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How Elon Musk may revolutionize Internet access

March 12, 2018

Remember the guy who, about a month ago, let a literal dummy take his car on a prolonged spin through outer space? Now, he may be making the folks at Comcast, AT&T, and other broadband service providers nervous. But those of us who are into digital banking should cheer him on. Said guy is jillionaire [...]

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Smartphone sales slowing
My two cents as to why

March 2, 2018

The data on smartphone sales for Q4 2017 are in, and it looks like two Chinese companies have reason to celebrate. In a recent press release, research company Gartner, Inc. reports that … Huawei and Xiaomi were the only smartphone vendors to achieve year-on-year unit growth (7.6 and 79 percent, respectively) and grew market share in [...]

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Digital World

February 26, 2018

Sometimes Americans are accused of failing to realize there are other countries outside its borders. Whether or not the reputation is deserved, this American is well aware of the rest of the world. This week, I’m taking a look at the state of going cashless in others’ backyards. Going cashless seems to be moving forward [...]

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In celebration of tax season: How alcohol and women’s rights helped create the IRS

February 19, 2018

I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that one of government’s brand values is not “up-to-date office equip­ment.” If you don’t believe me, ask if a PDF will do the next time your local government requests a fax. There’s a good chance the answer will be, “What’s a PDF?” But when it comes [...]

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Darwin, cockroaches,
and payments

February 14, 2018

Everyone knows that Charles Darwin introduced the phrase survival of the fittest. Well, almost everyone. It would take Darwin by surprise, however, since in fact he didn’t say it. He didn’t even imply it. Which is just as well. Survival of the fittest doesn’t quite work. Fittest is a superlative, meaning there can be only [...]

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