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Which QPR goal was best? You decide

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Fishing the North Coast: More rain on the way – and hopefully steelhead too

first_imgWinter steelhead season has yet to really take off here on the North Coast, but changes are on the horizon. We have a pretty decent storm headed our way that will put all of the coastal rivers on the rise. This is coming on the heels of the season’s biggest storms to date, which on Monday pushed the rivers to their highest levels of the young season. And more rain is on the way next week. Steady rain and pulse flows is just what we need to entice some steelhead from the salt. If the rains come …last_img read more

Mobile Credit Card Swiping Battle Continues: A Look at 4 Rival Technologies

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The above prices are what’s available to low-volume customers – the same customers who may have been considering Square’s reader instead. For high-volumne customers, there are different rates – a $12.95/month service fee; 1.7% for card swiped; 2.7% for key entered and 3.7% for non-qualified transactions, like corporate cards; and a $0.30 per transaction fee.GoPayment also offers no long-term contracts, cancellation, gateway or set-up fees, it says. One account can enable up to 50 users and works on iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, plus some Palm and Nokia devices.Merchants can accept a number of credit cards with the service, but additional fees apply when accepting cards other than Visa, MasterCard and Discover (like American Express or Diner’s Club cards).There is more than one type of hardware attachment available for use with GoPayment. Intuit partnered with Mophie for its iPhone reader, for example, the makers of iPhone battery-charging solutions like the Juice Pack. There are also Bluetooth-enabled readers and reader/printer combos available.*One important note: GoPayment is only offering a free account and free reader to those who sign up by mid-February, after which prices may revert back, although Intuit isn’t confiriming. Square To use ROAMpay, customers must contact their merchant account provider to see if they carry ROAMpay. If so, they will help you get signed up, which includes locating the appropriate hardware and downloading the $2.99 app from iTunes, if applicable. ROAMpay says this fee applies for any other phone that supports mobile apps, including Google Android devices and phones that offer Verizon Wireless’s Get It Now service. With ROAMpay, your normal payment processing fees apply. You can also use ROAMpay on your PC or Mac.If you don’t have a merchant account, ROAMpay can connect you with its Payment Partners.ROAMpay also promotes its security features – all payment info is double-encrypted as entered on the device and is never fully decrypted until it enters the payment gateway for processing by one of ROAM’s payment platform partners. No sensitive data such as card numbers, magnetic stripe information or security codes are stored on the mobile device. You can get an idea of PAYware’s fees, by checking out reseller’s pricing plans, like this one, which lists setup fees, monthly fees, per transactions fees, etc.  For a more personalized quote, PAYware says t can go here for more info.Typically though, a setup fee of $49 and monthly fees of $20 to $30 apply, as do per transaction fees, which are either taken as a straight amount or a percentage. The reader may be offered for free, depending on the contract length. It’s usually sold for $139. The mobile application used along with the hardware is free.PAYware accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.ROAMpayROAMpay, another mobile credit card device and app combo, is available for a number of phones, including the iPhone 3G/3GS/4, iPad, several Android devices, BlackBerry phones, select Nokia phones and many others. The Swiper hardware is available for several Android and Apple devices and BlackBerry.Merchants can accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards, and others. Intuit’s top-competitor (that is, if you go by what tech journalists like to write about) is Square, the startup launched by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Like GoPayment, Square includes both a mobile app and a credit card reading device – a small, square-shaped device whose shape gives the company its name.Like GoPayment’s (temporary) offer, the reader is free and there are no monthly service fees. The swiped transaction fee is 2.75%, a bit higher than Intuit’s 2.7% but its per transaction fees are the same ($0.15/each). For keyed in transactions, the rate is 3.5% + $0.15.Square says there are no gateway, monthly, early termination or hidden fees and you can accept an unlimited number of payments without restrictions on either transaction size or number of transactions. Square deposits your first $1,001 of sales per week into your bank account immediately. Any remaining amount is transferred after 30 days.As a Square user, you can accept any U.S.-issued credit, debit, pre-paid, or gift card with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover logo.Unlike GoPayments, Square is currently available for iPhone and Android only (select devices only) – not BlackBerry.It should be noted, too, that Square is currently in a patent battle over the origins of its reader and the related patents. The company had previously run into a number of other issues, including production delays to compatibility issues with the iPhone 4.Verifone PAYware MobileLike the above, Verifone’s PAYware Mobile solution is a combination mobile app and optional reader hardware.The service works on any iPhone (3G/3GS/4) device, iPad or iPod Touch, but only manual entry is supported on the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod. The company says it has plans to expand to BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Android in the future.The PAYware card encryption sleeve works on iPhone 3G/3GS only. This is PAYware’s key selling point, as it touts the end-to-end encryption it offers, which meets the same security standards used by ATMs and Point-of-Sale terminals. Other vendors, it says, support SSL only, a software-based encryption method.PAYWare also says the fees and fee structures will vary and doesn’t list them on its site. Its rates will be based on risk criteria categorized into  “Qualified”, “Mid-Qualified” and “Non-Qualified” tiers, as is standard. Rates will also vary depending on the type of business and whether or not a transaction is swiped or keyed in, also typical. In addition, gateway fees for access to the PAYware Connect gateway are charged, too.center_img Square, the mobile payments company launched in 2009 by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is the name most often bandied about in tech circles these days when it comes to talk of credit-card swiping attachments made for iPhone. But Square was never alone on the mobile payments battlefront, and now it has a new competitor backed by a well-known brand name: Intuit.Today Intuit is making its two-year-old premium GoPayment service free – a service which comes with a magnetic stripe reader attachment that hooks onto the iPhone, similar to the one Square offers.Intuit GoPaymentIntuit’s GoPayment’s offering is a combination of a mobile application and, optionally, a magnetic stripe reader that attaches to the phone. Intuit no longer charges the $13/month fee or charges for the reader attachment (previously $219) – it’s all free now*. But to make that possible, GoPayment takes a higher cut of the transactions with its new discount rate fee of 2.7% (before it was 1.7%). For key-entered and non-qualified transactions, the rate is 3.7%. In addition, $0.15 is charged per transaction. These fees are competitive with Square. 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Meralco completes sweep of Star with OT win, returns to Finals

