eBay plan to jettison PayPal in favor of Adyen

For someone like me who has been shopping online since 2013, it’s going to make a big difference.

For fifteen years, PayPal has been the premier partner for eBay as its payment getaway but the reign is coming to an end.

eBay decided that by 2020 to jettison PayPal as its primary payment processing getaway in favor of a 12 year-old startup coming right from Amsterdam, Adyen.

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But fear not!

By 2020, PayPal will remain a payment option for shoppers on eBay, but it won’t be prominently featured ahead of debit and credit card options as it is today. PayPal will cease to process card payments for eBay at that time.

PayPal’s stock dropped as much as 12 percent on the news in after-market trading.

At eBay, the move is being billed as a way to take more control over the critical checkout experience as other giant online shopping destinations like Amazon and Alibaba have, while giving more payment options to eBay shoppers. Adyen supports more than 200 payment methods across the world, eBay said in a blog post announcing the news.

But it is a great opportunity to seize for Adyen for a small company with a revenue of $178 million in 2016 as compered to the 11 billion dollar cash cow generated by PayPal.

PayPal entered agreement with eBay all the way back in 2003§. The two companies split into separate public companies in July of 2015 and signed a five-year operating agreement to maintain a close relationship through mid-2020.

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Ed Neumeier to pen the sequel of the “original” RoboCop. Ignoring all the rest of the franchise. 

It has been thirty one years since RoboCop made its debut in theaters  and became the sensational icon of the corporate satire and ultra violence that marked the end of the 80s. With the success of the first film, the original writers Ed Neumeier and Mike Miner set out to write the sequel under the subtitle of Corporate War. However the infamous 1988 writer’s strike prevented them from finishing the script. As a result, The unused Corporate Wars was never materialized and the production company at that time, Orion, replaced them with the comic book legend Frank Miller. Miller was inexperienced as a screenwriter and the sequel RoboCop 2, even though was filled with violence, did not achieve the same level of success as the original one.


RoboCop 3, rushed into production just as RoboCop 2 hit the theaters was a complete disaster. And the rest is just history.

But now, Ed Neumeier finally gets his revenge. As the writer of the original film, he sets out to write down the sequel of RoboCop 2.  As of now, we don’t know much about the story, whether or not, Ed would just “port” and continues the Corporate War storyline where he did leave it off thirteen years ago.

In an interview with Zeitgeist Entertainment Magazine, original RoboCop writer Ed Neumeier confirmed that MGM has hired him to write a direct sequel to the 1987 film, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Neumeier describes the new script as “a continuation really of the first movie. In my mind. So it’s a little bit more of the old school thing.” There’s some ambiguity there, perhaps implying more of a tonal kinship than a total abandonment of current continuity. For now, however, it certainly seems like RoboCop 2 and 3, not to mention the 2014 remake, will be falling by the wayside.

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A book I do recommend to read: 1995 The Year The Future Began

The title might sound like 1984 by George Orwell. 

It has been a month since I did not publish an article in my blog. Sometimes, you have to understand me. I’m a flight attendant, and I do spend much of time on the airplane. Back in 2012, I was active on my tumblr weblog simply because I had to keep the trend when scribbling about one of my favorite TV Show, The Mentalist.

Things have changed since then. Now, I’m 32 years old and still writing but the cadence has slowed considerably as compared to my former calling as prolific writer on Tumblr.

But anyway, as the slogan of my blog says : “I keep blogging about everything and nothing”

Anyway, let’s start 2018 with a book I do recommend reading. It’s called 1995: The Year The Future Began. It chronicles the events it occurred that year, which according to the writer, Joseph Campbell, it 1995 ushered the world to the new millennium.

The title might sound like 1984 by George Orwell. (but on steroid)

The book digs dipper into major events that shaped American history for the better and the for the worst. Campbell starts with the emergence of the World Wide Web and the infamous, almost bloody war between Microsoft and Netscape. Then, he jumps into Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon with its humble beginning. And the emergence of the Wiki, which allowed the web to be a more collaborative hub for everyone.

1995 was also a tragic year for America, as the world witnessed the pre-September 11 attack on the American soil. The infamous Oklaoma Bombing that claimed life of 168 lives, which many people will certainly remember the photography of the firefighter holding a moribund newborn. It was by far the deadliest attack ever occurred back then.

On the legal side, 1995 was marked by the trial of O.J. Simpson charged for double homicide while on the politics side, The infamous affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky that send a reverberation accorss America and impeached the U.S President.

As Campbell demonstrates in this absorbing chronicle, 1995 was a year of extraordinary events, a watershed at the turn of the millennium. The effects of that pivotal year reverberate still, marking the close of one century and the dawning of another.

A good book that I would recommend to read.

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Add more ROMs to your Super Nintendo Classic Mini

The Super Nintendo Classic Mini is a must and a no brainer for a collector just like me and for those who would like to leap back to their childhood, enjoying those wonderful games that made our day.

The Super Nintendo Classic Mini comes with 21 bundled games. But its internal memory is limited to 256 MB, and Hackers found their way to add more ROMs to the console thru the workaround.

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The following tutorial shows you how to add more ROM and enjoy the games that you tended to play when you were young. However, it should be noted that hacking the console will void its warrenty and there is a chance that you blank the console’s memory.

 

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Book collector software Collectorz.com no longer offers the standard version. Opt for Premium instead.

I have to tell you something, I’m an ardent reader of movie tie-ins. I got them shipped directly at home and start reading until the end. Right now, I got a collection of more than two hundred books that need to be classified.

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To proceed, a year ago, I stumbled upon Collectorz.com, a website that offers you to downloaded a trialware version of Book Collector which let you classify your books. However, it appears that recently the company no longer offers a standard version of the software which was priced $ 30. As a result, you need to pony up a premium version of with addotional $ 19, bringing the figure to $ 50

The policy change on removing standard version applies to all Collectorz.com products.

You can order your copy right here.

Nevertheless, the software is a must for book aficionados

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Lumia power users will rejoice as Windows Phone Internals is here!

Although Microsoft killed Windows Phone platform due to its poor performance as compered to the juggernauts Android and iOS, Lumia enthusiasts will rejoice as Windows Phone Internals is here. The tool is made specifically for power users who would like to root, and gain access to the custom ROM of their handsets.

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The tool in question goes thru a series of automation required to unlock the bootloader of your phone. Once done, it will allows super user to do whatever they want to their phone, like creating full device backup or using the phone as mass storage.

For people who are mourning Windows Phone platform, rejoice Lumia will have a second breath.

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Richer than Bill Gates, Amazon Mogul Jeff Bezos saw his fortune hitting the 12-figure mark.

That’s it. He made it and he is the richest man in the world. Jeff Bezos is now worth 100  Billions dollars. Thanks to yesterday’s Black Friday which saw a sudden surge in Amazon stock, turns the runner up and fonder of Amazon Jeff Bezos into the richest man in the planet, outranking Bill Gates, who is now $ 10 billion poorer.

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For those who were living under the rock, Jeff Bezos is the founder of the Amazon conglomerate all the way back in 1994. He started selling books. And surfing on the success of the dot-net bubbles, he became billionaire and was named the Person of the Year in 1999 by Times Magazine. Amazon turned into profitable company as it began to sell everything, from books to gardening tools.  10 years ago, Amazon entered the area of the e-books, starting to the sell the super successful Kindle e-readers.  Amazon bought many companies and brought them into the umbrella, including Audible, the leading DRM protected audiobooks distribution over the internet.

And the Black Friday came and went, and your online shopping on Amazon has made Jeff the richest man in the world.

Let’s see what Cyber Monday has to offer!

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