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Måndag den 24 Juli 2017, kl 05:00

Digital-only UK “challenger” bank, Starling Bank, has added support for Apple Pay — meaning its customers can now add their Starling debit card to their Apple Wallet and make contactless payments drawing from funds in their Starling account via their Apple devices.


The fintech startup launched a beta for its own app back in March so it’s been pretty quick to add support for Apple’s contactless payment tech — and is lauding itself as the first of the fintech banks to do so. (Although, also today, two French fintech startups are announcing Apple Pay support.)


Multiple UK banks and building societies already support Apple Pay, including the major high street banks. Although Starling says it will be the first bank in the UK to offer in-app provisioning for Apple Pay users which means that new Starling customers will be able to load their card into their digital wallet virtually, before the physical MasterCard debit card arrives in the post.


Apple pay is accepted as a method of payment by “hundreds of thousands” of retail locations in the UK, according to Apple. Back in May, the company also suggested a majority of UK POS terminals were now able to support higher value contactless payments via the tech (those that don’t support unlimited payments have a cap of £30).


Aside from offering contactless payments with a layer of biometric security, Apple is pushing the privacy angle to drive uptake of its payment tech, noting on its website that “your card details are never shared by Apple when you use Apple Pay, making purchases with your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac is the safer, more private way to pay”.


That’s especially interesting when you consider Google’s stated intent, earlier this year, to track credit and debit card spending to further profile web users for ad targeting purposes.


Other ad targeting giants such as Facebook also buy up large amounts of third party data relating to users’ offline lives in a bid to expand its ability to profile people.


Apple Pay shields users’ credit or debit card numbers from this type of tracking because the numbers are not stored on a user’s device nor on Apple’s servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device, with each transaction authorized via a one-time unique dynamic security code.


Fredag den 14 Juli 2017, kl 05:00

After killing the local tyrant Zhen Guanxi, for fear of being jailed, Lu Zhishen fled to Mount Wutai where he stayed in a temple as a monk. After breaking the temple rules by drinking, he was sent by the abbot to the Monastery of Great Assistance to State, where he was put in charge of a vegetable garden. The property had been plagued by a band of local hooligans who frequently came to steal. None of the previous watchmen could stop the theft you beauty hard sell.


Now on hearing that a new watchman had been employed, the hooligans came again, only to be welcomed by a good beating: the two leaders were kicked into a manure pit and the rest dropped to their knees and kowtowed for mercy you beauty hard sell.


The next day they came again, but this time to apologize with wine and food. While they were enjoying the food, crows up in a tree cackled nonstop. A bad omen, to destroy the bird nest, when Lu Zhishen stopped them. He sized up the tree and said, "No need for the trouble." He stripped off his coat, bent down and grasped the trunk. Then he yanked the tree right out of the ground. The hooligans gasped in disbelief and went down on their knees and begged Lu to teach them martial arts you beauty hard sell.


Fredag den 23 Juni 2017, kl 11:00

Love is great when spoken, but greatest when shown.  Do little things daily to show your loved ones you care SmarTone.


Yesterday afternoon I was sitting on a park bench eating a sandwich for lunch when an elderly couple pulled their car up under a nearby oak tree.  They rolled down the windows and turned up some funky jazz music on the car stereo.  Then the man got out of the car, walked around to the passenger side, opened the door for the woman, took her hand and helped her out of her seat, guided her about ten feet away from the car, and they slow danced to a song under the oak tree.


It was such a beautiful moment to witness.


This morning when I opened my laptop to write, the elderly couple immediately came to mind, and I spent a few minutes daydreaming about them, wondering how long they had been together and what their best relationship advice would be.  And just as I caught my mind wandering even farther off, a new email from a reader named Cory popped up.  The subject of the email was a question:  “Any good, old-fashioned advice for a struggling relationship?”


The synchronicity of my daydreaming and Cory’s question made me smile.So in honor of that beautiful elderly couple, and in service of Cory’s present relationship situation, here are eleven old fashioned habits we need to bring back into our relationships:


1.  Spend quality time together with no major agenda and no technology.


Put down the smart phone, close the laptop and enjoy each other’s company, face to face, the old fashioned way.


There are few joys in life that equal a good conversation, a genuine laugh, a long walk, a friendly dance, or a big hug shared by two people who care about each other.  Sometimes the most ordinary things can be made extraordinary just by doing them with the right people.  So choose to be around these people, and choose to make the most of your time together.


