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I have recently spent several weeks in the UK and was amazed at how many merchants have the RFID equipment that just works™ with Apply-pay. Hospital cafeteria,, restaurants, gas stations, general stores. The worst problem I had there was a merchant who wanted to charge 50p extra for a credit-card based transaction (at least he was not singling out RFID for this treatment). Invariably in the USA merchants are not equipped to deal with "contactless" pay. I usually ask if...
We already have streaming video apps that take control of your iOS device that force the user to watch sponsored content before playing the chosen video. We put up with those useless click-through screens that few people read, before getting into our applications, or indeed, before even being allowed to use our phones. Fingerprinting is mandatoryl before being able to use Apple-Pay. What about the notion that it may be dangerous to use certain health related apps that...
Isn't this the same argument that RealMedia just lost when they objected to not being able to store their music in an iTunes library. I kind-of get the argument that protocols should not fall under copyright regulations. One way to separate the format from the service might be to open all protocols but allow protocol servers to protect the keys for an encrypted implementation of that protocol. It is ironic that Blackberry's iron grip on their protocol allowed them to grow...
I would really like to see Apple put in place a program to replace swipe-only terminals with Apple-branded RFID-capable devices at no charge to the merchant. I'm sure it won't take long for Apple to recoup the outlay and it would get a whole bunch of "Mom and Pop" stores off to a running start (like my local diner who are just not going to replace their swipe reader). A bold move indeed if those new readers were also not restricted to Apple-pay.   What a message that...
That signature thing bugs me too. It's a rule that is meaningless when no physical signature cross check is required. How does signing prevent fraud unless the cashier asks for ID that has been pre-signed (like the credit card itself)? It has to be a rule that has not yet caught up with the technology. The fingerprint technology on the iPhone is a far better check than any signature (cross checked or not) could be. Hopefully the rule makers will come to their senses and...
They had a Fire Sale in an attempt to counter the Limp Marketing Strategy™. Now they're left with $80M+ of inventory that they cannot even give away for fear of cannibalizing their successor product. I wonder why they think the successor will fare any better. At this point all they can do is poison the well (perhaps a Christmas phone giveaway, maybe tied to "Prime" renewal), add to some landfill, or flood some other market where their competitors rule. Might as well put...
 ps TS is one of Andy Kaufman's biggest fans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Kaufman)
Yes, *that reddit*. The headline makes it sound as if reddit was complicit in hosting C&C for a botnet.   Remember the old bulletin-boards where anyone could put up a post in a section. This is similar. Some nasty perps posted some encrypted messages to a subgroup (or subreddit). The messages, when decoded were real-time instructions for the botnet.   Implying that reddit was responsible for the botnet is like implying Google is responsible for the celebrity pictures...
I'm sure, once the "Right Incentive" is applied, Apple will drag the retail industry into the **20th** century. Just like they did with the music and mobile phone industries. Right Incentive? Money and convenience driving customers to locations where the phone is an accepted payment mechanism. Credit Card companies could lower the vendor cost per transaction for zero-fraud-risk transactions. I've no doubt they'll think of something appropriate.
I was asked by a tech-savvy friend of mine what I thought about the stories of "bent iPhones" and how I thought this would hurt Apple sales. My response was to ask, given the 10,000,000 sales of iPhone 6 phones in just the first weekend (which was probably more like 20M by the time we were speaking), how many phones he thought had been returned to Apple for being bent. He thought for a bit and replied that, since I was asking, he had better respond with a number that was...
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