Rumor: Walmart opting for CurrentC system over Apple Pay due to high credit card transaction fees

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Date: Monday, November 10th, 2014, 11:48
Category: retail, Rumor, Software

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This is where things could get a bit sticky.

In the current battle between Apple Pay and MCX’s CurrentC system, retailer Walmart has opted against supporting Apple Pay in its stores. A new report offers a big reason why: high credit card transaction fees.

According to 9to5 Mac and Re/code, a current report reveals that the fees merchants are required to pay banks when a credit card is swiped in their stores is too high. Meanwhile, MCX’s CurrentC has payment options that carry lower fees than credit card purchases.
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Apple quietly releases Deregister iMessage web tool to remove phone numbers from iMessage

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Date: Monday, November 10th, 2014, 10:42
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Apple just included a web-based tool that removes your phone number from the iMessage system and could help the company avoid legal action somewhere down the road.

According to The Verge, Apple has quietly released a new Deregister iMessage tool to make switching between iOS and other smartphones a bit easier. The new web tool lets you instantly deregister your phone number from Apple’s iMessage system. The tool should also help the problem of disappearing text messages.

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Touchpress releases Molecules by Theodore Gray science application

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Date: Friday, November 7th, 2014, 11:34
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s a sort of huge app – and it chews up more than 700 megabytes of space – but it’s also beautifully made and useful as anything.

Touchpress has announced that its Molecules by Theodore Gray app, which was initially used by Steve Jobs to demonstrate the power of the iPad in 2010. Now, its sequel is set to shape the future of the next generation of apps. Created for science enthusiasts and experts alike, Molecules is a fascinating, invaluable guide behind the scenes of our world.

Based on Theodore Gray’s book of the same name, Molecules combines beautiful photography with compelling stories, and adds state-of-the-art simulations so, for the first time, anyone can experience what it’s like to touch, stretch and twist molecules.

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Microsoft releases Office apps for iOS, now allows basic editing features for free

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Date: Friday, November 7th, 2014, 04:54
Category: iOS, News, Software

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If you’re going to get your product out there, it never hurts to release a decently functional version of it for free.

Per 9to5Mac, Microsoft announced on Thursday that it’s rolling out standalone Office apps for iPhone after releasing the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps exclusively for iPad earlier this year. Microsoft previously had an “Office Mobile” app for iPhone that integrated features of all three Office apps, but today’s release of standalone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone are officially replacing Office Mobile as Microsoft’s Office solution for iPhone.

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Google Maps to see significant update, new features, OpenTable and Uber support over next few days

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Date: Thursday, November 6th, 2014, 08:36
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Over the next few days, Google Maps will receive a significant update and start sporting some neat new features.

Per the company’s blog entry, Google Maps will start displaying the following changes in its user interface:

- Bold colors and textures to match the Material Design style being used in many of Google’s applications.

- A new info layer at the top of the screen showing you photos, reviews, and more.

- OpenTable support in the U.S. to reserve a table at nearby restaurants.

- Uber support, including pickup times, prices and walking and transit directions.

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Swype receives iOS 8 update, support for 20 additional languages, other changes

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Date: Thursday, November 6th, 2014, 06:56
Category: iOS, Software

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Nuance Communications announced on Tuesday that its popular Swype keyboard for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users with iOS 8 is now available in more than 20 languages. Other new features include new intuitive emoji support, as well as new keyboard layouts. And iPad users can now access all available Swype themes. Swype’s pioneering continuous touch technology has changed the way people input text on smartphones, and was the top paid third-party keyboard within 24 hours of launching on the App Store.

The new version includes the following fixes and changes:

- Expanded Language Support: In addition to English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, Swype is now available in more than 20 languages, including Czech, Danish, Dutch, UK English, Finnish, Greek, Hinglish, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish.
Intuitive Emoji Input: Stoked about the upcoming game this weekend? When you message your friends about your excitement, Swype will now automatically suggest the right emoji. Swype will predict emojis based on the words you enter – so if you’re feeling happy, confused, tenacious or satisfied, Swype’s got just the right emoji for you.

