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first_imgAmong the top vehicles for head protection, according to the Institute’s testing, were the Audi A4, A6 and S4; Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego; Hyundai Sonata, Jaguar S-Type, Kia Optima, Mercedes E-Class, Nissan Sentra and Versa; Saab 9-3, Subaru Impreza, Outback and Legacy; Volvo S40, S60, S80; the Honda Civic two-door and four-door versions and some versions of the Volkswagen New Beetle. “People think of head restraints as head rests, but they’re not. They’re important safety features,” said Adrian Lund, the institute’s president. “You’re more likely to need the protection of a good head restraint than the other safety devices in your vehicle because rear-end crashes are so common.” Bill Kwong, a Toyota spokesman, said the test does not take into account other aspects of a vehicle’s response to a crash under normal driving conditions, such as the vehicle’s structure, rear crumple zones and bumpers. “We feel our in-house procedures are good predictors of how it will perform in the real world,” Kwong said. General Motors said it designs head restraints “to meet a variety of driver sizes rather than focusing on a single set of metrics. Head restraints are part of the integrated approach to occupant protection in all GM vehicles.” NEW YORK – Head restraints in several passenger vehicles provided marginal or poor protection against neck injuries and whiplash, the insurance industry reported today in new crash test results. Only 22 of 75 vehicles tested in a simulated rear crash at 20 miles per hour received the top score of good from the Virginia-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Several 2007 vehicles got the lowest score of poor in the tests. The vehicles include: Acura TSX, some versions of the BMW 5 Series, Buick Lacrosse and Lucerne; Cadillac CTS, STS and DTS; Chevrolet Aveo, Pontiac Grand Prix, Honda Accord and Fit; Hyundai Accent, Infiniti M35, Jaguar X-Type, Kia Rio, Mitsubishi Galant, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Corolla, and the Suzuki Forenza and Reno. The institute estimates that neck injuries account for 2 million insurance claims annually, costing at least $8.5 billion. The vehicles were tested on a crash simulation sled, replicating the forces in a stationary vehicle that is struck in the rear by a similar vehicle at 20 mph. Vehicles got a higher rating if the head restraint contacted the dummy’s head quickly and the forces on the dummy’s neck and the acceleration of the torso were low. The tests also consider the height of the restraint and its horizontal distance behind the back of the head of an average-size man. The institute says a head restraint should extend at least as high as the top of the ears of the tallest motorist and be placed close to the back of the head so the restraint can support it early in a rear-end crash. Models that received poor or marginal scores for the restraint design were given poor overall marks because they could not be positioned to protect many motorists.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Zanzibar players line up before a match at the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Dec 15- Zanzibar head coach Suleiman ‘Morocco’ Hemedi believes the island nation deserves full CAF and FIFA membership to enable them compete in international competitions after their showing at the ongoing CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.Zanzibar currently cannot take part in African Cup of Nations or World Cup Qualifiers or play FIFA friendly matches. However, their clubs can play in the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup as they are affiliate CAF members. “No one doesn’t want to get FIFA membership and at the moment, we are showing the world that we deserve that chance. It will be a great opportunity for our players to show what Zanzibar can do in global football and we can’t wait to get that chance,” Hemedi said.Prior to the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, Zanzibar who are part of the Republic of Tanzania had not played a single competitive football game as a national team since the last Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia two years ago.Hemedi admits that it is depressing for the players and football fans back at home lacking the opportunity to play as a national team and hopes that soon enough they will earn that birthright.“This (CECAFA) is our only chance to prove our worth and show that we have talent in Zanzibar and players who can work. Hopefully it is going to catch someone’s attention” the tactician noted.Zanzibar head coach Suleiman ‘Morocco’ Hemedi confers with one of his assistants. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe team has done remarkably well at the ongoing Senior Challenge Cup and will be playing defending champions Uganda in the semi-final on Friday afternoon in Kisumu.They have played remarkably well, finishing second in Group A behind Kenya after losing their final match against Libya, but had been the first team to book a last four ticket.Their journey to Kenya wasn’t the smoothest. While other teams, including their brothers and neighbors Tanzania Mainland flew in to the country for the tournament, Zainzibar travelled by boat to Dar es Salaam then by bus to Machakos via Mombasa.