PayPal use growing faster than Apple and Google Pay, Microsoft Plans Automated Store

Mobile payment apps are still a tough sell to America’s consumers and merchants, Kount’s data indicates. The company that can change that paradigm will make a fortune.

That means more two thirds of American retailers or 71% still refuse to accept mobile wallets. Once again it sounds as if Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is losing the payment wars, and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) is not doing very well.

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Microsoft Launches a Version of Linux?

“This OS incorporates a custom Linux kernel that has been optimized for an IoT environment and reworked with security innovations pioneered in Windows to create a highly-secured software environment,” a Microsoft press release states. Azure Sphere is a customized cloud-integrated operating system (OS) for chips that are connected to the IoT.

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Aitheon Plans some Big New Partnerships

Executives from the World Bank discussed the use of Aitheon’s AIC ERC20 protocol token as a payment solution. Aitheon executives visited the World Bank in Washington but did not reveal details of the discussions.

Aitheon is also discussing integrating the Aitheon Platform with the many business and accounting solutions offered by SAP (NYSE: SAP). An Aitheon press release did not say what use SAP will make of the AIC token or the platform.

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Why is Microsoft’s Revenue Growing?

More importantly, Microsoft has accumulated an incredible amount of float including; $142.780 billion in cash and equivalents on December 31, 2017. That cash composed most of Microsoft’s $167.633 billion in assets.

Another threat to Excel; would be a money manager program that actively manages your accounts, cuts your payroll, pays your bills, balances your checking account, and invests your money for your company. Such a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in a box might be possible with present-day technology.

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Do the Antivirus Programs for Windows XP Actually Work?

The good news is that there are a few good very antivirus programs that work well on XP. The bad news is that these programs are few and far between – so you will have to search for them. To make life easier we have listed a few of these programs here.

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Should we Tax Data or Advertising to Fund Basic Income?

“We could hold Google and Facebook and all those big multinationals accountable; we could make sure that people; like those who are currently ‘voluntarily’ contributing their data to pump up companies’ profits are given something that is adequate to support their livelihoods in exchange,” Fuller said.

Fuller’s idea makes a lot of sense because most of those companies’ values come from the data they collect and disseminate. Figuring out how to charge a tax on that data will be difficult because much of its value is theoretical.

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Does Intuit Make Money?

The Republicans efforts at “tax reform” are likely to make the tax code even more confusing and cumbersome, creating more demand for Intuit’s tax-preparation software. That means Intuit will end up selling more copies of Turbo Tax and Quick Books next year.

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Microsoft is the Best Value Investment in Software

That means nearly 90% of the desktop computers in the world are running on Windows products. It also means that the rival operating systems are not even competitive with Microsoft’s offerings.

All of the Apple Mac OS 10 systems had a market share of 6.71% and Linux had a share of 2.98%. This means that Apple is not even big enough to be a niche player in this market. Even Linux, which is theoretically the biggest threat to Windows, is tiny.

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Are 129 Million PCs still using Windows XP?

Windows XP is still the world’s third most popular operating system if those numbers are accurate. Netmarketshare calculated that the world’s most popular operating system is Windows 7 with a 46.63% market share. Second most popular is Windows 10 with a 29.26% market share.

Around two-thirds of the PCs in China and over half the PCs in Russia and India are running on unauthorized versions of Windows, Endgadget reported. The Software Alliance estimated that 70% of the computers in China, 64% of the computers in Russia, and 58% of the PCs in India are using bootlegged versions of Windows.

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