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October 31, 2014
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9to5Mac: U.S. court rules that phone passcodes are protected by the 5th Amendment, but fingerprints aren’t

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While Touch ID makes sense for most of us as a secure and convenient way to protect our phones, there is one group of people who may want to stick to good old-fashioned passcodes: criminals. A Virginia District Court has ruled that while phone passcodes are protected by the 5th Amendment, which says that those […]

October 31, 2014
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Cult of Mac: Cops can force you to use Touch ID, but not your passcode

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One of the big pluses of iOS 8 has been the security measures Apple has taken, meaning that the company can no longer bypass security passwords to access your data if it’s requested by law enforcement. While viewed as a definite negative by the FBI, the emphasis on keeping user data safe has been a hit […]

October 30, 2014
by jgobble
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Slashdot: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

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Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes Time Warner Cable’s results have been buoyed recently by higher subscriber numbers for broadband Internet service. In the latest period, however, Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 overall residential customer relationships [Note: non-paywalled coverage at Bloomberg and Reuters]. The addition of 92,000 residential high-speed data customers was offset by 184,000 fewer residential video customers in the quarter. Triple play customers fell by 24,000, while residential voice additions were 14,000.

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October 30, 2014
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Cult of Mac: Q3 earnings show that Apple is just clobbering Samsung

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Samsung may ship more devices, but there’s no doubt that Apple is winning the war. That’s the takeaway from Samsung’s latest earnings report, which stated that the Korean smartphone maker’s Q3 operating profits were just $3.8 billion, a 60 percent drop over last year. And things are even worse in the mobile division, which dropped […]

October 29, 2014
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The Loop: In-depth look at CurrentC and the personal data they want to collect

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Just as quickly as CurrentC popped into the limelight, questions arose around the companies intentions. Even though I don’t have an invite for CurrentC’s invite-only mobile payments and loyalty rewards system, I decided to take a look. I posted some initial findings on Twitter and a brief summary on iMore, but wanted to do a more in-depth technical post for anybody who was curious.

Hard to believe this is going to actually go anywhere even if it does get released as expected next year.∞ Read this on The Loop

October 29, 2014
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The Loop: Apple Pay cancellation smoking gun

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Two articles make the case that MCX merchants are contractually forbidden from accepting payment schemes (such as Apple Pay) that compete with CurrentC.∞ Read this on The Loop

October 29, 2014
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9to5Mac: MCX responds to Apple Pay blocking controversy with unconvincing ‘assurances’

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MCX, the retailer consortium behind the CurrentC mobile payment system, has responded to the controversy over its members being required to block Apple Pay or face fines with some unconvincing ‘assurances.’ The first sign of trouble between MCX and Apple Pay was when CVS disabled NFC functionality from its payment terminals. When Rite Aid joined in, […]