TBT: “Text neck” and other delights

Posted by on July 2, 2020 at 1:11 pm

Originally posted on January 7, 2019 Staying home for months on end can mean more texting, participation in social media, and, at the extreme, actually using a phone to make a voice call. With the first two, we may soon see more cases of “trigger thumb” and related ailments. Over the past decade, monthly texts […]

TBT: Functional is so last-decade

Posted by on June 25, 2020 at 7:00 am

Originally posted July 15, 2014. Things have flipped. Not long ago the likes of Starbucks and McDonald’s enjoyed a competitive advantage by providing free onsite Wi-Fi. Today, that’s pretty much de rigueur. Providing onsite Wi-Fi is not so much a competitive advantage as not providing it is a competitive disadvantage. Likewise, offering mobile banking, once the sign of a forward-thinking […]

Of cows and digital payments

Posted by on June 22, 2020 at 12:49 pm

In 1796, Dr. Edward Jenner observed that people once infected with cowpox, which is seldom deadly, later tended to prove immune to smallpox, which often is. It was from that observation that Jenner went on to develop a smallpox vaccine. Hang on to your hat, because I’m about to liken cows to digital payments. The […]

TBT: Four years have passed since the Brexit vote

Posted by on June 18, 2020 at 3:55 pm

Hard to believe, but four years have passed since the UK voted to exit the European Union. Here’s a look back at predictions made within the payments industry at the time. Originally posted June 16, 2016 * * * Unless you were away climbing Kilimanjaro, you likely heard that last week the UK voted to […]

Systemic racism and the digital equality opportunity

Posted by on June 15, 2020 at 2:22 pm

As I write, demonstrations continue around the country and show no signs of slowing. They have been for the most part peaceful and appear united in taking on systemic racism.  I realize that some people take exception to the term systemic racism. I find it apt, but my goal today is not to argue terminology. […]