21 April 2014
“‘This just happened to me,“said Jennifer Brennan, of Cobb County, after responding to our post. Krysti Seay, a former bank employee, emailed us too.
“We always had people in a panic coming into the bank,” she said.
“Everything in my bank account plus more was gone,” Nick Ferrell told us, saying he believed his card information was skimmed somewhere in Clayton County.It’s a familiar story for Atlanta’s Secret Service.”
18 April 2014
“So it turned out 2012 wasn’t the big “end of the world” cataclysm some folks thought it would be, but a new report says it came closer than you might expect. (Via NASA)
The study, published in Nature Communications, looked at solar storms in 2012 and says this explosion, captured by NASA’s STEREO observatory, just missed hitting Earth by a few days.”
17 April 2014
“On April 8, Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, which means thousands of businesses and users globally will no longer have official updates and support from MS for their operating system. On Microsoft’s end, this is the normal cycle: stop supporting older software after a couple of new iterations are in place. Now with Windows 8 having over a year under its belt, it leaves Windows 7 as the “old” Windows to be supported and XP as the “let it out to pasture” OS.
The trouble is, some businesses made huge upgrades to XP a few years ago and are now facing high costs in order to upgrade again. Yet the new Windows is not always a fit. ATM makers and managers are one of those groups. While XP had good network support and was easily integrated as a “back end” OS for the generally still text-based machines that we all use to get money and make deposits, Windows 8 is, well, not as friendly.”
16 April 2014
“NORTH CANTON, Ohio, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Expanding a partnership that brought deposit automation to the automated teller machine (ATM) in 2005, Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) and Suncoast Credit Union are again revolutionizing the self-service channel. Diebold and Suncoast, supported by FIS (NYSE: FIS), will enable full cash recycling at the ATM with Diebold’s Opteva® Flex Performance Series ATMs. This will allow the ATMs to reuse consumer-deposited cash for future withdrawals, enhancing ATM availability and reducing the frequency and cost of cash replenishment visits.
“Diebold and Suncoast have been leading the evolution of the self-service channel to a more efficient platform for consumers and financial institutions,” said Mychal D. Kempt, vice president, North America operations, Diebold. “FIS’ involvement adds full support from a leading processor, bringing fully-automated cash recycling to fruition in the United States.”
Suncoast, Florida’s largest credit union and the 14th largest in the United States, is working closely with Diebold to develop and test cash recycling functionality.”
15 April 2014
“To add to your winter blues one last time (hopefully), this time-lapse video by NASA and NOAA’s GOES Project confirms that yes, this winter has indeed been pretty miserable. A satellite image of the East Coast is displayed every day from January 1 to March 24, revealing that cloud coverage and winter storms were pretty common.
From Chicago to Philadelphia, this winter was one of the snowiest and coldest on record. Toledo, Ohio, for example, had their snowiest winter ever with 84.8 inches, while Washington, D.C. saw doubled its average snowfall. The period of December 2013 to February 2014 ranked as one of the top five coldest winters for many Midwestern cities, and it was the 34th coldest winter since modern record keeping began in 1895 for the lower 48, according to The Weather Channel.”