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ShinePay Laundry Payment App

By Hannah DiPilato

The new app ShinePay brings laundry payment to your pocket with the new convenient app. This is a way for apartments or laundromats to easily add phone payments for their customers. 

Customers download the ShinePay app and add a payment method. Each washer and dryer will have a unique QR code that customers will scan to view prices and submit wifi. Funds are then transferred to the owner’s ShinePay account which can be securely withdrawn.

ShinePay installs with new or existing units with ease and the ShinePay Bluetooth Spark installation can be completed in just a few minutes. The ShinePay Bluetooth Spark installation can work by itself or be installed to work in conjunction with other existing ways to pay. The system does not require wifi or any equipment besides the customers’ smartphone. There’s even a video that shows how easy the installation is. 

The ShinePay Bluetooth Spark only costs a one-time payment of $149 per unit for the price of each hardware. The transaction fee, which only applies to electronic transactions, is 3.9%. ShinePay also helps to reduce the cost of coin transportation when transitioning to a coin-free laundry service. 

ShinePay also brings a new level of safety and security to the laundry room. By going coinless thieves have nothing to steal, so you can own your machines with peace of mind. The company also keeps data security as a top priority and keeps all customers’ data safe. ShinePay also stores, decrypts, and transmits customers’ card numbers in a hosting infrastructure that is entirely separate from ShinePay’s primary services. 

Certified to the most rigorous Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), ShinePay ensures security. The company has also obtained global regulatory licenses. The payment technology the company uses has a PCI DSS Level 1 certification which is the most stringent level of certification in the payment industry. There is also advanced fraud detection put in place to protect against imposters. 

Support is given to both owners and customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone, chat and email. This provides around the clock support for any questions regarding ShinePay. The brand is always improving its platform and continuously adds new features. 

ShinePay has also introduced ShineKiosk, a payment system where customers don’t need to download an app. This system is perfect for hotels, laundromats or apartment buildings where people are just passing through. The ShineKiosk requires a one-time hardware payment of $899 and a monthly cost of $25. There is the same 3.9% transaction fee for ShineKiosk transactions. 

Customers can type their card information into the secure system and payment is wirelessly sent to the selected machines. All you need to host a kiosk is a wall, power outlet and internet connection. ShineKiosk has the same security as the ShinePay app, so all credit card information is secure. 

For more information on the ShinePay products visit their website, call +1-510-570-1866, or email hello@shinepay.co. You can also follow ShinePay on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram

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Apple’s Newest Products

By Hannah DiPilato

On Tuesday, Apple introduced the newest iPhone as well as the HomePod mini. The new generation of products put an emphasis on the new 5G speed and the mini version of the iPhone 12.

The new iPhone 12 comes in models including the original iPhone 12 as well as Pro, Pro Max and Mini models. The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini run on the less expensive side, while the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Max Pro are a bit more costly. 

The new iPhone is 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter compared to the iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 features a 6.1 inch super retina display and the iPhone 12 Mini’s super retina display is 5.4 inches. Both phones have 4x better drop resistance, which many iPhone users have complained about in the past, as well as having more splash and spill resistance. The two phones come in five different color finishes: blue, green, red, black, and white. 

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max only come in four finishes but have more features for the money. The two phones feature a 12-megapixel telephoto lens which the iPhone 12 and mini do not have. The Pro and Pro Max also feature a stainless steel body while the other phones have an aluminum and glass design. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also supposed to have the best battery life, with 12 hours of streaming. 

All of the phones feature a 5G speed which is useful for faster streaming and downloading. Apple designed the phone to have the most 5G bands of any phone, so that 5G is available in more places. The new phone design also allows many apps to use 5G without using too much battery life. However, when 5G isn’t needed, the phone automatically switches to LTE to save power. These speeds are meant to help provide better service in heavier populated areas, as well as allowing for better streaming and downloading of videos on cellular. 

The cameras of the phones feature better options for capturing memories at night. The Wide and Ultra Wide cameras have Night mode to bring in a higher level of detail and color. Apple also improved taking video in low light as well as Night mode Timelapse. This allows the camera of the iPhone 12 models to work at any time of day or night. 

Apple also released the HomePod mini, which starts at $99. It’s only 3.3 inches tall but features 360-degree audio that gives a booming sound for its size. If you buy multiple speakers they can connect around the house for an around the home sound system. Two speakers paired in the same room create left and right sound channels for an immersive sound. The speakers also use Siri to play any music or podcast you desire and it can recognize up to six voices. You can also intercom to other speakers around the house. 

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available for pre-order on October 16 while the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max and HomePod mini are available for pre-order on November 6. For more information on the new product check out Apple’s website.

