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Electrify America to add high-speed chargers to 30 shopping centers – Roadshow

The first one will open next month in Louisiana.
Source: CNET

FLI Charge’s conductive wireless charging could revolutionize classroom tech

FLI Charge and Bretford are bringing an innovative new conductive wireless charging product into classrooms and offices across America after winning FCC and ETL approval. Could this be the power delivery tech we’ve been waiting for?

The post FLI Charge’s conductive wireless charging could revolutionize classroom tech appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Bell Labs' Gadget Communicates Human Emotions Through Touch

Thanks to some innovations at Bell Labs, you’ll soon be able to express your heart through your sleeve.
Source: Wired

New Spectre-like bug could mean more performance-degrading patches

Intel doesn’t believe many software partners will make use of its new mitigating firmware for a newly announced Spectre-like bug, as that patch can cut performance by as much as eight percent.

The post New Spectre-like bug could mean more performance-degrading patches appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The Physics of How a Mirror Creates a Virtual World

Human eyes are sort of dumb—but you can trick them into being smart.
Source: Wired

'Rogue One' and 6 More Great Sci-Fi Movies Streaming Now

It’s time to catch up on the classics. Here’s where to start.
Source: Wired

Tango Card raises $35M for its ‘rewards as a service’ gift card aggregation platform

Gift cards today are a $100 billion business annually, and as they continue to grow as a key way for companies to incentivise people in our too-often unengaged digital world, a startup that is helping corral the long tail of retailers, and match that up to the wave of businesses that want to offer the cards — a model that it’s dubbed “rewards as a service” — has raised a substantial round of funding.

Tango Card — which brings together some 500 companies’ gift cards so that they can easily be used by companies like Microsoft, Chevron and Marketo to help build out their own schemes for gifting those cards to their employees, customers, or other businesses to in turn offer them to customers — has raised $35 million to expand its business. The round comes from a single investor, FTV Capital, a growth equity firm that has a long track record in taking stakes in e-commerce companies (its portfolio formerly included WePay, which was recently sold to Visa).

David Leeds, the founder and CEO of Tango Card, said that Tango is not disclosing its valuation with this round except to note that it is “absolutely an up round”. The company has had an average of 1200 percent revenue growth over the last five years, he said, and it is “nearing profitability”. Tango had only raised $9.5 million previously with other investors including Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Allegro, Floodgate and others.

The space that Tango Card is working in is akin to what Stripe is doing in payments. All the hard work is behind the scenes and taps into something that companies want or need to do but often find difficult, costly or time consuming to sort out themselves. Tango irons out the work in the backend and presents an easy way of integrating it at the front end by way of an API.

In the case of gift cards, a lot of businesses have started to offer these as incentives to employees as a form of spot bonus either for work they have done, or to encourage them to engage with a new health or other initiative that is being run; or gift cards are awarded to customers when they engage in surveys and other interactions that they might not normally opt into.

There is a problem for the companies doling out the gift cards, however: browsing a wider list of gift card options, and then selecting the ones that you might want to use in a campaign or service, and then actually having all that work automatically in the campaigns to award those cards, is not that straightforward. Tango Card’s solution is a platform to make the process of doing all this faster and easier, by way of an API.

Customers can either link into the platform to offer a single or range of cards (with the card recipient able to choose which card himself or herself), and then when a gift card is awarded, that, too, is processed by Tango Card as well.

Leeds said that Tango Card currently has around 2,000 enterprises using the platform each day. And that, in turn, works out to “tens of thousands” of customers drawing down those gift cards.

You might wonder (as I sometimes do) just why gift cards have become so ubiquitous in the world as a replacement for straight-up cash. On a person-to-person level they seem to lack a lot of the fun of giving a present, but from a B2C or B2B2C standpoint, Leeds said that there is a key factor — impact — that has played into this trend.

“When people get a gift card and use it to buy something, they are more likely to tell people what they did with that gift card,” he said. “When you get cash into your bank account, you’re not likely to tell someone you got $30.”

