Eftpos has become the first accredited non-government operator of a digital identity exchange under the federal government's Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF). By becoming an accredited operator, Eftpos connectID can now facilitate online transactions requiring a digital identity from Australians. Eftpos sent connectID live in June as a fully-owned subsidiary of the organisation and as a standalone fintech company. It's been set up to act as "broker" between identity service providers and merchants or government agencies that require identity verification, such as proof of age, address details, or bank account information. It has been designed to work within the federal government's Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) and the banking industry's TrustID framework. Although the Australian government has its own digital identity solution with myGovID , Eftpos has previously said its solution could provide a "smoother, faster, and more secure onboarding … [Read more...] about Eftpos granted government accreditation as first private ID exchange operator
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The popularity of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference has seen a steep upward slope since the introduction of the App Store in 2008. While the number of attendees previous to 2008 varied between roughly 2,000 and 4,000, Apple ended up putting a cap of 5,000 on its ticket sales starting in 2008 in order to control the flood of developers who were suddenly interested in learning more about Apple's ecosystem. That year was the first year Apple sold out of WWDC tickets in the history of the conference. Since then, the WWDC ticket situation has only intensified. In 2009, those 5,000 tickets sold out within a month of going on sale. In 2010, the conference sold out in less than two weeks (roughly 10 days, to be exact), despite the huge ticket price bump to $1,599 for everyone. In 2011, WWDC sold out in 12 hours —again at $1,599 per ticket. And in 2012—Wednesday morning— those tickets sold out in two hours . They went on sale at 8:30am Eastern Time and were gone by 10:30am. … [Read more...] about Can Apple revamp the WWDC ticket system? Does it want to?
Video games are designed to be many things – they can evoke fear in horror titles, push your problem-solving abilities with puzzles and create a sense of team spirit between you and your close friends. It's easy to see why gaming has become such a popular hobby, growing every decade since they first appeared back in the 1950's, but something that most games have in common is that they're designed to be fun...so why does logging into a public gaming lobby fill me with such a sense of dread? It wasn't always this way. I'll say off the bat that this article isn't a complaint that video games are too difficult, but rather that I, like many others, have changed as a person since my early years of gaming. There's a sense of nostalgia that I feel I've been trying to capture for the last few years of my life, and I doubt I'm alone. This is essentially a begrudging acceptance that I'm an adult. Multiplayer video games are amongst the most popular genres these days, having come a long way … [Read more...] about Pressure to be good at games is ruining my ability to enjoy them
It’s often posited that a major factor in the tablet market’s recent decline is a lack of reason to upgrade; most people use these devices for little more than content consumption, and the one they bought years ago will often do that job for years to come. I don’t quite embody this myself, as I work on my iPad Pro almost every day, but it’s not surprising to me either — I also still use my Amazon Fire HDX from 2013 all the time. The weird thing with Amazon tablets in particular, though, is that if I did decide to buy a new one today it’d actually be a downgrade. Amazon’s Fire tablets aren’t for everyone. If you care about app selection or productivity, there are far better options out there. But if all you want from your tablet is a simple device that’s bigger than your phone, easier to hold than your laptop, and better for watching videos and reading books than both — and I think that applies to a lot of people — it’s hard to beat the 2013 Fire HDX. My 7-inch model has a great … [Read more...] about How is Amazon’s 2013 tablet still the best one it ever released?
