In the News: 2014-08-31

Written on:August 31, 2014
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Apple News: In Two Sentences, Here’s Why Apple Is Finally Ready To Get Into Mobile Payments
Apple will reportedly get into the mobile payments space with the forthcoming iPhone 6, and the iWatch.
John Gruber, who writes about Apple, says he’s hearing about a “a new secure enclave where you can store your credit cards, so you can pay for things at brick and mortar retail stores just by taking out your iPhone, but only if it’s one of the new iPhones.” Gruber’s report is backed up by numerous reports that Apple will include NFC, or near field communication, in its next iPhone. NFC has been pretty common in Android phones. It allows for wireless transfer of information from very close range.
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Technology News: A Cheap Alternative To Satellites Is Starting To Take Off
IT TAKES chutzpah to tweet “rockets are tricky” shortly after one you have just launched has deliberately blown itself up. But Elon Musk, founder and boss of SpaceX, is not a man who lacks self-confidence, and he did just that on August 22nd after the terminal malfunction of one of his company’s Falcon 9 vehicles. That Arianespace, a French rival of SpaceX, announced on the same day that two satellites it had tried to launch to join the European Space Agency’s Galileo constellation (intended to rival America’s Global Positioning System), had entered a “non-nominal injection orbit”–in other words, gone wrong–shows just how difficult the commercialisation of space can be.
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Programming News: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails to US Government
Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas-held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for the case to wind through the appeals process. The judge has now ordered both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by next Friday, September 5. Let there be no doubt that Microsoft’s actions in this controversial case are customer-centric. The firm isn’t just standing up to the US government on moral principles. It’s now defying a federal court order.
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Photography News: How to Capture Perfect Headshots: 6 Useful Tips
Headshot, at first glance might seem like a fairly simple photograph to shoot, but when you get into it, you realize that it is a whole job description. There are many professional photographers that do only headshots. They specialize in it only because it takes great amount of time to master it. However, there are few general guidelines which you can follow in order to improve your headshot and portrait photography. It does require some advanced knowledge of photography, photo gear and post-processing, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you are a dedicated photographer.
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In the News: 2014-08-30

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Apple News: iPhone 6 to sport NFC know how provided by NXP Semiconductors Over the previous couple of days, we have now been listening to a number of rumors that means that the iPhone 6 might include NFC. The final report we heard was the place properly-related Apple blogger John Gruber hinted at the potential for NFC. Now in case you are nonetheless skeptical, and rightfully so, one other report…

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In the News: 2014-08-29

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Apple News: Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event Apple’s latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signaling how big this event is for the company. The Sept. 9 launch, which is expected to feature a larger iPhone and possibly a computerized watch, will be in the same Silicon Valley venue where Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, took the…

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In the News: 2014-08-28

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Apple News: Apple to unveil iWatch alongside iPhone 6 ‘on September 9’ Apple will unveil a smartwatch alongside the iPhone 6 on September 9, according to reports. The technology giant is expected to launch the iWatch at a “big” media event next month, Re/code has claimed. The wearable device could utilise the HomeKit function on Apple’s new iOS 8 operating system, potentially allowing users to control lights and garage doors…

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In the News: 2014-08-27

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Apple News: Apple’s iPad business at-a-glance as CEO Tim Cook plots breaking out of “speedbump” slump Tim Cook hinted at significant developments to the iPad line in describing the recent 16 percent drop in year-on-year sales yesterday as “a speedbump” in an interview with Re/code. “We couldn’t be happier with how we’ve done with the first four years of the iPad. I’d call what’s going on recently a speed bump,…

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