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Starbucks Launches Smartphone Payments Nationwide

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces mike melanson Related Posts Making payments with your smartphone at Starbucks is simple enough. Simply download the app for your iPhone, iPod Touch or Blackberry device and when you make a purchase, hold it out for the cashier to scan. The app deducts the purchase from your Starbucks account, which can be reloaded with credit cards or PayPal.According to the Times, Starbucks Cards took off at Starbucks in 2010, with customers loading more than $1.5 billion onto the cards, a 21% increase over 2009.  With any mobile payments system, the first question many ask is “will the people trust it?” After a year long trial, we’re figuring that Starbuck’s nationwide launch indicates that people indeed trust the service enough to use it. Will users be as trusting later this year when we start to see more and more mobile payments apps launch using Near Field Communications chips instead of bar codes? We’ll see.The company says that an Android app is in the works. >Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks is taking its mobile payments plan nationwide. The company started testing mobile payments in September 2009 and now it is expanding the program to 6,800 stores across the country and soon onto other devices.According to The Seattle Times, one in five transactions is now made with store cards and Starbucks vice president of card and brand loyalty says that mobile payments “will extend the way our customers experience and use their Starbucks Card.” Tags:#Finance#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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‘Like champions:’ UST posts emotional win to end nightmare season

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 READ: UST averts winless season, beats UEThe win also marked the end of one of the darkest times in the school’s rich basketball history after the Tigers dropped their first 13 games of the season-17 straight dating back to last season-easily their worst performance in the UAAP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter the buzzer, Lee shared a moment with his coach Boy Sablan, who took majority of the flak for all the losing.“We endured a lot and that made us players closer to coach because we always want to make up for the losses,” said the 5-foot-8 playmaker. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ “We were beaten, but we continue to fight until we get the win. We always fall short, but even though we’re losing, we still stick together, go back in training, and try to correct our mistakes.”The 20-year-old was also touched to see the support of the UST community, which came out at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the team’s final game.“For me, whenever they cheer, it’s really a big boost for us, especially when we got the lead. I feel like we have someone backing us up and won’t let us down. So we don’t want to let them down,” he said.And as UST turns the page and move on from this nightmare of a campaign, Lee is hopeful that the Growling Tigers will be a much better team.“This is not just for coach Boy, but also for the whole UST community,” he said. “I hope whatever we endured will be a lesson for us, an inspiration for the next season. I hope we can recover next year.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pasaol pleased with UE’s campaign despite 3-11 record LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UST Growling Tigers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas may have had a tumultuous season, but Marvin Lee found relief after the Growling Tigers escaped the ignominy of ending UAAP Season 80 without a win.“It feels good to win. It’s like we feel like champions. I just thank the Lord because he fulfilled my wish for us to win at least one, that we won’t be 0-14,” said the UST captain a thrilling 88-85 victory over University of the East on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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U-17 WC venues at Kochi, Kolkata will be ready by May 30: Goel

first_imgKolkata, May 5 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today expressed happiness over the preparation for the Under- 17 FIFA World Cup in October and said both Kochi and Kolkata venues would be ready by May 30. Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangans preparation is well on track. The venue hosts the final of the mega event. “I am quite satisfied with the progress here, though some finishing touches are needed. They will finish everything by May 30,” Goel told a news conference after an inspection of the stadium and training centres at the Sports Authority of India Eastern Centre Complex. “At SAI Complex, some work related to changing room and floodlights are being done. I have given them instruction to finish work by May 30.” Goel earlier went to Kochi where he was disappointed with the progress work but Goel today said they would also finish by May 30. “There has been a lot of delay in work at the Jawaharlal Nehru Athletic Stadium. But they have assured that latest by May 30 the work will be finished. I will come back again and play a demonstration match when the venue is ready. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking special interest. I want it to be organised in a proper way. We will finish the work by May 30 at any cost. We will coordinate from Delhi.” Goel, who will next head to Navi Mumbai and then Guwahati, said they would try to ensure that all stadiums are packed during the tournament as they have plan to engage 15,000 schools. “In FIFA preparation meetings, our full effort has been to ensure that not a single stadium remains empty. We want to see that the stadiums look small. We will try to ensure that the fever of football is spread across India.” “Its a great opportunity and proud moment for India that for the first time India will host the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Through this World Cup, we will touch 15,000 schools and will reach Mission 11 Million.” “We have also distributed football to Parliament members to promote the sport in their constituency. I will also have the same message for the Chief Minister of West Bengal. “The good news is our ranking has progressed.” PTI TAP BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Logistics Hub Initiative Vital to Strengthening Economic Ties with Brazil – Minister Hylton

