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Chase announces Chase Pay payment system, will be modeled off MCX’s CurrentC method

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Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 08:31
Category: Finance, iOS, News, retail, Software

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There’s always money to be made in the payment service industry.

A new report has announced that Chase Chase CEO of Consumer and Community Banking, Gordon Smith, who announced “Chase Pay” at the Money20/20 payments conference in Las Vegas.

The Chase Pay service will work via QR code instead of over NFC, allowing customers to make purchases with their smartphones by showing a QR code to a cashier. The method is similar to MCX Consortium’s upcoming CurrentC platform, with whom Chase is partnering for its payments service.

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Apple cites that it’s “impossible” to unlock iPhones running iOS 8 or later for authorities

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Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015, 13:41
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, security, Software

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The legal/encryption squabble continues.

On Wednesday, Apple, representing itself in a New York court, took sides regarding backdoor access to iPhone encryption and stated that the company could not unlock iPhones running iOS 8 or higher even if it wanted to.

Apple called the request to access an encrypted iPhone “impossible to perform” on more than 90 percent of devices running iOS 8 and up.

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Facebook iOS app update resolves battery drain, reasons for the bug explored

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Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015, 08:12
Category: iOS, News, Software

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With any luck, this nipped the Facebook app’s battery drain issue.

Facebook on Thursday released a new version that it states will fix a major battery draining bug that some Facebook users have been experiencing in recent weeks. Affected users were seeing large amounts of battery drain on their iPhones due to Facebook running in the background, something that happened even when background app refresh was toggled off in the Settings app.

While the app’s release note don’t specifically reference the issue, Facebook engineering manager Ari Grant wrote a post explaining the issues behind the battery drain and what Facebook has done to fix it. According to Grant, there were several factors that contributed to the problem, including a “CPU spin” in the network code and silent background audio sessions that kept the app awake even when it wasn’t open.

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iOS 9.1 update grants Continuity-style calling to Sprint customers

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Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 08:42
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This could come in handy.

Following the release of iOS 9.1 on Wednesday, Sprint announced that iPhone users updating their firmware will be able to take advantage of improved Wi-Fi Calling, expanding on Apple’s Continuity feature.

These calls can now be set to ring on any Apple device signed into the iCloud with the same Apple ID.

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Apple releases iOS 9.1 update, includes bug fixes, more than 150 new emoji symbols

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 17:54
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Apple released iOS 9.1 on Wednesday, adding a slew of new features including the following:

– Improved Live Photos on the iPhone 6s with motion sensing capabilities to identify when a user raises and lowers their phone.

– Access to more than 150 new emoji characters.

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Apple reportedly blocking News app content in Chinese marketplace

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Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 08:09
Category: iOS, News

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The good news is the Apple News app is out and doing well.

The bad news is that Apple has apparently chosen to block it in the Chinese marketplace.

A source has confirmed that Apple the company has blocked users in China from accessing Apple News, which offers an iOS-optimized way to read stories from around the web.

This is not completely new, as tech companies are typically required to censor the media available in their apps to hew to China’s demands. If not, they risk being cut off by the so-called “Great Firewall of China”, like Facebook and Twitter. In this case, Apple, which sees China as a massive market for new iPhone sales, is itself blocking people in the country from accessing Apple News.

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Apple removes hundreds of apps from App Store, third-party APIs found to collect private information

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Date: Monday, October 19th, 2015, 08:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, privacy, Software

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Well, this is a bit of a mess.

Code analytics platform SourceDNA has found hundreds of apps on the App Store that used private APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to collect private user data, like email addresses and device identifiers, slipping under Apple’s radar in the approval process. The code got into these apps through the inclusion of a mischievous third-party advertising SDK, which secretly stored this data and sent it off to its own servers.

Apple has confirmed that the SourceDNA report contributed to its removing all of the apps that included the advertising SDK from the store, as using private API calls is a breach of App Review Guidelines. Apple has also patched its approval processes to prevent any more apps that use this technique to make it onto the App Store.

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Facebook iOS app draining inordinate amounts of battery life, Facebook says it’s aware of the issue

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:02
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’ll probably get a fix soon, but in the meantime, the Facebook app for iOS appears to be draining an inordinate amount of battery life as it runs. In a recent interview, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company’s awareness of the bug and promised a fix would be in place “soon.”

“We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon,” the spokesperson said.

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Apple posts support document to address iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist complaints

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Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 13:07
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

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In the wake of complaints about iOS 9’s new Wi-Fi Assist feature and the fact that it can add to a monthly cellular bill, Apple has posted a support document to help deal with the issue.

“Because you’ll stay connected to the Internet over cellular when you have a poor Wi-Fi connection, you might use more cellular data,” Apple cautions in one part of the document. “For most users, this should only be a small percentage higher than previous usage.”

Wi-Fi Assist is turned on by default, and is meant to ensure a smooth Internet experience. Because it switches over to cellular whenever it decides that a Wi-Fi signal is weak and not simply absent, however, this can potentially cause people to exceed carrier data caps without realizing.

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Facebook iOS app updated to 41.0, now includes 3D Touch support

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Date: Monday, October 12th, 2015, 10:48
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It wasn’t in the release notes, but Facebook quietly added it anyway.

The Facebook iOS app, which just hit version 41.0, added full 3D Touch features this morning.

The new version allows you to use a long, sustained tap on any iOS device with a 3D Touch screen to perform functions like writing a post of uploading photos or videos.

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