. The ALBA-1 cable runs under the sea form Venezuela, and the switching on was confirmed due to an observed increase in routing speed far exceeding that of the satellite links that most Cuban residents were using to get online, until now the best internet provider they could get.

Surprisingly, Cuba is the final country in the western hemisphere to receive fiber optic capability. And considering its primarily satellite and dial-up connections thus far, Cuba also has the second-lowest connectivity rates worldwide. And while the activation of the fiber optic cable is good news, there is a significant lack of public internet access which is widespread, an issue that some say this new fiber optic option will not solve.