first_imgStory Highlights The Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative is vital in Jamaica’s transition to strengthening economic ties with Brazil Both governments are exploring the matter of enhancing travel, within the region MSME sector must play a critical role in the success of the Logistics Hub Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative is vital in Jamaica’s transition to strengthening economic ties with Brazil.“Without the logistics hub, we will continue to struggle with a small market (Jamaica), looking at a huge market (Brazil), and not being able to compete effectively,” he pointed out.“With the logistics hub, we are talking about a deeper integration of Jamaica into the global economy, and with that, the movement of passengers globally, and the movement of goods globally…we’ll have the links between Brazil and Jamaica enhanced by movement of goods, passengers, and data,” the Minister added.Mr. Hylton was speaking at a special luncheon hosted by Jamaica National Small Business Loans Limited, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on August 26, to provide a context for Jamaica and Brazil to dialogue on opportunities for trade and investment.Mr. Hylton informed that he would be making an official visit to Brazil to continue discussions on potential partnerships for the logistics hub. He stressed that it was critical that these linkages be made, and that Jamaica intends to play its part.The Minister also cited the critical role that the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector must play in the success of the Logistics Hub. He urged the gathering of stakeholders to “pay very keen attention” to the MSME policy, and the follow-up actions that will emerge.In his remarks, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said the event reflected some of the important steps that Jamaica has taken in South South co-operation, and the country’s relationship with Brazil. “It was not by accident that Jamaica established a full Mission in Brazil,” he said.Mr. Brown noted that although the Jamaica-Brazil Chamber of Commerce was established in 2008, it did not receive ratification until a Mission was established in the South American country, and the first order of business was to give government support to the Chamber of Commerce.“There is much trade that can be derived between the two partners…in particular, we have worked very closely on agriculture, where there is significant co-operation and best practice that can be derived,” he said.South South Co-operation involves the exchange of resources, knowledge, and technology between developing countries, also termed countries of the global South.Mr. Brown pointed out that both governments are exploring the matter of enhancing travel, within the region.He acknowledged also, that the logistics hub would be important to this issue as well. “We are not only speaking about cargo, but it also has to do with the movement of people…if we are able to address the issue of airlift, we will see a significant movement in terms of the engagement of Jamaica and Brazil, not only in terms of culture, but also in terms of trade,” he outlined.Meanwhile, guest speaker, President of the Jamaica-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, Donovan McFarlane, emphasized the strength of the Jamaican brand, and the affinity that Brazil has with Jamaica’s culture, music, and sports personalities.This, he said, helps to facilitate the awareness of the local tourism product. “Understand though, that success is only guaranteed through a joint effort with Jamaican businesses, hotels and the tourism sector,” he stated.Mr. McFarlane called on local businesses and industries to join the membership of the Chamber of Commerce. “We are ready and we are equipped with the tools to show you the way to achieve success in business with both countries,” he said. He urged businesses to use the Chamber of Commerce as their “gateway” to doing business in Brazil.For his part, Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Antonio Da Costa E Silva, affirmed that there are “immense” opportunities for trade between Jamaica and Brazil, and that trade and tourism levels are below what it should be.“In those areas as well as in investment, what I think we are lacking is better knowledge of what we are in each of our context …we have a lot of commonalities,” he stated, adding that a similar sister organization (Chamber of Commerce) should be established in Kingston, to develop closer ties.The Ambassador said such an organistion would focus not only on trade, but also on joint venture investment, and partnerships to tap into other markets where Brazil may have assets, and those markets with which Jamaica is acquainted, such as the United States and Europe.last_img read more

