TransNational Payments Debuts Pi API for Perfect Integration

ROSEMONT, Ill. — TransNational Payments, an industry-leading payments technology company, launches a new payment API named Pi, which stands for perfect integration. TransNational Payments’ Pi APi is designed for easy implementation and out-of-the-box payment processing, specifically designed with developers and software vendors in mind.

“There’s no limit to what we can offer with our Pi APi. We can even go as far as offering DDoS mitigation, if necessary,” states John Pitzaferro, CEO TransNational Payments. The Pi APi is a 100% cloud-based solution. Leveraging the power and efficiency of the Pi APi, software applications can process card-present EMV electronic payments in real-time — receiving payment authorizations within 2 to 3 seconds and e-commerce transactions processing under five-hundredths of a second.

“Our Pi APi was developed using JSON, which we believe makes it unique and more agile since it’s natively spoken by all web browsers and JavaScript engines, meaning any web browser or web-based technology can speak directly to the gateway,” states Mark London, EVP TransNational Payments.

This is the first JSON API integration with a Simple Quick Chip EMV Solution included in a single integration — both for countertop and mobile. “Business owners and software vendors were put in a tough position when the EMV liability shift came into play, unfortunately card networks didn’t fully understand the aftermath from an integrator perspective. Business owners were expected to adhere to these new rules and now weren’t protected if there was a dispute if they did not dip the card versus swipe the card. It has become extremely difficult for developers to make the transition from card swipe to chip methods, the technical labyrinth you have to navigate takes extensive coding hours and a structural renegotiation, this has been a huge point of frustration,” said Jae Haas, President at TransNational…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Best of MWC 2018

In the world a mobile phones, Mobile World Congress is the main event. Taking place each year in Barcelona, it’s where the world sees what’s in store for phones and networks that year. Trends take shape and phones are launched. We check out everything in person, and pick our favorites with our Best of MWC awards. This year, three phones stood out.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

FTC Wants Mobile Industry to Be Better At Security Updates

The current state of mobile device security patches is lacking, according to a new report issued today by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC studied how Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung support their devices over time. “Our report found significant differences in how the industry deploys security updates and that more needs to be done to make it easier for consumers to ensure their devices are secure,” said Acting Director Tom Pahl. The agency notes that many devices are updated infrequently, if at all, and that manufacturers often fail to deliver on promises. It wants phone makers and carriers to improve the situation. The agency suggested each does a better job of explaining mobile device security to consumers (i.e., make it clear to them that the updates are important and worth installing). The FTC also recommended that phone makers consider issuing security patches as stand-alone updates, rather than bundled with general OS upgrades. The FTC noted that companies that make their own operating system, in this case, Apple and Google, are often better at providing timely updates for a longer period of time. The FTC is calling for members of the mobile industry to find a way to bring clarity to consumers and more rapid security updates.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Photographing Barcelona with the Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ has a powerful camera that allows you to really flex your creative muscle. We spent an afternoon strolling La Rambla in Barcelona experimenting with some of the camera modes. Here are some sample images, with a focus on comparing the differences between the f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Hands On with the Doro 7050

Doro has long made a name for itself as a purveyor of simple phones for older folks. Their latest entry is a super-basic, old-school flip phone with classic, easy-to-use design, Doro’s special easy interface, and one interesting trick for a feature phone: an app store. We take it for a quick spin in this hands-on.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Apple Watch Series 3 Now Tracks Skiing and Snowboarding Activity

Apple today said updated apps for the Apple Watch Series 3 make it possible for winter sports enthusiasts to gather data while carving through some fresh powder. When Apple introduced watchOS 4.2, it gave developers new APIs to access GPS data and the altimeter. Apps from snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru, and Ski Tracks put those APIs to use and can now track vertical descent, horizontal distance traveled, number of runs, average and maximum speeds, total activity time, and calories burned. The information is plotted in graphs and charts so skiers and snowboarders can easily gauge the success of their day on the mountain. Apple says activity recorded in these apps will be passed along to the Health app on the iPhone. People who opt for Slopes or snoww will be able to use Siri to start tracking their runs. All the apps with the updated functionality are available on the iTunes App Store.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Best New Tech Devices at Mobile World Congress

Technology companies and other organizations attending Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference and expo in Barcelona have unveiled everything from a 5G-connected, soccer-playing robot to smart sensors that can display what’s on the other side of a wall. But smartphones have dominated the new devices making their debuts at the event.

Phone makers launching new flagships and other devices include Asus, HMD/Nokia, Huawei, LG, Samsung, Sony, and ZTE. A number of new laptops and convertible PCs have also been announced, including devices from Huawei and Lenovo.

Set to run through tomorrow, Mobile World Congress is the largest annual conference and expo for the mobile device and services industry. The event is organized by the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association, a global industry organization for mobile operators.

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus

One of the most anticipated arrivals in Barcelona was Samsung’s latest version of its Galaxy S smartphone line. The company revealed two new Android flagships, the Galaxy S9 and the S9 Plus, during an Unpacked event Sunday, the day before MWC’s official kickoff.

