When MCX came out guns blazing for the unveiling of CurrentC, it looks like it was firing blanks because yet another big-name parter is now openly embracing Apple Pay. Target CEO Brian Cornell says he wants to expand beyond Web-only orders for Apple Pay and plans to bring the wireless payment system to stores.
Google has published the results of a study that found security questions (or challenge questions) used for online account recovery are next to useless. To distill it down to a single sentence, security questions, "suffer from a fundamental flaw: their answers are either somewhat secure or easy to remember—but rarely both." Bryan Chaffin explains.
Apple "quietly" shelved plans to make a television set more than a year ago, according to The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources "familiar" with the matter, the newspaper said that Apple decided it could not bring enough to bear on the television set industry to warrant entry. Apple is instead focused on launching a content delivery service.
Activist investor Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple and company CEO Tim Cook to increase share buybacks. In an open letter designed as much to influence investors as Apple's management, Mr. Icahn made the argument that Apple's stock is worth US$240 share today based on his believe that Apple will dominate the television market in 2016 and the automobile industry by 2020. Bryan Chaffin walks you through the pretinents.
Apple Watch is only a few weeks old, but it has already entered the world of presidential politics in the U.S. It's yet another sign of just how important Apple is becoming...to everyone.
The Internet lit up on Thursday with reports of the horrible security bug in Apple Watch that makes it an easy target for criminals. The real problem isn't that Apple Watch has a big security bug—it doesn't—it's that an intended feature of the watch is being presented as if it's a bug. The reality is that Apple Watch isn't more prone to theft than any other quality watch, although Apple could take steps to make it less desirable to steal.
Apple said on Thursday to expect the first HomeKit automation accessories in June. Responding to a Fortune report that HomeKit was delayed as Apple worked on stabilizing the platform, Apple said in a statement that the first HomeKit products will be released "next month."
The standard fuss about 4K consists of complaints about how it's hard to see a difference compared to HD, that bandwidth for streaming is severe, and that there's no content. But, of course, all these objections will disappear into the dusty past of technology. For now, however, how will Apple be affected?
There has been much discussion about why the iPad sales are not so stellar compared to the iPhone. It seems we want a new iPhone every year because the technology changes so fast. John Martellaro ponders why that isn't happening with the iPad.
The Apple TV and similar set-top boxes like the Roku and Chromecast are doing much better than had been expected in the past. The reason has to do with the content strategies used. IHS, which tracks shipments, explains.
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