Julie May: 2014 will bring pervasive, persuasive and invasive tech


Julie May: 2014 will bring pervasive, persuasive and invasive tech

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A user scans a QR code on a smartphone, allowing bitcoins to be transferred into a digital wallet, while using the world’s first bitcoin ATM in October in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The ATM, named Robocoin, allows users to buy or sell the digital currency.

• Money moves beyond credit cards to pure digital.

Digital money will be pervasive in 2014. With the introduction of apps such as Google Wallet and Venmo, IOUs have become irrelevant. These new software applications link to your checking account and, provided the person you owe money has an account, allow you to zap them money on the spot. Nifty, huh?

Keep an eye out for altcoins — alternate cryptocurrency or virtual currency — to continue making headlines this year. We’ve seen a recent flood of media around Bitcoin, but there are other altcoins in the marketplace, such as Litecoin, Novacoin, Namecoin, Bytecoin, Primecoin and Ripple. These digital currencies take out the middleman — the bank — and allow the transfer of money from person to person, or business, without a fee. Altcoins also transcend all country denominations. They do for money what the Internet did for information — think decentralization of the monetary system.

It’s been heavily publicized that the U.S. is using outdated credit card technology. But not for long, because digital wallets such as COIN and The Wocket will be hitting the market in 2014. Digital wallets aggregate multiple credit cards and, in some cases, personal identification onto one card that can be used for purchases anywhere that accepts credit cards. They provide an additional level of security over current credit cards.

Persuasive, pervasive and invasive technologies will redefine your behavior in 2014. Consider staying on top of the trends so you can change with the times.

Julie May is CEO of bytes of knowledge, which she founded in 1995 and has built into one of Nashville’s leading technology companies, providing digital media development and comprehensive IT services. Visit http://www.bytesofknowledge.com.

About The Wocket™

The Wocket™ is a next generation designed to replace all the cards in your wallet without draining your cell phone’s battery; no smart phone required. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval. http://www.thewocket.com/

About NXT- ID Inc. — Mobile Security for a Mobile World

NXT-ID, Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition. http://www.nxt-id.com/, http://www.3d-id.net/

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Julie May: Credit Cards Becoming Extinct


Julie May: Credit Cards Becoming Extinct

With new technology released every day, will credit cards become a thing of the past, just as road maps, alarm clocks and encyclopedias have?

Digital wallets such as Wocket and Coin, which will arrive in 2014, are hinting at “yes.”

Digital wallets provide users a way to pay for purchases by swiping a card that holds personal information, such as your credit and debit cards, loyalty cards and gift cards.

starbucks-ios-app.pngWhile some apps, such as Starbucks, serve as digital wallets, they are typically single-purposed. For example, the Starbucks app allows me to maintain a credit balance for purchases at Starbucks only. I go into the coffee shop, order a grande latte, show them the bar code on my phone and, voila, the amount of my purchase has been deducted from my balance. That was pretty neat 18 months ago. Now, not so much.

Fast forward to 2014, when digital wallets will be in our pockets and purses. It was only a matter of time before plastic was going to be passe and apps would clutter our phones just as email does our inboxes. I’m not sure that is going away anytime in the next year, but I do know that payment using a digital wallet has the potential to make my life a little less cluttered. While not all of the details have been released, a peek under the tree is merited.

The Wocket

Enter The Wocket, a programmable card that stores up to 100 cards of any type — gas cards, credit cards, loyalty cards, etc. It also stores cash and bar codes and displays personal identification.

The Wocket, which will be available in the first quarter of 2014, can be used anywhere credit cards are accepted. It also uses near field communications (NFC) technology, which will allow it to pay for tolls on highways by simply waving it near the payment reader.