first_imgPBA IMAGESMeralco completed its dominance of Star in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals with a 91-88 overtime win in Game 3 Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts zoomed to an early lead in overtime with five unanswered points, holding the Hotshots scoreless for close to four minutesADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City But just when Meralco seemed poised to put the game beyond reach, Star kept its hopes alive when Mark Barroca managed to answer Cliff Hodge’s triple with 14 seconds left   to cut the Bolts lead to three, 91-88.Star then trapped Newsome on the inbounds play to force a jump ball with six seconds left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough the Hotshots got the possession, Jio Jalalon could not get a proper shot over three Bolts as time expired.“I never expected a Star team to give up, a lot of credit goes to coach Chito [Victolero] for leading a team and fighting it out tonight,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black. “We really had to gut it out, it was a hard-fought victory for us but in the end it’s all worth it because we get to move to the championship round.”Star started the overtime period on a miserable pace missing its first seven shots before Rafi Reavis converted underneath with 31.9 seconds left in the game to cut the deficit to 88-85.Allen Durham filled the stat sheets for the Bolts with 24 points, 19 rebounds, and six assists while Hodge added 18 points and eight boards.Barroca had 21 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists to lead the Bolts while Marc Pingris added 16 points and six boards.The Bolts now await the winner of the semifinals series between Ginebra and TNT in their return to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Estrella repays Co’s trust as Mapua finds silver lining in lost season MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Drop in draft blessing in disguise for Davon Potts as he joins Aces

