Razer Beam

RazerPay was in the news recently for partnering with Visa to allow RazerPay to be used at 54 million Visa merchants globally. Although Razer's CEO had proffered a few card designs, official information released mentioned only an app not a card. How then could an app be used with millions of standard Visa terminals? Two possibilities:
  • RazerPay members will indeed be issued a physical card, or
  • Visa plans to upgrade its merchants to be app (QR-code, NFC) capable.
The second option will dovetail with Libra's ewallet (Visa is a founding Libra association member).

Mobile payments and ewallets go well with wearables, perhaps we may see some Libra-esque movements in that space as well (not necessarily referring to Razer). To use a wearable for transactions, data needs to be exchanged or beamed between it and a payment terminal (or a peer device). Possible tech: light (QR-code, LiFi), sound (eg. Chirp) and radio wave (Bluetooth, RFID, FelicCa, NFC, 5G).

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Pick of Events (W3-Jul-2019)

Link Belt and Road @ KL tix
Link Swiss Smart Factory @ KL
Link US-MX Foreign Policy @ KL
Link Ambank Digital Marketing @ KL
Link Cognitive Supply Chain @ PG 1 2
Link McKinsey CIMB DevOps @ KL
Link Shares for Employees @ KL
Link Future Investing @ KL tix
Link AgroTech Pitch @ KK tix

Link Art Battle @ KL tix
Link Film Festival @ KL tix
Link Arts Festival 1 @ PG tix
Link Arts Festival 2 @ PG
Link Poetry Festival @ SG
Link FĂȘte Nationale @ KL tix
Link Curry Coworking @ KL

Around The Region
Link A/B Testing @ SG
Link Angel Investing @ SG
Link Women Cybersecurity @ SG
Link Smart Nation Update @ SG
Link Data Science Meetup @ JKT

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