“The good thing is that we have accepted ourselves the way we are. We are weak financially and we can’t afford all those fancy travels and allowances but we have organized ourselves very well even with the little that we have. We believe in ourselves and we want to get good results whatever the circumstances,” the tactician added.The coach also added that before they earn full FIFA status, more Zanzibar players should earn call ups to the main national team, Taifa Stars, after showing that they are up to task and can play equally well.Zanzibar left back Haji Mwinyi closes in on Tanzania Mainland’s Boniface Maganga during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTanzanian mainland head coach Amy Ninje has meanwhile said Zanzibar has been one of the best teams in the tournament and has tipped them to lift the title.“Zanzibar is a big deal in this tournament and no one should underrate them. They will win this tournament without a problem. I have seen how they play and their dedication and I know they can do it,” Ninje said.Tanzania Mainland performed dismally, finishing bottom of Group A with a single point. Ninje who is one of the assistant coaches at the main national team has apologized to Tanzanians for the performance and took full responsibility for it.“Results have not been good and I am not happy. I apologize to all Tanzanians; we have done badly but we have learnt from our failures. I can’t blame the players they did their best. This was the group of death. We started well, but the second loss dropped our confidence, but it’s the nature of football,” the tactician who has worked in England with Hull City said.He says moving forward, the team should delve into deeper talent search to get younger players who are dynamic and can comfortably play fast, flowing football.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgAFP Sports looks at three things we learned today at the World Cup.Ronaldo eyes more goldFew goalscoring titles still elude Ronaldo and he may soon have one more to add to his collection after netting for the fourth time in two games against Morocco to move out in front in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot.Ronaldo has now already scored more goals in Russia than his three previous World Cup campaigns.Having spearheaded Real Madrid’s run to a third consecutive Champions League, Ronaldo’s fast start to the tournament also puts him in pole position for a sixth Ballon d’Or — to finally move ahead of Lionel Messi’s five.Messi missed a penalty in Argentina’s opener, while fitness issues for Neymar and Mohamed Salah have blighted their challenge to Ronaldo’s crown.The competition is not even a week old, but the World Player of the Year’s message is clear: “Catch me if you can.”Uruguay, Russia roll onThey did it in very differing fashion but Uruguay and Russia became the first sides to book their places in the last 16 after the South Americans edged past Saudi Arabia with their second 1-0 win of the tournament.By contrast, Russia have been rampant in scoring eight goals to reach the knockout phase for the first time since the Soviet era.Blessed with one of the most feared strike forces in Russia in Suarez and Edinson Cavani, more was expected from the Celeste against a Saudi side that shipped five to Russia in the tournament opener.However, Uruguay know how to negotiate their way through a tournament under 71-year-old Oscar Tabarez and with Atletico Madrid duo Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez marshalling their defence, they will be a tough opponent for, most likely, Spain or Portugal in the last 16.Spain glad to have CostaSince switching allegiances from the country of his birth, Brazil, to play for Spain ahead of the 2014 World Cup, Costa has not always seemed the perfect fit for La Roja’s tiki-taka style.So far in Russia, though, Costa is keeping Spain afloat by adding a dimension to their play not seen in past tournamentsHe bullied Pepe and fired home from close range at the end of a well-worked set-piece to score a double in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Portugal.And Costa moved to within one goal of Ronaldo in fortunate fashion as a clearance ricocheted off him and into the Iranian net as Spain survived a huge scare in Kazan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leading by a head: Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Golden Boot race with four goals © AFP / YURI CORTEZSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – The World Cup produced three tight games on Wednesday as Portugal, Spain and Uruguay won but once again the favourites failed to shine.It was three of the world’s top marksmen who did get on the scoresheet, though, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa continued their fight for the Golden Boot, while Luis Suarez scored in his third World Cup.last_img read more

first_img‘Curve Of The Earth’, the new Mystery Jets album is out now www.mysteryjets.com Each week, a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. Please welcome… Kaps from Mystery Jets…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Man United have had some footballers that would give the biggest rock stars a run for their money, whether it’s George Best or Eric Cantona. I think a lot of the rock ‘n’ roll has been stamped out of the game now but someone outspoken who comes to mind is Zlatan Ibrahimovic…. purely for his 1990s WWE ‘The Rock’ style one-liners.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?Seeing as they just put our single “Telomere” on the Old Trafford playlist (a personal career highlight if you can call this a career) it’s got to be the lyric: “One thing they can’t take away…IT’S IN YOUR BLOOD”.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?I was born and raised on the mean streets of Wembley so a homecoming gig at Wembley Stadium would be kinda amazing. We’ll get Fat Les as first on.