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The rumored iPhone 6 mobile payment wallet may allow users to pay for medicine and other items at drugstores Walgreens and CVS. Speculations that the two of nation’s largest drugstore chains may support Apple’s digital wallet comes after chatter that retailer Nordstrom may also accept your iPhone 6′s built-in digital wallet for payments for goods at its physical stores.

If the rumors pan out, CVS and Walgreens could give Apple a footprint of over 15,000 locations. Given that both stores already accept NFC payments from the rival Google Wallet service, support for the iPhone 6, if the smartphone does ship with the rumored NFC chip, shouldn’t be too difficult to add.

In addition to retailer support, Apple is also working with credit card issuers, with chatter that American Express, MasterCard, and Visa may be on board. Additionally, Apple is also working with banks to get discounts on processing payments.

We’ll have to wait until September 9 to see what Apple finally announces.

Are you excited to be able to use your phone as a wallet?

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iCloud security and personal responsibility

Posted by On September - 5 - 2014
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iCloud may not have been hacked but iCloud accounts are hackable. So are other online accounts. Why? Security is at constant war with convenience. Absolute security makes our data inaccessible to everyone, including us. Absolute convenience makes our data easily available to everyone, including those who would use it to harm us. The key to a workable system is balance, where a range of options are afforded and we choose and use them in a way that’s best for us. That includes Apple giving us the options we need and making them as understandable as possible, and it includes us taking the time to understand them and implement them as best as we can. So what can we all do better?

Following celebrity photo data theft, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has outlined several steps they will be taking to bolster security for iCloud. These include more notifications when backups are restored and devices are first added, broader implementation of 2-step verification, and an increased effort to educate customers about the security and privacy tools that are available to them.

Those are good steps. Necessary steps. Apple needs to do them and do more of them.

But we need to take responsibility for our own security as well.

This isn’t about blaming victims. Perpetrators are the only ones who get blamed. This is about empowering people. This is about planning smart and fighting back hard. This is about making it so that even if you are one day victimized, you are never a victim.

Use strong passwords

Apple has minimal requirements for passwords. You need to have at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one number, and it has to be at least 8 characters long, for example.

You want something way, way stronger than that. Length is important. The longer a password is the longer it takes to crack it. However, lack of predictability is also important. The length doesn’t matter as much if it’s predictable (if it’s composed of common dictionary words, for example).

So, ideally, you’d want to use 32 pseudo-random characters for your iCloud password and store it in a password manager. Unfortunately, you’ll likely have to type it in, especially on mobile devices, more often than would make that practical.

So, treat it like a master password. Make it as long and as unpredictable as you can, but keep it so that you can enter it on an iPhone or iPad when you have to. (The iOS 8 Touch ID API will mitigate this, but there will still be times you’ll have to type it.)

The best advice I’ve some across on choosing a strong master password is from AgileBits, makers of 1Password:

This is the single most important thing you can do for your security. It’s the lock on your car or your house. Make it as good as it can possibly be.

Avoid security questions when you can, fill them with passwords when you can’t

Security questions are designed to make it easier for people to recover forgotten passwords. Sadly they also make it easier for criminals to hack passwords. More often than not, they replace the security of a strong password with the guess-ability of several weak ones.

I avoid providing security questions whenever I can. When I can’t, I fill them with strings of pseudo-random gunk and store them in my password manager.

If I use my first pet’s name, someone can find that out. If I lie about the pet’s name, I could forget the lie I used. No one can find out about kc+y7^QD66tCmuqfQG/wQ43QF>d=d#2W, by way of example, and if it’s in my password manager, I can’t forget it when and if I ever need it.

Sign out of websites when you’re done

Some websites, including iCloud.com, store a security token to make it easier for you to access them repeatedly during the same session. It’s a convenience so you don’t have to re-enter your password every time. It’s also security hole if someone gains access to your computer.

Sure, someone gaining access to your computer is terrible in so very many ways. Your computer has your photo library, your email account, and many, many other things. If your family members or workmates are out to get you, the threat level is significantly higher and you’ll need to take many more precautions (and likely have other issues urgently in need of addressing.)

However, logging out still prevents someone whose sole and only purpose is to get that token so they can steal your online data later. It closes one more hole, especially if you’ve logged into someone else’s computer or a public terminal.

Don’t click on links in emails

The easiest way to get something from someone is often just to ask them. If your password is too long and unpredictable to easily crack, if your security questions are nonsensical blobs, another way for criminals to try and get your login is just to ask you for it — via a fake email.

They’ll send you something that looks like it comes from Apple, Google, etc. along with an urgent message designed to scare you into clicking on a malicious link they provide and getting you to log in to their server so they can record what you type and use it to break into your account.

It’s called phishing and it’s been going on for years.

To avoid it, never click on a link in an email. Instead, if you get something that says it’s from Apple or Google or Dropbox or anyone else, open a browser window yourself, type in iCloud.com or Gmail.com or Dropbox.com yourself, log in to your account, and then see if there are any real situations that require your attention.

