Participation in the Army credentialing program has continued to grow over the past several years, helping soldiers leverage their training and experience for licenses and certifications that will ease their transition into civilian careers.In an effort to boost the employment options for separating personnel, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) has begun linking credentialing opportunities to every military occupational specialty in the service, reported Army Times. In 2014, about 20,000 soldiers earned credentials in 65 specialties.The Army credentialing program allows personnel to earn government licenses, such as a commercial driver’s license issued by a state government or an FAA license; or a certification from a professional or trade association, such as the American Culinary Federation. The TRADOC initiative provides soldiers a large selection of credentials covering many professional occupations.Under a Department of Transportation initiative already under way, more than 10,000 soldiers and veterans have earned commercial driver’s licenses since it was launched in 2011, the Army announced in November.Soldiers competing for promotion to sergeant or staff sergeant also can earn points for gaining technical certifications, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Google Pay 99+ $899 Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Authentication Best Buy Credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards Now playing: Watch this: 41 countries worldwide 29 countries worldwide Android phones with NFC and HCE support running KitKat (4.4) or higher Availability (see note below) Which one wins? Ultimately, choosing one of these payment systems is tied to your ecosystem and availability in your location. For Apple users, your only choice in the real world is Apple Pay, while Android users must use Google Pay. Samsung owners can choose between Samsung Pay or Google Pay — you can have both on your phone, but you will need to set one as the default and change that setting if you want to use the other. For sheer compatibility across the widest range of terminals, Samsung Pay wins because of MST technology. But paying in supported apps and websites is most seamless with Apple Pay, and Google Pay offers the most flexible way to pay friends, regardless of what phone they use. Editors’ note: This article was previously published on June 12, 2018. It is consistently updated with new information.Best phones of 2018: CNET editors pick the phones with the best cameras, screens and battery life. Mobile payments in the US still suck: Here’s why. iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9 Plus: Photos from our comparison Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $899 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier FaceID or fingerprint Now playing: Watch this: Where can you use? Works with NFC, magnetic stripe or EMV terminals, in-app purchases Samsung Galaxy phones since the Galaxy Note 5, Gear Watch and Gear Watch Active, Gear S2 and S3 Comments Credit, debit and loyalty cards 24 countries worldwide Apple Pay 4:32 Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay See It Apple Pay is available for browser payments in Safari, and you’ll need to authenticate with your fingerprint or FaceID. You can do this from an iPhone or iPad; a MacBook Pro with fingerprint support; or a Mac and verify with an iPhone or Apple Watch. Google Pay offers browser payments as well in Chrome, Safari and Firefox, but not many online stores use it yet. Samsung Pay and Google Pay work on the 340,000 sites that use Visa Checkout, if you’re shopping from your phone. Chase Pay users also have the option to link their wallets with Samsung Pay.All three services also work when checking out in several apps. Advantage: All three Check your Apple Pay Cash balance through the Wallet app. Jason Cipriani/CNET Peer-to-peer payments Apple Pay and Google Pay are the only two services that let you pay friends. Samsung Pay does not currently have a peer-to-peer option. With Apple Pay Cash, you can send money to contacts with Apple IDs through iMessage. Unfortunately, that means you’re cut off from anyone who doesn’t have an Apple device. Money can be stored on your virtual card in the Wallet app or you can withdraw to your bank account. Apple Pay Cash is only available in the US for now. You can pay any phone number or email address from the Google Pay app on iOS, Android or from the desktop interface. (This was previously found in the Google Pay Send app.) Like Apple Pay, you can keep a balance or withdraw to your bank account. Paying friends through Google Pay is available in the US and coming soon to UK users.Advantage: Google Pay $611 Fingerprint, PIN, pattern or password See It Wide variety of banks: full list here Apple iPhone X Wide variety of banks: full list here; PayPal Amazon Wide variety of banks: full list here; PayPal Works with NFC terminals, in-app and web purchases Tags Preview • iPhone X: We’ve already got one. Here’s what it’s like. With regards to availability, once you’ve added your cards to one of these mobile wallets you should be able to use them in any country that accepts contactless payments, as long as you would normally be able to use your physical card in that location. In the case of Samsung Pay, that also includes any terminal with a magnetic card reader.When you make a transaction with Samsung Pay, you’ll see a transaction notification pop up. Lexy Savvides/CNET Technology and availability Apple Pay and Google Pay use NFC, or near-field communication, to power contactless payments. Just tap your phone to a compatible terminal and the transaction is complete. Samsung Pay uses NFC and a technology called magnetic secure transmission (MST). When you hold the phone against any terminal, it emits a signal that simulates the magnetic strip on a card. This means it works with pretty much all terminals, without the merchant having to update their point of sale systems. The one situation where MST won’t work is when you need to insert a card into a slot, like at a gas station. Offline payments are also supported on all three platforms, so you can make a limited number of transactions if you have no cell or Wi-Fi signal. You are also able to use these mobile wallets to tap and go on public transit systems in various cities around the world.Advantage: Samsung Pay Security Mobile payment systems use a method called tokenization to keep card details secure. Once you add your cards to the app, it generates a virtual account number and your real card number is never given to the merchant. When you tap your phone to make a payment, it sends the