CurrentC Is The Big Retailers’ Clunky Attempt To Kill Apple Pay And Credit Card Fees

CurrentC Is The Big Retailers’ Clunky Attempt To Kill Apple Pay And Credit Card Fees

Long before Apple Pay, big brick-and-mortar retail chains were conspiring to sidestep the typical 2% to 3% fees they’re charged by credit card companies when consumers pay with credit. A company called MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange), spearheaded by Walmart, was started to build a mobile payment solution that would become an app called CurrentC that’s preparing […]

Security Will Need Big Insight, Not Just Big Data

Security Will Need Big Insight, Not Just Big Data

Editor’s note: Neill Occhiogrosso is a partner at Costanoa Venture Capital. In looking for new opportunities in security and many other sectors, we look for the echoes of the current IT mega-trends: cloud, mobile, big data. These trends, and especially the interactions between them, are dramatically changing security needs. Add to that the changing profile of […]

Myriam Joire AKA tnkgrl Is Out At Pebble

Myriam Joire AKA tnkgrl Is Out At Pebble

Myriam Joire, evangelist for the wearables company Pebble, has been fired from her position. She was Tech Evangelist at the company and spoke at a number of events, including an event in Amsterdam and another in London this week. “Wow! I just found out that I’m no longer with Pebble,” she said in a tweet. […]

The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

I am, as you may know, a sucker for watches that use older display technologies (see also Nixie tubes). For example, this cool watch by freelance engineer John De Cristofaro uses a vacuum fluorescent display tube, an early form of digital display that cast a bright blue light and was first used in 1980s-era electronics. […]

Empty the Gas Tank Before Storing Your Lawn Mower for Winter

Empty the Gas Tank Before Storing Your Lawn Mower for Winter

When the leaves start changing, most of us put away our lawn mowers for the winter. Make sure you empty the gas tank before storing it over the winter. Consumer Reports has some tips to make sure your mower is ready for the spring. The most important tip: empty the gas. Gasoline left sitting in […]

Add Public Transportation to Your Weight Loss Plans

Add Public Transportation to Your Weight Loss Plans

Finding time to exercise is tough. You can squeeze in some extra calorie burning by skipping the car and taking public transportation instead. It isn’t the same as going for a run, but a recent study suggests taking the bus or train could still make a difference. Walking or biking to work is obvious, exercise […]

Know How to Spot the Signs of a Hidden Handgun

Know How to Spot the Signs of a Hidden Handgun

Regardless of your opinion on handguns, you probably want to know how to spot someone carrying one. This graphic illustrates some tips from the New York City Police Department. Most of the suggestions have you look for something in the person’s appearance that seems out of place. The gun holder may be walking unusual or […]

The Most Germ-Infested Item in the Office Might Be the Coffee Pot

The Most Germ-Infested Item in the Office Might Be the Coffee Pot

If you’re in a shared office environment, you probably wash you hands after using the restroom. That’s good hygiene, but you might consider washing your hands after touching the coffee pot. A recent study determined that it’s a “hot zone” in your office. The University of Arizona in Tucson studied how germs spread in an […]

Students: Ask for a Letter of Recommendation Now, Not Later

Students: Ask for a Letter of Recommendation Now, Not Later

Whether you graduated from college last semester or are returning this fall, your professors can write you great letters of recommendation. If you wait until you need them at your next job, the professor’s memory might be a bit fuzzy. Ask now while you’re fresh in their minds. Over at Levo League they suggest first […]

VIDEO: Meet your virtual girlfriend

Spencer Kelly discovers how technology can ensure you don’t have to be alone – even in a city full of strangers. He tests a new Japanese social media app to find out the places to go in Tokyo and make new friends to meet for a drink. And he even gets to meet a virtual […]

VIDEO: Scientists create real hoverboard

BBC Click‘s Spencer Kelly looks at some of the best of the week’s technology – including a company aiming to build a hoverboard similar to that seen in the film Back To The Future II. More at BBC.com/Click and @BBCClick.

VIDEO: The smartphone that answers back

With so many smartphones on the market, manufacturers are having to work harder to make their devices really stand out from the crowd. BBC Click’s LJ Rich looks at one phone that will offer you an emotional partnership – speaking directly to you offering advice and guidance. It will even tell you when it needs […]

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