Category Archives: News and Views

Flight Delayed? Here’s Why It’s Probably the Airline’s Fault |

It’s the euphemisms that kill you.

You get to the airport early. You check in. You get to the gate.

And then you get slapped in the face by “operational difficulties.”

At least that’s the phrase I seem to have heard once too often when I’m desperate to just get home.

You might imagine, though, that especially in the summertime of storms, that the weather is actually the biggest cause of flight delays.

Not any more, it isn’t.

Neither is someone in air-traffic control pushing the wrong button.

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Protect Yourself From Common Credit Card Scams | All Business

Credit card fraud is growing over the Internet, email, traditional mail, and telephone. “Phishing” is when scammers send out fraudulent emails asking for your personal information, such as your credit card number or bank account number. Never respond to these—delete them immediately.

In a similar phishing scam, someone may phone you pretending to be your bank, the fraud department of your credit card company, or another organization, and may ask to “verify your information” or “verify you are in possession of your card.” They often ask for your 3-digit verification code on the back of the card or ask for the first 12 digits of your card (they may already have the last 4 digits from a discarded receipt). Reputable companies do not call and ask for this information. If you did not initiate the call, do not give them any information and hang up immediately.

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Shit is more expensive

Courtesy CB Insights

Everybody (except colleges) is complaining about the cost of a university education.  This graph makes it clear how bad it really is.

On the plus side, mobile apps and SaaS are making software affordable, and if you have any money left over after paying  for your education, childcare and healthcare, you can get a great deal on toys.

Deadly Louisiana Flooding Claimed at Least 13 Lives, Damaged 60,000 Homes | ABC News

Ten days after deadly flash flooding tore through southeastern Louisiana, tens of thousands of devastated residents are working to recover.

As of this morning, 60,700 homes were reported to be damaged or destroyed throughout the state and 102,000 people have registered for federal assistance, said Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

The flash flooding first struck the Baton Rouge area Aug. 12, forcing unsuspecting residents out of their homes.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has called the flood that killed at least 13 “unprecedented” and “historic.” The situation was declared an emergency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) called in to provide resources and funding to help with recovery efforts.

For some displaced residents, it brought back painful memories of evacuating during Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago.

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IRS Employee Responsible For Helping Taxpayers Stole From Them Instead | Forbes

Nakeisha Hall’s job was to help taxpayers. Hall, the daughter of a long-time IRS employee, started working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2000. In 2007, she began work at the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) office in Birmingham, Alabama and subsequently worked in TAS offices in Nebraska, Louisiana, and Utah. At TAS, Hall was responsible for helping taxpayers who were having difficulties with the IRS, including victims of identity theft.

As it turns out, Hall wasn’t doing her job. Instead, she was using her job to steal from taxpayers.

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Microsoft buys AI scheduling tool Genee to make Office 365 smarter | TechCrunch

Microsoft has picked up another productivity app — announcing the acquisition of AI-powered scheduling tool Genee. In a blog post today the software giant said it will be plugging Genee into its cloud productivity suite, Office 365. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“As we continue to build new Office 365 productivity capabilities and services our customers value, I’m confident the Genee team will help us further our ambition to bring intelligence into every digital experience,” writes Rajesh Jha, CVP of Outlook and Office 365.

Genee launched in public beta a year ago, offering an end-to-end scheduling tool that integrates with calendar apps and email providers to take the strain out of arranging meetings.

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What Your Company Needs to Know About Point of Sale Compliance |

Understanding the basics behind point of sale (POS) compliance can be something of a chore, but it is key to making sure you select the right POS system for your business. A good point of sale system can be way more than just a cash register and a payment terminal. Indeed, a terrific POS can help you with inventory management, referral programs, rewards programs, and other elements of customer relationship management. However, without substantial compliance, your POS can be something you never want it to be: a liability.

In this article, we are going to look at three elements of POS compliance and how they can help to keep your customers safe. These elements are PCI, PAYware Connect, and EMV.

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