A MacRumors article by Eric Slivka calls attention to a Near Field Communication chip that may be used in the upcoming iPhone 6 from Apple. He writes, "Rumors of near field communications (NFC) support for the iPhone surface nearly every year, and this year's iPhone 6 rumors are no different, with reports split on whether the device will include the short-range communications technology frequently used for mobile payments. A couple of new reports do, however, come down on the side of NFC being included in the iPhone 6."
Such a capability could be used in a mobile payment systems. Such a system may well be unveiled later this year.
The article goes on to say, "The first mention came in a separate leak showing a purported battery from Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 late last week. That report from Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily also mentioned in passing that the iPhone 6 will include a PN65V NFC chip ...
An article on MacRumors reports that "Rumors and past release date info have thus far pointed towards a September launch date for the iPhone 6, which has now been confirmed by a reliable source that spoke to MacRumors.
Mass shipments of the iPhone 6 from China to the United States are expected to occur during the last two weeks of August and it is likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 6 during the first or second weeks of September. The first deliveries of the device will come later in the month on a corresponding Friday, roughly a week and a half after the event."
When you're the big man on campus, it seems like everyone is out to get you. That may have been exactly the case with Apple in 2013 regarding so-called "patent trolls."
Buster Hein at Cult of Mac reports, "A new study from legal analytics firm Lex Machina found that in 2013 Apple was the most frequent target of patent lawsuits, followed by Amazon at No. 2, as both companies came under heavy fire from a group of 10 “patent monetization entities” (aka patent trolls) that were responsible for a staggering 13 percent of the 6,092 patent-infringement suits filed last year."
The patent system in the U.S. may be due for a reform as many high-tech companies have lobbied for changes in the system.
Read the full article at Cult of Mac
A report by Jason Leopold at Al Jazeera America reveals that top NSA and Google officials, General Keith Alexander and Google directors Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, had a close relationship between various Silicon Valley tech companies and the United States government.
The report states:
"Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s vast capability for spying on Americans’ electronic communications prompted a number of tech executives whose firms cooperated with the government to insist they had done so only when compelled by a court of law.
But Al Jazeera has obtained two sets of email communications dating from a year before Snowden became a household name that suggest not all cooperation was under pressure.
On the morning of June 28, 2012, an email from Alexander invited Schmidt to attend a four-hour-long “classified threat briefing” on Aug. 8 at a “secure facility in proximity to the San Jose, CA airport.”
“The meeting discussion will be...
Posted on the Skype blog is the announcement that group video chats are now free.
The blog goes on to say, "For the last few years, we’ve offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And, in the future, we’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost."
Up to 10 simultaneous video exchanges are allowed on the Windows and Mac versions of Skype. Premium Skype accounts cost $5 per day or $9 per month.
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