If you’re one of the adventurous early adopters who pre-ordered Coin, you might finally get the chance to try it out. To recap: This Bluetooth-enabled piece of plastic acts as a stand-in for up to eight different cards, so that you only have to carry…
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Ian Padgham is a popular Viner, with over 350,000 followers and dozens of videos, but his latest 6-second clip may be his best yet: He documented his wife Claire’s 9-month pregnancy.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Padgham explained that he and Claire were able to create the Vine by filming two frames for each month of her pregnancy, saying "it was a fun way to capture the process."
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Is there anything more synonymous with camping than the tent? Whether you’re just getting started or looking to upgrade, the shear number of options can be mind boggling. Here’s a quick and handy guide to buying the right tent for you.
Why Tents? Do you need a tent to go camping? If you’re asking that question, then the answer is a definitive yes. While other shelter options like tarps or just sleeping under the stars exist, they typically require sacrificing much weather protection, comfort and security. I know many a grown man who talks a big talk, but when it comes to sleeping outside, won’t get a good night’s rest without a psychological barrier between themselves and the rest of the big, scary world. Weather conditions and other factors can also be very hard to predict outside, with most mountain ranges having their own microclimates creating precipitation, wind or other weather that you won’t find predicted on your phone. Then there’s bugs. Oh, the bugs. Tents do a remarkably effective job at keeping those off.
For just $100, you cannot beat this Alps Mountaineering Two-Person on value-for-money. It’s certainly not the lightest or fanciest tent out there, but it will get the job done, keeping you dry and comfortable for years to come.
Which Type Of Tent Is Right For You? What kind of camping are you going to be doing? If you’re staying in an organized campsite, next to your car, then you want the biggest, heaviest, most comfortable tent possible. But, the second you have to carry that tent any distance, you’re going to want something prioritizing low weight and small size. And, if you plan on putting in a lot of miles, then you’re going to want the absolute lightest shelter possible, sleeping comfort be damned. Let’s break tents out into three main categories: campground, backpacking and ultralight.
Campground: What you want here is comfort, space and versatility. What you sacrifice is portability. These tents are best if you plan on camping within striking distance of your car. They’re also great places to spend time if there’s inclement weather. Large vestibules make great places to hang out, protecting you from the sun, rain or bugs while you cook and chill.
Backpacking: A happy middle ground between comfort and portability, the vast majority of you will be best served by a decent backpacking tent. You’ll be giving up space when you’re doing campground camping, but more than making up for it in that you’re buying a single item that can also work on the trail, on the back of a motorcycle or anywhere else.
Ultralight: A minimalist shelter prioritizing ease of carry over comfort. Just the ticket if you only plan to use it on the trail, but not a great place to spend time if you’re looking to hang out in it during a daytime rain storm. Ultralights also typically carry a large price premium over regular backpacking tents due to their lighter, fancier materials. http://ift.tt/1tuuwPN…
What Seasons Mean: You’ll typically see tents rated as three or four seasons. That’s a bit misleading. Three season tents are just that — they won’t work great in high winds, insanely cold temperatures or under heavy snow loads. "Four seasons" can be read as meaning winter only. They do a better job at sealing out the elements, standing up to high winds and make more room for gear storage in larger, all-encapsulating vestibules, but do so at the expense of weight and cost. The vast majority of you will be just fine with a three season tent, even in most winter camping scenarios that don’t involve ascending 14,000-foot peaks using ice axes.
What Men Mean: You’ll see the size of tents listed in the number of "men" they hold. There’s no industry standard for what measurements that represents, but figure on an average sized adult, snugly. A one man tent fits just one person. A two man fits just two people. Size up for more space, particularly if the "men" you may have in the tent aren’t pre-existing snuggle buddies. For example, Lara and I’s general purpose backpacking tent is a three man, making a little extra room for comfort, gear storage and Wiley. Fitting an 85lbs dog inside a two man with the two of us is extremely uncomfortable.
Having said that, the interior floor space of a tent is going to vary outside of the "men" parameters. To get a better idea of the space any tent you’re offering has, look at its dimensions online, then measure them out on your floor at home, using painter’s tape or similar to mark out the size. Then, put your air mattress(es), sleeping bag(s) and whatever else you’d want inside that outline and you’ll have an idea of how much space you’re working with.
Sans rainfly, the whole tent should be a window.