Don’t wait to make big plans.  Make your time together the plan.  Communicate openly on a regular basis.  Get together in the flesh as often as possible.  Not because it’s convenient to do so, but because you know each other are worth the extra effort.


2.  Be fully present when you’re in the presence of others.


One of the best feelings in the world is knowing your presence and absence both mean something to someone.  And the only way to let your loved ones know this, is to show them when you’re with them SmarTone.


In your relationships and interactions with others, nothing you can give is more appreciated than your sincere, focused attention – your full presence.  Being with someone, listening without a clock and without anticipation of the next event is the ultimate compliment.  It is indeed the most valued gesture you can make to another human being.


Your friends and family are too beautiful to ignore.  So give them the gift of YOU – your time, undivided attention and kindness.  That’s better than any other gift, it won’t break or get lost, and will always be remembered. 


3.  Express your sincere appreciation for loved ones every chance you get.


No matter how sure you are of someone’s appreciation and admiration, it’s always nice to be reminded of it.  So if you appreciate someone today, tell them.  Just because they are reliable and there when you need them, doesn’t mean you should fail to give thanks and appreciation on a regular basis.  To value someone too lightly is to risk missing the depth of their goodness before they’re gone.


Sadly, it is often only when we are tragically reminded of how short life is – that today could easily be our last with someone we love – that we start to appreciate every day we have together as if it were.  Let this lesson sink in now.  Don’t wait until it’s too late to tell the people you love how much you appreciate them.


4.  Work together and help each other grow.


There is no soul mate or best friend out there who will solve all your problems.  There is no love at first sight that lasts without work and commitment.  But there are, however, people out there worth fighting for.  Not because they’re perfect, but because they’re imperfect in all the ways that are right for you.  You compliment each other’s flaws in a way that allows your souls to unite and operate more efficiently as one.


You will know when you meet one of these people, when through them you meet the very best in yourself.


5.  Focus on inner beauty.


When you get to really know someone, most of their prominent physical characteristics vanish in your mind.  You begin to dwell in their energy, recognize their scent, and appreciate their wit.  You see only the essence of the person, not the shell.


That’s why you can’t fall in love with physical beauty.  You can lust after it, be infatuated by it, or want to own it.  You can love it with your eyes and your body for a little while, but not your heart in the long-term.  Thus, when you really connect with a person’s inner self, most physical imperfections become irrelevant SmarTone.


Måndag den 29 Maj 2017, kl 05:00

Trust as defined in Wikipedia is the feeling of being sure someone or something can be relied upon. Trust is a big issue in many people's lives. It produces an emotional feeling that is tied to the core of a person's very existence. Trust encompasses loyalty, love, friendship, agreements, promises, opinions, thoughts, actions and one's outlook on life. Betrayals of trust can shatter relationships, destroy companies, crumble governments and countries, fuel hatred and ruin lives SmarTone.


Why do we want to break anyone's trust? Why does this happen over and over again? It may stem from jealousy, pride, control, dislikes, a difference of opinion and misunderstandings. Perhaps when you are living your life without self-worth and self-love then you are living your life in a perpetual state of negative thoughts and emotions. What you feel inside is evident by what you do and what you say. When you shift your energy within yourself and find your place of love and worth then your perspective of this world will change for the better. This energy shift towards the positive will shift everything that you think, say and do. Being kind and good to yourself projects outward to the world by being kind and good to others. This projection is the outcome of this positive energy shift. Our true self is one of love and feeling worthy of all of the goodness and happiness that there is to receive and to give. It is yours if you truly believe SmarTone.


We have a tendency to look outside of ourselves for fulfillment when this feeling of fulfillment can be found within ourselves. The answers to our questions about life and love is within us. Sometimes we need to give ourselves a break and to be most loving, most kind and most patient with us. Nurture and love yourself to find the joy within. The love and peace of this world is in each and every one of us.


Meditate to find the peace and stillness that is yours for the asking. Connect with your higher self by meditating. Connect with your power source by meditating. Meditation can bridge that trust that we can have in ourselves. Then we can have more trust in the world and in others. When everything around us is crumbling meditation can help to keep us centered so we can find that deep connection of love and worthiness. That is your true self wanting to shine through. We can't control anything else but we can control what we do. When you choose to help yourself then you choose to trust yourself. Trust can lead us to a life of peace and love and fulfillment. A life that we came here to live. The world has it's own programs. Trust in love and peace and live your life like you mean it SmarTone online shop!


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