first_imgDavon Potts was picked in the second round by Alaska in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netProjected to be picked in the first round in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Davon Potts shockingly fell to sixth place in second round into Alaska’s lap.Instead of sulk, the San Beda sniper is taking his drop in the draft in stride and looks at joining the Aces as a blessing in disguise.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Potts and fifth overall pick Jeron Teng were the lone rookies selections by Aces in the annual draft proceedings and the two will be expected fill the shoes left by retirees Dondon Hontiveros and Tony dela Cruz.“Basically, Alaska’s picks were programmed on getting players of high value to them. They need rookies who can help them when it comes to offense, and we’ll try our best trying to fill those positions,” said Potss.Potts also likes the potential partnership with Teng and lead Alaska forward Calvin Abueva which can pose as a matchup nightmare for the opposing teams.“We can have a team which has some scary speed and power. We have a great mixture and I feel we kind of solidified our backcourt. I feel we could build a dynasty now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments DOJ chief: Sanchez case outcry a blessing in disguise that prompted GCTA review PLAY LIST 01:25DOJ chief: Sanchez case outcry a blessing in disguise that prompted GCTA review02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It worked out pretty well because it opens a great opportunity for me to be in a franchise which treats its players like family,” he said. “I’m happy because I’m going to a team where I feel I can contribute.”Potts said that going into the draft day, he felt like Rain or Shine, Phoenix, and TNT had their eyes on him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut as the first round past him by and other names were called before him, he had a sense that Alaska will be the team to take him from the pool.“I knew something in my gut that I will go to Alaska. After certain teams passed on me, I knew me going to Alaska really made a lot of sense,” he said. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywiselast_img read more

Harden plans to be in Houston ‘forever’

first_imgIn this May 9, 2017, file photo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) gestures during Game 5 in the team’s second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. The Rockets signed Harden to a four-year contract extension for about $160 million on July 8, giving him a total six-year deal with $228 million guaranteed. APHOUSTON, United States — James Harden, who recently signed the richest contract in NBA history, says he wants to remain a Houston Rocket “forever”.The 27-year-old American agreed last week a four-year super-maximum contract extension that means he will make $228 million over the next six NBA seasons through 2022-23.ADVERTISEMENT The Rockets traded for Harden in 2012 and built the franchise around him. He has been an all-star in all five of his seasons in Houston.If Harden’s playoff performance was the result of some missing pieces of the puzzle then the Rockets hope to have remedied that with the signing last month of nine-time all-star guard Chris Paul.Houston is also still trying to complete a deal with the New York Knicks for forward Carmelo Anthony.“You work your whole career if you’re myself to get a player of James’ calibre and now Chris’ calibre. We’re excited,” said general manager Daryl Morey. CBBADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I know where home is,” Harden said. “I know where I want to be. I know where I want to retire ultimately and where I want to win a championship. Everything is going to happen here in Houston, and that’s the reason I’m here forever.”Asked Saturday how it felt to have the league’s top contract Harden replied, “It’s cool. I’ve worked extremely hard. But it doesn’t really mean anything without holding that championship up. That’s why I’m in the gym every single day, and I won’t stop until I get it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Rockets signed Harden to the extension despite his disappearing act in the Rockets season-ending playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs.In game five of the Western Conference semi-finals, Harden delivered a listless performance and game six was even worse. He  finished with 10 points, seven assists and six turnovers in the elimination game as they lost the series 4-2. That contrasted with his season averages of 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game which lead to him being named runner-up for the NBA MVP award. Rondo reaches one-year deal with Pelicans – reports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

10 months agoNapoli midfielder Allan a target for Man City

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli midfielder Allan a target for Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli midfielder Allan is a target for Manchester City.Calcio Napoli 24 reports City could be interested in a move for Napoli and Brazil midfielder Allan.He has previously been linked with Tottenham, but City boss Pep Guardiola is considering a move.The holding midfielder has been a mainstay in Napoli’s midfield over the past two seasons.And he could become available after Napoli’s failure to reach the Champions League final 16. last_img read more

10 months ago​Matic exclaims Man Utd must accept nothing less than victory

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Matic exclaims Man Utd must accept nothing less than victoryby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNemanja Matic has said that his team are not accepting losses or draws as they look to get out from a sticky situationUnited are still down in the Premier League table, struggling in 6th place as they look to keep up with their rivals.But they have won two out of two games under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And Matic believes the players want to continue that winning run.He said to BBC Sport: “After Cardiff, we gained more confidence. It was important to win at our stadium, to bring a smile on the face of our supporters.”We made some mistakes. We need to see what we can do better. It’s a completely different atmosphere when you win games.”This club doesn’t accept drawing or losing a game. This is the way we have to try to win the next one.” last_img read more