Rainflies, Vestibules and Windows: Unless you’re buying some weird ultralight contraption, you want a tent with a mesh body (the smaller the holes in that mesh, the more bugs it’ll keep out) or a body with large mesh panels for good ventilation. An all-encompassing rainfly that extends to the ground should cover that, creating at least one "vestibule" (think porch) for stowing muddy boots and other gear you want to protect from the rain. That rainfly should connect to the tent in a manner that allows adjustment and it should include points for fixing "guy lines," ropes that you stake out to draw the rainfly tight. This keeps it from noisily flapping about in the wind.
Windows are silly and unnecessary; you’ll be spending most of your time in the tent during the nighttime. Instead, look for vestibules that provide good weather protection when their doors are zipped open. This will allow you to achieve maximum ventilation while keeping rain out. Perfect for summer storms. The exception here is obviously those giant family camping tents you’ll use in campsites, windows on those are nice to have and, as far as I know, they all include them.
Materials and Bathtub Floors: If a tent lists what kind of nylon it’s made out of, then that probably means it’s a good quality tent where the strength, weight and durability of its materials have been considered. Most don’t bother.
You shouldn’t bother with tents that have polyethylene floors (the same material as blue construction tarps). While those will be waterproof the first time you camp, they quickly fall apart and are generally just cheap and heavy.
Some "four season" tents have heavy vinyl floors. These are obviously great at being waterproof and durable, but they’re heavy.
Look for a floor that extends 4 to 6 inches up the tent’s sides, all the way around. This is known as a "bathtub" design and is more effective at keeping water out. You want to keep water out.
Tent floors are relatively delicate things. Endeavor to keep them clean (a little handheld broom helps here) and mind the surface you’re pitching on. Remove rocks, sticks and whatnot ahead of time. "Footprints" are an extra layer of that floor material, cut to size, which helps protect the tent floor from being pierced, cut or abraded. They’re a good idea, but a sheet of 6 mil plastic that you cut to size yourself works even better and is virtually free. Where possible (ie during car camping) lay a blanket down on the tent floor to help protect it. Never wear boots inside a tent.
Lara, Wiley and I’s do-it-all tent is this $167 Alps Mountaineering Aries 3. At 6 lbs, 2 oz, it’s just about carry-able and affords large interior space space, huge vestibules and great weather protection.
Domes, Cabins And Tubes: Tents come in three main shapes and sizes. Which one is best for you depends on what you want from it.
Cabin: Nearly vertical walls create the most space inside, as does a tall roof you can stand under. But, this design won’t stand up to high winds. Most frequently found in campground tents, where space is your main priority.
Domes: A more efficient design than the cabin that cuts weight while still allowing for decent space inside. These are now mostly outdated, but can still be found on budget backpacking tents.
Hoops: Crazy-looking designs designed to radically slash the number of poles used and therefore the weight you have to carry. These also stand up best to high winds.
Non-Freestanding: Tents that won’t stand on their own without stakes providing tension. Typically found in ultralight tents, the configuration helps ensure a light weight, but can prove a hassle on a beach or above a tree line. Be a more experienced camper if you’re considering one of these.
A-Frames: Don’t, you’re not a Boy Scout in the 1950s.
I’ve carried a Sierra Designs Lightyear 1 for seven years, across continents, in horrendous weather. It’s never let me get cold or wet and I trust it to this day. It’s now been replaced by the Flashlight 1.
Poles: Giant campground tents may still come with separate aluminum poles you assemble separately. Everything else will have aluminum, fiberglass or carbon poles attached by internal bungee cords. A carbon pole is obviously going to save some weight, but cost you some more money. Evaluate the tent’s total specs and see if its cost-to-weight ratio is worth it.
Some tents are now supported by hiking poles. As far as I’m concerned, hiking poles are for sissies. If you can’t balance yourself with a backpack on, go to the gym and do squats. If you are the kind of sissy that uses hiking poles, then you may be able to save some weight by using them as your tent supports. I have to admit, this does make some sense. Such sissy arrangements typically don’t stand on their own though, requiring sissy tension applied by sissy stakes.
This just-announced MSR Flylite promises to combine good, two-person interior space with a drastically light, 1 lbs, 9 oz weight. $TBA, we’ll test it ASAP, but our manhood may dictate sticks in place of the hiking poles.
How To Make Any Tent Waterproof And Long Lasting: Before you embark on your first trip, do a practice pitch at home. That’ll ensure that you have all the parts and know how to set it up properly, which you may have to do in the dark, in the rain or both once you’re outside. Buy a can of this stuff (it’s the absolute best, promise) and liberally coat all the seams in your tent’s floor with it, inside and out. Then, do the same with the rainfly. Leave the tent up overnight, in a well ventilated area, to dry. Repeat this between trips and you’ll never get wet.