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Ten of the buzziest festival films coming to Hot Docs

first_imgRobert Greene has become both a critical favourite and polarizing figure in the documentary world thanks to films like Fake It So Real, Actress and Kate Plays Christine, which have used staged situations to explore the nature of performance in non-fiction. Bisbee ’17, which debuted at Sundance, continues that theme, but is more epic in scope. Greene followed a handful of diverse citizens living in the Arizona town Bisbee who decided to re-enact a suppressed historical tragedy from 100 years prior: when local authorities conspired with mining execs to kidnap more than 1,000 striking workers at gunpoint and deport them to the middle of a New Mexico desert with nowhere to go.April 27, 2:45 pm, Hart House; April 30, 11:30 am, Scotiabank 7; May 4, 5 pm, Scotiabank 3OF FATHERS AND SONSTalal Derki is probably one of the buzzier names with a film at this year’s Hot Docs. The follow-up to his award-winning Syrian war doc, The Return To Homs, picked up the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at Sundance earlier this year. Advertisement United Skates looks at the impact of roller rinks on African-American culture. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: UNITED SKATESRacism in America is a big topic in documentaries and in the media in general, but first-time directors Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown broach the issue with an unexpected angle: roller skating. Though they’ve been closing down, the venues have been the focal point of underground culture and family-friendly fun for African-Americans for decades. The doc, which was exec produced John Legend, is arriving at Hot Docs following a buzzy premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.April 28, 9 pm, Scotiabank 3; April 30, 1 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2; May 4, 9:30 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1BISBEE ’17 Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Ohio State Michael Nodianos is no longer a student at The Ohio

Michael Nodianos is no longer an official Buckeye.The Steubenville High School graduate with a role in a video at the heart of an alleged rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, is “no longer a student at The Ohio State University,” according to the school’s Facebook and Twitter pages Monday.OSU spokeswoman Gayle Saunders confirmed to The Lantern Nodianos was no longer enrolled, but would not disclose the terms of his leave, citing Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations.OSU released a statement Friday that said “the student in question was in attendance only through Dec. 12,” the last day of the university’s final examinations. Saunders reiterated that statement to The Lantern Sunday, as well.“Find People,” the school’s faculty, staff and student directory, showed Thursday that Nodianos was a student in electrical and computer engineering.Nodianos, who has not been charged criminally, did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.Nodianos’ involvement in the Steubenville case, a town of about 18,000 along the Ohio River, has pulled OSU into a situation that’s increasingly garnered national attention in recent weeks.The video taken from an August night of back-to-school parties where, allegedly, 16-year-old Steubenville High School football players Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays raped a 16-year-old girl, shows him talking and laughing about the alleged rape for more than 12 minutes.Some found the video so offensive that it prompted a Facebook group titled, “OSU expel Michael Nodianos ‘Rape Crew’ member,” which amassed about 3,000 “likes” by Monday evening.The video itself, which can be found on YouTube under various names, shows Nodianos, wearing an OSU T-shirt, talking and laughing about the alleged incident.Nodianos makes several analogies that the alleged victim was “deader than” or was “raped harder than” as most voices off-camera laugh at his comments. Some rebuke him for his choice of words.Nodianos is reportedly being represented by Dennis McNamara. The attorney, according to multiple sources, held a press conference with members of the media in Steubenville Monday. He did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, McNamara said, “there was no excuse or justification” for Nodianos’ comments.The Plain Dealer wrote that Nodianos attended OSU on an academic scholarship.McNamara, according to the paper, said his client was interviewed by Steubenville police not long after the incident and that he was elsewhere at the time of the alleged assault.McNamara told reporters, according to the Plain Dealer, that Nodianos was “ashamed and embarrassed” at his actions in the video.It appears, though, some OSU students are confused as to whether or not Nodianos left on his own terms. While there is no confirmation that the university kicked Nodianos out, some students seemed to carry that impression.Samantha Arrowsmith, a second-year in psychology, applauded Nodianos’ departure from the university, but was also under the impression that the Steubenville High School graduate was forced out.“The kid that got kicked out of Ohio State, I’m happy about that … I wouldn’t want someone here that was like that,” she said.There is, however, no known evidence to suggest that Nodianos was expelled by OSU nor is there any formal indication that he will be charged with criminally.“I wasn’t aware that a student here had been involved at all … If he hasn’t officially been arrested or charged with anything, it might be a little premature for them to permanently expel because I guess, innocent until charged or proven guilty,” said Nathan Cotton, a first-year in public affairs.According to The New York Times, Richmond and Mays are under house arrest and awaiting a trial that has been set for Feb. 13.Dan Hope contributed to this story. read more

