Apple pay currently dominating mobile payments market, could affect retail industry in the long run

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, 05:13
Category: Apple Pay, iPhone, News, retail

Apple Pay might just wind up on top.

A few years ago, when the technology was first introduced, it seemed like a vague idea. Today, according to new survey data released by Boston Retail Partners, Apple Pay is not only booming, it’s the mobile payments standard, surpassing PayPal, which had nearly a decade headstart. This, despite a much smaller market share than Android, and this despite continued ignorance as to the very existence of Apple Pay among consumers.

It may also be good for retailers in the long run.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 3D-sensing front camera system

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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, 05:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The next-gen iPhone may feature a revolutionary new front camera and Infrared module capable of sensing the 3D space in front of it.

Per analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the new components will be able to merge the depth information with the 2D images from the front camera for applications including face recognition, iris recognition, and 3D selfies.

In a recently released note, Kuo stated that the new 3D front camera system could be used in new games that could accurately replace a character’s head with that of the user. The new camera, along with its 3D sensor, would allow the new iPhone to create a 3D selfie that could be used in augmented reality software.

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Rumor: Apple to debut updated iPad Pro models, 128 GB iPhone SE, Product Red iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units at March event

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Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, 05:40
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPhone, Rumor

Apple may be releasing some new goodies come March.

A new rumor has it that Apple will host a March event, wherein the company will introduce a new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 10.5-inch model may not ship until May, while the other sizes are said to ship in March.

The report hails from Japanese web blog Mac Otakara, which has a pretty good track record. The report indicates that Apple plans to refresh the iPad mini 4 with a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro model, update its existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and introduce an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which is widely rumored to feature an edge-to-edge display without a Home button.

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Analyst predicts Apple will switch from Touch ID to facial recognition technology for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, February 20th, 2017, 05:40
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, security, Touch ID

It’s rumored that the next-gen iPhone will feature a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition according to JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall.

Hall has stated that the scanner will replace the Touch ID on the next-gen iPhone, as Apple is apparently looking to replace the Home button to allow for an edge-to-edge display. Hall’s note cites that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus could also have a 3D laser scanner based on increased volume of the module within Apple’s supply chain.

The scanner component is said to add about $10 to $15 to the next-gen iPhone’s bill of materials, which coupled with the OLED display, glass casing, and other increased production costs, could make its retail price up to $100 more expensive than it would be without those features, if Apple looks to maintain a similar profit margin.

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Apple purchases Israeli firm Realface, thought to be interested in biometric login features

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Date: Monday, February 20th, 2017, 05:52
Category: Finance, News, Software

Apple has bought yet another company that they may do something nifty with.

Apple has purchased Realface, a cybertechnology startup whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users. This is Apple’s fourth acquisition in Israel and the deal is estimated to be worth a couple of million of dollars.

Realface was established in 2014 by Adi Eckhouse and Aviv Mader developed a facial recognition technology that offers a smart biometric login, aiming to make passwords redundant when accessing mobile devices or PCs.

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Touch Bar functionality arrives for Office for Mac suite

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Date: Friday, February 17th, 2017, 05:10
Category: MacBook Pro, Microsoft, News, Software, Touch Bar

You can now use the 2016 MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar with Office for Mac.

Following a brief beta preview, Microsoft has rolled out Touch Bar functionality for the feature.

Originally announced less than 12 hours after the MacBook Pro launch, Touch Bar support is being added to all of the main Office apps, according to release notes for the productivity suite. Wider availability of the feature began on Thursday, just eight days after users enrolled in Microsoft’s beta testing program were able to try it out for the first time.

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Security researchers at Bitdefender find evidence of X-Agent malware variant for macOS

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Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Hack, News, security, Software

The malware that may have swung the U.S. presidential election could be on its way to a Mac near you.

Security researchers have discovered a macOS malware program that’s likely part of the arsenal used by the Russian cyberespionage group blamed for hacking into the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year.

The group, known under such names as “Fancy Bear”, “Pawn Storm” and “APT28”, has been active for almost a decade and is believed to be the sole user and likely developer of a Trojan program called Sofacy or X-Agent.

X-Agent variants for Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS have been found in the wild in the past, but researchers from Bitdefender have now come across what appears to be the first macOS version of the Trojan.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate stacked logic board architecture, larger battery into next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, 05:44
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

This is kind of neat.

It’s rumored that the next-gen iPhone will adopt a higher-cost stacked logic board design to support longer battery life.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the stacked logic board, also known as a “substrate-like PCB mainboard,” will result in the “iPhone 8” with an OLED display having similar dimensions to a 4.7-inch iPhone, yet comparable battery life to a 5.5-inch iPhone. Kuo stated that he expects the device to have around a 2,700 mAh L-shaped two-cell battery pack.

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Apple to produce its first television series, “Planet of the Apps”

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Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, 05:30
Category: iOS, News, Software

Apple has begun producing its first ever TV show.

The new series, titled “Planet of the Apps”, is literally celebrities telling app developers why their apps will never be profitable and will never be used by anyone. The apps are judged by a star-studded panel: Jessica Alba, Will.i.am and Gwyneth Paltrow, among others.

Where historically an entrepreneur would make an “elevator pitch”, developers and entrepreneurs make an “escalator pitch”, which literally takes place on an escalator.

“‘Planet of the Apps’ is coming to Apple Music in the next few months,” said Ben Silverman at the Code Media conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, Calif. Silverman is the CEO of Propagate, the production company that’s partnering with Apple to create the show.

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Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium, strengthening rumors of wireless charging feature in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, wireless

When Apple joins a product group, it might be looking into developing units embracing that technology.

Apple is now listed as one of the 213 members of the Wireless Power Consortium. It was not present in a cached version of the page from a week ago.

Previous rumors had indicated that Apple was planning to incorporate a wireless charging technology in its next-gen iPhone, but had been holding out for a long-range charging solution that didn’t require a charging pad. It was also thought that Apple might opt for simple inductive charging for the device.

One of those reports even indicated that Apple will not include a charger in the box with the iPhone, instead offering it as an optional accessory at extra cost.

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