Mastercard To Embed Fingerprint Reader On Their Debit And Credit Cards

In order to enhance security and minimize administration costs, many businesses outsource their ID printing requirements to the experts that have a more advanced plastic card printer. Aside from identification cards, businesses frequently require printing of visitor’s pass for events while financial institutions need secured printing services for their debit and credit cards.

Payments in stores that accept contactless payments have never been quicker, easier and more private than with Apple Pay. In a move intended to make physical payment cards relevant in the age of Apple Pay, Mastercard has started to undertake pilot trials of their credit and debit cards that are embedded with a fingerprint card reader.

According to Mastercard, the cards do not require power because power is drawn from existing terminals. Neither do the cards require hardware or software modifications to use the technology. A consumer does not need a PIN, signature or new payment terminal. The debit or credit cards are just as thin as existing plastic cards.

However, it appears that the Mastercard plastic debit and credit cards with fingerprint readers do not offer the same level of efficiency or security as Apple Pay. Cardholders are required to visit their bank so that their fingerprint can be read after which the card company will program an encrypted version of the fingerprint data into the chip contained in the plastic card.

With Apple Pay, there is no outside party that will be able to access fingerprint data not even their operating system. In Apple Pay, when the Touch ID is used, a query will be sent by iOS to the Secure Enclave which will check the legitimacy of the fingerprint before it sends a YES or NO response.

On the other hand, Mastercard is working on a contactless version of their cards. The first version requires the debit or credit card to be inserted into a card reader. Zwipe, a Norwegian company is working on the technology since 2014, the year when Apple Pay was launched. After South Africa, Mastercard will hold further trials in Europe and Asia with an expected launch in the US early next year.

Storage Company In Australia Helping Victims Of Domestic Violence

Being a victim of domestic violence is not something anyone can easily forget and move on from mentally but physically they can move away to start a new beginning. This is why a unique partnership was developed in Australia in order to help those who are planning to have an easier transition and move on without thinking about other matters.

Mobile storage in Sydney is not a cheap service thus the partnership between Supercheap Storage which is based in Brisbane and DVConnect, an organization devoted to help against domestic violence, aims to help victims as they move. They will be offering free moves as well as storage as part of their trial period.

Stephen Voss, the general manager of Supercheap Storage, shared that the concept was brought into light by Chris James who is the franchisee of the storage company located in north Brisbane. James’ family used to help victims of families who have been subjected to domestic violence.

Voss said that James has a background in the situation since he grew up witnessing his parents as they help children who are caught in the unfortunate scene. The mobile storage in Sydney decided to discuss with DVConnect about a possible partnership since they are still on the trial stage of the offer.

DVConnect and Supercheap Storage will be working hand in hand as they check people who should be given priority especially those who require urgent attention. DVConnect will be providing two of their staff to do the removal process. Voss explained that people will approach them regarding their case, check on what they will be able to do before booking and then the process will start from there.

Once the trial is over, Voss is planning to make this initiative a long-term one because they desire to continuously helpdomestic violence victims. They are also planning to open the service to all the franchise of Supercheap Storage located all over the country.

Dianne Mangan of DVConnect shared that it is common for victims who have escaped to have no access to mobile storage in Sydney where they can store their belongings and they don’t have enough funds to pay for a removalist or even the storage.

South African Firms Now Using Mindfulness

One of the ways a company keeps itself in good standing is to take exceptional care of its employees, and it seems that a number of South African firms are deciding that mindfulness techniques are a way to do just that.

Several companies are using mindfulness techniques and introducing them to their employees as a way to help them reduce stress, cope with anxiety, sharpen focus and increase productivity, with South African companies following that trend, according to a leadership expert.

The CEO of Jack Hammer, one of the SA’s top executive search companies, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, has stated that mindfulness has moved out of the reserved domain of yoga practitioners and motivational internet memes, and that the idea has been gaining ground in people all over the world, including South Africa.

She states that people are finding the concept as appealing, and are grateful for it, leading to the developments that result in mindfulness becoming a more mainstream concept, and mindfulness techniques are treated with seriousness and validity, backed up with data, research and empirical information from multiple sources which show the personal and commercial benefits of mindfulness.

She states that mindfulness is becoming more and more mainstream, with leaders from industries across the world, such as Google, Intel, Target, and the like incorporating the principles and practices of mindfulness in their workings.

Goodman-Bhyat, understanding the value of mindfulness, recently published her book, titled ‘InTheFlow – Taking Mindfulness to Work’, which is the culmination of years of research regarding the ramifications of implementing mindfulness techniques in the workplace. The books outline a six-prompt formula that forms the core of its guidelines, and seems to have picked up quite a following in business leaders across SA, becoming one of the 10 Best South African Business Books for the year of 2016.

The CEO of Raizcorp, Allon Raiz, stated that the book takes the idea of mindfulness, of the serenity of existing in the moment, and brings it closer to the hectic business environment. He states that the books take a somewhat intangible concept, and creates a practical outline for understanding and applying it.