The card isn’t reliant on Internet or phone technology, so you don’t need an app or Bluetooth to use it. Instead, it uses voice recognition and biometrics, such as a thumbprint, to gain access to your credentials. Like a traditional credit card, Wocket uses a magnetic strip that is immediately erased until the next time you enter your biometric verification. The battery lasts two to four years, at which time you can replace the batteries without having to purchase a new Wocket.

coin-smart-card-3.pngCoin is a viable competitor to the Wocket but requires the use of an app. The Coin card can store up to eight credit or loyalty cards, while the Coin app — which will be available for iOS and Android platforms — can store an unlimited number of cards. You can switch out the cards on your Coin card via the app, but note that you can only pair one Coin card with your smartphone.

One of the greatest benefits of Coin is that, despite its size, it’s difficult to lose — and even more difficult for people to steal. Utilizing Bluetooth low-energy (LE) technology, Coin will send a message to your phone whenever the connection is lost. It will then disable your Coin card until you reconnect them. If you’re known for leaving things behind, Coin may be your new best friend.

coin-buyThe battery lasts up to two years, after which you will need to purchase a new Coin. Right now you can pre-order a Coin card for just $50. If you wait until the 2014 summer release, it’ll cost you $100. When you order early, your payment will help Coin fund its development and manufacturing until release. For that element of risk, they company is cutting you a deal. You can use your soon-to-be-extinct credit card to pay for your Coin.

So folks, with the introduction of digital wallets like Wocket and Coin, it doesn’t matter how deep the pocket — you can expect its weight to shrink in 2014.

About NXT- ID Inc. – Mobile Security for a Mobile World:

nxt-idNXT-ID Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition http://www.nxt-id.com/, http://3d-id.net/

About The Wocket™:

The Wocket™ is a next generation designed to replace all the cards in your wallet without draining your cell phone’s battery; no smart phone required. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval.

Visit the WOCKET website: TheWocket.com

Julie May is CEO of bytes of knowledge, which she founded in 1995 and has built into one of Nashville’s leading technology companies, providing digital media development and comprehensive IT services.

Visit bytes of knowledge online at: bytesofknowledge.com

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The Wocket Hopes To Replace Your Wallet


The Wocket Hopes To Replace Your Wallet

The age of electronic wallets is officially here. First there was the Coin, now the Wocket by NXT-ID wants to replace all your credit cards. Scheduled to launch early 2014, The Wocket works anywhere a credit card is taken and can be used with your biometric or touch screen authentication acne select which card you want to use, which will then substitute that card in your wallet.

Your security is never compromised since it uses no personal information on its magnetic strop so the risk of fraud is reduced. It can hold about 100 cards, coupons, gift cards, etc. It can even hold medical records, IDs, rewards/loyalty cards and many more. Card info is erased after every transaction, too. The card reader plugs in directly to the Wocket and it fathers replaceable CR batteries in the Wocket with unlimited battery life via the in-wallet charging of the dynamic card. More info on how to pre-order yours on their site!

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NXT-ID Appoints Two Former MasterCard Executives to Its Newly Formed Advisory Board


NXT-ID Shows First Images of the Biometrically Secure Wallet, The Wocket(TM)

SHELTON, CT–(Marketwired – Dec 17, 2013)

NXT-ID, Inc. (OTCQB: NXTD), a biometrics company focused on the growing m-commerce market, announces the appointment of two key advisory board members, Mr. Lawrence Flanagan and Mr. Ken Moy. The appointments from the card payment industry align with the company’s roll-out and 2014 launch of The Wocket™, a next generation biometrically secure wallet.

“We are honored and excited to have two luminaries of the card payment world on our advisory board,” said Gino Pereira, CEO of NXT-ID, Inc. “Their experience is invaluable to our future prospects and growth for The Wocket™. We look forward to growing our advisory board over the next few months with equally talented and experienced individuals.”

university of new havenMr. Lawrence Flanagan is President and Founder of New Tech Haven since January 2013 and was formerly the Executive Dean at the University of New Haven College of Business. Flanagan is regarded as one of the most accomplished global marketing leaders in the country. Prior to his career in academia, he spent nearly three decades in corporate America as an executive at MasterCard Worldwide, the Procter & Gamble Company and L’Oreal USA.