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Arturo Vidal convicted for nightclub attack

first_imgThe Chilean footballer cracked a man in the head with a vodka bottle in 2017, according to German officialsBack in 2017, former Bayern Munich player Arturo Vidal was celebrating in Crown’s Club in Munich, when he got into a fight.The Barcelona footballer grabbed a 3-liter bottle of vodka and smashed another clubgoer, opening a gash in the victim’s head and causing a traumatic brain injury, according to a report by TMZ.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Chilean was convicted for the crime and will be forced to pay $923,000 in fines.Vidal was facing ten years in prison, but at the end will only have to pay to be free of his sins.The Barcelona footballer was in Queretaro, Mexico, playing for Chile in the 1-0 victory of “La Roja” over “El Tricolor.”last_img read more

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Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan  blasts Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos

first_imgFormer Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has blasted Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos for his poor disciplinary record this season which has seen him being booked 10 times and sent off on three separate occasions.Morelos  who has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances this season was suspended during the 1-1 draw at Dundee on Sunday in a game that Rangers desperately missed his brilliance up front, and Strachan believes that moving to the club has proved too big for the Colombian as he has been trying too hard to get on the good side of the fans.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“For some, petulance is a problem. If you look at Alfredo Morelos’s record at Helsinki, did he keep getting sent off there? No. It’s the fact he’s playing for Rangers, and it’s testing his mental strength, on and off the pitch,” said Strachan on the Scotsman.“It’s a real shock to people to go there, and maybe it’s too much for him. And he’s letting his team down. The fans might cheer him off, and the manager might support him publicly, but he’s knackering the team, and risking the result. “last_img read more

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Benzema Im feeling really confident at the moment

first_imgKarim Benzema is hopeful he will be able to continue his brilliant form for Real Madrid following Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga win at RCD Espanyol.The French striker scored two first-half goals in Barcelona to hand Real a 3-1 lead heading into the break.Benzema then had a key impact in Real’s fourth by combining with Lucas Vazquez to set-up substitute Gareth Bale for a 67th-minute goal.Speaking at the RCDE Stadium afterwards, a clearly pleased Benzema gave his account on Los Blancos’ recent strong progress.“It was a good game, we played with a lot of intensity, got the goals and played well,” said Benzema on the club website.“We went out with a real desire to win the game and continue the good run we’re on. It’s nice to see Real Madrid play like that”.“The team has improved in many aspects, patience, not losing the ball…Football is like that, sometimes it is up and sometimes down.“Real Madrid always have to show that they are the best. We have to remain hungry and show that we want to win more than anyone in every game”.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Benzema has now scored three times in his last two games for Real and hopes to continue helping the team this season.“I want to show a whole range of things with my football and help my teammates to win games,” added the 31-year-old.“I’ve been here for 10 years now, I know the club and I help my teammates out wherever I can. I’m feeling really confident at the moment”.As for the pain in his toe, Benzema added:  “I’ve got that issue with my toe and it’s bandaged up but I won’t operate on it at this stage.“It’s sore but when I’m out on the pitch I only concentrate on my football. I want to score, make assists and win every game”.The Frenchman, who has managed 15 goals and six assists in 33 appearances for Real across all competitions this term, will now turn his focus to Thursday’s return leg against Girona in their quarter-final Copa del Rey clash.Santiago Solari’s men hold a 4-2 aggregate lead over Girona with the match to take place at the Estadi Montilivi in Catalonia.last_img read more

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