After any camping trip, pitch the tent in a well ventilated area, ideally outside during a sunny day and leave it up for a few hours or until completely dry. Do this whether or not the tent got wet during the trip, but especially if the tent got wet. This will prevent mildew from forming. I am constantly amazed that people don’t know to do this, I’ve had a number of tents ruined by negligent friends who borrowed them, then returned them days or weeks later without having dried them out. Even if it doesn’t rain during your trip, there will be dew and condensation from your breath on the tent, set it up once you’re home and make sure it has the chance to dry thoroughly.
For an upcoming beach camping trip on Maui, Lara and I picked up this Kelty Airlift 4. It’s got a big interior for our queen-size air mattress and a large vestibule to shelter us during Hana’s frequent, but short downpours.
How To Keep Snakes, Scorpions, Ravens, Foxes And Mosquitos Out: While camping on Santa Cruz Island last summer, I watched as ravens repeatedly unzipped tents, stole the shiny stuff inside, then as foxes climbed in, peed on everything and stole food. I’ve also heard more than one story of someone climbing into a sleeping bag only to find a snake or scorpion already in there. Yeesh.
Any time that you are not in the tent, zip it closed with both zippers at the top of the door. If there are problematic critters in the area, tie the zipper pulls together. This not only puts the zippers out of the reach of the pesky little guys, but prevents even freakishly smart birds from undoing them.
Leave your sleeping pad and bag rolled up until you climb into the tent to go to sleep. This will not only keep creepy crawlies out, but helps keep your stuff dry too.
I’ll say it again: no matter what, keep the tent completely zipped shut when you’re not in it.
If You Can’t Stake: Camping on loose sand, snow or on hard rock? If you can dig, do dig, then tie some line around a buried stick, rock or bag o’dirt. If you can’t dig, carry over some heavy rocks or logs and tie the tent to those. Or, if you have a freestanding tent, just put your stuff inside it, which should keep the tent from blowing away in all but the heaviest wind. Sticks make great stakes if you bend or lose yours.
Which Tent Is Right For You? Unless only you’re going car camping or are an experienced backpacker looking to shed more weight or are forever alone, just buy a basic two-person backpacking tent. That’ll serve you well from solo motorcycle camping to short backpacking trips to luxury car camping and on anything in between. It also makes room for a buddy if you want to take your dog or significant other or just want to keep your gear inside the tent with you.
Whatever you’re buying, consider your priorities — are they weight or space? — and start comparing specs. If you’re shopping online, marking out the tent’s floor plan on your floor at home with tape will really give you an idea of what you’re dealing with.
Got some money to spend? This freestanding $390 Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 weighs just 1 lbs, 15 oz while sleeping two. Update: Corey reports a bad rain infiltration problem on the Fly Creek, instead recommending the $399 Copper Spur which weighs in at 2 lbs and 13 oz.
Shopping last season’s tents, during sales and from non-big name brands are the most effective ways to save money. If the specs look good, the tent’s likely good too. Read the reviews on Amazon first. Spending more money should net you significant weight savings. If it doesn’t, look elsewhere.
Benchmark that 5 lbs, $100 Alps tent up top, then shop around, trying to take out as much weight as possible within your budget, while achieving your desired amount of floor space, height and features.
Like most items of gear in the outdoors, it’s best to gain experience with your tent before relying on it in extreme conditions. When you buy a new tent, spend a night outside somewhere easy in it, learn how it works and make sure it’s the right tool for the job before expecting it to survive the entire High Sierra Trail or on the side of a tall mountain.
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If you have Apple’s word-processing application, Pages, on your Mac, then you can find an Easter egg that honors Steve Jobs: the text of his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University.
OS X Daily found it, and once you know how to get to it, it’s extremely easy to find. Simply press "Shift + Command + G" in Finder and paste in "/Applications/http://ift.tt/1ngo7U5; and then open the Apple.txt file.
(H/T to Cult of Mac, where we found this story.)
Here’s the full text of the speech:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots. I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?
It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.
It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.
Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
My second story is about love and loss.
I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.
I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
My third story is about death.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.
This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Thank you all very much!
