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Apple Pay fraud already ‘rampant’, expert claims

Today, 02:48 PM

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Apple Pay may be taking over the world of mobile payments, but as with any new technology there are scammers out there looking to misuse the service. In the U.S., criminals are reportedly using Apple Pay to buy expensive goods,mf.gif


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Pebble Time Steel is the more attractive sibling to Pebbl...

Today, 02:29 PM

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This time last week, Pebble announced Pebble Time, its brand new smartwatch for 2015. And if you’ve already backed that thinking it would keep you going until a more extravagant successor to the Pebble Steel came along, you’re going tomf.gif


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Koenigsegg includes CarPlay in crazy (and gorgeous) new 1...

Today, 02:24 PM

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You’d think putting three electric motors into a sportscar to generate a total of 697bhp would be pretty impressive in itself, as would a 1085bhp 5-litre V8 gas engine, but no: Koenigsegg had to combine the two. The exclusive Swedish supercar manufacturer’s new Regera hybrid delivers a total output of 1782bhp.

With all that power, it might be a little hard to hear the stereo over the engine noise and tire screeching, but Koenigsegg has fitted a CarPlay unit to the car for those times when you’re taking things a little easier … 

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As you’d expect from Koenigsegg, the Regera isn’t going to be cheap. They are making just 80 models, and the base price is a cool $1.89M. I’ll let them know my address for the review model …

Apple introduced wireless CarPlay to iOS in the 8.3 build seeded to developers earlier this month. It is likely to be available in some rather cheaper cars in the future thanks to a touchscreen-free option from Harman.

You can also buy compatible aftermarket stereos from Pioneer, Alpine, and Kenwood–a route you may need to take if your next car is going to be a Toyota. You could also skip CarPlay altogether in favor of an Apple Watch … or wait for the hypothetical Apple Car.

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Pebble Introduces 'Pebble Time Steel' Following S...

Today, 01:57 PM

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Exactly a week after revealing the new generation of Pebble smartwatches, called the Pebble Time, Pebble today announced an additional tier to its Kickstarter fundraiser called the Pebble Time Steel.

Touted as having every feature of the Pebble Time - including the new color display and Timeline features - but featuring more classy, decorative casings, so it's "dressed up and ready to go." The Steel comes in two band options, stainless steel or premium leather, and the watchface itself is coated in a CNC-finished 316L stainless steel casing. Differing slightly from its original counterpart, the Time Steel's battery will last for up to 10 days versus the Time's 7 days.

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The Time Steel starts at a $250 tier on Pebble's Kickstarter page, but will retail for $300 when it officially launches later this year. The company also promises that those who have backed the Pebble Time can upgrade to the Time Steel by clicking on the "Manage" button next to their existing rewards tier.

The Time Steel comes in color options similar to the Time: silver with a stone leather band, gunmetal black with a black leather band, and gold with a red leather band. The company promises that all Time Steels will include both a leather and matching metal band in each order. The gold and red leather band Pebble Time Steel shares a striking resemblance to Apple's own 18-Karat Yellow Gold Apple Watch Edition with Red Modern Buckle option.

The company also introduced a "Smartstrap" system that will allow any developer to create various third-party applications using sensors and electronics built into swappable bands. As pointed out by TechCrunch, there are numerous options developers could capitalize on by working with the new smartstrap system.
You could add a heart rate monitor, for instance, or a GPS chip for improved run tracking and fitness powers; a spare battery to bump up the life of the Pebble to multiple weeks; or environmental sensors to tell you about air quality and temperature.
In the 7 days since the Pebble Time Kickstarter campaign began, it's raked in just over $12 million as of writing, with some 54,000 backers and still about 24 days to go. Those interested in the newly introduced Pebble Time Steel rewards tier can head over to the Kickstarter page now to check out more information on the smart wearable.mf.gif


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Does Pebble’s new gold-colored Time Steel smartwatch look...

Today, 01:49 PM

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A week after Pebble announced a color-screen version of its popular smartwatch, the Pebble Time, it has now announced a stainless steel model: the Pebble Time Steel. The metal version is available in silver, black and … gold finishes. Wonder where they got the inspiration for a gold finish with red strap?

The Time Steel will retail at $299–a hundred bucks more than the plastic original, but still $50 less than the plastic-strap model Apple Watch. It’s available on Kickstarter for an early bird price of $250 … 

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Pebble claims to have boosted the 7-day battery life of the Time to ten days, at the cost of an extra 1mm thickness.

The company is estimating delivery in July, though it doesn’t have the best of track records when it comes to meeting promised deadlines.

Pebble is also opening up the accessory port to allow third-party companies to develop ‘smart straps’ for the watch, adding functionality via embedded sensors. Possible examples given include heart-rate monitors, GPS units and even extra batteries, to boost the time between charges.

Apple’s own genuine gold Apple Watch Edition will cost rather more and have significantly lower battery-life, but we suspect that not too many people will be changing their purchase plans …


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You be the judge with music competition game Chosen

Today, 01:30 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO — David Hyman is no stranger to the music business, having sold MOG to Beats when the headphone company wanted a music subscription service. He was the CEO at Gracenote before that, and the director of ad salesmf.gif


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Apple-Google Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Nearing $415 Mill...

