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CurrentC Races to Irrelevance, May not Launch Until 2016

1:10 PM, Aug. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

CurrentC is doomed to irrelevancy before it even launches

CurrentC is another step closer to securing its place as the big non-starter in the mobile payment field now that parent company MCX CEO Brian Mooney has said its 2015 launch may slip into 2016. Meanwhile, Apple Pay and other NFC-based mobile payment options are already available and drawing in more users.

Apple Quietly Replacing Apple TVs for Wi-Fi Issues

10:21 AM, Aug. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple swapping out some defective third gen Apple TVs

Apple is replacing a few third generation Apple TVs over wireless networking issues, but instead of announcing a recall program, the company is quietly contacting owners via email. The method Apple is using to alert customers is likely a sign that only a small number of defective Apple TV units were shipped, and not a move to cover up the problem.

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Apple's approach to replace the defective Apple TV units is a little different, but at least the company is proactively addressing the problem.

ACM 319: Google and Alphabet, HomeKit, Apple Maps

5:30 PM, Aug. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Google shook up the tech world this week when it announced it's new parent company: Alphabet. Jeff and Bryan offer up their thoughts on Alphabet and what it means for the companies under its umbrella, as well as Google's founders. They also share their experiences trying out HomeKit gear, and using Apple Watch on a long road trip.

HTC Smartphone Exposes User Fingerprints to Hackers

9:58 AM, Aug. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

HTC system flaw left user fingerprints open to hackers

HTC has egg on its face after security researchers discovered the fingerprint scans some of the company s smartphones use for authentication are stored in common graphic formats and aren't encrypted. Permissions for the fingerprint images are also set so anyone can read them, which means bad guys can collect them without even breaking a sweat.

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If Android devices makers really want to copy Apple, maybe they should look more at security features than icons and device form factors.

Rite Aid Sees the Light, Joins the Apple Pay Fan Club

6:05 PM, Aug. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Rite Aid gets Apple Pay support this Saturday

It took the better part of a year, but Rite Aid has finally reversed its stance and will begin accepting Apple Pay at its retail locations starting August 15. That adds another 4,600 locations around the U.S. where iPhone and Apple Watch owners can pay without pulling out their credit card, and puts another nail in the coffin for the still MIA CurrentC.

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You know when Princess Leia told Grand Moff Tarkin the more the Empire tightens its the more star systems will slip through its fingers? It kind of feels like that's what's happening for CurrentC.

Plex, Now with Rotten Tomatoes and Rich Media Browsing

9:08 AM, Aug. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The media viewing and management app Plex is out with a new iPhone and iPad update that adds in some cool new features like the ability to check Rotten Tomatoes ratings, search for similar movies, and hunt for movies with the same actors or director. The app beefed up its sync functionality, can read chapter data from your videos and look up info at the ChapterDb website. It also has a fresh new interface, and you can pick it up for free as a remote and media transfer tool. Full functionality is available through an in-app purchase, or just log into your Plex account.