Wearable devices are entering the mainstream, and with increased adoption and usage come greater implications for financial services. Given the potential of these connected accessories to deliver banking information and alerts, as well as enable transactions, it makes sense for credit unions to be aware of developments in this space and the role wearables might have in an overall mobile banking and payments strategy.IDC forecasts that worldwide shipments of wearables will jump 133 percent this year, with the volume of wearables capable of running third-party applications, known as “smart wearables,” projected to grow an astounding 510 percent. As acceptance of these devices continues and market supply increases, the price of the technology is expected to decrease, leading to further adoption and usage.Despite this rapid growth, it doesn’t make sense for most credit unions to immediately jump in and create dedicated wearable apps, due to the fact that the development of dedicated apps can require a significant investment of time and resources. A more practical choice for the majority of credit unions is to extend the existing functionality and convenience of the mobile channel to wearables.Wearables have unique attributes that impact their role in the overall member experience. More than 80 percent of today’s wearables are worn on the wrist. Health trackers like Fitbit are changing the way we measure our health and stay fit. Such smart wearables as the Apple Watch offer broader functionality, allowing users to check email, load a boarding pass or even monitor an account balance. continue reading » 82SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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THE immediate future of West Indies batsman Darren Bravo remains under a cloud of doubt as recent meetings with Cricket West Indies (CWI) have failed to bear fruit.The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) had been hopeful that it would have been possible for the player to take part in the upcoming CWI Regional Super50 tournament, but those hopes are quickly fading as the player remains suspended.Bravo was axed from the West Indies squad in November of last year after referring to Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron as an ‘idiot’ on social media website Twitter.The cricketer had taken exception to the official’s comments, which suggested he had been given the lowest retainer contract from CWI because of consistently poor performances.The CWI had demanded an apology and that the player remove the offending statement. Bravo was left out of the Red Force’s team when it was selected last week and is expected to continue meeting with the CWI this week.The Super50 tournament gets under way on Tuesday in Antigua and Barbados.(Sportsmax.com)
WASHOUGAL — Van Owens was tinkering with his fishing line on the Steamboat Landing dock when he paused to look at the Columbia River on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.“I’m so glad this dock is here,” said Owens of Washougal. “There’s all this water, and now I have somewhere to fish.”You’ll have to forgive Owens for not knowing the dock dates back to the early 1900s; he moved to Washougal three months ago.The Steamboat Landing dock has been closed since December 2017 while the city completely replaced it. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the observation deck at Steamboat Landing Park, 100 Washougal River Road, to officially open the replacement.“It served its useful life,” Rob Charles, city engineer in Washougal, said of the old dock. “It wasn’t structurally sound anymore. Everything is brand new.”