Monthly Archives: June 2015

What Is Uber?

Description: Uber and black cars and taxis, oh my! The latest video in our Mashable Explains series takes a look at how Uber works for both employer and consumer.

Source: Mashable.com

Date: Oct 9, 2014

 

 

Questions for discussion:

1.  Describe Uber?
2.  Would you use Uber? Why?
3.  Is Uber an example of dis-intermediation? explain

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A Primer on Android Pay and Google Wallet

Description: Android Pay is essentially a digital payments system that consumers can use to buy things online or in stores from retailers and others who also use the service.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Date: May 28, 2015

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To use Android Pay, smartphone users with up-to-date versions of the Android operating system will be able to load Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover cards onto their phones. From there, they will be able to wave the phone over the terminals in more than 700,000 stores around the United States to pay for items. Android Pay will also work inside mobile apps from participating developers.

Google will use a technology called tokenization to provide merchants with a customer’s payment information without having to hand over their actual credit card number.

As with Apple Pay, Google will let customers verify their identity using their fingerprint, a technique which will be built into the next version of Android.    Read Rest of Story 

 Questions for discussion:

1.  Will this new payment system succeed “ANDROID PAY”  Why or Why Not?

2.  What is the business model of both android pay or or Apple Pay?  Is it sustainable?

The World’s Coming Broadband Divide

Description: Business success, economic development and even international competition is starting to depend on once unimaginably fast Internet speeds.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Date:May 31, 2015

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On Tuesday, Charter Communications announced that it would spend, in two separate deals, a combined $67.1 billion to buy Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable. A big reason for the deal was the opportunity to offer faster online services.

People will watch ultrahigh-definition television programs in one room, the argument runs, while broadcasting interactive video games in another and using a high-speed Wi-Fi terminal in a third. You can charge a lot for providing that kind of capability.   Read Rest of Story 

 Questions for discussion:

1. As Bandwidth has increased over the years can you think of any new or unforeseen businesses that have been created as a result of the increased bandwidth ?

2.  Do you see this “BROADBAND Divide to be an issue of concern for governments and business?  Why or Why Not?