President Obama supports Internet Net Neutrality

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

President Obama, in an unprecedented announcement threw his formidable support behind Net Neutrality for our Internet, in a move that helps to protect our Internet from corporate commercialism. My hat is off to the president for supporting We the People of these United States, thank you sir. At stake is Continue reading President Obama supports Internet Net Neutrality

Masque Attack and WireLurker not a threat to normal iPhone or Mac users

iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus

iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus

 The media is once again trying to freak out iPhone and Mac users with a misinformation campaign. Masque Attack and WireLurker cannot infect or affect your iPhone or Mac if you are a normal user. What does “normal” mean, it means you, if you haven’t Jailbroken your iPhone or turned off Gatekeeper (disabling Protect) on your Mac. Apple’s built-in default security will prevent both Masque Attack and WireLurker from infecting you in any way. What the media is incompetently or intentionally not telling you is that you are not at risk from these malware. Continue reading Masque Attack and WireLurker not a threat to normal iPhone or Mac users

Microsoft at fault for Home Depot credit card data breach

Microsoft

Microsoft

Home Depot was innocent after all, they followed industry best practices for securing your personal credit card information but what caused them to et hacked was yet another security flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system. How many breaking over how many decades will it take before these corporation finally learn that Microsoft cannot be trusted, there software is repeatedly and demonstrably insecure and they patch too little too late, so you’re always insecure. To be fair, Microsoft should pay for all the damages that their inferior operating system causes, since that are responsible for 99% of all data breaches and financial loses every year. Continue reading Microsoft at fault for Home Depot credit card data breach

XProtect once again defends Mac users against Chinese attack

OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite

Wirelurker is a new piece of malware apparently designed to infiltrate Chinese iOS (iPhone) users, by attempting to infect Macs which in turn would infect iPhones as they were attached via USB cable. It seems to be a way to intentionally spy on these users so the speculation is that its their own government doing the spying. The only fly in the ointment is that Apple immediately released an update to XProtect to protect against that attack vector and rescinded the digital certificate for the software developer that produced that software so that any Mac running any reasonably recent version of OS X will automatically stop the software from launching and will alert the user the anomalous software. Continue reading XProtect once again defends Mac users against Chinese attack

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