continue reading » This began as a comment to the article “What Will the Arrival of Contactless Payments Bring?” I aim to dive a bit deeper into my positions within the confines of a full post. Since this affects you, credit union staff (and member), I’d really like to hear your thoughts. Feel free to comment with what your credit union has done so far on EMV and contactless transition and education, as well as planning for “the next” payment method. Now enjoy the post! It will take about 5 minutes to read.As the slow transition to faster, easier, and more secure payment technology eases on, I cannot help but wonder what everyone’s talking about. It’s like we are under some collective delusion that makes us think new complexity beats old simplicity. Think of paying for something in 2002. As long as you weren’t that person writing a check, you had two options: Cash or plastic. Cash exchanged hands, change was given…done. Plastic got swiped (or inserted if you’re from Europe). You signed (which was always dumb) or entered a PIN. Transaction approved (or declined). Get receipt and move on with life.Now, in 2018, we decided that was too simple and in need of fixing. Some endorse using cash only, others suggest using pre-paid debit through Simple, PayPal, or another fin tech company. Then the credit unions speak up with guidance on using your new EMV chip card. Oh, and there’s ApplePay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay… If you follow my writing, you’ll know how strongly I support more secure payment methods, so I’m not saying we go backwards, just move ahead with some careful thought. Since consumers and merchant staff will always default to simple, we need to ensure that’s also the preferred method. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The popular video-sharing app TikTok, its future in limbo since President Donald Trump tried to shut it down earlier this fall, is asking a federal court to intervene.TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, has until Thursday to sell off its US operations under an executive order that Trump signed in August.- Advertisement – Trump in September gave his tentative blessing to a ByteDance proposal meant to resolve US national security concerns by placing TikTok under the oversight of American companies Oracle and Walmart, each of which would also have a financial stake in the company. But TikTok said this week it’s received “no clarity” from the US government about whether its proposals have been accepted.The deal has been under a national-security review by the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, which is led by the Treasury Department. The department “remains focused” on resolving the alleged national security risks posed by TikTok, a Treasury spokeswoman said in a statement Wednesday evening.“With the November 12 CFIUS deadline imminent and without an extension in hand, we have no choice but to file a petition in court to defend our rights and those of our more than 1,500 employees in the US,” TikTok said in a written statement Tuesday.- Advertisement – TikTok is now looking to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review Trump’s divestment order and the government’s national-security review.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – Trump has cited concerns that the Chinese government could spy on TikTok users if the app remains under Chinese ownership. TikTok has denied it’s a security threat but said it’s still trying to work with the administration to resolve its concerns.The legal challenge is “a protection to ensure these discussions can take place,” the company said.The Trump administration had earlier sought to ban the app from smartphone app stores and deprive it of vital technical services, but federal judges have so far blocked those actions.- Advertisement –
Nike is pulling shoes with an early American flag design after former NFL player Colin Kaepernick complained.The Wall Street Journal reports the former 49ers quarterback told Nike he and others consider the Betsy Ross flag offensive because it was flown at a time when slavery was common in a number of states. Nike cancels “Betsy Ross Flag” sneaker after Kaepernick speaks out: report https://t.co/P23qZDElMS pic.twitter.com/UXtzimnr4M— The Hill (@thehill) July 2, 2019 The flag with 13 stars in a circle on a blue field, and 13 red and white stripes, was flown during the Revolutionary War and early days of the U.S.Nike had planned to release the shoes in celebration of the Fourth of July.
The USC men’s and women’s swim and dive teams will head to the Lone Star state this weekend to participate in the Texas Invitational in what will serve as the first major out-of-state competition of the season.“The Texas Invitational is the most important competition for the fall,” USC coach Dave Salo said. “Our focus is to race to times that will first qualify all of our relays for the NCAA championships in March.”Both teams are off to good starts this season, posting solid showings in meets against Cal State Bakersfield, Arizona, Arizona State and at the USC Diving Invite. Neither squad has had a meet since Nov. 12, but Salo is not expecting any sort of letdown or rust to hinder both team’s performance.“[We’ve] been training well and we have avoided any health or injury setbacks this fall so we are looking to be very competitive,” Salo said. “Our athletes are pretty excited to get down to Texas and race.”Seniors Katinka Hosszu and Amanda Smith look to lead the Women of Troy and continue their great starts in their last seasons in cardinal and gold. At its last meet against Arizona State, USC won by a score of 198-99. Senior diver Victoria Ishimatsu looks to continue her stellar season in Texas, as well.On the men’s side, sophomore Vladimir Morozov and freshman Chad Bobrosky look to lead the Trojans in freestyle events. Other than a loss to Arizona, USC holds an unblemished record. The Trojans currently trail Arizona, Stanford and California in the national rankings.Salo said this is an important event for the teams because it will provide a good chance for the relay teams to receive automatic bids to the NCAA championships. Salo also said he wants his teams to record good times to become eligible for the championships.“[Our other goal] will be for all our athletes to record their personal best times with an eye on the ‘A’ and ‘B’ qualifying time standards,” Salo explained. “While swimmers who get “A” times automatically make the championships, only the top 24 to 30 swimmers with “B” times make it to the championships.”UCLA, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Texas and Arizona will also participate in the Texas Invitational. Salo said there will be extra motivation to beat the Wildcats, as they are the only blemish on the men’s and schedule.“We want to avenge our early season loss to Arizona,” Salo said.
NBA trade rumors: Rockets hoping to complete a deal this week NBA trade news: Bucks deal for George Hill in 5-player trade The Rockets have expressed exploratory interest in acquiring JR Smith, according to league sources. Smith is currently on hiatus from the Cavaliers as Cleveland seeks a new home for the veteran shooting guard via trade— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 11, 2018 Related News