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Walmart Pay may soon overtake Apple Pay in mobile payments race

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According to researcher Crone Consulting, Walmart Pay is now close to surpassing Apple Pay. By the end of 2018, Walmart Pay is expected to have more users who make at least two transactions a month than Apple Pay.
Walmart Pay versus Apple Pay Walmart is the largest retailer in the world with 11,723 stores strung around the globe. Daniel Eckert who is senior vice-president of Walmart Services claims that the store enrolls tens of thousands of new users each day. Walmart Pay is already available in 4,774 U.S. stores. Eckert said about surpassing Apple Pay: “If daily enrollments don’t slow down, I think that’s pretty well in the cards shortly. I would have to imagine we are getting pretty close.” Walmart is the largest retail chain that does not accept Apple Pay. Walmart entered the mobile payments market a whole year after Apple. Apple has discussed the integration of Apple Pay into Walmart Pay back in March last year, but ended talks apparently due to problems combining the different te…

Hard fork in bitcoin avoided for now

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(November 9) A group of businesses and mining firms that use bitcoin's software to provide services decided not to go forward with a change in the rules on the bitcoin blockchain that would see block size doubled. + Add Image The decision came after months of acrimonious debate over following through with the execution of the second part of the plan called Segwit2x. The Segwit2x is explained in detail by Coindesk. Past bitcoin hard forks At the beginning of August, bitcoin experienced a hard fork that created bitcoin cash. The new, rival coin unilaterally increased the size of the total bitcoin block by a factor of eight. The first part of the Seqwit2x agreement has been in effect since the beginning of September, as described in a previous Digital Journal article. The '2x' part of the agreement, which would double the size of existing blocks, was to come into effect the middle of November. Another hard fork happened to bitcoin on October 28th resulting in the creation of a…

Trump demands $5.9 billion more from US Congress for military expenses

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(November 8) On Monday just as President Donald Trump was leaving Japan for South Korea on a trip that he claimed was aimed at countering what he called the "North Korean menace", he announced that he would request another $5.9 billion for the military.
The U.S. is installing an anti-missile defense system in South Korea known as THAAD. Trump's request includes: $4 billion for a missile defense and detection system on the Korean peninsula. $1.2 billion to fund his request for 3,500 additional U.S. troops in Afghanistan. $700 million to repair two Navy ships. Adding funds for the Missile Defense Agency Three months ago Trump had expressed doubts about his proposal to cut the Missile Defense Agency's budget and had promised he would add billions back to the program. Trump boasted on Sunday:"We make the best military equipment in the world. A shot was just taken by Iran, at my opinion, at Saudi Arabia. You know about that, right? You saw the missile that went out? An…

Upcoming Chrome browser will block unwanted redirects

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Starting with a new version of Chrome in 2018 the Google browser will stop annoying redirects from a website to another page that you did not expect or want.
When you are navigating to a particular web page and then suddenly your browser jumps to a different page in what is called a redirect this is annoying and often something the original website target did not want to happen. Chrome 64 that is now being tested and is expected to be released early next year will block that kind of redirect. Google product manager Ryan Schoen said in a blog post: "We've found that this redirect often comes from third-party content embedded in the page, and the page author didn't intend the redirect to happen at all." Chrome will inform you of its blocking action. When you click on a link, sometimes the website will open in a new tab while the existing tab displays a page you did not request. Chrome 65 which is to be released a few weeks after Chrome 64 will prevent this from happen…