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Apple Pay setup detailed & retailers begin training as service launches at Apple HQ. The launch of Apple Pay, Apple’s NFC and Touch ID-based mobile payment solution, is upon us. Apple has begun preparing for the launch by kicking off Apple Pay training programs for its own group of retail store employees and by working with retailers to prepare for the debut later this month. The training materials, shared by a reliable source, for the Apple Pay launch at Apple retail stores have also detailed some new specifics regarding the Apple Pay setup and transaction processes both on customer iPhones and in Apple retail stores… As can be seen in the image above, Apple Pay can be set up via the Passbook application through both the initial iOS 8 setup process or in a new tab called Passbook & Apple Pay.

Some of these details were previously revealed by internal settings in the latest iOS 8.1 beta seed for developers. Credit cards can be added to Passbook via an iTunes account or by using the iPhone’s camera to scan in details. Like this: Like Loading... How to Anonymize Everything You Do Online | Threat Level. One year after the first revelations of Edward Snowden, cryptography has shifted from an obscure branch of computer science to an almost mainstream notion: It’s possible, user privacy groups and a growing industry of crypto-focused companies tell us, to encrypt everything from emails to IMs to a gif of a motorcycle jumping over a plane. But it’s also possible to go a step closer toward true privacy online.

Mere encryption hides the content of messages, but not who’s communicating. Use cryptographic anonymity tools to hide your identity, on the other hand, and network eavesdroppers may not even know where to find your communications, let alone snoop on them. “Hide in the network,” security guru Bruce Schneier made his first tip for evading the NSA. “The less obvious you are, the safer you are.” Though it’s hardly the sole means of achieving online anonymity, the software known as Tor has become the most vouchsafed and developer-friendly method for using the Internet incognito. Email. It's Your Choice: The Top 10 Linux Desktop Environments. Don’t know which Linux desktop environment is for you? From Gnome to KDE, from MATE to Unity, there’s a lot of choice out there. Where should you start? Windows and Mac both basically offer one desktop interface: the default one. Linux is another beast entirely.

Gnome 3 Gnome is one of the two major desktop environments available, alongside KDE. Gnome 3 features Gnome Shell, a new paradigm for a computer desktop. Many disagree, but I still think it’s a good desktop environment to use. KDE is the other major desktop environment, alongside Gnome. Like I mentioned earlier, you do need a bit more muscle to run a KDE desktop at acceptable performance.

Xfce Xfce is a much lighter desktop environment that is based on the GTK framework. LXDE is arguably the lightest option available for a desktop environment, at least among those that the traditional desktop paradigm. Unity Unity is the default desktop for Ubuntu, and piggybacks off of Gnome. Cinnamon Cinnamon is another alternative to Gnome. Say goodbye to capitalism as we know it - Keynote Speaker.

By Jeremy Rifkin A new economic system has entered the world stage. The Collaborative Commons is the first new economic paradigm to take root since the advent of capitalism — and its antagonist socialism. The Collaborative Commons is already transforming the way we organize economic life, with profound implications for the future of the capitalist market. The trigger for this great economic transformation is known as Zero Marginal Cost. Marginal cost is the cost of producing an additional unit of a good or service after fixed costs have been absorbed.

Businesses have always sought new technologies that could increase productivity and reduce the marginal cost of producing and distributing goods and services, in order to lower their prices, win over consumers and market share, and return profits to their investors. Tech firms' cash hoard eases meltdown fear The two-month swoon in technology stocks has given investors flashbacks to the dot-com meltdown.

The ‘free’ revolution. S | Password Haystacks: How Well Hidden is Your Needle? ... and how well hidden is YOUR needle? Every password you use can be thought of as a needle hiding in a haystack. After all searches of common passwords and dictionaries have failed, an attacker must resort to a “brute force” search – ultimately trying every possible combination of letters, numbers and then symbols until the combination you chose, is discovered. If every possible password is tried, sooner or later yours will be found.

The question is: Will that be too soon . . . or enough later? This interactive brute force search space calculator allows you to experiment with password length and composition to develop an accurate and quantified sense for the safety of using passwords that can only be found through exhaustive search. Please see the discussion below for additional information.

<! (The Haystack Calculator has been viewed 3,878,046 times since its publication.) IMPORTANT!!! It is NOT a “Password Strength Meter.” Okay. How can I apply this to my daily life? PrXyc.N(n4k77#L! A:Yes. The 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For. The best free online conference platforms - Freelancers Union. Source: Mike Licht Only half of freelancers work in their local cities and communities, so millions of independent workers across the country rely on online virtual meeting platforms to talk to clients and collaborate with other freelancers. Setting up a virtual meeting is the kind of thing that shouldn’t be complicated -- but always seems to be. We’ve compiled the most popular services and reviewed each. But most importantly, they all provide free plans (not just free trials) that probably have everything you need!

Google Hangouts You can’t beat free. But we found the setup was a little complicated, probably because you can use Google Hangouts for so many different things. This is a virtual meeting application that focuses on sharing your screen, not on giving you face-to-face with your client. I used extensively in virtual training at a previous job, and found it to be extremely reliable. GoToMeeting GoToMeeting provides video conference for up to 3 people for free. Skype. Turn an Old PC Into a NAS, VPN, Media Streamer, and More with Amahi. Why Ultra HD 4K TVs are still stupid. The flood of TVs with higher resolution than 1080p is inevitable, but at typical TV sizes, quadruple the pixels makes no difference in picture quality and are not worth the extra price. As we all expected , the big news at CES this year was Ultra HD 4K displays. It seemed that every TV manufacturer had one, ranging from massive LED LCDs to midsize LED LCDs to midsize OLEDs.

We've talked about this before , but now with more info, and definitive product announcements, let me explain in exacting, excruciating detail why 4K TVs are still stupid . Allow me to start with the most important point: 1. I love 4K It is my fault for trying to make a nuanced argument on the Internet. 2. Try this. Is there some wiggle room thanks to variances in how people see? Let's skip ahead a step. 3. 84-inch TVs are never going to be mainstream Never. I should clarify what I mean by "TV. " 4. Could people sit closer? So they can sit closer now, but don't. 5. You see, TV companies are pushing 4K because they can.