Purdue × Abu Dhabi work on cybersecurity of drones

By Jim Bush

Abu Dhabi has intentions of making the city a leading hub for technology and innovation in the Middle East.

Part of that evolution is utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to assist with as many tasks as possible, from delivering packages to aiding in police operations to helping investigate crashes on highways to delivering high-value transports, like organs for transplant.

With autonomy, though, comes risks of hackers and complications between interacting agents.

A group of Purdue University researchers have been tasked to make sure drones and their systems could operate securely, safely and efficiently in the United Arab Emirates capital. Inseok Hwang, a professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is principal investigator on a three-year, $2.3-million grant from the Technology Innovation Institute in Abu Dhabi to study the application of secure drone swarms in urban environments.

The project requires expertise in autonomous vehicles, control, sensing, virtual reality and security. James Goppert, a visiting assistant professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and managing director of the UAS Research and Test Facility, and Dongyan Xu, the Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science and director of CERIAS (Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security), Purdue’s cybersecurity research and education center, are co-principal investigators on the project.

“We will address this problem in a highly integrated, interdisciplinary way,” Hwang said. “We will consider it from the program level to the high-level network of systems, so we accomplish the hierarchic way from the very detailed lower level, the software and hardware level, to the large network of vehicles and from the single vehicle to multivehicle. So it’s multidimensional. That’s one of the unique pieces of this project.”

The project will utilize one of Purdue’s unrivaled assets, the UAS Research and Test Facility. The 20,000-square-foot, 35-feet high facility, located at Hangar 4 of the Purdue University Airport, features the largest indoor motion capture system in the world and offers unique capabilities for novel research.

Goppert will build a mixed reality environment, combining a virtual reality urban environment with a scaled physical model of the city. The drones will fly and navigate the city, and the environment can be programmed to simulate a wide range of settings, including weather, traffic and urban development, to test the drones’ applicability and agility. The testing will be done with single vehicles as well as swarms, which could include 10 drones.

Hwang said he hasn’t seen any research done using mixed reality to this scale. Neither has Goppert.

“Our unique capability is that we have such a large environment to do it,” Goppert said. “Just running so many vehicles at once is going to be a challenge. In the past, several vehicles have been used. But if we’re going to be running swarms where each vehicle needs a rendered virtual mixed reality image, that’s going to be really computationally challenging. That’s what we’re pushing forward.

“We thought we could try to bring it as close to real-life as possible to get as many of the bugs worked out before they actually deploy such a system. We can do it all in software, but there’s an added advantage in bringing it closer to reality by making some of it actual robots.”

Hwang and Xu will have a multitiered approach from the cybersecurity and robustness standpoint. Xu will investigate from the cyber perspective of security, encryption, authentication and peer-to-peer communications. Hwang will develop a mathematical model and use the control theoretical solution approach, assessing potential cyberattacks on the systems and working to design a controller in such a way that the system becomes more resilient to attacks.

“This project reflects exciting synergies between two areas of technical excellence at Purdue: aeronautics and astronautics, and cybersecurity,” Xu said.

Ultimately, all of the research will be integrated and pieced together around the state-of-the-art test bed, which could happen toward the end of the second year of the three-year grant.

With a variety of drones tasked with different assignments, “how do we make sure they play well together?” Goppert said. “We’re trying to simulate that within our facility.”

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked the No. 5 Most Innovative University in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://purdue.edu/.

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COVID-19 × Technological Change

COVID-19 Pandemic Will Force Companies Around the World to Radically Rethink How They Operate and Embrace Technological Investment

ABI Research Analysts share their thoughts on the likely short-and long-term impacts the global pandemic will have on technology and end markets

The Coronovirus outbreak and the worldwide reaction to the pandemic will force companies to radically rethink how they operate and embrace technological investment, states global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research.

In its new white paper, Taking Stock of COVID-19: The Short- and Long-Term Ramifications on Technology and End Markets, ABI Research Analysts look at the current and future ramifications of COVID-19 across technologies and verticals. Analysts also offer recommendations to weather the storm and strategies to help companies rebound and prosper after the pandemic has slowed.

“To effect change, there must be a stimulation of a magnitude that means companies cannot do anything but make bold decisions to survive. COVID-19 is that magnitude,” explains Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer at ABI Research.

Bold decisions and technological investments could lead to outcomes such as:

-A more concerted and widespread move to lights-out manufacturing
-Increased usage of autonomous materials handling and goods vehicles
-A more integrated, diverse, and coordinated supply chain
-Investment in smart cities to support community resilience
-A move to virtual workspaces and practices…
…And so much more

“Before we feel this potential long-term impact, there will be some serious short-term implications. Contractions in consumer spending, disruptions to supply chains, and reduced availability of components will create a rough sea for all boats,” Carlaw says. “In the short-term, there will be a retrenchment in outlooks a reduced investment in modernization, as survival instincts trump the drive to prosperity.”

