Amazing: The submarine cable map 2016.

teleTelegeography releases the Submarine Cable Map annually – which comes always stunning, not only because of its content but also for the art work. You can find their 2016-edition here – but also check out last years beauty here.

What is a container? Application Architecture moving forward.

Recently there has been a bit of talk about „Containers“ for application design – versus Virtual Machines for instance. I am far away from being an IT expert but it sure smelled like a buzz-word that is confusing at best. So I tried to wrap my head around it. I found two articles most helpful, which is why I want to share them:

The first is from TechCrunch: WTF is a Container?

The other comes from CIO: What are Containers and why do you need them? 

Good reads, well recommended.

 

How Generation Z shapes the future of Payments

InComms VP of Digital Solutions, Mike Fletcher, has written a great piece for Paymentsource, analyzing how Generation Z – „the Millenials“ – are driving change for the payments industry.

Read the full article here.

The race between good and bad continues: ATM Fingerprint Skimmers for Sale

As banks increasingly turn to biometrics to secure ATM transactions, Kaspersky Lab is warning that crooks are already selling skimming devices that they claim can steal fingerprints. Unfortunately, nothing less was to be expected. And that even works without the use of severed body parts… Read the full report at FinExtra.

Could new payments authentication rules scupper European Digital Single Market?

Peter Bayley, EVP Risk Management at Visa, asked this question on Politico. This is about the plans of the EU Commission to enforce strong user authentication for payments transactions with PSD 2. Its a great read and shows good alternative paths, which do not cause frustration and additional steps for the consumer. While this is sponsored content (and I guess it is sponsored by Visa), I still believe it is very relevant in the discussion.