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New digital railcards could spell the end of paper versions – Telegraph.co.uk

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fines for forgetting your railcard could soon become a thing of the past, as they are about to become accessible on smartphones for first time. National Rail is ending the need to carry a paper railcard by allowing people to buy them online and then download them onto a smartphone via an app. The digital 16-25 Railcard and Network Railcard is already available and will be followed shortly by the Family & Friends and Two Together…

Is Ripple for Real? A Closer Look at the Company Behind the Third Most Valuable Digital Currency – Fortune

Monday, October 23, 2017

Brad Garlinghouse is feeling good. The CEO of Ripple just brought the likes of Ben Bernanke and crypto-wunderkind Vitalik Buterin to a buzzy conference in Toronto, and his company is growing fast. As of this month, Ripple has licensed its blockchain technology to over 100 banks while its digital currency, XRP, now has a market cap of nearly $8 billion* according to Coinmarketcap—third behind the digital money giants, bitcoin and…

Google Home touchscreen device spotted in official app code – The Verge

Monday, October 23, 2017

A deep dive into the code of a new version of the Google app by AndroidPolice supports rumors of a potential new Google Home device with a touchscreen. A TechCrunch report from September said Google was working on building a table-top smart-screen device codenamed “Manhattan” that could be a competitor to Amazon’s Echo Show. The APK teardown of 7.14.15 beta version of the Google app found references to multiple on-display…

Adobe unveils tech for banks to merge physical branches with digital experience – CNBC

Monday, October 23, 2017

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Trump campaign’s digital director to meet House intelligence panel: WSJ – Reuters

Monday, October 23, 2017

(Reuters) – The digital director for Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign is scheduled to meet the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday as the panel investigates alleged Russian meddling in last year’s election, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. It would be Brad Parscale’s first interview with any of the committees investigating the matter. Neither Parscale nor committee staff could immediately be reached for comment. Foreign nationals…

Laptop Flipflop: Now U.S. Tries To Ban Laptops In Checked, Not … – Forbes

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed puts his laptop inside his checked luggage before boarding a flight to the U.S. in March, when America banned laptops from the passenger cabins of inbound flights from the Arab World. It later rescinded the measure and is now seeking to ban laptops from checked luggage instead. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images) Seven months after America banned laptops from the passenger cabins of flights from the…

Opioid Lobbyist Left a Digital Fingerprint on a Campaign by “Patient Advocates” – The Intercept

Sunday, October 22, 2017

In the wake of the 60 Minutes/Washington Post story on the drug industry using its political influence to pass a law to undercut Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to police pill mill suppliers, the sponsors of the bill have lashed back, claiming they were simply acting in the interest of patients. “Leave the conspiracy theories to Netflix,” wrote Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. In a column responding to the story, Hatch said the piece falsely depicted…

Own a Mac? You should be traveling with this gadget – Mashable

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you’ve done any international traveling, you probably already know that not all charging solutions are created equal. There are the ones that come with converters and outlet adapters…and that thing you haven’t quite figured out yet. Then there are the ones with different outlet adapters depending on where you’re going (turns out…

Laptop Starting Prices Are a Joke. Don’t Be the Punchline – Laptop Mag

Sunday, October 22, 2017

When you’re researching laptops ahead of your purchase, you’ll see systems that are listed with a “starting price” or that cost “from” a certain amount. Shoppers need to be wary of these entry-level configurations, because, like a base-model car that has no air conditioning or radio, they aren’t worth the money. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is the most egregious example of a computer with a misleading base price. The tablet…

Helping CMOs Look At The Digital Space From A Human Perspective – Forbes

Sunday, October 22, 2017

In a digital-crazed world CMOs must never lost sight of the human touch. Shutterstock If continually bombarded with data and technology, it can at first feel overwhelming. Despite initially creating confusion soon after its introduction, we then realize the benefits of a new technology. From there, it leads to a new norm, helping us understand our own intentions and behaviors. At first, we had millions of data points. However, we solved…