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Good question…dare I say it… Luis Suarez.Brit award or Premier League trophy?I have always dreamed of lifting the Champions League Trophy, actually. Can I have that instead…?When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?I was a total dork and had pictures of the likes of Jeff Porcaro and Cozy Powell, plus the whole United squad. I remember taking my first lady friend up to my room and she took one look at all the posters of men and bounced! I realised it was time to take them all down.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?There are loads, and everyone would give a different answer, but I would like to say Sir Alex Ferguson. I’d love to meet him one day.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?How about this for a playlist…? The Shoes – “Vortex of Love” (featuring Blaine Harrison on vocals). It’s being used by the French national football team for Euro 2016. Happy Mondays – “Kinky Afro” (for the class of ’92). Stone Roses – “Fools Gold” (for the class of ’92).  Blur – “Song 2” (To get everyone hyped up…FIFA vibes). Supergrass – “Caught By The Fuzz” (Lad rock). Wu Tang Clan – “Triumph” (You got to have something for everyone)Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Angel di Maria – on both accounts!Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Probably John Terry.What’s the worst football song ever recorded?Carlos Tevez – “Piola Vago” Have you heard it? It’s just terrible… (if you haven’t heard it, you can ‘enjoy’ it here – Ed) Mystery Jets center_img 1last_img read more

first_imgTHANKS to great photographers across Donegal we get to see some stunning photographs of dolphins enjoying the waters around our coast.But today snapper Owen Clarke went further – with some incredible drone footage. So sit back, relax and play….and watch this wonderful sight taken from the air.Press play to watch.   DDTV: PHOTOGRAPHER OWEN’S INCREDIBLE DRONE FOOTAGE OF DONEGAL DOLPHINS was last modified: January 8th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dolphinsdroneOwen Clarke Photographylast_img read more

first_imgGardai are hunting a gang who broke into a number of houses in Letterkenny at the weekend.The gang struck a number of times in the Glencar area of the town.During one attack they attempted to steal two cars belonging to the same family in the College Farm area. They managed to reverse one of the cars out of a driveway but crashed it into a wall.The gang then moved onto another house where they caused a serious amount of damage.As well as breaking a number of windows, the vandals also let off a fire extinguisher in the unoccupied house.Another house was broken into and a number of items were taken. A Garda spokesman confirmed they were investigating a number of incidents.“We are investigating a number of incidents of criminal damage and attempted robbery.“We have interviewed a number of people and our investigations are ongoing.“We would ask anybody who may have witnessed anybody acting suspiciously to contact us in confidence,” he said.© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyGARDAI HUNT BURGLARY GANG WHO WENT ON VANDALISM RAMPAGE was last modified: February 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:COLLEGE FARM ROADletterkennyTHEFTSlast_img read more

first_imgJetta, Kombi and Chico are the new four-legged weapons in the SANParks arsenal.(Image: SANParks Honorary Rangers)MEDIA CONTACTS • Louis LemmerHonorary Rangers: PR and communication+27 12 567 5580RELATED ARTICLES• New SANParks educational centre• Saving South Africa’s abalone• Sniffer dogs bust heroin ring• Musos pitch in to save rhinos• Saving the African penguinSource: SANParks Honorary RangersSouth Africa’s ongoing fight against rhino poaching has taken a fresh turn, with the introduction of a new four-legged generation of crime fighters.In recent years poaching has become a brutal business, with well-armed and organised criminals slaughtering the country’s precious rhino population for the sake of money.Counter-poaching measures have been put in place to confront this onslaught from gangs of heavily armed poachers. Until recently the face of counter-poaching was that of an armed ranger putting his life on the line for rhinos – but now counter-poaching has a new face, or should that be tail?The South African National Parks (SANParks) authority has introduced three foxhounds into the fray. Going by the names of Kombi, Jetta and Chico, the plucky canines have become the first of a new generation of crime fighters entering the poaching war on the side of the rhinos.The dogs will be deployed as part of a rapid reaction team, which can be on the scene of a poaching incident within minutes and will be able to track poachers quickly and efficiently.According to SANPArks, they are completing the initial phase of their training, and are making excellent progress. The dogs have shown above average abilities and intelligence, and have already learnt to ignore animal spoor in favour of their human quarry.They are perfecting a daily tracking routine which already has them tracking people with a 90% success rate. They are well balanced, keen and boisterous and are displaying an eagerness to track which bodes well for their futures, and hopefully that of rhinos.The operational phase of their training started in March. Here they are learning to operate as a unit, with their human handlers, in wilderness situations, often facing wild animals and working in dangerous circumstances.If all goes well the three canines will take up duties