Gartner Identifies Top Ten Tech Trends

At the Recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014, analysts presented their top ten strategic technology trends for 2015, according to a press release.

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Defining EMV Security

Starting in October 2015, all four major card brands will shift financial liability for fraudulent transactions to the entity that’s responsible for a card present payment transaction not being processed via an EMV chip card. That means that if fraud occurs based on a consumer card that is only enabled with a mag-stripe, the card issuer may be liable. But that liability could shift to the merchant if the issuer is enabled with an EMV chip (contact or contactless) and the merchant didn’t have the necessary equipment to process that transaction.

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In October of 2015, EMV will become a reality for those individuals invovled in the process of accepting credit cards. While Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express, each has their own unique description for the changes in liability, beginning in October 2015 when a fraudulent transaction occurs, liability for any resulting counterfeit losses will fall on whichever part of the chain is responsible for the EMV transaction not occurring.

Why Still Do That By Hand? 3 SMB Processes To Automate

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In this scientific era, each and every vertical in business is focusing towards the Internet of Things (IoT) to optimize its business strategies by facilitating easiness and comfort. Globalization and advancements in the fields of machine communication with wireless information technology has driven companies to focus more on the Internet for effectively managing their businesses and potential marketing for their products.

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

A VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV

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