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  • Apple counters Australian banks' call for iPhone NFC access, cites handset security

    I realize this article refers to something happening in Australia, but based on what happened less than a decade ago in USA with the pathological banking system that nearly destroyed the economy and did destroy countless lives, I have nothing but mistrust, disgust, and contempt for banks. Furthermore, some comments above would indicate that the Aussie banks are no better! I hope Apple wins this one! And if they can't win it, I'd say it's not worth them doing business there.
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  • CVS continues Apple Pay snub, launches barcode-based 'CVS Pay'

    I've been bothered by MCX ever since I first heard about it. To me, the name, Merchant Customer Exchange, was completely transparent about what they were really all about: merchants exchanging consumers (specifically, their personal data). That made me conclude that to the merchants, us consumers are just a commodity, much the way a pimp perceives his ho's. That's some bullsh!t and it was therefore delicious schadenfreude when MCX died.

    Now, this CVS crap - bunch of wrong headed crap that just makes transactions a hassle - barcodes?! Puh-leeze, that was maybe "innovative" in the 1980's. I've been exclusively going to RiteAid ever since CVS blocked Apple Pay on their terminals. Maybe they turned AP back on? Who cares, I'm happy with RiteAid so far and CVS has permanently lost me as a customer.

    Lastly, I read all of the comments above this post and I made sure to hit 'like' on every entry where fellow readers are voting with their dollars and expressing their displeasure and taking their business elsewhere. Fuck you CVS and its ilk.
  • Huawei CEO claims company can overtake Apple in 2018

    Just an anecdotal comment. Here in Silicon Beach (the area next to LAX) I have yet to see a single Huawei smartphone in the wild. Or Huawei anything for that matter. Actually, I've always kind of hoped to encounter someone with one - so I can try it and see what I think, and it's kind of like going bird watching and seeing an extremely rare bird. 
  • Samsung Note 7 battery fire woes triggered by rush to beat Apple's iPhone 7 - report

    macxpress said:
    sog35 said:
    berndog said:
    The iPhone 7 is generally considered an evolutionary advancement like the iPhone 6s, above all featuring a better processor, water resistance, and new camera technology, including a dual-lens camera on the 7 Plus. Apple is thought to be saving a major redesign for next year's model, which could have an edge-to-edge OLED display with an embedded "virtual button."

    And a bigger battery that works
    The iPhone 7 is evolutionary as far as form factor but not features.

    They added a ton of features on the 7:

    1. Water Proof
    2. Awesome camera
    3. Crazy fast CPU, GPU
    4. Solid state home button (this is a HUGE plus for anyone who has experience a broken home button)
    5. Major display improvements (brighter, wider color gamut, super accurate color)
    6. Significantly better battery life
    7. Stereo sound, much louder speakers

    Those are massive improvements.

    What were the REVOLUTIONARY features in the iPhone6 from the iPhone 5S?  Just a bigger screen. How is that revolutionary?

    I think we sometimes forget what the word revolutionary means. To me, the only real revolutionary iPhone was the original one. It did something nothing else had done in a complete package. Sure, it didn't work the best, only supported 1 carrier, didn't have apps, etc, but it was a damn fine piece of technology for its time. It was a touchscreen phone which was unheard of in 2007 with multi-touch which was totally and completely awesome again, for 2007 with this new mobile OS that was built from the ground up to support touch. Nobody had ever seen anything like this before on a mobile phone for consumers and it sent manufacturers scrambling to come up with something similar, even as they brushed the iPhone off as something that will never take off. This is what revolutionary means in my opinion. The rest of the iPhones, were simply upgrades to last years phone as the technology advanced. Nothing really stuck out as simply amazing with the rest of the iPhones. Better processors, bigger screens, etc are NOT revolutionary.
    I want to add a word to that: "disruptive". In 2007, Apple's iPhone disrupted the smartphone world and turned it on its head!
  • Early benchmarks of MacBook Pro confirm Apple's claims of fastest-ever SSD

    I'm not a tech-head so I don't know and am asking honestly: how fast is the RAM the MBP ships with and how does the SSD speeds quoted in this article compare? I can't imagine SSDs are as fast as physical RAM - but I don't know! Does it seem likely that paging to SSD will be as quick as having more physical RAM if the architecture permitted it?
  • New Galaxy Note 7 fire raises worries Samsung didn't fix battery problems

    No way! One particular brand has been popping up all over the news, thanks to their product's penchant for self immolation. There is a saying that "your right to swing your fist stops at your neighbor's face" (I'm paraphrasing, but it's something like that). Well, a Samsuck owner does not have the right to endanger anybody else on an airplane by bringing aboard their personal firebomb disguised as a smartphone. To a busy TSA agent's eyes, it's hard to distinguish a Note 7 from Samsuck's other offerings at a glance. So, I say bring on the Samsuck ban.
    volcan said:
    duervo said:

    If there is a ban, it most likely won't be against any single brand. It's more probable that it will be against all brands, and rightfully so. When safety is at risk, compromise cannot, and should not, be made.

    Enforcement is carried out at security checkpoints. TSA, or the agency for whatever country you're in, will be the ones enforcing such a ban, and it is those agencies that would be implementing such a ban, not an individual airline.
    Banning all cellphones at the TSA check in is going meet with incredible resistance from the general public. It is more complicated than banning handguns for example. Those can be confiscated. You can't legitimately confiscate someone's cellphone. That is their business and personal life line. Forcing people to check their phones in their luggage is a horrible idea and even riskier than having them on their person or carry on. Besides with the expense of checked luggage most people don't check anything. Mostly it is all carry on these days.