mastercard-logo-473B8726A9-seeklogo.comAs the global chief marketing officer at MasterCard, he managed a $1.5 billion budget, directed marketing strategies in more than 50 countries and helped launch the company’s hugely successful “Priceless” advertising campaign. He also established strategic partnerships with Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour and Champions League soccer in Europe and was part of the executive team that spearheaded MasterCard’s highly successful initial public offering in 2006. He earned six Gold Effie awards from the American Marketing Association, the most prestigious honor among marketing professionals, and was recognized as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Sports” in 2004 by SportBusiness International. In 2008, the NY AdClub named Flanagan “Person of the Year”. In 2013, the University of New Haven awarded a Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa to Flanagan.

Flanagan, who is a former national co-chair of the CMO Collective, is active with Save the Children and previously served on the University of New Haven’s Board of Governors. He is on the advisory boards of Visitdays.com and Fraud.net.

The second appointment, Mr. Ken Moy, was formerly senior vice president and Group Head of US Emerging Payments at MasterCard Worldwide.

masterpass-titleMoy led the execution of the company’s digital conversion strategy and managed all aspects of product development and a diverse set of existing products including online and offline payments, authentication solutions, spending controls and alerts services. He launched MasterPass, the firm’s digital wallet solution and important pillar to overall strategy, achieving over 25,000 online merchants, and wallet distribution with over 20 financial institutions.

Google_Wallet_logo.svg.pngMoy has extensive experience in large-scale rollouts, partnerships, corporate development, strategic planning, business administration and product management, in the technology, commerce and financial services space. He led an exclusive agreement with Google, Citibank and First Data to launch Google Wallet, the first commercially available mobile payment solutions. He also led an exclusive agreement with Intel for access to embedded technology in Intel PCs to deliver enhanced security and user experience for electronic ecommerce.

Prior to his nearly 14 year career at MasterCard, Mr. Moy enjoyed a successful 10 year career at Citibank where he held a range of leadership roles in the firm’s payment cards and wholesale banking businesses.

He was a Smart Card Alliance Board Member from 2004-2010 and is a frequent industry speaker and commentator.

Presently, Moy is Founder and President of Harvest Advisors LLC, a provider of strategy, business development and implementation advice to start-ups and technology solution providers in the developing commerce space.

NXT-ID, Inc. released the first images of The Wocket™ on its corporate website and product website late last week.

About The Wocket™

The Wocket™ is a next generation designed to replace all the cards in your wallet without draining your cell phone’s battery; no smart phone required. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval. http://thewocket.com/

About NXT- ID Inc. — Mobile Security for a Mobile World:

nxt-idNXT-ID, Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition. http://www.nxt-id.com/, http://3d-id.net/

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The Wocket Has Been Unveiled To The Public


NXT-Id’s Wocket Has Been Unveiled For The First Time 

See the new WOCKET at: TheWocket.com

These industry developments increase our confidence and enthusiasm for the NXT-ID (NXTD) Wocket(TM) both as a digital wallet and a potential secure storage option for Bitcoins. The Wocket has a much more robust design in terms of security and usability. NXT-ID is an early stage technology company going after a large market. SoundView Technology Group points out that based on initial traction and a conservative intrinsic valuation (IV) model show a fair value of $11/share we see NXT-ID continuing to benefit from intensive investor attention to this space.

About the Soundview Technology Group:

New research note points to recent industry developments as important drivers to adoption of the upcoming NXT-ID, Inc. (otcqb:NXTD) Wocket(TM). Over 7 million consumers have watched a marketing video for a new digital wallet with a very limited feature set. Consumer interest in this product area is high and accelerating. The commercial development of new digital currencies like Bitcoin has continued despite extreme price volatility. Industry leaders from companies like PayPal have acknowledged the value and viability of the new currency. At the same time mainstream venture capital firms like Andreesen Horowitz have stepped up their efforts to find “major bets” to make in this new market.