That means that for retailers, they become like a form of free and viral advertising. For those giving out the cards, it might also mean a more memorable use of what might otherwise feel like a small or random amount of money. ($10 doesn’t feel like much but a $10 gift card suddenly feels like a little present.)

For companies that have been long players in the rewards scheme, gift cards also are a safer satisfaction bet, given that the older practice of giving actual merchandise has waned, with people wanting to have more choice. “You can actually get what you want, rather than get what you do not want,” said Leeds.

“The B2B rewards and incentives space is massive and growing, and the gifting/incentive space continues its move from physical to digital delivery,” said Chris Winship, FTV Capital partner, in a statement.

“Tango Card provides an industry leading solution that capitalizes on this shift to digital, enabling its enterprise clients to efficiently use rewards and incentives for numerous use cases and to achieve business goals such as driving employee engagement and retention, improving employee culture and wellness, and incentivizing customer activities. We have been incredibly impressed with David and his team for their focused commitment to superior solutions for customers and end recipients.”

 


Source: TechCrunch

Yubico launches an SDK that lets iOS devs add support for its NFC keys

Yubico, the company behind the increasingly popular YubiKey security keys, today announced the launch of a new SDK for iOS developers that allows them to add support for two-factor authentication over NFC with the company’s YubiKey NEO keys. With this, the company now offers solutions for all the major platforms. The first company to support this new feature, by the way, is LastPass, which already supported the Yubico one-time passwords over NFC on Android.

While it was already possible to build an integration with the YubiKey NEO once iOS 11 launched, the new SDK will make it significantly easier for more developers to support these keys over NFC.

It’s absolutely critical to have a hardware-based root of trust, like the YubiKey, to establish an approved relationship between a mobile phone and the apps we use,” said Stina Ehrensvard, Yubico’s CEO and founder, in today’s announcement. “Mobile authentication methods, like SMS or push apps, cannot be considered as trusted second factors to authenticate in a mobile app setting.”

The company argues that NFC authentication is about four times faster than getting traditional one-time passwords. Developers can use the NEO keys for giving users access to an application, as well as for step-up security to initiate actions like money transfers or password resets.

Users simply have to touch the phone with their key (assuming they have an iPhone 7 or newer and run iOS 11) and they should be good to go.

“Integrating the Yubico SDK into the LastPass iOS app was a quick and painless process, mostly because the NFC API matched almost 1:1 with the Yubico SDK API,” said Akos Putz, Principal Product Manager for LastPass in the announcement. “We’re excited to offer this new authentication method for our iOS users right out of the gate, giving them another option for adding an extra layer of security to their LastPass vault.”


Source: TechCrunch

Packet teams up with Platform 9 and Datera to launch its new private cloud platform

Packet, the bare metal cloud provider, today announced that it has partnered with open source hybrid cloud specialist Platform9 and storage and data management service Datera to launch a new private cloud solution for businesses that want to have greater control over their platforms. Packet argues that this new solution can save businesses up to 50 percent in cost when compared to using a public cloud solution.

“What we’re providing here is the polished experience of the public cloud, but with significantly more choice and performance,” noted Zac Smith, CEO at Packet . “By combining the strengths of market leaders like Datera and Platform9 with Packet-managed bare metal, we’re able to deliver it at a fraction of the cost of traditional public or private cloud solutions.”

Packet notes that this partnership came about after Platform9 itself migrated away from AWS. The restrictions of the public cloud model, the company argues, combines with the complexity of the public cloud billing and delivery model, lead it to look for greener pastures.

Over the course of the last few months, we’ve seen a couple of similar matchups where smaller cloud providers have teamed up to provide their own solutions to better combat the likes of AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. Just last month, Packet also partnered with Backblaze and Server Central are Backblaze’s B2 cloud storage service.

Packet notes that this new solution is available in its 18 global locations, just like its OpenStack and Kubernetes offerings.

 


Source: TechCrunch

Math Says Urinals in Planes Could Make Lavatory Lines Shorter for Everyone

As long as you’ve got the exact right number of urinals.
Source: Wired

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