Laptop Flipflop: Now US Tries To Ban Laptops in Checked, Not Carry-On, Luggage – Forbes

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed puts his laptop inside his checked luggage before boarding a flight to the U.S. in March, when America banned laptops from the passenger cabins of inbound flights from the Arab World. It later rescinded the ban, and is now seeking to ban laptops from checked luggage instead. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images) Seven months after America banned laptops from the passenger cabins of flights from the…

What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future – WIRED

Saturday, October 21, 2017

People who pack up and transport their house twice a year become choosy about their possessions. I recently traveled among the nomads of Mongolia for two weeks and had a chance to inspect their belongings. I was there to photograph their traditional practices, which were more intact than I expected. Along the way I discovered the Mongolians may have a few lessons for the future of digital culture. The population…

How to get a cheaper mobile phone contract – Telegraph.co.uk

Friday, October 20, 2017

For only a little more each month, EE will offer an identical contract but with 5GB of data – this will cost £34.24 a month over two years, again taking into account the up front charge. Weigh this up against buying the phone upfront and getting a sim-only deal alongside it. This will often work out far cheaper. When you take out a contract you’re effectively loaning the cost of the handset…

UK mobile phone firms overcharging customers after contracts expire – The Guardian

Friday, October 20, 2017

Three of Britain’s biggest mobile phone networks keep charging customers extra for their handsets after they have been paid off, leaving them up to £38 a month worse off, a consumer group has said. Citizens Advice found that Vodafone, EE and Three were overcharging customers who failed to change their contract an average of £22 a month, rising to £38 a month for buyers of premium phones including the Samsung…

How Is Digital Mapping Changing The Way We Visualize Racism and Segregation? – Forbes

Friday, October 20, 2017

How are mapping projects changing the way that we understand our history of racism, segregation and prejudice in America? A number of digital projects are now using GIS (geographic information systems) in order to highlight these issues using the familiar interface of the map. Rob Shepard and the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio (University of Iowa) An interactive map of Washington D.C. in 1860 shows the segregation of people of color…

FAA Proposes Worldwide Laptop Ban For Checked Bags on International Flights – Gizmodo

Friday, October 20, 2017

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The US Federal Aviation Administration wants the world’s airlines to stop letting passengers put large electronic devices like laptops in checked bags on international flights. The proposal, which will no doubt upset some frequent travelers, will be considered by the United Nations in the coming weeks. The FAA is concerned about the lithium-ion batteries that are common in electronic devices like laptops. Tests conducted by…

Dirty display? Here’s how to clean a laptop screen without risk of damage – Digital Trends

Friday, October 20, 2017

As much as modern displays on laptops big and small can be gorgeously detailed and richly colored, they do sometimes get a little dirty. Whether you’ve simply left it open too long and it’s gotten dusty, or your keyboard has transferred some oil or other gunk directly to the center of your display, this guide will teach you how to clean a laptop screen without damaging it. One of the…

SAG-AFTRA, Ad Industry Agree on Waiver for Low-Budget Digital … – Variety

Friday, October 20, 2017

SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have reached an agreement aimed at allowing union members to work on digital low-budget commercial productions. The Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations and SAG-AFTRA made the announcement Thursday. They agreed on a waiver to the current contract that applies only to productions with budgets of $50,000 and under — an area that’s currently mostly handled outside SAG-AFTRA’s jurisdiction. The union and industry…

The great mobile phone rip-off: Millions still being billed for handsets they have already bought – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, October 19, 2017

One in three customers on ‘handset-inclusive’ mobile phone contracts continue to pay beyond the minimum term of their contract, research by Citizens Advice found.  However, while some providers will automatically reduce the cost of the monthly fee after the handset has effectively been paid off, others do not. On average, those customers pay an unnecessary £22 a month which rises to £38 extra for smartphones. One in five customers only realise after six months,…