To read more click here: http://www.fnmprofiles.com/profiles-nxtd.php

About NXT- ID Inc. – Mobile Security for a Mobile World:

nxt-idNXT-ID Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition http://www.nxt-id.com/ , http://3d-id.net/

Visit the company website at: http://nxt-id.com/

Stay tuned for further announcements about the WOCKET at: http://thewocket.com/

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My name is Bombed, I mean Bond… James Bond…hic!


Doctors say James Bond has a drinking problem.

Vodka martini, “shaken not stirred” – is one of the most quotable lines from Bond.

Yet Her Majesty’s top secret agent’s love of the bottle would leave him impotent and at death’s door.

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Doctors analyzing the Ian Fleming novels show James Bond polishes off the equivalent of one and a half bottles of wine every day.

They say he is not the man to trust to deactivate a nuclear bomb.

Doctors in Derby and Nottingham sat down to read the 14 Bond novels in their spare time.

With a notebook at hand they charted every day and every drink.

Excluding the 36 days Bond was in prison, hospital or rehab, the spy downed 1,150 units of alcohol in 88 days.

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It works out at 92 units a week – about five vodka martinis a day and four times the recommended maximum intake for men in the UK.

The doctors’ report in the festive edition of the British Medical Journal concluded: “Although we appreciate the societal pressures to consume alcohol when working with international terrorists and high stakes gamblers, we would advise Bond to be referred for further assessment of his alcohol intake.”

Patrick Davies, a consultant in paediatric intensive care at Nottingham University Hospitals, told the BBC: “You wouldn’t want this person defusing a nuclear bomb.

“He’s a very glamorous person, he gets all the girls and that’s totally incompatible with the lifestyle of an alcoholic, which he is.”

He said Bond would be classified in the “top whack” of problem drinkers and would be at high risk of liver damage, an early death and impotence.

“So he might be practising safe sex after all,” said Dr Davies.

From Russia with vodka

He also had a “Drink and Let Drive” habit after consuming 39 units in Casino Royale then crashing in a high-speed car chase and needing two weeks in hospital.

On his biggest bender, Bond had 50 units in a single day during From Russia With Love and only 13 days in all the novels were free of the sauce.

Charting James Bond’s drinking habits with age, he starts off drinking heavily in Casino Royale (1953) before seemingly starting to get his life in order as he heads towards Goldfinger (1959).

However, his intake starts to soar again and peaks at 132 units a week in You Only Live Twice (1964).

The researchers argue this may be a response to the death of his wife a year earlier in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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They say the study is light-hearted, and did not interfere with their day jobs, but raises an important message about alcohol.

Excessive alcohol consumption is thought to cause 2.5 million deaths every year around the world.

“The level of functioning as displayed in the books is inconsistent with the physical, mental, and indeed sexual functioning expected from someone drinking this much alcohol,” the doctors said.

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NXT-ID (NXTD) – Upcoming Release of Wocket(TM) Taps Into Ramping Demand for Digital Wallets and Currencies


NXT-ID (NXTD) – Upcoming Release of Wocket(TM) Taps Into Ramping Demand for Digital Wallets and Currencies

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 SoundView Technology Group: New research note points to recent industry developments as important drivers to adoption of the upcoming NXT-ID (OTCQB: NXTD) Wocket.

Over 7 million consumers have watched a marketing video for a new digital wallet with a very limited feature set. Consumer interest in this product area is high and accelerating.

The commercial development of new digital currencies like Bitcoin has continued despite extreme price volatility. Industry leaders from companies like PayPal have acknowledged the value and viability of the new currency. At the same time mainstream venture capital firms like Andreesen Horowitz have stepped up their efforts to find “major bets” to make in this new market.

These industry developments increase our confidence and enthusiasm for the NXT-ID (NXTD) Wocket™ both as a digital wallet and a potential secure storage option for Bitcoins. As we outline in our note, the Wocket has a much more robust design in terms of security and usability.

