PCGS Embeds NFC Technology in Coin and Bank Note Holders

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PCGS-graded coin and banknote holders now feature an NFC symbol on the obverse of the label. Coin holders also feature this symbol on the front bottom left of the holder. (Image courtesy of Professional Coin Grading Service)

Professional Coin Grading Service will begin embedding Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in all its encapsulated coins, medals, tokens, and banknotes in October 2020, the company announced in an Oct. 1 press release. This revolutionary advancement launches after an initial limited rollout earlier this year with coins graded in PCGS Gold Shield holders to test compatibility and user response, both of which were overwhelmingly positive.

“PCGS is the industry leader in fighting counterfeiting,” says PCGS President Brett Charville. “PCGS has always been ahead of the curve in the numismatic industry regarding technology, and the inclusion of NFC technology is just the latest way we can stay one step ahead of counterfeiters and ensure

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10 things you should never do on a work computer

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Work computers are for one thing: Work. And anything outside of work could jeopardize your career.

While you might assume that clearing the history log in your computer is enough to get rid of any evidence that you’ve been shopping, tweeting or searching for new jobs, IT departments are still able to monitor computer use.

“Any personal data or behavior done on any work device can and is collected by your employer,” management expert Andrew Wittman told the Business Insider. “Be mindful of every search, click and email sent, as well as any personal data or behavior, including searches, shopping, social media, emails and websites visited.”

To help you be mindful, we’ve curated this list of 10 things you should never do on your work computer.

1. DON’T: Save personal passwords.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management, many companies have a clause in their computer, email and internet

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Good journalism is not always enough, it must also be accessible | DW Freedom | Speech. Expression. Media. | DW

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When only the state television program is broadcast, when there are no more oppositional newspapers and demonstrators are forced off the streets – then the Internet remains. It offers access to free information. Dissenters can express themselves in blogs and social media without restrictions, and foreign information providers like DW provide fact-based news. The underlying journalistic values are based on an open and diverse world view.

People have been deprived of this right by their governments, especially in times of crisis, when the need for objective information is particularly great.

The most recent example is Belarus. More than 70 websites in the country were blocked following protests after the presidential elections in August.

In Kashmir, people had to go 213 days without internet, in China and Iran many international websites have been blocked for many years. Among them are the websites of DW and the BBC.

DW seeks to provide

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‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ multiplayer is free this weekend

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Smitten by Call of Duty: Warzone, but not sure if the rebooted Modern Warfare is worth the price of admission? Good news: for three days, the multiplayer portion of Infinity Ward’s latest shooter is going free-to-play. Download Warzone (if you haven’t already) and Modern Warfare‘s multiplayer offerings will unlock at roughly 1PM ET/10AM PT/7PM CET on April 3rd. To celebrate this so-called “multiplayer moshpit,” Infinity Ward has developed a special playlist called Stocked Up, Locked Down that cycles through two maps, Atlas Superstore and Shoot House, and a range of modes including Team Deathmatch, Domination and Hardpoint.

The free multiplayer access will expire on April 6th at 1PM ET/10AM PT/7PM CET. It’s a nice gesture, and one that Activision no doubt hopes will persuade more people to buy Modern Warfare. Unlike Blackout, which required Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Warzone is completely free-to-play. That

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Hedge Funds Are Coming Back To Nokia Corporation (NOK)

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Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful value investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds’ and successful investors’ positions as of the end of the second quarter. You can find articles about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves over the last 5 years and analyze what the smart money thinks of Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) based on that data and determine whether they were really smart about the stock.

Is Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Money managers were turning bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 3 recently. Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 27. Our

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Smart Home Technology For a New Era

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By Anne-Frances Hutchinson

Our living environments have long been shaped in response to the aftermath of disease. From the bubonic plague, cholera, tuberculosis and influenza to Ebola, MERS, and H1N1, we have continually reimagined the built environment and made changes to keep us safer, healthier, and better prepared to survive whatever inevitable shockwave will come next. COVID-19 is the world’s latest design accelerator, pushing our relationship with technology into new realms.

We are already seeing shifts in the U.S. real estate market. The demand for the open concept home is on the wane, in favor of houses that can be partitioned for different needs: a pantry becomes an office; the sofa is for networking, team building, and naps; and the open concept congregate style that has dominated new home designs in recent years is declining in popularity as buyers look for more traditional layouts that encourage

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San Diego Named Nation’s Top Government Website

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The city of San Diego won first place nationwide in recognition of its website and intuitive digital experience.

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City officials said the “2020 Government Experience Award” was awarded by the Center for Digital Government, a national research institute that focuses on the best information technology policies and practices in state and local government.

Submissions were judged on eight categories including citizen feedback and experience, accessibility, and innovation.

The award submissions also took into account how government agencies used technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to city officials.

“Our state and local government winners this year demonstrated that focusing on the government experience provides a foundation that played a vital role in responding and adapting to the uncertainties and

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Sustaining your cloud technology in a virtual world

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By Martin Marchetti, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP & Greg Ruebusch, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP

With the onset of COVID-19, technology and business leaders have been faced with unforeseen operational, technical, and workforce challenges that have negatively impacted their ability to provide the same level of HR application support and employee experience. The scale to which organizations were forced to shift operations to fully virtual models was unprecedented—having to mandate work-from-home (WFH) policies in some cases literally overnight.

These workplace shifts have placed enormous pressures on the teams responsible for running and maintaining the critical technologies organizations rely on to effectively manage their workforce during this pandemic. Having a well-defined support structure across people, process, and technology is critical. During a pandemic, it is imperative to have the right operational support model—and backup plan—in place as business continuity is key to successfully navigating the unchartered

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Computer pioneer Arnold Spielberg, Steven’s dad, dies at 103

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Spielberg, father of filmmaker Steven Spielberg and an innovating engineer whose work helped make the personal computer possible, has died at 103.



FILE - Steven Spielberg, nominated for best director for his work on "Munich," left, arrives with his father Arnold for the 25th annual nominees luncheon hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 13, 2006. Arnold Spielberg, a pioneering computer engineer, has died. A family statement says he died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles at 103. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)


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FILE – Steven Spielberg, nominated for best director for his work on “Munich,” left, arrives with his father Arnold for the 25th annual nominees luncheon hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 13, 2006. Arnold Spielberg, a pioneering computer engineer, has died. A family statement says he died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles at 103. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Spielberg died of natural causes while surrounded by his family in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to a statement from his four children.

Spielberg and Charles Propster designed the GE-225 mainframe computer in the late 1950s while working for General Electric. The machine allowed computer scientists at Dartmouth College

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Undergraduates create Nooks web application to rival Zoom

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Daniel Lee ’21 M.S. ’22, Rohan Suri ’21 and Andrew Qu of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) teamed up to create a new video conferencing software called Nooks, with new features that attempt to outdo Zoom’s capabilities. The platform has been adopted by some colleges and Stanford classes, with the developers hoping Nooks will become more widely adopted nationwide.

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. has seen an unprecedented increase in popularity in the past year as the majority of events and interactions have moved online, even as the company has faced criticism over privacy and security concerns. Google Meet, FaceTime and Skype have not been able to match Zoom’s hundreds of millions of users.

Suri said the biggest advantage of Nooks over Zoom is its user-friendly interface. The app’s landing page boasts that Nooks is “the easiest way to host engaging and interactive workshops, classes, conferences and more.”

Within a Nooks session,

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