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  • iPhone X beats out Galaxy S10+ CPU in alleged benchmark testing

    Dudoji87 said:
    Soli said:
    Along those lines I hear Android users say that Android and Samsung Pay work in places that Apple Pay doesn't and yet I've seen no evidence of any payment processors artificially blocking NFC-based payments from an Apple device. 
    Samsung pay works with 99.9999% of places that accept credit cards, whether it's a small bookstore, flowershop, gas station, food truck, barber, etc... Samsung Pay reads off the magnetic strip. So yes, those Android users are absolutely correct.
    That's MST, not NFC. It's a very different technology and is less secure despite what Samsung would have you believe. But you're technically correct since Samsung uses the same term to refer to their LoopPay-based acquisition as their NFC-based Apple copy and they surely don't know the difference and clearly don't care about personal security if they're using a Samsung device.

    You are aware that when payment processors say no swipe cards allowed—only chip cards and wireless transactions—that is extends to MST, right? Being wireless to the magnetic reader doesn't make it NFC. LoopPay is a dead end in every conceivable way.
  • Apple Watch & iPhone used in escape from flipped, sinking car

    There needs to be more awareness of the direct safety features of the Apple Watch. If her phone had been out of reach she still could've called 9-1-1 by long-holding the side button and sliding the Emergency SOS button over. Maps is also available and with a few taps on the screen will zoom in as relatively close as possible as on the iPhone.
  • Apple Watch ECG feature not arriving in Canada anytime soon

    bitmod said:
    “The feature is available in the United States after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared it for sale, making the smartwatch the first consumer device to do so without requiring medical review.”

     Alivecore has the Kardia ECG that works very well and was approved by medical review. I imagine if one was truly concerned about their heart they would go with this device that is far more accurate, vastly less expensive, integrated with real-time medical review by doctors, or transmitted to you own. Even comes with a clip to fit to your smartphone.
    They also support the iwatch.

     The watch probably isn’t accurate enough to pass medical review - thus the legal tie-up in other countries, not so much for the feature, but the ‘marketing’ aspect of it being a medical device. Neither are as good as an 8 point lead at a hospital - but can indicate something isn’t right with rhythm.
    "without requiring medical review"? What the what what?!

    Class I and II get FDA clearance. Class III gets approval. Both clearance and approval are synonyms in English, but in reference to the FDA and their device classes they have very specific meanings. They are all reviewed for their medical claims. There is no perfunctory rubber-stamp because Apple paid someone off.

    AliveCor's KardiaBand looks to be a Class II device, too.

  • Apple's next move in health monitoring and improvement may be sleep monitoring hardware

    For most of us, exercising, an improved diet, not eating before bed, and not having electronics flashing their lights and sounds in our bedroom will resolve the vast majority of sleep-related issues, but I love hard data and there are always the outliers, so bring it on, Apple.

    I even removed the last remaining light from my bedroom by replacing the digital alarm clock with an Echo Dot. Sure, the Dot has lights on it, but they only light up when you activate it.

    PS: Until Apple comes out with a solution I prefer this app for my Watch to monitor my sleep quality and habits.

  • Apple IDs locked for unknown reasons for a number of iPhone users

    cgWerks said:
    I'm just trying to get people to start using a password manager at all (and a unique password in every place). Even that would be a huge help.
    What I call STEP ONE is simply having people save a single username, password, and URL to a password manager each day until they start to run out of new ones to add.

    I see people who jump in trying to get them all saved at once and they soon burn out at this. Also, doing just one a day builds that repetition of how the app works and helps those less technical to understand what and why they're doing.

    After they get most of their accounts added, STEP TWO would then be to do a single password change per day so something complex, long, and random. This gets them familiar with the password generator.

    Months later, after all that is done I have many other steps (that can be done out of order) that involve cleaning up URLs to remove all the irrelevant bits, adding the secret questions and answers, changing those answers, adding enrollment dates, email addresses, and really any other data for each password saved. Additionally, there are STEPS (that can be done out of order) for saving non-internet account data, like WiFI info and backup configurations, data on household items (especially if they have a warranty). Then there is credit and debit card, and auto and mortgage loan info which includes their phone numbers if you have an issue (I also include all my APR data, etc.). Then there's data for your family and pets, and your health data like immunizations with expiry dates, family history, and current and past lists of medications.

    All of that seems overwhelming so I just do a single step at a time. Now it's all there and I never have to struggle to remember some detail because I know where to find it.

    “Never memorize something that you can look up.” —  Albert Einstein

    * The worst part about changing passwords are that most websites aren't very good about telling you what the complete requirement are. They'll give you the minimum, but many won't tell you what the maximums are so you go to change a password and it fails… and it fails again. Or, worse, it takes it without issue but the server cut off the end when it reached the maximum characters allowed so your saved password doesn't work the next time you try to log in. For this reason, I have people logout and then test their password right away as a habit. This way it's fresh in their mind that they saved it and it was fine a minute ago. I also teach them that it's not working because there is at least one character that was removed from the end and to systematically start removing one at a time until they have the magic number. To make this easier I have them copy the password to TextEdit so they can see and edit, and then save it easier.