If you read about travel a lot, you’ve most likely heard that in recent months, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) has been rolling out facial recognition technology at various airports. In fact, if you travel a lot, you may have already experienced it.
After an 18 month long “rolling out” period, facial recognition technology was officially implemented at its first airport, JFK, in November 2018. It’s now in use for international departures at multiple large airports such as those in Miami, San Jose, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the goal is for the technology to be in place to scan 97 percent of all outbound international travelers by 2021, despite questions about its legalities and bias.
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The Walt Disney Company has always been a master of innovation. From the first feature-length animated movie to the first theme park made for families to enjoy together, they’ve been ahead of the curve for almost 100 years. So it should be no surprise that they’re doing all sorts of things in their theme parks to make their carbon footprint smaller and inventing and using alternative methods of energy to run their parks. Here are some examples:
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The use of contactless payments (or NFC Technology) in the United States is still in its infancy. Most people are familiar with this form of payment from using Apple Pay or Android Pay. We’re still at the point where people pull out their phone or use a watch to pay at the checkout and still have a look of amazement about this magical ability to pay with just a device.
What if I told you that it’s not necessary to fumble around with your phone or supinate your wrist to tap a watch to a reader in order to use contactless payments?
Banks are adding contactless technology to cards and many stores have contactless enabled card readers. So what are you waiting for? Continue reading “You Don’t Know What You’re Missing Out On If You Don’t Use Contactless Payments”
Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been using biometrics as part of their entry system into the parks since 2013. Biometrics is defined as, “…the technical term for body measurements and calculations. It refers to metrics related to human characteristics. Biometrics authentication is used in computer science as a form of identification and access control.” (thank-you, Wikipedia). In Disney’s case, to enter a park, all guests from age 3+ are requested to scan their ticket media (or your Magic Band) and then place their finger onto a scanner to confirm your ID.
But why do they use this form of identification? Isn’t it a little, well, “invasion of privacy-esque” to have your fingerprint on file? And what do they do with the info?
Well, there’s someone who found out…
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Getting online at a hotel can be frustrating. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what the WiFi network name is for the hotel. Then when you can connect, you usually have to log in with your credentials. This usually means entering in your name and room number. If you get premium internet, you have to select it even though the login page says you’ll need to pay, the front desk said you won’t be charged and they’re never wrong, right?
But what if you can’t get the box to log into the network to show up. The WiFi signal shows that you’re online but you’re definitely not. I’ve written about the various tricks I’ve learned over the years that have helped us get online.
There are plenty of tips in that article but at the last hotel where we stayed, I was stumped. I was able to log into the hotel network on my MacBook and my iPad Pro but my phone was resisting. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the login box to pop up.
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