Next to social networks and texting, email -- at about 293 billion sent per day -- is the most utilized cloud service in the world. Don't believe anybody who tells you that email is dead or dying. It's not, and it won't fade away for a long while -- it's too valuable a service, especially for business. Starting back in the mid-'90s with AOL, Yahoo, and Microsoft's Hotmail and continuing through the present time with Google's Gmail, Microsoft's Outlook, and a long list of others, free-of-charge cloud-based email has been a mainstay of daily work for more than a generation. Email used to be a simple system to send messages over the internet instead of through the mail. Since its creation in 1971 , email has been quietly moving into many aspects of our daily lives, such as automated notifications for medical and automotive check-ups, home security monitoring, and company collaboration. It's become a way of automating our lives. Hosted commercial email services also use cloud … [Read more...] about Cloud-based email services: Everything you need to know
Way back when I was a young nerd, the first electronic gadget I owned was a digital LED watch. These were the first digital watches from before the rise of LCD displays. You had to press a button to make the time light up in the form of menacingly red digits—having the time displayed continuously would have taken too much power. Several LCD watches followed during the 1980s, but my watch-wearing days came to an abrupt end when I got my first cell phone. However, with the advent of the Pebble smart watch and all the iWatch rumors , I can see myself wearing a watch again in the near future. Maybe not all day every day, but certainly when on the go, so I can keep my iPhone tucked away safely but still interact with my digital life. But what would a smart watch built by Apple be like? Time to put on our speculation spectacles. Radios First of all, the iWatch is unlikely to have 4G support. Or 3G. Or any G. Why? An iPhone 5 with its 1434 milliampere-hours (mAh) battery can … [Read more...] about What the rumored Apple iWatch might look like, inside and out
Table of Contents What to Look For in a Linux Laptop in 2021 Best Linux Laptop Overall: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Best Budget Linux Laptop: Acer Chromebook Spin 713 Best Premium Linux Laptop: ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 With Linux Best Open Source Linux Laptop: Purism Librem 14 Best Linux Laptop for Gaming: System76 Oryx Pro What to Look For in a Linux Laptop in 2021 You can buy nearly any laptop and install Linux on it . However, there’s no guarantee that the laptop’s hardware will work properly with Linux. If the right hardware drivers aren’t available for the Linux OS you pick, some of the laptop’s features won’t work, or the laptop may just get worse battery life due to poor optimization. You don’t have to settle for this kind of experience. Some manufacturers release laptops that come with Linux pre-installed. These manufacturers officially support Linux on their hardware, so you know that everything will work properly and that the laptop will keep … [Read more...] about The Best Linux Laptops of 2021 for Developers and Enthusiasts
As West Coast union dockworkers celebrate a tentative agreement for a five-year contract featuring even higher wages and benefits than the current $1,200-per-day, shipping companies intend to introduce new mega-container-ships and port handling equipment that will help automate away many union jobs. Turmoil with dockworkers resulting in late deliveries and rotting perishables has become a way of life over the last two decades for West Coast port operators. The regular shakedowns by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union explain why the world’s highest paid union employees appear to have succeeded in pushing up their average compensation and benefits. The overall cost has been that the West Coast’s share of U.S. container traffic has fallen from over 50 percent in 2002 to 43.5 percent in 2013, according to the Pacific Maritime Association. Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target and other retailers now expedite shipments of their Asia-sourced retail merchandise through … [Read more...] about Unions Talk Port Strike Win as Jobs Automated Away
Dozens of movie production companies sued LiquidVPN this year over the VPN provider's marketing efforts that could be perceived as promoting piracy. These companies, which are now seeking $10 million in damages, claim that the "no log" policy of LiquidVPN is not a valid excuse, as the VPN provider actively chose to not keep logs. And because LiquidVPN's lawyers failed to show up in court, the plaintiffs are pushing a motion for a default judgment to be granted. Fiery marketing that backfired At what point does a netizen's right to privacy and anonymity cease is the crux of the lawsuit brought forth against LiquidVPN. LiquidVPN is a no-log VPN provider that, over the course of its business activities, has been observed to... almost encourage online piracy. Many Internet users who rely on technologies like logless VPNs and Tor may do so to remain untraceable, for reasons ranging from safeguarding their privacy to protecting someone to browsing the dark web to participating in … [Read more...] about Film studios sue “no logs” VPN provider for $10 million
Apple's iCloud is marketed to us end users as a convenient and centralized way to manage data on all of our Macs and iOS devices: sync contacts and bookmarks, re-download music and apps, back up iOS devices, and sync documents and data for third-party apps as MobileMe did. The last item, syncing of documents and data, is one of the least glossy features of iCloud, but it is one of the most important, and it should be among the most straightforward. Right? Perhaps not. Almost a year after Apple shut down MobileMe for good in favor of iCloud , third-party developers have begun to speak out about the difficulty involved in working with Apple's cloud service. A piece published at The Verge this week highlights many of those complaints, with quotes coming from well-known developers and anonymous sources alike about the challenges faced by the developer community. From data loss and corruption to unexpected Apple ID use cases, developers have seen it all—but are stymied by the … [Read more...] about Frustrated with iCloud, Apple’s developer community speaks up en masse