Today, 01:13 PM

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Google-Intel-Apple-Adobe-250x128.pngU.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in a San Jose, California courtroom on Monday raised no objections about a $415 million settlement that would end an ongoing anti-poaching class-action lawsuit involving Apple, Google and other large tech companies. Koh rejected a previous $324.5 million settlement last August after one of the plaintiffs in the case objected because the deal was too low, according to Reuters.

Tech workers filed the antitrust class-action lawsuit in 2011 against Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel, alleging that the four companies reached anti-poaching agreements that resulted in less job mobility and lower salaries. Apple and Google were accused of signing one of the earliest wage-fixing deals in 2005, although the anti-poaching agreements extended far beyond those companies. According to court documents, up to one million tech employees may have been affected by the agreements.mf.gif


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Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on comparison (...

Today, 12:51 PM

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Believe it or not, there’s an iPhone 6 in that pile of smartphones shown in the image above and we’re going to compare it to Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S6. Which one would you prefer? More importantly, what are the major differences between these two devices? Well, let’s go ahead and find out…

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Hey what’s up everyone this is Dom and today we’re comparing Samsung’s Galaxy S6 to Apple’s iPhone 6. These two devices are from completely different areas in the mobile space, but there are still some striking similarities between the two.

As far as design goes, Samsung has implemented a fresh new design with the Galaxy S6, which in my opinion, looks miles better than its predecessor. Some people have been quick to point out that it appears to be a cross between iPhone 6 and iPhone 4, but honestly, I’m just happy Samsung ditched the plastic builds found on previous generation smartphones. When it comes to thickness, the 6.8mm frame on the Galaxy S6 wins over the marginally thicker 6.9mm found on the iPhone 6.

The Galaxy S6 features a metal frame that’s color-matched depending on the model and Gorilla Glass 4 covering its front and back side. The build quality here appears to be comparable to the iPhone 6 in nearly every way, but Apple ditched the glass panel design years ago and has stuck with metal housing for the last few models.

Check out our full Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 comparison video below:

Unfortunately, the design of the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 comes with a few compromises. You won’t find a removable battery, SD card expansion, or waterproofing on either device.

Around the front of the Galaxy S6 you’ll find a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, while the iPhone 6 sports a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,334 x 750. Above the display, The S6 has a 5-megapixel front facing camera, while the iPhone 6 features a 1.2-megapixel shooter.

Below the display, Apple’s iPhone 6 features a home button with a built-in fingerprint sensor called Touch ID. Samsung launched its own fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy S5, but has majorly improved it on the S6. It works exactly like Touch ID now, but Samsung may have went a little too far in mimicking the setup screen. Check out the above video for a side-by-side demo of the fingerprint sensor features. Samsung also uses two capacitive buttons on the front for navigation through the user interface.

On the back side, the Galaxy S6 features a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and LED flash, and a heart rate sensor, while the iPhone 6 sports an 8-megapixel rear shooter, dual-tone LED flash, and the Apple logo.

The button layout between the two are pretty similar, with the volume buttons on the left side and power/lock switch on the right side, but around the top the Galaxy S6 features an IR blaster. On the bottom end, the iPhone 6 sports a microphone, Lightning port for charging, and speaker grill. With the Galaxy S6 you’ll find a very similar layout, but instead we have a Micro USB port for charging.

On the inside, there’s a lot difference between the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, but if you’d like to find out more about Samsung’s latest flagship check out our Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge hands-on comparison video or our comparison to the Galaxy S5. Furthermore, you can check out our iPhone 6 review here or our iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s comparison for a closer look at it. So which device do you prefer? Let us know with a comment.


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Obama weighs in as China demands access to data services...

Today, 12:21 PM

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President Obama has publicly criticized China’s plans to expand ‘security’ policies that would effectively prevent U.S. tech companies like Apple selling their products in China without completely compromising data security.

Reuters reports that the Chinese government plans to require foreign tech companies to host in China all data servers used by their products, and to allow the government access to the data. As this would include iCloud backups, this would provide the Chinese government with complete access to all data stored on iPhones and iPads sold in China.

In an interview with Reuters, Obama said he was concerned about Beijing’s plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys, the passcodes that help protect data, and install security “backdoors” in their systems to give Chinese authorities surveillance access … 

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The new law would expand on existing requirements that foreign companies hand over source code for tech products sold to Chinese banks–a demand which the U.S. government has condemned as violating trade agreements.

President Obama told Reuters that he has told China that the new requirements would be completely unacceptable to American companies.

“This is something that I’ve raised directly with President Xi,” Obama said. “We have made it very clear to them that this is something they are going to have to change if they are to do business with the United States.”

The laws “would essentially force all foreign companies, including U.S. companies, to turn over to the Chinese government mechanisms where they can snoop and keep track of all the users of those services,” Obama said.

“As you might imagine tech companies are not going to be willing to do that,” he said. 

The relationship between the U.S. and China has long been an uneasy one, with the tech sector a particular battleground. Most of Apple’s products are made in China, but the country has used both security scares and regulatory barriers in an attempt to limit Apple’s rapidly-growing sales there.

The latest proposed law was first drafted last year, but as yet has no date for implementation. Reuters says that it become law within “weeks or months.”


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Bill Gates is once again the world’s richest person

Today, 12:05 PM

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Bill Gates may never have creatively made the same impact on computing that Steve Jobs did, but we doubt he’s too upset about it, since according to Forbes‘ newly-published annual ranking of global billionaires, the former Microsoft mastermind-turned-philanthropist is oncemf.gif


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