JPMorgan Chase purchases CurrentC, looks to develop technology for further use

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Date: Monday, March 13th, 2017, 05:07
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, News, retail

If you were curious as to what happened to CurrentC, the intended mobile payment service that was intended to compete with Apple Pay a few years ago, there’s an answer: JPMorgan bought it out.

Oddly enough, Chase Bank played both sides and was one of a few major banks to partner with Apple when Apple Pay launched back in the fall of 2014, but several retailers including CVS and Walmart blocked or denied plans to accept Apple Pay due to an upcoming CurrentC app and commitments to MCX, the company developing CurrentC.

Some CurrentC backers including Rite Aid and Best Buy eventually changed their course and added Apple Pay as a payment option in stores, and last summer efforts to bring CurrentC to market finally ended.

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Cortana updated to version 2.0.0, incorporates overhauled features, fixes

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Date: Monday, March 13th, 2017, 05:59
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software

If you’re curious about Cortana on iOS, Microsoft has overhauled the app and released version 2.0.0 on the App Store.

The company on Friday released an updated Cortana app with the goal of simplifying how the AI assistant works on iOS.

The refreshed app loads faster, and defaults into listening for voice commands and questions. The homescreen can also display Google Now-style information cards on items like news, weather, traffic, package deliveries, and nearby restaurants.

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Conan makes fun of Chaffetz’s iPhone/health care comment in “Apple Health Care” send up video

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Date: Friday, March 10th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News

If nothing else, you can definitely laugh at Representative Jason Chaffetz’s comment this week about how lower income Americans would have to choose between health care and snagging the latest iPhone.

The guys at “Conan” took this as a challenge and released the following satirical video demonstrating how Apple products could be used for health care…

Chaffetz later walked his comment back a bit, but the satirical video is here to stay…

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WikiLeaks to share CIA hacking tools with Apple, other firms after security fixes are complete

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Date: Friday, March 10th, 2017, 05:36
Category: Hack, iOS, News, privacy, security, Software

Following WikiLeaks’ release of more than 8,000 documents from inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, Apple followed up, saying it had already fixed most of the exploits the agency had found to hack into iPhones.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday he will share the code, which was withheld from the published documents, with tech companies like Apple.

Per Assange:

“We have decided to work with [tech companies] to give them exclusive access to the additional technological details we have so that fixes can be developed and pushed out,” Assange said in a live-streamed press conference from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he lives. “Once this material is effectively disarmed by us we will publish additional details.”

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PowerVR Furian GPUs could bring 4K video, improved gaming specs to next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

The next generation of iPhone could feature a pretty dead sexy new graphics processor.

Imagination Technologies today announced PowerVR Furian, its next-generation GPU architecture that promises significant improvements in graphics performance and power efficiency that could benefit future iPhones.

The Furian architecture is stated to offer up to a 70 to 90 percent improvement in real-world gaming performance by density, including 35 percent better shader performance and 80 percent better fill rate, compared to a similar sized and clocked Series7XT Plus GPU based on current-generation PowerVR Rogue architecture.

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Apple offers 2016 MacBook Pro without Touch Bar on refurbished section of web store

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Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch Bar

If you were hankering for a late 2016 MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar, it just went online in Apple’s refurbished store.

Although selection is somewhat limited, Apple is offering two models via its refurbished store, one in silver and another in space gray. The first comes in at $1,869 and packs 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, an Intel Core i7 2.4Ghz processor, and silver casing.The second model includes all of the same specifications, but you’ll get 1TB of storage with the included SSD and space gray casing. This model comes in at $2,209.

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Apple responds to WikiLeaks’ release of CIA-based documents, states that ‘many’ of the iOS-related exploits have already been patched

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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 05:47
Category: Hack, iOS, News, privacy, security, Software

With any luck, this’ll provide some consolation.

Following up on the revelation that WikiLeaks had intercepted and released what might amount to 8,700+ documents from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence unit – part of which is devoted to obtaining zero-day exploits for iOS devices – and that the CIA had lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal, Apple went on record to state that “many of the issues leaked today were already patched” in the most recent version of iOS.

The company offered the following comment:

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WikiLeaks releases 8,700+ CIA-related documents, show agency efforts towards hacking Android systems, iPhones, operating systems and smart TVs

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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 05:43
Category: Android, Google, Hack, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, macOS, News, privacy, Samsung, security

This is pretty much one for the ages.

WikiLeaks has released more than 8,700 documents that have apparently originated from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, with some of the leaks saying the agency had 24 “weaponized” and previously undisclosed exploits for the Android operating system as of 2016.

Some of the Android-specific exploits were developed by the CIA, while others hailed from the U.S. National Security Agency, U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, and cyber arms dealers.

Among the smartphone-related tools developed by the CIA were assets that allow the agency to bypass encryption found in WhatsApp, Confide and other applications known to use encryption. These tools, according to WikiLeaks analysis, capture audio and message traffic before encryption has a chance to be applied.

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Apple Pay to launch in Ireland on Tuesday

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Date: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, 05:14
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

It looks like Apple Pay will arrive in Ireland this week.

The payment platform is expected to launch on Tuesday according to two sources close to the story.

In Ireland, Apple Pay will be supported by UlsterBank and KBC, both of which are multinational and have supported Apple Pay in other countries for some time now. Bank of Ireland and AIB are the biggest banks in Ireland with the latter supporting Android Pay.

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Nintendo Switch JoyCon controllers usable on Macs, PCs and Android systems

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Date: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Android, Fun, Hardware, macOS, News, Software

You can use your new Nintendo Switch’s wireless controllers with your Mac.

The wireless controllers can be fully utilized by macOS. The units charge via USB-C and has a small Bluetooth pairing button next to the charging port atop the controller.

As expected, Nintendo’s JoyCon gamepads can connect to macOS as individual controllers. That means that even when attached to the Switch controller dock for a two-joystick experience, macOS does not recognize them as one controller.

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