in the Kruger National Park well before the end of 2012.Rapid response teamThe SANParks Honorary Rangers decided to sponsor this project with a R43 000 (US$5 700) contribution through the Unite Against Poaching project, to help increase the efficiency of existing anti-poaching teams.Kombi, Chico and Jetta will enable anti-poaching teams to hunt down their quarry, preventing the criminals from escaping capture by fleeing across the borders of the park with their bloody loot.They are at home in their comfortable new kennels, and are being well looked after, says SANParks. These tail-wagging bundles of energy are sure to turn into a poachers’ worst nightmare.The three furry females are named after well-known Volkswagen models, as a tribute to the Unitrans Automotive Volkswagen and Audi divisions, which came on board to help provide the necessary financial backing for this effort.For every Audi or Volkswagen sold by a Unitrans dealership, the company will donate R500 ($66) to the cause, and it has also pledged to help with a donation of vehicles. The first two Volkswagen Amaroks have already been delivered.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, announced 17 advancements accelerating through its R&D pipeline, including global expansion of the company’s research footprint to deliver science-driven, digital agriculture innovations to more farmers around the world.“Our innovation pipeline spans many areas of research and combines machine learning, data analytics and predictive modeling with the industry’s most robust seed genetic library and farm scale research, to identify the many variables that impact crop production,” said Sam Eathington, chief science officer for The Climate Corporation. “We are using cutting-edge science to invent unique digital tools that improve on-farm productivity and create value for farmers. With recent launches of our industry-leading Climate FieldView™ platform in Brazil, Canada and Europe, we’re expanding our research efforts and accelerating the speed of innovation to provide farmers data-rich information to help them optimize inputs and maximize yield.”In January 2017, Climate introduced its innovation pipeline, unveiling more than 35 projects. Climate’s pipeline is the first of its kind in the digital agriculture industry. In August 2017, the company advanced seven projects to new phases of the pipeline. Today, Climate is sharing the acceleration of an additional 10 R&D advancements, combining unique field data with state-of-the-art science and powerful analytics to support farmers in the crucial management decisions they make throughout the year.Key Technology Capabilities and R&D Advancement HighlightsEmploying machine learning and predictive modeling techniques enables Climate to quickly deliver digital solutions to farmers that are customized to their individual operations. These capabilities are central to the advancements moving through Climate’s innovation pipeline.Disease Diagnosis Today, as much as 40 percent of global crop production is lost to disease, pest and weeds. Advanced disease insights can help farmers protect their crops from plant diseases that can devastate entire fields. Through Climate’s disease diagnosis research, the company is using artificial intelligence (AI) to diagnose diseases in corn, soybeans and wheat. The machine learning model continues to demonstrate strong performance in categorizing stresses on an individual plant and providing the correct disease diagnosis through a mobile or tablet device. Corn disease diagnosis (U.S.) advancing from development to pre-commercial phase.  Seed Scripting and Selection With access to the industry’s most robust plant genetics library, Climate is uniquely positioned in digital agriculture to understand how plant genetics interact with their environment. Climate’s seeds and planting research is tailored to specific genetics aimed to help farmers understand how to place the right seed in the best place for maximum performance and can help farmers sustainably enhance their productivity. The company is applying predictive modeling and machine learning to pool data from numerous sources, like seed genetics, disease pressure, soil composition, water movement, historical performance and more, to help farmers select the most ideal seed products for their fields. Advanced seed scripting research in Brazil is advancing from concept to development phase; Europe advancing to concept phase. Regionally-based seed selection for soybeans (U.S.) advancing from concept to development phase.  Fertility Scripting Through advanced modeling, Climate embraces the complexity of soil fertility cycles, capturing key processes that impact nitrogen levels in the field to help farmers optimize the placement of key inputs. In August 2017, the company introduced manual fertility scripting for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime as the next step in building the industry’s first comprehensive fertility solution in the Climate FieldView platform. The company is continuing to invest in research efforts globally for the delivery of fertility prescriptions for additional crops, including soybeans, wheat and canola. P&K scripting research in Brazil, Eastern Canada and Western Canada advancing from concept to development phase.As Climate continues to expand its digital technologies to help more farmers access advanced agronomic insights, it adds new data layers to feed its R&D engine, ultimately enabling the development of valuable new features for farmers. First launched in the United States in 2015, the Climate FieldView platform is on more