- New Keyboard Layouts: Swype now features QWERTY, QWERTZ and AZERTY keyboard layouts for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users running iOS 8, as well as a new layout specifically designed for iPad – making it easier than ever to Swype however you hold it.

- Additionally, iPad users now can enjoy all Swype’s themes – free.

Swype retails for US$0.99 and requires iOS 8.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Little Snitch 3.5 nightly build 4226 released, offers SSH fixes

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Date: Thursday, November 6th, 2014, 04:00
Category: News, Software, Uncategorized

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Little Snitch, the popular network utility by Objective Development Software Gmbh, has been updated to version 3.5, its nightly build number 4226, a 22.2 megabyte download adding the following fixes and changes:
- Little Snitch menubar item no longer occupies space when disabled.

- Added support for showing iOS App Extension icons.

- Improved handling of via connections:
Connection alerts now show a cancel button if either the parent or the via process is terminated.

Until Quit rules are now valid until both the parent process and via process have terminated.

OS X Yosemite changed how incoming ssh connections are handled. Incoming connections are no longer handled by sshd directly but instead by launchd. On OS X Yosemite, this version of Little Snitch automatically converts existing rules to ensure incoming SSH connections work as expected.

- Minor improvements and bug fixes.

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CurrentC exclusivity contract at MCX merchants to expire in matter of months

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Date: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 11:34
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, retail

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The conflict between MCX’s CurrentC and Apple Pay may be short lived, as an exclusivity agreement that has caused some merchants involved in the MCX consortium — notably drug store chain CVS — to abruptly pull support for NFC-based payment systems, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, is set to expire in “months,” according to a new report.

Per Re/code, the consortium, which is made up of a number of major retailers including CVS, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart, instituted the exclusivity contract to provide “breathing room” for the development of the CurrentC ecosystem, said MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson. That contract is set to expire in “months, not years,” Dekkers added.

Confirmation of the exclusivity agreement comes one week after the arrangement was first uncovered, following reports that CVS had disabled NFC terminals in its stores to prevent customers’ use of Apple Pay.
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Starwood Hotels launches SPG Keyless entry system for iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 10:58
Category: iPhone, News, Software

As of now, you can officially open your hotel room in a Starwood Hotel with your iPhone.

And, come the spring, you’ll be able to do it with your Apple Watch.

Per 9to5Mac, Starwood Hotels has officially launched its SPG Keyless service, allowing guests to use their iOS device to open their doors. The boutique hotel group first announced the project back in January.

The process goes as follows:
1. After booking a reservation at a keyless hotel, SPG members are invited to opt-in to SPG Keyless and register their phone through the SPG App.

2. Approximately 24 hours before arrival, the guest receives his/her room number and Bluetooth key via the app.

3. Upon arrival at the hotel, the guest can completely bypass the front desk (where available) and go directly to his/her room.

4. Then, after ensuring his/her Bluetooth is enabled, the guest simply opens the SPG App, taps the smartphone on the door lock, waits for the green light and enters the room.

The service went live on Tuesday at three Starwood brands: Aloft, Element and The W.

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Circuit court ruling states that police can require fingerprint, not pass code, for cell phone entry

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Date: Friday, October 31st, 2014, 13:24
Category: iPhone, Legal, News

This could open up a whole new can of worms.

According to HamptonRoads.com, a Virginia Beach, Virginia, Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint, but not his pass code, to allow police to open and search his cell phone.

The question of whether a phone’s pass code is constitutionally protected surfaced in the case of David Baust, an Emergency Medical Services captain charged in February with trying to strangle his girlfriend.

Prosecutors had said video equipment in Baust’s bedroom may have recorded the couple’s fight and, if so, the video could be on his cell phone. They wanted a judge to force Baust to unlock his phone, but Baust’s attorney, James Broccoletti, argued pass codes are protected by the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits forced self-incrimination.

Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A pass code, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which the law protects against, according to Frucci’s written opinion.

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