For a clearer picture of the short- and long-term global impacts of COVID-19, download the whitepaper Taking Stock of COVID-19: The Short- and Long-Term Ramifications on Technology and End Markets.

About ABI Research
ABI Research provides strategic guidance to visionaries, delivering actionable intelligence on the transformative technologies that are dramatically reshaping industries, economies, and workforces across the world. ABI Research’s global team of analysts publish groundbreaking studies often years ahead of other technology advisory firms, empowering our clients to stay ahead of their markets and their competitors.

For more information about ABI Research’s services, contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific or visit www.abiresearch.com

Cloud vs On-premise: What Does Your Company Need

If you’re looking for a new, efficient document management system, you’re probably noticing that many of your options are either cloud solutions or on-premise solutions.

In this article, we’ll talk about the differences between these two options. That’ll help you figure out which option is best for you.

Cloud Vs On-Premise: What Are My Needs

When considering your company’s needs, think about these five factors:

  • Functionality
  • Cost
  • User interface
  • How to share files
  • Integrations with other software

Let’s talk about each of these factors in more detail.

  1. Functionality

Cloud-based solutions earn their ‘online’ monikers due to the fact they can function in-browser on the internet, and this is important for several reasons.

Virtually any information device can gain access to the Internet these days, whereas, with on-premises DMS, access to organizational storage and collaboration features remain tied to the software’s point of installation/origin. Cloud vs. on-premise document management cannot be distinguished from each other without analyzing the functional limitations of on-premise solutions.

However, the cloud can transcend issues with desktop compatibility sometimes found in niche operating systems (niche meaning not within Windows).

Essentially, cloud-based, online DMS is, beyond any serious criticism, more functional than its on-premises counterpart, particularly because of its accessibility via mobile applications and consumer-grade laptops (such as Mac), which are becoming increasingly popular in the enterprise.

  1. Cost

Many know the up-front price differences between on-premises and cloud-based DMS, but few understand the differences in long term value. And, as always, value and price must be viewed hand-in-hand.

This is one of the most complex differences between cloud vs. on-premise document management solution.

Price is the most complex facet of these two technologies’ differences. On one hand, there are simple, bottom-line methods of measuring the expenses of each, and on the other hand, there are ‘benefits’ that are much more difficult to initially calculate as hard ROI.

Initially, the cloud costs less across the board from simple calculations, but both on-premises and cloud-based DMS will generate ROI for organizations because each technology helps organizations go paperless.

However, it should be noted that in general, organizations will have to spend more on electricity costs with an on-premises solution, and on-premises solutions are a better fit for rural offices as these areas have fewer Internet speed/access options.

  1. User Interface

On-premises solutions are typically easier for DMS newcomers to understand. But the cloud, as a web technology, offers a certain degree of customizability that can render the solution more intuitive to its user.

Despite the intuitiveness of the cloud, on-premises is a technology that’s been around for a while and can be likened to the intuitiveness of software comprising the Windows interface.

Despite these differences, both modes of DMS usage provide the software integration needed to make processes more intuitive with an existing tech infrastructure.

  1. How To Share Files

On-premises solutions are great if you only need to share documents across the office. On-premise software solutions usually rely on an office intranet to share documents from employee to employee.

The problem is, businesses oftentimes need to share documents with people outside of the building. There are different secure options for sending messages, but a cloud-based DMS will have that built-in already.

So consider who will need access to documents when making the decision.

  1. Integration

On-premises offers more control over how security is implemented, measured, and contained, whereas the cloud, although not as customizable, is arguably more configurable – meaning external components are more easily integrated into the system.

Cloud vs. on-premise document management provides insight on how much customizability is offered for on-premise over cloud-based alternatives.

An organization with a lot of programming demands may want to consider this option. As with any new technology, there are always going to be somewhat limited integration capabilities with preexisting organizational structures.

However, the right document management software, whether on-premises or in the cloud, can offer software integration to mitigate the impact of customizing challenges.

Cloud Migration Challenges and How To Overcome Them

Firstly, one has to understand that migrating to the Cloud cannot be achieved with the push of a button. It would be wise for a firm or individual planning to make their move to the Cloud to seek assistance from a team that specializes in Cloud migration from on-premise to the Cloud.

Also, do not try to migrate everything all at once or try to pull off an “all or nothing” migration. When moving to the Cloud it is better to take a sub-set approach by uploading a bit at a time.