than 120 million acres with more than 100,000 users across the United States, Canada and Brazil. In October 2017, the company announced the launch of the Climate FieldView platform in Western Canada. Shortly after, the company announced the pre-commercial launch of the Climate FieldView platform into regions of Europe, including Germany, France and Ukraine. It has quickly become the most broadly connected platform in the industry and continues to expand into new global regions, with plans to expand the platform into Australia, Argentina and South Africa over the next few years.To learn more about the Climate FieldView platform, contact your local Climate dealer or visit climate.com.About The Climate Corporation The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, aims to help all the world’s farmers sustainably increase their productivity through the use of digital tools. The integrated Climate FieldView™ digital agriculture platform provides farmers with a comprehensive, connected suite of digital tools. Bringing together seamless field data collection, advanced agronomic modeling and local weather monitoring into simple mobile and web software solutions, the Climate FieldView platform gives farmers a deeper understanding of their fields so they can make more informed operating decisions to optimize yields, maximize efficiency and reduce risk. For more information, please visit www.climate.com and follow the company on Twitter @climatecorp.About Monsanto Company Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at twitter.com/MonsantoCo.last_img read more

first_imgElia Freedman used to have it made. He was a mobile app developer in the days of the Palm Pilot and he scored bundling deals that got his sophisticated calculator software into the hands of more than 15 million people. Differentiating his product from competitors “wasn’t something we had to deal with for years,” he says, because of the favored position his app got in pre-loaded bundles.Now those days are gone. Today Freedman’s PowerOne Professional Calculator ($5.99 in iTunes) was accepted into the very crowded iTunes App Store, where competition for visibility is fierce. Freedman’s strategy: PowerOne now focuses on being a tool-building app. Template creation for complex custom calculators in sales, medical, real estate and other markets is what the app is all about. He says he wants to solve the “there’s not an App for that” problem that many professionals experience when they try to use their iPhones at work.Calculators: Not Just For Nerds AnymoreOur phones are becoming increasingly capable of finding meaning from and adding value to more types of data than most of us could have imagined just a few years ago. Our physical location, the direction we’re facing, our proximity to other peoples’ phones and soon the temperature our phone finds itself in are all fields of data that have become platforms for developers to build usable tools on top of. Now imagine training your phone to perform the complex calculations that you need while out in the field for your unique occupation, just by entering new spreadsheet-style functions into a program and saving them as a template. Freedman says he’s talked with a crash-test engineer who finds the custom calculator he’s built with PowerOne far more useful than carrying a clip board. Commercial real-estate agents in the field with clients have standard operations they can perform, but often have to pull out and enter printed formulae that slow them down and introduce a risk of error. There are millions of equations used in the medical industry, and miscalculation by nurses, doctors and pharmacists cost a shocking number of people their lives. Put the particular equations they need into their hands along with the ability to easily run equations on the fly in the field, and it could be a changed experience for all kinds of people. A phone you can train to perform the specific calculations you need in the field is a smart phone. A calculator app that helps you build calculator apps is very meta.Possible Next StepsFreedman says he’s working on developing a more robust Web-based back end where users can share the templates. (Right now he’s making-do with a GetSatisfaction page for sharing.)He’s hoping to enable a feature where organizations can push out formulae and updates to multiple users. These kinds of social features and network effects could increase the value of the service substantially, but remain a separate challenge to implement effectively. A marketplace for reselling custom-developed equation templates? Freedman says he’s been contacted by multiple people inquiring about just that.Could PowerOne function like a social, mobile, customizable version of Wolfram|Alpha? That seems like one possibility as well.The app comes today with more than 50 pre-built templates, some quite sophisticated. Calculation results can easily be emailed to yourself or a client. A customizable, mobile, computation application is a great example of the kind of lightweight platform that will come in handy in an increasingly data-centric future. That’s the kind of development that makes this era of mobile applications so much more exciting than the old days of bundled incumbents, no matter how good that period was for Elia Freedman. You’ve got to hand it to him, though – his new iPhone app is thought provoking relative to the challenges of the day. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts center_img Tags:#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#web marshall kirkpatrick What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more