Arriving in the U.S. market on March 16, the 5.8-inch, $719.99 Samsung Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch, $839.99 Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus each feature a dual-aperture camera for enhanced photography and videography, Bixby artificial intelligence, stereo speakers, and an iris sensor for biometric security.

New and Retro Phones from Nokia

In addition to announcing several all new Android smartphones, HMD Global/Nokia also went retro by unveiling a revived 4G feature phone, the Nokia 8110 that famously appeared in “The Matrix” in 1999. Available in the U.S. in May, the “banana phone” will be priced at $97.

Meanwhile, Nokia’s new smartphones include the 5.5-inch, “ultra-compact powerhouse” Nokia 8 Sirocco (pictured above), the 6-inch Nokia 7 Plus with dual rear cameras, the Nokia 6, which is made of aluminum and Gorilla Glass, and…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Apple's Next Big Venture: Tech-Enabled Healthcare

Apple is launching its own primary care health clinics called AC Wellness, following Amazon and Warren Buffett’s push into healthcare.

Similar to Amazon’s team up with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan, the AC Wellness Network aims to serve Apple’s roster of employees and their families providing “compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population.”

Two healthcare centers are planned to open in the spring in Santa Clara County, California, around Cupertino, near Apple Park and Infinite Loop headquarters.

They will, the company says, provide a “unique concierge-like healthcare experience” that is “enabled by technology.” The company already promotes its Apple Watch as a health-monitoring device capable of more than simple fitness tracking.

The company is advertising for primary and acute care physicians, physical therapists, nurses and other positions. One job advert for a primary care physician, emphasizes the need for experience of “preventing future disease” and “preventive care” with an “enthusiasm for new methods of care delivery using technology.”

Apple is also looking to hire “designers” tasked with implementing staff programs to promote healthy behavior and prevent disease, while data from LinkedIn shows former Stanford employees linked with the firm.

Apple reportedly has more than 120,000 employees, and with healthcare one of the largest staffing costs, it will be seeking to reduce its outlay by bringing services in-house and leveraging proactive schemes to improve worker health. Healthcare spending totaled $3.3tn in 2016 in the US alone, an 18% share of the country’s gross domestic product and 4.3% higher than the previous year, according to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Healthcare is a critical recruitment tool for businesses in the US, with companies gaining tax breaks for offering services, but the costs of providing those services are growing.

Apple will reportedly use its AC Wellness clinics and staff to test its own healthcare-related technologies. The company…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Voice Shopping Spurs Technology Changes for Businesses

When the world shifted from personal computers to smartphones, websites had to slim down to work on smaller screens and slower wireless connections. A similar shift to voice-centric services is again forcing businesses to rethink how they present information to consumers — and spurring new efforts to help them do so.

The software company Adobe, for instance, announced on Tuesday a new suite of tools that could help airlines, retailers and other companies create simple voice interfaces for travel and shopping. It’s not a simple task, since a voice-based digital assistant can’t really list dozens of flight options or hundreds of products.

That means companies have to figure out how to winnow down those choices to the travel options or products people are most likely to want — an inherently fraught undertaking.

The technology is still in its infancy, and Adobe doesn’t have any actual corporate partners to showcase yet. But its announcement, made in conjunction with a tech show in Barcelona, Spain, shows that voice assistants are becoming important channels for reaching consumers.

Amazon’s voice-shopping feature already boils down shopping requests to one or two options and makes buying easy because it already has payment and shipping information for voice-eligible customers. But smaller businesses don’t have the computing resources and expertise to match that, which is where companies like Adobe come in.

Analyst Carolina Milanesi with Creative Strategies says she’s not aware of another service trying to help companies improve how they reach their customers through voice.

In practice, making voice capabilities useful means anticipating what customers want. Travel sites, for instance, let people limit a search to, say, nonstop flights, but that’s more cumbersome when they’re talking to a service. Adobe promises to help narrow those options automatically, so that someone who earns points in United and likes early morning flights might hear only…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

#MWC18 Energous wireless charging from a distance

So as we know wireless charging is great and although It has been a staple of many android phones for a few years now, for our friends who use an iOS device it is very much a new thing. As a side affect from this a lot more companies are showing interest in this tech. As it stands the industry standard is called Qi Charging. This is a system based on having charging coils embedded in the back of the device that will line up with the coils on another Qi base unit that is in very close proximity. Whilst this is great and a very nice feature to have it comes with its own problems. What if you wanted to charge your device with a heavy duty case on it. Well for those of you have tried you will know that it is not possible using the Qi standard.

This is where Energous want to help and the way they want to do is via distance wireless charging

How cool does that sound?

I really do like this idea but at the moment ill be honest it is not something we are going to see in our devices anytime soon. What we do know is that Energous are actively looking for partners with who to develop end-user products for the real world. The photos below are showing what we could see in the near future with regard to base units that can be added to existing tech.

#MWC18 Energous wireless charging from a distance
#MWC18 Energous wireless charging from a distance
#MWC18 Energous wireless charging from a distance

The ultimate aim is for Ergous to install their Wattup chipset/transmitter into our product such as wearables phones speakers and yes even our phones. Once this is done then as soon as you are in proximity of your Wattup base unit then your device will connect the charging network and take charge if it needed without having to plug in or place your device in a specific location.


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