Apple TV about to clear its biggest hurdle

Apple TV 2nd Generation

Apple TV 2nd Generation

Its been said that Apple TV will come to fruition because Steve Jobs cracked the interface problem, but I think that was always in Apple’s wheelhouse and not its primary obstacle. The primary obstacle to shift Apple TV from a hobby to a commercial success is availability of the TV programming itself. Today the FCC chairman shed some light on very good news for current and future Apple TV owners and millions of folks that want to cut themselves off from the exorbitant rates that existing cable companies seemingly extort from customers, in a monopolistic fashion. Continue reading Apple TV about to clear its biggest hurdle

 Apple Pay already the #1 contactless payment system, bigger than everyone else combined

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

In less than a week, Apple’s Apple Pay contactless (tap-to-pay) payment system already has more users than all other contactless payment systems, including Google Wallet, combined. The media was skeptical that anyone would use it because it was limited to iPhone 6 users but I stated that the number of iPhone 6 users is so high (and millions more on the way by this Christmas, that by themselves they could make Apple Pay a success. it looks like we are doing exactly that. Continue reading  Apple Pay already the #1 contactless payment system, bigger than everyone else combined

CurrentC (MCX) could be Rite-Aid and CVS’ way to also snoop on you

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

Recent headlines are ablaze with the story about Rite-Aid and CVS deactivating Tap-To-Pay (NFC) POS terminals in their stores, which naturally disables Apple Pay (and Google Wallet) and all other contactless payment methods. Rumors had it that they both are members of Merchant’s Exchange (MCX) who for several years now has been working on their own payment system (CurrenC) to circumvent the fees that credit card companies charge. Stories that rite–Aid and CVS were intentionally trying to undermine Apple Pay therefore cannot be true since they have been working on their system for years. More likely than not the deactivation of NFC terminals was nothing more than a panicked knee jerk reaction by someone who didn’t know any better. Continue reading CurrentC (MCX) could be Rite-Aid and CVS’ way to also snoop on you

MasterCard Nearby’ app helps Apple Pay users find nearby retailers

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

Consumers around the United States are loading credit and debit cards from Bank of America, Capital One, Citi and Wells Fargo onto their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for use with Apple Pay. One of the first questions being asked is, “Where can I use it?’ MasterCard has the answer: MasterCard Nearby. Continue reading MasterCard Nearby’ app helps Apple Pay users find nearby retailers

Apple Pay: Device Account Number

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

Now that millions of users are using Apply Pay all over the U.S, we are getting a better understanding of contactless payment POS terminals. There were millions of iPhone 6s were ordered by Apple for the launch and on top of that 50 million more units are already on order for sale by the end of this year, the U.S. population is only just over 300 million people so in two months Apple will already have 17% market penetration , which is a massive start. There will be plenty of people using Apple Pay very soon and plenty of questions about how it works. Its actually very simple, just touch your finger to your Touch ID pad (hoe button) on your iPhone, when the transaction is complete and you have paid! Thats is. Super easy. There is one important point that I just noticed, and you should know about Continue reading Apple Pay: Device Account Number

Rite Aid and CVS Pharmacy opt out of Apple Pay, customers infuriated

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

Customers of Rite Aid and CVS Pharmacy this week were in for a rude surprise when their Apple Pay stopped working without warning. Apple Pay can and does work on any POS terminal in the world that already NFC hardware built-in. Although Apple Pay initially worked just fine at Rite Aid and CVS Pharmacy, both stores went out of their way to purposely shut down Apple Pay customers in their stores. SlashGear has obtained a document that supports this claim. Continue reading Rite Aid and CVS Pharmacy opt out of Apple Pay, customers infuriated

Apple Pay: Change the default credit card [Easy How-To]

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

Now that Apple Pay has been launched and that Chase has finally added my co-branded credit card into the system, I added it today only to read that the first card that you add to Passbook is automatically set as the default card. That makes sense and I would have added my favorite credit card if Chase had made it averrable on day one, but they didn’t, so I didn’t. I pour through Passbook bit there just isn’t anything in there to change the card lineup and finally I got it, its a rather simple and obvious process, taking only ten seconds or so, if you know where to look. Here is exactly where and how to make the change yourself. Continue reading Apple Pay: Change the default credit card [Easy How-To]

Samsung Knox for Droid is ridiculously insecure, only one day after US Government approval for classified use

Android Malware

Android

In a completely unsurprising turn of events, security researchers looking into the security of Samsung’s new “Knox” secure environment of their Droid based phones fails to keep data secure, relies on trivial security practices tat can be easily overcome and is certainly an affront to the US Government that has published so many documents to define what secure really means and how to achieve it. This is only 24 hours after Knox was released by Samsung, how much worse can it get after researchers have had some time to thoroughly go through it? I suspect that it will only get much worse that anyone imagines because Droid already started out with poor security to begin with. Continue reading Samsung Knox for Droid is ridiculously insecure, only one day after US Government approval for classified use

Chinese government accused of attempting to hack iCloud

Flag of the People's Republic of China.

Flag of the People’s Republic of China. (Wikipedia)

The Chinese government is being blamed for hacking attempts going on across China might now. Apparently users are alleging that when they attempt to go to iCloud.com in China that they are being redirected to a phony site that steals their username and password. Since Apple’s websites (that ask for passwords) are always encrypted then its obvious that users are ignoring the warnings that Safari is showing them (if they are using other browsers then obviously they should immediately switch to Safari because its the safest and by coincidence its also the fastest and most compatible browser now available. The Chinese government in a meeting Apple CEO Tim Cook has denied these allegations but security researchers are now even more adamant that the evidence they have seen makes it appear that the Chinese government is involved. Continue reading Chinese government accused of attempting to hack iCloud

Apple protects software developers from POODLE attacks in apps’ Notification system

Apple

Apple

Apple has moved to protect software developers from themselves by dropping support for SSL 3.0 in Apple’s Notifications system, the very same system that developers use to send messages to their Apps on iPhones, iPads and Macs worldwide. This seems to be an obvious move to protect these developers from exposing user messages in the notification system from POODLE attacks. Although Macs, iPhones and iPads were quickly patched to protect us against POODLE attacks via a weak implementation of block cyphers in SSL 3.0, this does not prevent software developers from using the weak block cyphers via SSL 3.0 when sending you notifications though Apple’s notifications servers. Fortunately Apple is looking out for our safety and privacy Continue reading Apple protects software developers from POODLE attacks in apps’ Notification system

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