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Wednesday - March 4, 2015
Identity thieves are using Apple Pay to defraud banks of what could amount to millions of dollars. Armed with iPhones, the fraudsters are entering stolen payment card information into Apple Pay. Due to weak authentication procedures at the institutions issuing the cards, they are able to use the stolen cards to make purchases through Apple Pay. Ironically, much of the purchasing is being done at Apple Stores, thanks to the high resale value of Apple products. Before cards can be added to Apple Pay, they must be provisioned -- that is, approved -- by the card issuer. Criminals are finding that process easy to game. [More...]

Thursday - March 5, 2015
Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Known as "The Great War," it claimed the lives of more than 10 million soldiers and about seven million civilians, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. With these numbers in mind, it's understandable that WWI might be a taboo subject for entertainment purposes. Yet, it is fair to say that game developers have missed an opportunity with World War I. [More...]

Thursday - March 5, 2015
ChaletOS began as a personal project of developer Dejan Petrovic. Its name comes from the style of the mountain houses in Switzerland. Just as the Swiss Chalet is a distinctive design, so too is the look and feel of ChaletOS. This operating system has a familiar Windows-like style, with appealing simplicity and impressive speed. Much of that performance credit goes to the use of the Xfce desktop. Its system controls are tweaked to bring unique style-changing capabilities to a classic Linux desktop environment. [More...]

Wednesday - March 4, 2015
Partner Relationship Management gives a lot of attention to the vendor and partner relationship, and it should. But it's worth remembering that as important as this relationship is, the one that really counts involves an end customer. So what does the end customer need from a channel partner that a PRM system can uniquely provide? I'd say the most important partner deliverable is intangible -- trust. A customer needs to feel good about a purchase; without that, nothing else matters. [More...]

 

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