Global studies show a noted decrease in stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed, as well as increases in productivity, focus, and emotional control in companies where mindfulness techniques have been practiced.

Goodman-Bhyat stated that whilst implementing mindfulness practices in a work environment doesn’t need a considerable investment in time, strategy or money, it does require someone to act as an example, someone who is open to new perspectives and methods of getting work done.

London Illustrated: A Different View

Maps are graphic representations of areas and regions. It shows information and details of a chosen area as well as a picture of what a viewer can expect to see. These maps capture and label the different physical features of the area that is to be displayed such as the ranges of a mountain, bodies of water, and even streets and alleys if the artist drew a city. There are a number of people who are now famous for their artwork in creating these map illustrations. However, whoever the artist is, there are some basic but important components that remain similar in all of their artwork, the geography, details, and architecture.

Map illustrations are created with creativity and skill differing in the techniques used in its creation. There are illustrations that give focus on their intended subject or locations highlighting it clearly with bigger pictures and labels. The color and density of the illustrations can also differ as per the artist’s preference. The most common trait is that they use a bird’s eye view to show these graphical images.

One notable artist for this kind of artwork is Cathy Lathy, who is proud of her hand-drawn map illustration of London City. She grew up in these streets and studied in one of the world’s leading art and design center, Central Saint Martins. This background may be one of the reasons why even areas and places in London which are not famous, like the Fulham Palace and Parsons Green, are depicted on the map together with known attractions such as the Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Growing up in the capital is her inspiration to be able to create the artwork and it took five (5) months to complete this London City illustrated map. Other locations are also clearly shown in these map like the London Zoo and parks. Harry Potter fans will also be thrilled to note that Platform 9 and ¾ is featured in the map with King’s Cross Station.

This London City illustrated map provides information on London’s museums and, pie and mash shops. Note though that it does not only show places that are real, it also features song lyrics and fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes. The artist is hoping that people will learn more about London every time that they check out the maps.

Benefits Of Canvas Wall Art

There are certain memories that are just worth saving. Some of these special moments were captured in photos and to immortalize them, you might consider printing them in bigger size and have them framed.  However, doing that with an ordinary photo printing paper might not last that long. There are digital printing companies nowadays that offer wall art printing on canvas. The popularity of such photo processing is becoming even more popular because of its benefits and some of the advantages of wall art on canvas include the following:

Professional look

One of the best features of a canvas printing is that it is easy to appreciate because the image doesn’t come with distracting gloss sheen. This way you can focus on the photo and marvel at its beauty instead of searching for the angle to avoid the gloss. When lights hits the surface of a glossy photo, the light bounces back making it harder for one to stare at the photo. Wall art made of canvas look more like a painting making them suitable for hanging in office spaces or in your living room.

Long lasting and sturdy

One of the key secrets why those artworks found in museums could last for centuries is the material from which those artworks are painted on: the canvas. Canvas is made of durable material that could last for several years. If you are going to use canvas on your photos, you can be sure that the image will last longer than you expect them to be. Canvas is resistant to moisture and heat so you can hang it anywhere in the house, even at your kitchen or bathroom wall. To enhance the quality and longevity of the product, have it printed by a reliable digital printing company in your area.

Easy framing

Another reason why it is ideal to use canvas on a wall art is because it can be framed easily. All you have to do is add borders on the margins and the artwork has a frame. Traditional photos require other elements such as wood, plastic or other materials for a frame.

Advantages Of Photo Canvas Prints Shops

You will not have a hard time finding a printing shop that offers photo canvas prints in UK. Aside from canvas printers, you will also find several digital printing stations that can deliver your needed digital prints. Both canvas prints and digital prints can be processed and deliver in less time but there is one feature that lacks in digital prints; durability. Digital printing stations use ordinary photo paper and even if they are framed for protection, ordinary photo paper remains vulnerable to damage. To ensure high quality results, find a company that apply great care with every project starting from enhancement and development down to framing, packaging and delivery to your address.

There are several reasons why more people try canvas prints. One of the reasons is the material’s durability. While ordinary paper used in printing photos is susceptible to damage, canvas can withstand moisture and exposure to heat. This way, you can hang canvas prints even in areas where there is moisture such as in bathrooms and kitchens. You can also use personalised word art to accessorise your walls. If you are going to use quotes and inspirational words, use simple and short words to make it effective. You can hang the photo canvas prints on your office walls or in your living area to encourage viewers and to accentuate a rather drab wall.

Canvas prints are applied with matte finish so there is no glare or light reflection on its surface. This way, staring at the canvas print is easier. Because of its matte finish, the framed image becomes arty and the best part of it is that canvas prints are affordable. Photo paper is usually glossy and comes with reflection that distracts a viewer.

To know find out how photo canvas prints can provide more advantages to you, contact a service provider or canvas printing shop on how you will go about the photo processing. Choose a service provider that offers free shipping within UK. If you are located outside United Kingdom, applicable shipping fees will be collected from you.