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February 8, 2021

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General News


Share One Signs Western Connecticut FCU

Western Connecticut Federal Credit Union has signed a contract with Share One to convert to NewSolutions core processing system in May of 2021. The $29M asset, 3,958-member, community-chartered credit union serves the greater Danbury, CT area, and is led by President/CEO Sabrina Defazio.



Jack Henry Introduces Digital Consumer Lending

Jack Henry Lending announced the availability of Jack Henry Consumer Loans, a unified solution to help create, manage and support borrower relationships and loans of all types through a simplified, digital process. The technology is 100% cloud based and bridges the gap between consumer and commercial segments, eliminating the need to run multiple systems to support different loan types.



NICE Actimize Launches AI-Driven New Account Fraud Solution

NICE Actimize announced the debut of its New Account Fraud onboarding and verification solution. The solution is designed to work exclusively with IFM-X, NICE Actimize’s fraud platform that delivers fraud detection capabilities powered by AI and ML.





Hardware News


Best Laptops in 2021

This 'best' laptop roundup covers different use cases and compute platforms to provide an early-2021 overview of the cream of the laptop market. The Dell XPS 13 won the "best for knowledge workers" category, while the HP Elite Dragonfly won the "best for mobile professionals" category.



Responsibly Recycling Computers in the Age of COVID-19

A great option for recycling computers that are going to be discarded is to donate them to nonprofit refurbishers that will pass them on to people who can’t afford them. Finding an organization that redistributes used computers can be as easy as going to a page on Digitunity’s website to enter your zip code and specify a search radius, which will produce a list of Digital Opportunity Network member organizations within your area.



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Software Updates


Cisco AppDynamics’ ‘App-Driven’ Security Tool Puts Application Performance First

AppDynamics, Cisco’s cloud application monitoring business, is unveiling a security product that combines AppDynamics’ application expertise and Cisco’s security know-how to help organizations defend against attacks, while avoiding application slow-down. They claim that the tool can help ensure app security, without sacrificing speed or user experience.



Microsoft Unveils Viva, Its Employee-Experience Platform for Teams

Microsoft has unveiled its employee-experience platform, Viva, which the company calls a digital “gateway” for employees to access relevant news, learning, analytics, and knowledge within their organization. Four Viva modules — Connections, Insights, Learning and Topics — will become available in Teams on a staggered basis over the next few months.



3 Top Enterprise File Encryption Programs Compared

Any of these encryption apps can safeguard a file’s contents, but they differ in terms of supported platforms, remote capabilities, and features. This article reviews: 1) Boxcryptor Enterprise; 2) Jetico Enterprise Data Protection; and 3) NordLocker for Business.



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Fiserv Enables Cash Withdrawals at ATMs Through Its CardValet App

Fiserv has announced CardFree Cash, a new feature within its CardValet mobile-banking app that allows consumers to facilitate a cash withdrawal from an ATM using their mobile phone. Consumers can use CardValet at 30,000 Diebold Nixdorf and NCR ATMs driven by Fiserv. The geolocation feature within the CardValet app enables consumers to locate CardFree Cash-enabled ATMs. To initiate a withdrawal, users open the app and select CardFree Cash. That action generates a secure access code for the user to enter on the ATM’s keypad.



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Wireless World


Dell Partners to Provide 5G Networking, Edge Solution

Dell, VMware and SK Telecom have teamed up to offer OneBox MEC, a single device that integrates private 5G and edge-computing. Unlike the public network, a private 5G network can be configured to a location’s specific needs, and configurations can vary by site, depending on the type of work undertaken in each venue. A private network also allows companies to determine the network’s deployment timetable and coverage quality.



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Security Section


The 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors of the 2021

This article takes a look at 20 cloud security vendors that have developed tools and offerings to address the challenges associated with management, segmentation, compliance and governance in the cloud.



Fortinet Announces AI-Powered XDR Solution

Fortinet's new Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solution, FortiXDR, is designed to reduce complexity, speed detection, and coordinate response to cyberattacks across the organization. The firm claims that FortiXDR is the only solution of its kind to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) for the investigation effort critical to incident response.



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Technology and Marketing


What Matters Most to Each Generation

Consumers in every generation have their own ideas on how their primary financial services organization can most effectively help them manage their money. This article offers 4 generational (Gen Z, Millenials, Gen X, and Boomers) money-management playbooks for 2021.



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Online Banking/E-Commerce/Website Design


Walgreens Looks to Credit Card, Financial Services to Boost Revenue

Walgreens is offering a growing list of financial products for customers — including a co-branded credit card and a prepaid debit card — as it tries to win more of their wallets. Their credit cards will launch in the second half of this year. They will be part of the Mastercard network and issued by Synchrony.



ACH Network Sees Record Growth in 2020 to 26.8 Billion Payments

The 26.8 billion payments made on the ACH Network in 2020 is an increase of 8.2% over 2019, while the value of those payments, $61.9 trillion, is up 10.8%. A record of more than 2 billion new payments were added in 2020, and the growth rate is the highest since 2007.



Visa Launches VisaNet+AI

Visa announced VisaNet +AI, a suite of artificial intelligence-powered services for FIs, merchants, and consumers. The new services are aimed at relieving delays and confusion with managing account balances and the unpredictability of daily settlement for FIs. Services in VisaNet +AI include Visa Smarter Posting, Visa Smarter Settlement Forecast, and Visa Smarter Stand-In Processing.



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Internet Access


The New Microsoft Edge Browser Will Warn You About Password Leaks

The new Edge 88 browser includes tough new security features, including a password generator and a tool for monitoring whether your login details have been exposed to the dark Web. Password Monitor will help users stay protected against data breaches involving passwords. If Edge determines that a user's login credentials have been exposed on the dark Web (or elsewhere), it will notify them within the browser and advise them to update their passwords.



Comcast Tackles Remote Work with Cisco Meraki

Comcast Business will deploy Cisco Meraki VPN gateways in remote worker’s homes as part of the network operator’s newly unveiled Teleworker VPN program. Under the program, Comcast will provide an all-in-one Meraki appliance that handles, routing, switching, wireless access as well as VPN connectivity directly to employees. Additionally, the appliance can be outfitted with a 4G LTE radio for cellular failover, something that can be valuable for users with unreliable or bandwidth constrained connections.



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Call Centers


Uniphore Unveils New Contact Center Technologies

Uniphore announced the addition of its new U-Trust portfolio and U-Assist Assurance solution to its portfolio. Using RPA technology, U-Assist Assurance helps track promises and commitments made by agents in real-time during the call, aligns expectations with the caller immediately following the call, and manages fulfillment post-call. Meanwhile, U-Trust Agent uses real-time agent verification using voiceprints continuously through the entire agent shift, helping to eliminate fraud and ID issues.