Samsung Pay – Our Future is Here

Think about it for a second: For 50 years we used credit cards with magnetic strips, and in 2007 someone thought to use phones to pay for your charges.

They convinced some terminal operators to install “Tap to pay” options, using RFID (Radio-frequency identification) and/or NFC (Near field communication), to help progress how we make our payments.

But then Samsung entered the game with Samsung Pay, and said: “forget about tap to pay, let’s just use the magnet stripes again”. And suddenly, every Mom & Pop shop in America, who couldn’t afford to upgrade to “Tap to pay” were able to start accepting mobile payments.

Using MST (Magnetic Secure Transmissions) the phones send out a signal, that when held over the “swipe” part of a terminal, mimics the motions of a credit card so that new or old the terminal will still be able to send through the transaction.

For years we’ve taken technology and evolved it, and with it everyone has needed to buy new equipment. But what if we can evolve technology and still use the infrastructure that is in place across America?
Seems ideal to me.

NYCFC vs Orlando – Legends

Yesterday I went to watch NYCFC vs Orlando City at Yankee Stadium, as Cyle Larin scored two with an answer from David Villa and a 2-1 loss.

I sat front row in Legends, and as an early attendance gift got a chance to greet the Starting XI as they finished practice.

Clockwise from top left:
Maxi Moralez, Tommy McNamara, Maxime Chanot, David Villa, John Stertzer, Frédéric Brillant, Andrea Pirlo, Jack Harrison

The weather was beautiful, and it’s a shame they lost, but it was a great experience!

After the match, the players came by for autographs and to hand out signed “Mini Soccer Balls” as they do after all home matches.

Clockwise from top left:
David Villa, Sean Johnson, John Stertzer, Maxi Moralez, Ethan White, Miguel Camargo

ParkNYC

ParkNYC is New York City evolving into the tech world, and by the end of Summer 2017 is supposed to be at all Muni-Meter locations in the 5-boroughs.

At the moment it’s mostly situated around Manhattan and hasn’t fully spread to the outer boroughs, but they promise that it’s going to happen in the near future.

When you pull into a metered spot in NYC, you log into the app, select the zone you are parking in (displayed on street signs, on the actual muni-meter, and on the map in the app) (and make sure to select your zone and not the one across the street or around the corner), and put “money in the meter”.

The trick will be to just put in the minimal amount, and keep extending until you leave so that you don’t overpay…but unlike a standard meter, or the current muni-meters, you can’t extend beyond the “Parking Limit”. And to help enforce that, you won’t be able to ‘park again’ in the same zone within a 30-minute window from when your max time runs out.

While you currently need to display a little ticket in your window, showing what you paid for, you won’t need anything in your car when you pay with ParkNYC. When the meter-agent pulls up the zone, it will show them license plates for cars that are currently parked there….and vice versa for when they pull up your license, it will tell them what zone you are currently paying in.
I think this does make it harder on them to walk around and look in windshields since they have to pull up your info to check if you paid…but on the flip side, the horse cops and interceptors can just drive by and never have to peek into your vehicle from their high mounts.

The app is currently available for Android and iOS.

Google Home + WiFi

Three weeks ago I brought up the point that Google should combine “Home” with “WiFi”.

It just made no sense to me for them to be two separate devices.

Well it looks like recent Google patents have them combined for Home 2.0, and that might be the cue for consumers to buy it.

Imagine that you have a device that can answer all your questions, play all your music, and has the ability to give you a better WiFi signal in that room.
It’d also make for speedier searches, as instead of looking to connect for a signal, it should always have its internal connection as an internet hub.

Sandy Wexler #Review

Sandy Wexler is the most unique guy you’d ever met, who was a tiny shot that no one could forget.

In the mid-1990s Sandy was a business manager for the stars, and in a story told by many modern days celebrities about how he was able to get deals and sign contracts….or just be a housesitter for an Iranian, living in a cabana next to the pool, and being a compulsive liar.

This movie is so “Adam Sandler”y that it’s over the top, but Jennifer Hudson is the nice balance and may be the talent that finally can put him on the map with her great singing skills?

Very different from some of the other Netflix Sandler movies (Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over) and is one of the best so far….but it’s much too long, and needs to cut out 30+ minutes for it to be watchable on a “binge-level” of Netflix.

Gets a 7.5 out of 10.

Why APB Is Destined To Fail

APB on Fox is a decent show, don’t let its badness fool you. But at the end of the day, they just try too hard.

The tech is insanely cool, and when the robot overlords take over the world, we will have plenty to look forward to.
And while the tech will make me turn on the show week after week, at the end of the day this needs to turn into a good cop show…and it just isn’t.

Every episode introduces a new tech toy that is imaginative, but it isn’t a sustainable model. After a while, you will run out of toys, or start making things that are just too far beyond reality and just become a “sci-fi show” instead of an “advanced reality”. With the bar set so high for new stuff, it’ll just be unable to continue.

The best tech character Ada (played by Caitlin Stasey) isn’t the lead female, and the actual male lead Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk) is a rightfully overconfident rich man who is too cocky for a two-hour movie, let alone putting the audience through him week after week.
Meanwhile, lead Detective Murphy (Natalie Martinez) makes every episode feel like a tragic love story that is destined for her getting killed and Gideon going off on the bad guys, and that is in no way her fault, but rather the results of poor writing.

This show needs a direction, and like most successful dramas, needs a clear overall arching storyline that will keep the standard, non-techie, viewers coming back for more episodes…but the time is running out and this show seems headed for the recycling bin.

Dave Chappelle Shines On Netflix

The Age of Spin is the first of two Dave Chappelle Netflix specials recently posted, and while I stayed away from it for a while (because I’ve never really experienced before) and thought I wouldn’t enjoy it, I sure am glad I changed my mind.

Standing next to OJ was his soon-to-be-slain wife.

Sharon, with all due respect, that murderer ran for over 11,000 yards.

I have always been a fan of comedy, loving the jokes from Robin Williams and George Carlin, whilst staying away from the styles of Jerry Seinfeld, due to his repetitive nature of jokes.

I have never been to the Oscars [before 2016], you’ve seen the movies I make.

But once I started this special, I couldn’t wait to hear the whole thing.
Dave is funny and fresh, and a welcome relief (and counterbalance) to Netflix’ usual humor of Adam Sandler comedies.

What’s up Kanye, why the long face?….’Oh, you’ll hear, I’ve got two mothers-in-law now.’

From Flint, Michigan to Nike, and from gays to blacks, no topic is off-limits for Dave, and unlike Amy Schumer’s recent horrendous effort, he delivers them all well, and they come across funny and not at all distasteful.

That’s why I don’t have a sneaker deal. If you say something they don’t like, they take your shoes away.

Chappelle currently has two specials up (and yes, I plan on watching the second one as soon as I have the time (or need that comedic pick-me-up)), and another one on the way.

You ever played the ‘Who suffered more?’ game with a Jewish person? It’s a tough game.

The first episode of the Special gets a nice 8 out of 10.

Bill Cosby is the Steph Curry of rape. The man is putting up real numbers.