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The first official trailer for Automata, a sci-fi flick starring Antonio Banderas, is out, and it’ll tickle the fancy of Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick fans alike
The movie’s plot seems to draw equally from Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Isaac Asimov’s short story Runaround, which introduces the Three Laws of robotics
In Automata, set in year 2044, robots are far more advanced than today, but they also have to follow some basic rules, one of them forbidding them to alter themselves in any way. When that rule gets broken, robots get hunted and killed, akin to the ones in Dick’s famous novel Read more…
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The credit and debit card ecosystem is much bigger than MasterCard, American Express, and Visa.
Scores of companies play different roles in the system as intermediaries, most of them as merchant-facing vendors that provide the technology and services that help businesses accept credit cards. Recently, Silicon Valley has decided they also want to compete in this market, and introduced online, mobile, and cloud-based services that compete with those provided by the legacy players.
But with such a complicated ecosystem processing an enormous sum of money — $4 trillion in the U.S. just last year — it won’t be easy to shake up entrenched players.
In a recent report from BI Intelligence, we look at the complicated series of interactions among different legacy players that powers each credit card payment, outlining the six types of companies that play key roles in the credit credit payment chain. We explain what each of these players do, and how much value they add, and explain why two parts of this chain — the hardware providers and merchant service providers (MSPs) — are particularly vulnerable to disruption.
Here are some of our key findings:
- The credit card companies themselves aren’t going anywhere for now. Visa and MasterCard in particular will remain an indispensable part of the chain because they don’t actually process payments. They simply provide the rails that the credit card system runs on. Credit card processors like First Data that actually do the work of processing merchants’ credit card transactions on the back-end are also in a strong position.
- Two pieces in the chain are particularly vulnerable to disruption: the makers of the actual hardware — basically card readers and registers — that are used to physically accept card payments at stores, and the hundreds of vendors known as merchant service providers, or MSPs, which set businesses up to accept credit cards.
- Manufacturers of register systems are vulnerable: Point-of-sale hardware faces an immediate threat from mobile devices. These devices are cheap and easy to implement, they do not require consumers to adopt new behaviors, and they free up retailer space previously devoted to bulky hardware.
- In addition, the new payments companies — including PayPal, Leaf, Revel Systems, Square, and others — could shove traditional MSPs aside as they bridge the offline and online worlds. They pair their mobile registers with consumer-side smartphone apps, and often also provide additional merchant services, like software for loyalty programs or for parsing online consumer data. These new companies want to replace the old players that focused mainly on logistics, i.e., helping merchants take credit card payments.
- But it’s not all doom and gloom yet for legacy MSPs: they have existing relationships with the majority of merchants who accept credit cards and with banks. They also have established marketing channels and large sales forces. Large MSPs will move to acquire new payments technologies to squelch the disruption threat.
In full, the report:
- Sizes the $4 trillion U.S. credit and debit card industry, taking stock of offline vs. online volume and growth
- Gives a detailed breakdown of the entire credit card transaction process
- Defines what role each of the players occupies within that chain
- Underscores which players in the credit card transaction process are most ripe for disruption from new payments companies, and which ones remain in the strongest positions
- Explains what services these new payments companies will most likely offer to merchants and consumers
- Examines how legacy players are responding to the threats from these new payments entrants
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The humble green anole has but a few claims to fame: it was featured on the cover of the very first Animorphs book, and it can self-amputate and regrow its tail after coming face to face with a predator. It’s that latter ability that’s tickled the…
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When Google released the Android Camera app to the Google Play Store, I wondered, with little hope that it would ever be released for iOS. Google’s Camera app is amazing and though there are alternative iOS apps, nothing free comes as close to what’s available for Android. Google has just released Photo Sphere Camera, an iOS app that […]
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Cody Littley is a computer science PhD student with a little time on his hands. Which perhaps explains why he built a working 1KB hard drive in Minecraft out of virtual building blocks.
Why did he build it? Because he could. "When I built the the device, I didn’t have anything in mind that I wanted to store on it, I built it for the sake of the challenge," he explained to Wired. "A surprisingly large number of commentators on Reddit think I should store 1KB of porn on it."
Amazingly, this process wasn’t really automated in any way; he built it block-by-block. If you’re so minded, you can follow his instructions, available on Google Drive and build your own, too. You’ll need to know your way round Mincecraft though, and "redstones" in particular—the kinds of blocks that can be used to transmit another in-game substance called "red stone dust" to create rudimentary binary structures.
Lost? Don’t worry. Just bathe in the glow that is someone doing something just because they can. However nerdy that is, it’s kind of cool, too. [Wired]
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