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Cars are the
new wallet

January 14, 2019

If Honda has its way, soon your car’s dashboard will offer more than air conditioning controls, music, maps, and a parallel parking assist. It will literally become a payment vehicle—pun intended. That’s thanks to Dream Drive, which Honda described in a recent press release as … … the automotive industry’s first integrated driver and passenger infotainment, commerce, services and rewards dashboards within the [...]

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Inconveniences from texting

January 7, 2019

Over the past decade, monthly texts have increased 7,700 percent. Worldwide we send about 19 billion of them a day. Americans send about two for every voice call they place. People between 18 and 25 send 133 a week. Texting accounts for about a third of the time Millennials spend on their phones.(1) Only in [...]

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Resolutions for cynics

December 31, 2018

Ambrose Bierce defined resolute as “obstinate in a course that we approve” and year as “a period of 365 disappointments.” Taking them together, one might define New Year’s resolutions thus: A chance at 365 disappointments while trying to hold to a course that we approve. I realize resolutions are supposed to be positive.[1] But a look at their lighter side may [...]

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This one will be brief

December 24, 2018

Astute readers are likely aware that, in a little over a week, 2018 will draw to a close. And, as of a few days ago, the days are getting mercifully longer again. No one wonder celebrations are popping up throughout the northern hemisphere. However you choose to observe (or not) the holiday season, my family and [...]

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Will MasterCard strengthen blockchain anonymity?

December 17, 2018

A curious application just crossed the desk of the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Two weeks ago, MasterCard applied for a patent on its new “… method for anonymization of a blockchain transaction.”  “MasterCard’s idea sounds an awful lot like a mixer or tumbler,” reported TNW the day after MasterCard filed its application, “a system often used by cybercriminals [...]

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