We see the following as key advantages for the NXT-ID Wocket:

Security: Using a secure chip the Wocket can store 100s of cards and digital records. Authentication is multi-factor and includes biometrics. Cards go into the Wocket directly without involving unsecure intermediate steps.

Usability: The Wocket includes an ultra-lower power touchscreen display in addition to the dynamic magnetic stripe as both a UI and QR-code mechanism. A combination of power management, in-wallet charging and standard battery means that consumers won’t have to fear a “dead wallet.”

Flexibility: Rather than being tied to a phone or platform the Wocket can be paired with any device either locally or in the cloud when secure protocols are available. This dynamic pairing is a key feature of the NXT-ID approach and is a powerful and highly differentiated aspect of their technology.

NXT-ID is an early stage technology company going after a large market. Based on initial traction and a conservative intrinsic valuation (IV) model show a fair value of $11/share we see the company continuing to benefit from intensive investor attention to this space.

Our full report is available for download here: http://s3.amazonaws.com/Published_Research/NXT-ID_NXTD_NOTE_DEC_2013.pdf

About SoundView Technology Group:

We are an independent advisory and research firm specializing in emerging technologies as they reach commercialization. Our proprietary research and modeling work provides valuable information for company management teams and investors in these emerging opportunities. We regularly publish our findings across a variety of channels including all the major retail and institutional information outlets. SoundView is based in Boston, Massachusetts with locations in New York and Connecticut.

About NXT- ID Inc. – Mobile Security for a Mobile World:

NXT-ID Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition http://www.nxt-id.com/ , http://3d-id.net/

Visit the company website at: http://nxt-id.com/

Stay tuned for further announcements about the WOCKET at the company website at: http://thewocket.com/

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Wind Works Power ensures our Green Future


 A Green way to generate electricity, Wind Power!

Wind energy is clean, cost effective, and one of the fastest growing sources of new energy in the world. With only a few windmills, electricity can be supplied for thousands of homes.

Wind Works (otc: WWPW) now operates 4.6 megawatts in Germany, in which it has a 49% ownership stake. In addition, Wind Works is developing 77 megawatts of near-term permitted projects in Germany; 70 megawatts of FIT contracted projects in Ontario; and 425 megawatts of projects in the United States.

Our mission is to provide the opportunity for people to participate in the development of renewable wind energy projects. We believe in making sound, environmentally conscious investments that are good for our shareholders and our planet. To eliminate one person`s carbon footprint of 10 tons each year (for Germany), it only takes a modern windmill 1 day by producing approx. 20,000 kilowatt hours of zero emission energy.

For more information, please visit: www.windworkspower.com

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Wind Power

Wind. It’s clean (wind power generates absolutely no greenhouse gases). It’s renewable. And it involves no production decline curve. Hence, 30 years from now we won’t be worrying about “Peak Wind” theories coming to fruition.

It also can’t be hoarded by power hungry cartels. In fact, enough of it exists to satisfy global demand seven times over, according to a Stanford University study. North Dakota alone has enough of it to meet 25% of U.S. demand.

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But perhaps most importantly, it’s finally coming of age. Just consider:

  • From 2000 to 2007, the size of the wind power industry increased fivefold.
  • Last year, records were shattered with $36 billion in total global wind investments with the United States leading the way with $9 billion.
  • In the next 10 years, the wind industry is expected to quadruple in size.

Hands down, wind is the fastest growing source of power. But can such growth continue?

The Department of Energy and countless other studies and industry experts say it will. But are they being realistic? Absolutely – and here’s why……

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Wind Power Makes Economic Sense

First and foremost, wind power makes economic sense. If the price of oil drops to $50 a barrel, the economics still work; even without government subsidies.

You see, wind can be used to generate electricity for 6 to 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.

For comparison’s sake, the cost of nuclear power runs about 15 cents per kilowatt-hour. Coal now costs north of 10 cents (without factoring in carbon capture and storage). And gas-fired power costs approximately 12 cents.

