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MCX Gaffes Pave the Way for ACH Based Transaction Competition

credit_cards.topWarren Buffett, one of the founding members of the three comma club, has a tried and true investment strategy: be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful.

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has hit a bit of a rough patch. MCX membership comprises some of the largest retailers in the country, including giants like Wal-Mart, CVS, and Best Buy. In September 2014, MCX members turned their backs to Apple Pay, an NFC-based mobile wallet system that lives among the 62 million iPhone 6’s worldwide. The reason for the snub was an internal mobile wallet project with MCX called CurrentC. Most members of MCX are operating under a signed agreement that prevents them from taking competitor mobile wallets. The agreement, however, sunsets this summer.

Facebook Video Messenger on the Rise

FB video messengerIn April, Facebook rolled out its new video-calling feature – Facebook Video Messenger. Now Facebook is pushing the service globally, with the exception of only a few countries.

With near worldwide availability, could Facebook Video Messenger pose a real threat to Microsoft’s Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Google’s Hangouts, and other top video chat apps?

Google Continues Its Commitment to Small Business: Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map

google-business-owners-660x370According to a December 2014 report complied by data company Oxera, on behalf of Google, just 37% of small businesses have a local search listing on any search engine.

This figure is important because people are 38% more likely to visit a small business that’s listed online. And further, 29% of people asked said they are more likely to consider buying something from those businesses listed online. So, without a local business listing on a search engine, small businesses are missing out on potential customers.

Apple Introduces ResearchKit

Apple-ResearchKit-2Since the beginning of its career, Apple has released many different products: the Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch to name a few. Most recently, Apple released possibly the most important product ever. It’s called ResearchKit. This software toolkit allows research scientists to write iPhone apps for medical studies. This may sound like a bore, but it is a huge deal.

Gogo Inflight Internet

gogo-inflightFlying can be a pain, especially without a wireless connection. Being disconnected from the world can really be cumbersome when trying to operate a business.

Emails need to be answered in a timely fashion or else nothing gets done, which can cause stress levels to rise higher than the clouds. Now, there’s a solution to this problem: WI-FI on airplanes via Gogo! Sound amazing, however – as much as we all like to be connected to the rest of the world 24/7 – what is the true cost for in-air connectivity?

Is it Prime Time for Apple Watch?

apple-watch-event-2015-release-dateOn March 9 Apple hosted their Spring Forward event where they announced the release of a new MacBook and more details on the largely anticipated Apple Watch.

Apple Watch is Apple’s first wearable. It was built to work with iPhone, but it’s not just an iPhone that was shrunk down to the size of the watch. The user interface was completely rebuilt to accommodate the size of 38mm or 42mm watch face. With tap and press commands, touch navigation, and digital crown navigation. Apple has taken the dial on the side of a regular watch and made it into a navigation scroll that translates rotary movement into digital data, it is also used as a home button.

Start Planning Now: Support for Windows Server 2003 is ending on July 14, 2015

HomelandSecurity-WinServ2003-blogThe US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about the consequences of not upgrading Windows Server 2003 systems by July 14, 2015.

This is the date Microsoft will stop providing software updates for the aging platform, meaning new exploits will not be fixed.

Homeland Security stresses that consequences could mean exposure to cybersecurity threats, which may lead to malicious attacks or electronic data loss.

Newtek Is Here To Help

If you have self-hosted or on-premise systems running Server 2003, now is the time to consider upgrading and moving your servers to a secure data center. Benefits of this include:

Insurance Provider Anthem Hit By Massive Data Breach

Anthem-Insurance-300x225Another day, another data breach. This time, the nation’s second-largest health insurance company, Anthem Inc.; as many as 80 million customers may be affected.

What’s been stolen? Hackers broke into Anthem’s computer system to obtain customer’s (both current and former) personally identifiable information including names, email addresses, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, street addresses, employment information, and income data. Wednesday’s attack on Anthem Insurance results in the largest health care breach to date.

Fortunately, neither credit card information, nor actual medical information appears to have been stolen.

Save The Date! Small Business Saturday: November 29, 2014

thinkbigshopsmallIt’s almost time for our favorite day of the holiday season. No, not Thanksgiving (though we are thoroughly looking forward to our turkey-induced comas), “Small Business Saturday” is our favorite day of the year.

Small Business Saturday is a day to recognize, celebrate, and support small businesses within our communities. In just its fourth year, The Movement has generated billions of dollars for local retailers around the nation. Newtek wouldn’t be here without the millions of bold individuals who have taken the ultimate leap of faith to become small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Thank you. We admire your tireless hard work. We applaud your success.

SSL Websites Rank Higher In Google Search

HTTPSGoogle has announced that equipping your website with an SSL 2048-bit key certificate – going HTTPS – will give you a boost in search ranking. Because obtaining an SSL certificate is both uncomplicated and affordable, it’s the easiest thing site owners can do to get a leg up in the Google Game.

Security has been a top priority of Google’s this year. They feel this is a move to make the Internet a more secure place, and a more secure Internet begins with more secure websites. HTTPS is a way to encrypt the data that is transmitted between a user’s web browser and the site they are on. With an SSL certificate, a website can keep payments and other customer data secure (passwords, credit card numbers, etc.)