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U.S. is still tiptoeing toward EMV credit cards

At least we’re finally officially in the transition period, but it could last for years.

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Why Wall Street is so interested in Square

Watching a lot of the commentary and excitement last week about Square's Nov. 19 IPO, one might think that Wall Street had never been given a shot at a retail POS investment before. The truth is that, in many of the ways that count,...

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Amazon, and Wall Street's shortsighted stupidity

As I sit here and notice all of the glowing financial pieces about Amazon this week, it's hard to not sit back and think, "How can Wall Street employ so many smart people and yet be so consistently stupid?"

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Google Wing head 'anxious to get things done yesterday'

The head of Google's experimental Wing drone delivery project said he wants the service to launch as soon as possible and is working with the government on trials that can be accomplished while regulations are being developed.

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Innovations shine at the mHealth Summit

As payment reform deepens, and with government regulation no longer a barrier, innovators are focusing on delivering value to their customers, especially in the health enterprise customer market.

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Are companies on the wrong path where smart plant security is concerned?

Cyber criminals are far ahead of enterprises that are applying access controls and encryption as their toughest solutions for securing smart plants.

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Pressure increases on banks to adopt chip-and-PIN

The biggest financial institutions in the U.S. are under renewed pressure to mandate the use of PINs with new chip-based payment cards.

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Macy's, Walmart still trying to balance in-store, online holiday sales

Retail merged channel strategies should leverage all channels in a way that makes the most sense for the shopper rather than trying to feed all shoppers into whatever channel the retailer finds the most profitable.

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Apple's P2P mobile payment service would 'create a shockwave' in the industry

If Apple creates a mobile person-to-person payment service as recently reported, it could rock the banking and payments world as never before, some analysts believe.

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Apple Pay: Apple's secret weapon for emerging economies

Person-to-person Apple Pay payments will widen Apple’s appeal in emerging economies


Singles Day sales, Tag Heuer's smartwatch, Hollywood helps hospitals - The Wrap

On The Wrap China's Singles Day puts Black Friday to shame, Tag Heuer debuts a luxury smartwatch and Hollywood effects artists help hospitals make training more lifelike.

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Robot keeps stores stocked with Doritos

Simbe Robotics, based in San Francisco, unveiled its first product – a 30-pound robot that can move up and down a store's aisles checking inventory.

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Can Alan Alda and President Obama make supercomputing cool again?

Heading into next week’s Supercomputing 2015 conference in Austin, the topic on the tip of every attendee’s tongue is simply, "supercomputing." What once was an American stranglehold -- the illustrious title of the country owning the...

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A tale of two women: same birthday, same Social Security number, same big-data mess

Two Florida women were born on the same day in the same state and given almost the same name. Though no one realized it at the time, it turns out they were also given the same Social Security number.

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What’s the truth behind Walmart’s failed facial recognition trial?

Was this project really just an effort to flag shoppers who had previously been suspected of shoplifting?


Hollywood effects for medical simulators

Boston Children's Hospital teamed up with Hollywood special effects artists to create lifelike simulators to train surgeons on complex, high-stakes operations.

5 reasons the enterprise should take a look at ipad pro

5 reasons enterprise users should consider the iPad Pro

The iPad Pro has a lot to offer enterprise IT

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Amazon's Machiavellian same-day delivery trial

Amazon UK is trying to leverage shopper emotions to get them hooked on a service that they don't currently seek or want. No one in retail is more Machiavellian about free offers than Amazon — or more successful at it.

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