Successful voting systems must be accurate usable accessible and secure

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Return to article. Long Description“Improving Voting Systems’ User-Friendliness, Reliability and Security” will appear in Behavioral Science and Policy and summarizes voting systems in the United States used throughout the past decade and outlines lessons about how to improve them. In the paper, author Mike Byrne, a professor of psychology and computer science at Rice, summarizes previous voting research that supports his argument that the following four factors are critical to the success of voting systems.AccuracyIn his previous research on voting accuracy, Byrne found that voting machines fail to capture voter intent up to 4 percent of the time. He found a 1-2 percent error rate for paper ballots, a 1.5 percent error rate for direct recording electronic – DRE – machines and a 3-4 percent error rate for punch cards and lever machines. He said this is clear evidence that this issue must be addressed. Voting error rates were measured by comparing each voter’s intent with the actual vote that was cast.“The most critical measure of a voting system’s usability is the system’s ability to accurately capture voter intent,” Byrne said. “In several elections throughout history – including the 2016 presidential election – a few percentage points made all the difference. And there have been situations – such as the 2000 presidential election – where individuals thought they were casting a vote for their desired candidate, when it fact a confusing ballot made it harder to cast the right vote.”Byrne noted that studies from other voting researchers revealed even more troubling findings about voting accuracy, which he said further underscores the importance of voting accuracy.“The scariest thing about these numbers is that we know from other research that the DRE we measured is almost certainly better than most of the ones out there in real polling places,” he said.Usability and accessibilityElectronic voting systems have become widespread in recent years, Byrne said. While they offer many features that improve usability and accessibility, such as faster voting, push-button voting and visual and audio aids, research showed that they did not improve the voting error rate.Approximately a half-dozen previous studies of DREs revealed an average voter error rate of 1.5 percent; this indicates that they were no better than paper ballots, which have an error rate of 1-2 percent. Byrne noted that other studies not referenced in his paper have revealed even higher rates of voting errors.Byrne said that although participants were up to 30 percent more satisfied with DREs than they were with traditional systems, the DRE system did not generate lower error rates.“This research made it clear that there is more work to be done to both improve voting usability and accessibility while preventing errors,” he said.Security Security must also be considered early in the design of voting systems, but Byrne said it is important to take great care not to compromise the other important factors (usability, accessibility and accuracy) for this. Byrne said that although this is a difficult balance, getting it right is critical.“Security is a complex problem on its own, particularly now that it involves computers; computer security is a whole branch of computer science,” Byrne said. “We wanted to look at the human side of that problem.”In the paper, Byrne references a specific study of voters’ ability to help thwart tampering. In the study, the researchers tested whether or not voters detected malfunctioning or maliciously altered voting machine software. The purpose was to detect whether voters would notice the altered votes on the review screen. Two-thirds of voters in the study failed to notice such changes.“Security is obviously critical — we don’t want hackers or ballot-box stuffers deciding election outcomes,” Byrne said. “But if what’s actually on the ballots doesn’t accurately reflect the will of the voters, it doesn’t matter how secure the system is; the election outcome can still be wrong.”Byrne said that much of the research on voting began following the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which was passed to improve voter access and voting systems. While well-intentioned, Byrne said, it inadvertently led to the purchase of systems that may have actually increased the vote error rate. He said that research on voting systems has been conducted throughout the past decade and has demonstrated that many systems are less usable and secure than they should be.Byrne said behavioral scientists are best equipped to design voting systems because the factors that contribute to human error tend not to be well-understood by software engineers, and behavioral scientists have the necessary expertise in conducting usability tests. He noted that two collaborative efforts to build better voting machines are currently underway — the Los Angeles County California Voting Systems Assessment Project and the Travis County STAR-Vote project.“These two jurisdictions have different constraints in terms of election law, demographics and resources,” Byrne said. “However, both have brought election and voting system experts together to share their expertise, and the systems they are building share some major design features. Both will have a DRE user interface similar to the Center for Civic Design’s Anywhere Ballot to support usability and accessibility, and both will produce a paper record to ensure the system is secure and auditable. Both projects are also committed to usability testing.”More details on the specifics of each of the studies referenced in the paper (including study participant information and experiment details) are available on Page 10 of the study. The paper is available online at https://behavioralpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/v3i1-web-Byrne.pdf.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or [email protected] news release can be found online at https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG14027.jpg” alt=”center_img” /> ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsAmy [email protected] voting systems must be accurate, usable, accessible and secureHOUSTON – (Aug. 15, 2017) – Voting systems must be accurate, usable, accessible and secure to be successful, according to a new paper from a voting behavior expert at Rice University.last_img read more