Keep in mind, too, that just a few years ago, wind costs rested north of 15 to 20 cents. But today, costs are low enough in some markets to compete with conventional power generation methods. And future advancements will make wind power even cheaper.

Look no further than Denmark. It already generates 20% of its total electrical output from wind. And Spain, Portugal and Germany boast similarly impressive penetration rates of roughly 12%, 10% and 7%, respectively.

The timing couldn’t be more perfect, either. While wind energy costs are dropping, costs for competing technologies – coal, nuclear and gas – are headed in the opposite direction.

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Opportunity in Canada

The Kyoto Accord signed by Canada requires that the Federal Government mandate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to be below 1990 levels. Since 1990 Canada’s C02 emissions have increased by 20%! Ontario’s policy to close coal fired generating plants by 2015 replacing this power with wind will reduce C02 emissions into the atmosphere by 40%. The first closing occurred in Mississauga, June 2005

Canada, with its size and one of the best wind resources in the world has lagged behind until now. The Federal Government has expanded its ecoENERGY Grant of $0.01 / KWh of production to 4,000 MW.

Ontario, who was behind Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec is catching up to offset being out of power at peak periods when it is forced to buy electricity at $0.14 to $0.22 per KWh from NY, Michigan and Quebec.

In October 2008, Canada’s largest wind farm, the Melancthon Eco Power Centre near Shelburne, Ontario came on line with 133 turbines, and since that time 800 MW of projects have come on line and the Ontario Minister of Energy, Hon. George Smitherman, has directed the Ontario Power Authority to revise its business plan to procure MORE that the originally authorized 2,000 MW of renewable wind energy by 2015.

In a recent announcement Hon. Smitherman indicated that through the new Green Energy Act, to be introduced in the first quarter of 2009, that the Province was moving toward more rapid deployment by removing regulatory barriers and replacing the RFP process with a “Feed-in Tariff”, the same model that has created 72,000 new wind industry jobs in Germany since 1995.

Canada only had 684 MW in operation in 2005. As of Dec 12, 2008 Canada has 1,770 MW of wind energy production, plus 2,000 MW in Quebec, 1,500 MW in Ontario, and 170 MW in British Columbia under construction. With a CanWEA goal of 10,000 MW by 2015, the industry will offset lost auto manufacturing jobs by employing 11,000 people.

Visit the company website at: http://www.windworkspower.com/

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NXTD’s new Pocket WOCKET article published at banking-business-review.com


Article released in banking-business-review.com on NXT-id’s new Pocket WOCKET

http://payments.banking-business-review.com/news/nxt-id-to-launch-next-generation-electronic-wallet-the-wocket-031213-4140483

NXT-ID to launch next generation electronic wallet ‘The Wocket’

NXT-ID, (OTCQB: NXTD) a biometrics company focused on the growing mobile commerce market, is planning to roll out its next generation wallet, The Wocket, during the first quarter of 2014.

The Wocket, which will be used wherever credit cards are accepted, has been designed to replace all the cards with a single, secure smart card.

The new electronic wallet, which can only be used with a biometric or touch screen authentication, supports most payment methods currently available at a point-of-sale (POS) at retailers, globally.

NXT-ID said that its Wocket will replace all the cards in a customer’s wallet with one single re-programmable card within a secure biometric vault.

Users can access it with security on the touch screen or through voice authentication biometrics and can choose the card according to their wish to use.

In order to abolish the fraud risk, the wallet does not retain any personal information on the magnetic stripe.

The Wocket features include easy and direct plugging of card reader, removing of card information after every transaction, works without phone and is capable to hold approximately 100 cards, records, coupons, etc.

About NXT- ID Inc. – Mobile Security for a Mobile World:

NXT-ID Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition http://www.nxt-id.com/ , http://3d-id.net/

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Today’s top Biometrics & Tech news updates for advancing eCommerce and Internet Leaders : NXT-ID (OTCQB: NXTD), Twitter TWTR, Facebook Inc. FB, Apple Inc. APPL and Microsoft, Inc. MSFT.


