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Technology Trends: Wearables

Wearable technology – or simply, wearables – has moved past the prototype stage and firmly established itself as an evolving product category. Expert forecasts say wearables are destined to succeed and estimate the wearable device market will grow exponentially, reaching over USD 12.5 billion in value by 2018. As activity monitors and smart watches gain in popularity, wearable device manufacturers realize the potential of their products to cross over into other industries like healthcare, fashion, sports, and many others.

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Technology Trends: Fighting Fraud with “Smart” Credit Cards

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To combat growing credit card fraud in the US, credit card companies have rolled out EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) credit and debit cards. These “smart” cards are secured with an embedded silicon microchip to create a unique, one-time code for each transaction, replacing the traditional, fraud-susceptible magnetic strip cards. As of October 1, any businesses who are unable to accept EMV cards, and banks who have yet to issue the new cards to their customers, are liable in the event of fraud. Since this deadline has recently passed, we’ll take a deeper look into EMV cards and the impact they will have on retail and on consumer information security.

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IDEA Dictionary: What are EDI Gateways and Interconnects?

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When dealing with data, and all related terminology, you may feel like you’re trying to speak a foreign language. In the interest of keeping things clear and simple, we will introduce commonly used terms that will help you navigate the data shorthand and learn the lingo. This week, we bring you: EDI gateways and interconnects.

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