Posts Tagged ‘ Apple ’

VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Hacked

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April 15, 2014

Oops! Looks like Samsung‘s fingerprint scanner has already been hacked, revealing problems with its implementation. The scanner allows unlimited attempts before asking for a password, and does not require a password after restarting the device. Apple’s iPhone 5S avoids these two pitfalls. The video below shows white hat hackers spoofing a fingerprint and accessing...
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VIDEO: PayPal Leaps to the Forefront of Biometric Authentication

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April 14, 2014
VIDEO: PayPal Leaps to the Forefront of Biometric Authentication

Biometrics have arrived, and not a moment too soon. The so-called Heartbleed vulnerability has just about everyone worried about the fidelity of passwords, which are hard to remember and not secure anyway. Fingerprint scanners and other forms of biometric authentication are both easier and far safer and have long been held up as potential...
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Payment Processor PayStand Will Be a Router for Money

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April 2, 2014
Payment Processor PayStand Will Be a Router for Money

A new payments startup called PayStand will accept credit cards, e-checks and — you guessed it — bitcoins. CEO Jeremy Almond sees virtual currencies as a kind of online cash that gives more options to merchants and makes them less reliant on the card networks. “We’re looking to give all payments types equal weighting...
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Coolest Brands 2014: Strength in Wearables

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February 24, 2014
Coolest Brands 2014: Strength in Wearables

Apple’s iPhones get the oohs and ahs, but it’s Samsung’s name on 3 out of 10 smartphones around the world — and that share continues to grow. Samsung has a smartwatch that already has banking apps (and PayPal) running on it, and the company will bring its Galaxy Smart Glasses to market by yearend,...
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It’s Alive! NFC Is Back from the Dead

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February 21, 2014
It’s Alive! NFC Is Back from the Dead

NFC is back and on the move. Visa and MasterCard both announced support for host-card emulation (HCE) this week and that means near-field communication (NFC), long thought to be finished in the contactless payments world, is alive and doing quite well, thank you. HCE was built into the latest version of Android, version 4.4, nicknamed...
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Which Companies Are Dominating Payments? Just Ask the Candy Crush Folks

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February 18, 2014
Which Companies Are Dominating Payments? Just Ask the Candy Crush Folks

Don’t ask the folks who built the game Candy Crush Sage into a multi-billion-dollar company whether Apple is a payments company. They know the answer is already yes. Today, King Digital Entertainment PLC, the company behind Candy Crush Saga and Pet Rescue Saga, among other games, filed for an initial public offering, and central...
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Which Mobile Payments Competitor Frustrates PayPal the Most?

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February 17, 2014
Which Mobile Payments Competitor Frustrates PayPal the Most?

PayPal is facing a slew of competitors in its bid to become the “operating system of mobile payments”: Apple, Amazon and Google chief among them. But which mobile payments company frustrates PayPal the most? It’s Square, according to a February 12 Forbes profile of PayPal CEO David Marcus. According to Forbes, Square “had none of the...
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Umpqua’s Eve Callahan to Speak at Bank Innovation 2014

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February 14, 2014
Umpqua’s Eve Callahan to Speak at Bank Innovation 2014

Eve Callahan, senior vice president of communications for Umpqua Bank, has joined the speaker faculty for Bank Innovation 2014, which will take place March 3-4 in Seattle. Callahan will join the panel, “Advanced Marketing in a Socially Connected World,” which will be moderated by Matt Wilcox, managing director, marketing strategy and innovation, for Fiserv. At Umpqua,...
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13 Bitcoin Ideas for Google

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February 12, 2014
13 Bitcoin Ideas for Google

It’s getting increasingly difficult to buy or sell bitcoins using an iPhone. But it may soon be a snap to do so on an Android device. Apple has been methodically shutting down bitcoin wallets and exchanges on iOS devices over the last couple of months, with the latest victim being the mobile wallet from blockchain.info,...
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Citibank Releases Major App Update, and It’s a Mixed Bag

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February 5, 2014
Citibank Releases Major App Update, and It’s a Mixed Bag

Citibank released version 6.0 of its smartphone app on Monday. As the version number indicates, it is a major app update, with a complete overhaul of the user interface. A look at the new app is at left. Most notably, the app incorporates the Facebook innovation that pulls navigation options from off screen, making...
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