Today’s top Biometrics & Tech news updates for advancing eCommerce and Internet Leaders : NXT-ID (OTCQB: NXTD), Twitter TWTR, Facebook Inc. FB, Apple Inc. APPL and Microsoft, Inc. MSFT.

NXT-ID, Inc’s (OTCQB: NXTD), The Wocket(TM) contains a single secure smart card that can hold up to 100 cards and is designed to replace all the cards in your wallet. The Wocket(TM) works anywhere that credit cards are accepted and can only be used with your biometric or touch screen authentication. The Wocket(TM) is scheduled to come to market in the first quarter of 2014.

COIN, a company that puts eight credit cards in one COIN is taking pre-orders from consumers for delivery in the summer in 2014. Management believes believe Coin is a substantial improvement on how consumers interact with, and use cards that have a magnetic stripe.

As the two companies prepare for their roll-out in 2014, Investorideas interviews both CEOs to give consumers insight as to what will differentiate the products to the end user. InvestorIdeas is a leader in investor stock research by sector, featuring stock news, commentary and trading alerts in leading sectors.

NXT-ID, Inc Interview:

Q: Investorideas What is the idea behind the wocket(TM)?

A: Gino Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of NXT-ID, Inc The wocket(TM) is our interpretation of everything a modern wallet should be. It has a single reprogrammable credit card within the wocket to allow secure payments to be made in a traditional manner but the wocket has other functionality too and will be able to display identification as well as hold cash just like a traditional wallet.

Q: Investorideas What is the battery life of the smart card in the wocket?

A: Gino Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of NXT-ID, Inc The smart card in the wocket is automatically recharged when it is in the wocket so it will never run out of juice! The wocket uses two CR batteries that need to be replaced every 2 to 4 years depending on frequency of use but they are inexpensive and widely available.

Q: Investorideas Does the phone need to be near for the wocket to work?

A: Gino Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of NXT-ID, Inc No. The wocket does not depend on a phone to work. In fact no confidential information in the wocket is ever passed through a phone or the internet. It is an important security feature.

Q: Investorideas What security features does the wocket have?

A: Gino Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of NXT-ID, Inc In order to access the wocket for use, the user must authenticate themselves through the use of a multi-factor voice biometric algorithm or through a unique identifier on the touch screen. As we have previously stated, no confidential information in the wocket is ever passed through a phone. The confidential card information is loaded directly on to the wocket through a scanner that has an input directly into the wocket. In addition after the card is used, the wocket zeroizes the magnetic strip meaning no information is retained on the card. If the card is lost there is no useful information on it. In fact purchasers can subscribe to an insurance plan with us so that if their card is lost we will replace it overnight and they can continue life as normal within 24 hrs.

Q: Investorideas What features does the wocket offer other than making credit card payments?

A: Gino Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of NXT-ID, Inc Any card with a magnetic stripe can be loaded on the wocket so debit cards, gas cards, supermarket cards and other loyalty cards can all be used. The wocket can also display barcodes and identity cards. The fact that the wocket is a smart wallet also means that future editions will be able to make touchless payments, often known as “touch and go,” and NFC capability means that you could even use it at to make EZ-pass payments while you are driving. Of course you will also be able to hold cash in your wocket as well.

COIN Interview:

Q: Investorideas I had read that the battery life of COIN is 2 years; is that correct? And if so what kind of usage is that based on in testing?

A: Kanishk Parashar, CEO of Coin COIN’s battery life is 2 years under normal usage. Normal usage is 10 swipes per day.

Q: Investorideas What happens if the phone battery dies? Does it still work?

A: Kanishk Parashar, CEO of Coin Coin uses the concept of a leash, when the phone battery dies, the leash breaks and Coin locks down and disables itself. Once this happens, users can manually unlock Coin using a single button passcode (similar to a morse code) and continue to use their Coin without their phone.

Q: Investorideas How do they get the credit info onto the phone app? How is it downloaded?