When all data has been migrated to the Cloud, the next step would be to train staff members in using the Cloud to its full potential. It should be understood that moving to the Cloud will give rise to new processes and procedures that will differ from what was used previously in on-premise systems. In other words, one has to ensure that their firm is “Cloud-ready.”

Last but not least is planning, planning, planning. Be sure to plan what data needs to be moved across to the Cloud. This is especially true with firms that have decades of data, some of which have become “stale.” Moving stale data creates stale data in the Cloud; however, migration can be used as an opportunity to clean up obsolete databases and files.

Is Rubex by eFileCabinet Secure?

We previously mentioned how Cloud security is generally more robust than on-premise, and eFileCabinet is no different. We take security seriously and offer security measures that are above and beyond that which can be achieved by local systems.

When using Rubex by eFileCabinet, all files are heavily encrypted to ensure that data remains safe and confidential. Also, Rubex files reside on SAS 70 Type II secure servers with a variety of physical barriers and intrusion detection systems to prevent unauthorized access.

Furthermore, all files are backed up regularly at multiple geographic locations to ensure that lost data can easily be recovered in the event of a fire, theft, natural disaster, hard drive failure, etc.

Going a step further, data that resides on our online systems is protected using SSL: Secure Socket Layer encryption as an added layer of security. Rubex spares no effort in keeping sensitive information safe and secure. Find out how you can keep your files secure today by filling out the contact form provided for a free 15-minute demo.

Andreas Rivera is a technology writer with experience in both reviewing and marketing tech services and products. His areas of expertise include writing about B2B, SaaS companies and how they best address the pain points of businesses. Since early 2019, he has been the Marketing Content Writer for eFileCabinet and has become well versed in how document management software helps businesses reinvent their manual processes and spur growth. Contact him at arivera@efilecabinet.com

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Facebook Enters Stage of World Politics

By Dr. Nick Oberheiden, Esq.

When political and military leaders from around the world convene this week for the annual Munich Security Conference, one attendee does not seem to quite fit the convention’s profile: Mark Zuckerberg. The CEO of Facebook will sit next to over 40 heads of state, intelligence officers, and military commanders at the world’s preeminent international security conference.

Zuckerberg’s visit marks a dramatic shift in world politics. Governments and law enforcement agencies have discovered the enormous utility of platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram to connect people, places, and events. China and Russia have expanded their definition of national security to include virtually any data set: from military drone footage to online tracing to consumer behavior. Zuckerberg does not wear a military uniform, nor is he an elected or appointed official, but Facebook plays a pivotal role on this intensifying cyberspace battlefield.

With over 2 billion Facebook users, Facebook controls an unimaginable amount of digital data such as user contact information, physical whereabouts, cell-site locations, email addresses, IP addresses of websites visited, and records of interpersonal communications. Zuckerberg is the king of information. Facebook has transformed into a hybrid platform where commercial businesses and political activists spread messages, inform (and misinform) to influence politics, the economy, and society. The few publicly available numbers confirm this heightened political dimension of Facebook. Year over year, Facebook reports an increase of FBI National Security Letter (NSL) requests pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 2709 (Section 201 of the Electronics Communications Privacy Act of 1986).

In this war of information, the United States is at a crossroads. While some lawmakers support consumer activists who attack Facebook for its criticized handling of privacy rights, too many American politicians still overlook the strategic value Facebook plays in what Zuckerberg himself called an “ongoing arms race” with Russia and China in his 2018 congressional testimony. Others hesitate to introduce legislation that could be seen as infringing on the First Amendment rights of speech and association – which apply to corporations as well as natural persons.

When governmental agencies begin to depend on commercial businesses for information, it’s time to rethink national security in this country. For example, how should U.S. companies respond when a foreign country that is considered an enemy of the United States requests sensitive economic information from such a private company? Revised legislation may be needed to capture the geopolitical threats of our time. Congress may need to step in to define how much intel U.S. companies may share with foreign governments and whether the dissemination of certain national security data to non-NATO partner countries may be penalized. Checkpoint Charlie does not exist anymore. Today’s files are carried digitally, no longer by spies with a suitcase. The need for prevention and deterrence, however, remains. Traitors and defectors tempted to cash out by offering critical data are the spies of our time.

Zuckerberg knows that he is holding the oil of the 21st century: sensitive information. Coincidence or not, Zuckerberg’s journey takes him from Munich to Europe’s capital Brussels to negotiate Facebook’s tax and antitrust deal with European lawmakers, many of whom will fawn over him at the Munich Conference. Zuckerberg will enter these negotiations from a position of strength.

Dr. Nick Oberheiden is the founder of federal litigation and trial law firm Oberheiden P.C., which is largely comprised of former Justice Department attorneys.