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Mastercard To Eliminate Signatures In 2018

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It used to be back in the day that whenever you made a purchase using your credit card that you would have to sign the receipt to acknowledge the purchase, as well as proving that you are who you say you are. However these days things are changing and according to Mastercard, signatures will soon be completely eliminated.

The company has announced that starting in April 2018, customers in the US and Canada will no longer have to sign their receipts for both debit and credit card purchases. According to Linda Kirkpatrick, an Executive Vice President at Mastercard, “Our secure network and state-of-the art systems combined with new digital payment methods that include chip, tokenization, biometrics, and specialized digital platforms use newer and more secure methods to prove identity.”

It should be noted that there are many markets around the world where signatures are no longer required for credit/debit card purchases. Instead contactless payments are becoming increasingly common for smaller purchases, and for larger purchases, customers are instead required to enter a PIN which is more secure than a signature which can be easily forged, or if the cashier does not bother to check against it.

It is also expected that this could result in faster purchases using platforms like Apple Pay, where there are certain instances where a signature is still required for purchases over $50 in the US.

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I want to live in AT&T’s fantasy world where prices actually go down

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We’re weeks into the court proceedings between AT&T, which is trying to buy Time Warner Inc, and the Justice Department that is suing to block the deal. We’ve heard from economic experts about how prices will soar, and from AT&T’s own execs about how cable is the company’s “cash cow.”

But on Thursday, we finally got to hear from AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, and he stuck right to the party line. AT&T acquiring Time Warner wouldn’t drive up prices, Stephenson claimed: It will actually be the other way around.

Reuters reports that Stephenson told the court there would be cost savings from the merger:

He said that he wanted to combine what AT&T knew about its customers with Time Warner’s ability to create compelling content.

This would help AT&T, which owns the biggest pay TV company DirecTV, build a cheaper online product that could be partially sustained through advertising, he said.

AT&T’s own lawyer also brought up an initial assessment of the merger, produced by AT&T, which said the deal would have “no significant cost synergies.” Stephenson refuted that analysis and said that later studies showed that it would.

Washington Post reporter Brian Fung said that Stephenson also mentioned AT&T will be coming out with a new streaming service later this month. Called AT&T Watch, it will cost $15 per month instead of the $35 that AT&T currently charges for its streaming service, DirecTV Now. It won’t have any sports channels, however.

A new skinny streaming bundle is a good talking point for AT&T in court, but it doesn’t change the fact that historically, mergers in the telecoms industry have been shown to raise prices. AT&T has argued that this won’t apply to this particular merger, since Time Warner is a content company, not a telecoms company. The government (and all rational people who like to watch TV) argue that AT&T will use Time Warner’s content, which includes must-have channels like HBO and CNN, as leverage over its competitors to keep prices high and restrict the success of streaming services.

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Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 Beta 2 To Public Beta Testers

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Yesterday Apple released their macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 Beta 2 software to developers. Now the software has also been released to Apple’s Public Beta Testing Program.

In order to test out the software you either need to be a registered developer or a member of Apple’s Public Beta testing Program, you can find out more details about this over at Apple’s website.

The second beta of Apple’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 comes with some new features, this includes support for Messages in iCloud. This feature is also present in the latest beta of Apple’s iOS 11.4.

This is only the second beta of Apple’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 so we are not expecting the final version of the software this month. We will probably have to wait until some time in May for Apple to release the software to everyone. As soon as we get some more details on when the final versions is coming, we will let you guys know.

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This $21 accessory will be the best thing that ever happened to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

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If you own a Fire TV or a Fire TV Stick, you know how great it is. The interface is a joy to navigate, the support for practically every streaming service on Earth is fantastic, and having Alexa onboard is awesome. Of course, Alexa isn’t good for everything you want to do on the Fire TV, and sometimes you need to mouse around that pesky virtual keyboard to type things out — but not anymore. The iPazzPort Mini Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard attaches to the back of your Alexa remote with a silicone case, and it connects to your device via Bluetooth. That way anytime you use your Fire TV, your keyboard is right there waiting!

Here are some bullet points from the product page:

  • [iPazzPort 2017 Updated Version Backlit Keyboard] Mini bluetooth keybaord with LED backlit for convenient operation in dark room, Just need to press FN + Caps to turn on/off.
  • [Standard QWERTY Fire Stick Remote Keyboard] Mini size handheld remote keyboard with qwerty guarantees smooth input, allows you to easily enter text for searches comfortable for handheld
  • [Easy To Use]- Easy to use, three steps to connect keyboard with fire stick or new fire tv. Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/mS0ZzQok0NQ
  • [Built-in Li-ion Battery] Rechargable Li-ion Battery that with longer standby time long working hours, convenient USB charging and no need to open the lid to install battery now.
  • [Please Note] On YouTube Search,YouTube on screen keyboard only support Arrow keys and the Enter key function to navigate,not allowing input;The Backspace key acts like a return key and takes to the previous page; The same issue with other keyboards.
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