A: Kanishk Parashar, CEO of Coin Credit card info is downloaded to your phone app by first taking a picture of the front and back of your card, answering personal security questions and finally through a card reader dongle attached to your phone.

Q: Investorideas Have you tested the magnetic stripe with all kinds of payment cards? And can you say which ones?

A: Kanishk Parashar, CEO of Coin We have proven and tested the magnetic stripe with all kinds of payment cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX just to name a few, as well as other magnetic striped cards like loyalty cards, gift cards, and membership cards.

Q: Investorideas Does the phone need to be near for COIN to work?

A: Kanishk Parashar, CEO of Coin [As per question two] Coin uses the concept of a leash, when the phone battery dies, the leash breaks and Coin locks down and disables itself. Once this happens, users can manually unlock Coin using a single button passcode (similar to a morse code) and continue to use their Coin without their phone.

Q: Investorideas What stops someone that gets a hold of your COIN, from accessing all 8 cards you may have downloaded? For example what happens if it falls in the hands of either a customer service person or if you lose it or someone steals it?

A: Kanishk Parashar, CEO of Coin When you give your COIN to a customer service person or waiter, you can lock the card to avoid unwanted swipes from occurring. Additionally COIN will keep track of the number of times it is swiped and will alert you when actions are suspicious. When your COIN is lost or stolen, it will be disabled and inoperable as soon as it breaks connectivity with your mobile phone and will not function until it is manually enabled or reconnected to your phone.

Monday proved to be a mildly upbeat day for the tech sector, with Twitter Inc. flexing its muscles further after announcing a new method of targeting ads, and after the microblogging company joined several tech leaders in calling upon President Obama to push for tighter controls on governmental efforts to spy online. Twitter TWTR closed with a gain of $4.19 a share, or more than 9%, at $49.14 on Monday. Analyst Ken Sena, of Evercore Partners, said Twitter’s gains were likely “a follow-through from Thursday’s announcement” when the company unveiled “tailored audiences” , or new tools designed to better target advertisements on the company’s site.

Read the full article at:  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/twitter-gains-as-tech-leaders-call-for-curbs-on-spying-2013-12-09?siteid=yhoof2

Facebook, Inc. FB which operates as a social networking company worldwide, builds various tools that enable users to connect, share, discover, and communicate with each other on mobile devices and computers. FB closed up 1.88% on Monday trading over 35Million shares by the market close.

Apple, Inc. AAPL News: Global Equities Research’s Trip Chowdhry today writes that he has been approached by clients asking him what he makes of the rumored iPhone deal between Apple (AAPL -0.78%, news) and China Mobile (CHL -1.44%, news). As I mentioned this morning, The Wall Street Journal reported China Mobile will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone this week, the first time the carrier has ever officially offered the phone. Chowdhry, who has an Overweight rating on Apple shares, and an $800 price target, opines that details of the deal “are still sketchy,” and it remains to be seen what the price will be when the devices do go on sale.

Read the full story at:  http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2013/12/09/apple-may-sell-20m-iphones-on-china-mobile-says-global-equities/?mod=yahoobarrons&ru=yahoo

Microsoft, Inc. MSFT News: Microsoft watchers Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott recently detailed a number of changes that could be coming in the next major version of Windows, something that Foley is hearing called “Threshold.” It could be heading towards our waters in 2015. Unsurprisingly, Threshold continues the trend of unification inside the Windows aegis. The platform becomes more tightly locked, with a common core sporting several faces, or SKUs. One, as described by Foley as “Modern,” is akin to Windows RT, and would focus on Windows Store apps.

Read the full story at:  http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/09/microsoft-could-bring-back-the-start-menu-in-the-next-version-of-windows/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000591.

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About NXT- ID Inc. – Mobile Security for a Mobile World:

NXT-ID Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition http://www.nxt-id.com/ , http://3d-id.net/

Visit the company website at:  http://nxt-id.com/

Stay tuned for further announcements about the WOCKET at the company website at:  http://thewocket.com/

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