tokenized card number and a cryptogram that acts like a password. The card network then verifies and processes the payment. Apple requires you to authenticate using TouchID (fingerprint), FaceID or PIN before a payment can go through. Samsung requires an iris scan, fingerprint or PIN to confirm purchases. But Google Pay only needs your phone to be unlocked with fingerprint, password, pattern or PIN before transactions can go through. If you lose your phone, all three allow you to remotely wipe the device which will also remove all your card details. Advantage: Apple Pay (though TouchID is still more convenient than FaceID) The Google Pay interface on a phone. Google Other ways to pay You’re not only tied to the phone. Here’s how you can also use them: Apple Pay: Apple Watch (in stores); on the iPad and Mac (for online purchases). Google Pay: on some Android Wear watches. Samsung Pay: Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Gear Sport, S2 and S3 (but MST support is only available on the Gear S3). Mobile payments are a mess. Here’s why See it Review • iPhone X review: This iPhone XS predecessor is still a contender $949 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone X (64GB, Space Gray) Which banks? Samsung Pay Mobile payments comparison See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Compatible devices 7:31 38 Photos Boost Mobile Apple iPhones since the SE, Apple Watch, MacBook Pro with TouchID, iPads since 5th generation, iPad Pro and iPad Mini reading • Apple Pay vs. Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Mobile payments compared Cards Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Fingerprint, PIN or iris Works with NFC terminals, in-app purchases and web purchases in Safari • See All Mobile payments could soon make your wallet obsolete by allowing you to pay with just the tap of your phone or smartwatch. But they’ve had a slow roll-out and not all options are made equal. The three most established systems are from Apple, Samsung and Google, although some wearables from brands such as Garmin and Fitbit also offer their own payment systems. So how do Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay compare, and which one is more widely accepted right now? 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Wine and food pairing is not that difficult as it sounds. One just needs to keep in mind that the selection of wine must compliment the taste of food ordered, say experts. Experts share tips on most suitable options to pair with your wine. -One can pair their favourite wine with other delicious food too. The most common food items that you can pair your wine with is pizzas, pastas, salads, burgers, pies, seafoods to name a few. These are some of the food items that we eat on any normal day, so we should also be thinking of pairing our wines with them. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-One must remember the thumb rule for wine and food pairing; white wine compliments white meat and red wine is great with red meat. -Cabernet Sauvignon is indeed the undisputed King of red wines. France, Italy and Napa Valley are the best producers. You can pair your spicy meat pizza with a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Pinotage and is also best paired with red meats like black peppered tenderloin and lamb chops in five spices. -Veg pizza would brilliantly go with Merlot. The idea is to not overpower the wine but to blend in. One can also try pork loin, slow cooked lamb stew and shepherd’s pie with a good Merlot. Merlots are normally light to medium bodied and often are blended with other grapes. France and Italy are top producers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Pinot Noir, one of the most versatile red grapes, best produced in France, United States and Germany. It is generally paired with food having strong earthy flavours. Try it with mushroom and greens with tofu in soya sauce, spaghetti bolognaise or a grilled salmon. -Similarly, you could have your red sauce pasta with a Shiraz, medium bodied grape with a hint of tannin is best produced in France, Australia and Spain. This can also be paired with roast lamb, grilled beef and lamb chops. -Sauvignon Blanc or Rose would go well with salads and also with mussels, char grilled lobsters, tajine and creamy tuscan chicken. -If seafood is your soul food, then the go to wine is Chardonnay, one of the most popular white grapes, or a riesling or a sparkling. -Another favourite food and wine pairing is the Indian street food. Try a pani puri with a Chenin Blanc or a samosa with Riesling. Try the quintessential tikki chat with a Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.-Chenin Blanc has floral aromas, mostly young wines are produced in Loire Valley. Have it with shish taouk or risotto with chicken and scallions.
Friday, May 24, 2019 Sirev “is a great choice for agents, and cost-effective”: Softvoyage marks 20 years << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by Share Tags: SIREV, Softvoyage The origins of Softvoyage date back to 1987 but it was a fortuitous merger in 1999 that really propelled the company forward. These days Softvoyage’s technology solutions for the travel industry, including Sirev, are tools that keep travel agencies competitive with major players spending millions of dollars on tech product development.The company also works with tour operators, consolidators and suppliers throughout North America and Europe as well.In April 2019 Softvoyage announced it had acquired a majority stake in Pythagoras, a Buenos Aires-based travel technology company, with an eye to expanding in Argentina.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Through Softvoyage’s booking tools agents can book everything from packages to air only to cruises for their clients.Sirev “is a great choice for agents, and a very cost-effective choice,” said Softvoyage co-founder and President Moise Levy at last night’s event.Together with co-founder and CEO Steve Ringuet and VP Sales & Marketing Dan Langevin, Levy toasted the company’s success and its long-standing relationships in the industry. “We have a great management system for tour operators and a great distribution system … and a great team,” said Levy. TORONTO — For two decades Softvoyage has taken B2B travel technology to new heights, making the CN Tower’s 346-metre high LookOut Level the perfect spot to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary.Last night’s event drew a who’s who of the travel industry, from tour operators who partner with Softvoyage for the technology behind their booking platforms, to GDS partners like Travelport and Amadeus, to retail agency partners.