Play safe

These are just a few of the most common ways criminals try to hack iCloud accounts. There are and no doubt will be others. If you’re a high value target, you’ll need to treat online security as seriously as you treat real-world security. If not, while you should take reasonable precautions, there’s no need to panic.

Play safe and play smart. Be conscientious of your data and where and how you store it.

Apple doesn’t let Touch ID fingerprint data out of the secure enclave on the iPhone, and it sounds like they won’t be letting mobile payment data out of there either. That means it never gets anywhere near the cloud. Likewise Apple has said they’ll reject any app that tries to store health and fitness data from HealthKit on the cloud, and has put in strict privacy guards to keep even local apps from getting anything more than you want to share.

This won’t be the last time we hear about data theft, sadly. But if you never thought about online security before, you can start thinking about it now.

Apple absolutely has to improve the security and the awareness of the security around iCloud. And just as absolutely we have to take responsibility for our own security. After all, we’re in this together.









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New iTunes Connect now live for developers

Posted by On September - 4 - 2014
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The new version of iTunes Connect, the online portal developers use to manage their App Store apps, first shown off at WWDC 2014, has now gone live. Developers can access it at itunesconnect.apple.com/.

Welcome to the New iTunes Connect. We’ve updated parts of iTunes Connect, including:

  • My Apps to manage and release your apps
  • Resources and Help to find answers to your questions or get support
  • Users and Roles to manage your iTunes Connect and Sandbox users

The new version of iTunes Connect also sports an iOS7/iCloud.com style redesign. If you’re a developer, check it out and let me know what you think!









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Latest Skype iPhone update adds group audio calling

Posted by BMetts On September - 4 - 2014
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Microsoft has released a new update for its Skype app for the iPhone that adds group audio calling support. This is the first time this feature has been added for any Skype smartphone app.

Microsoft says that the 5.4 update for Skype includes a new call button that’s been placed in the bottom navigation bar. Tapping on it will start the group call, which can currently support up to four people. Microsoft hints that more callers could be added in future update.

It says:

Once a group audio call has started, the number of participants will be displayed in the top bar. Tap the navigation bar to see the active participants on the call. You can also see any contacts that are in the group but not on the call. Furthermore, as the host, you can also selectively take people off the call without ending the current call.

What do you think of this new feature for the iPhone version of Skype?

Source: Skype blog









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How to enable two-step verification for your Apple ID

Posted by On September - 3 - 2014
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Most people use their Apple ID account not only for iCloud data, but to purchase content from iTunes and the App Store. That means that anyone who gets ahold of your account or manages to change your password could have access to your personal information and credit card information. If you want to increase the security of your Apple ID, you can use two-step verification to add a second layer of protection. That, it requires something you know (your password) and something you have (the security token sent to you) to access your account information and make changes.


What does two-step verification protect?

Currently two-step verification is required for the following activities:

  • Sign in to My Apple ID to manage your account
  • Make an iTunes, App Store, or iBooks Store purchase from a new device
  • Get Apple ID related support from Apple

Apple has tested two-step verification on other parts of the iCloud service, and hopefully they’ll roll it out across all services quickly and completely in the near future.

What if I have multiple Apple ID’s?

If you have multiple Apple IDs, for example, if you have a separate iCloud login from your iTunes login, you can still set up two-step verification for both. You can do this by verifying an SMS-only device on the second ID. As always, you can use your recovery key if it is every unavailable or simply fails.

How to secure your iCloud account with two-step verification

In order to enable two-step verification, you must have a current password that meets Apple’s minimum standards of 8 characters complete with at least 1 number and 1 capital letter. If you have to change your current password in order to meet this standard, you’ll have a short waiting period before you can enable two-step verification.

  1. Go to appleid.apple.com from the browser on your Mac or PC.
  2. Sign in to the Apple ID you’d like to enable two-step verification for.
  3. Click on Password & Security in the left hand navigation.
  4. Answer the secret questions you’ve previously set up and click on Continue — if you don’t remember them, you can reset them if you have a backup email on file.
  5. Click on Get Started… under the Two-Step Verification section.
  6. As long as you have a device linked to your iCloud account on hand, click Continue on the next screen.
  7. Read the next two screens about two-step verification.
  8. Once you understand what they’re describing, click Get Started on the second screen.
  9. Add your current phone number to start the verification process.
  10. Check your phone for a text message and then enter the 4-digit verification code.
  11. After your phone number is verified, a list of connected devices you can verify should appear.
  12. Click on Verify next to the devices you’d like to trust in case you need to use them for two-step verification in the future.
  13. Once you’re done verifying all your devices, click Continue.
  14. The next page gives you your Recovery Key which you’ll need to either print out or write down. Do that now.
  15. Once you’ve gotten the code written down or printed, click Continue and then verify it by typing it out on the next screen. You won’t be able to continue until you confirm you know the code.
  16. Click Confirm in order to continue.
  17. Click the checkbox to confirm you understand what you’ll need in order to complete two-step verification should you forget your password.
  18. Click Enable two-step Verification.
  19. You’ll receive a confirmation that two-step verification has been enabled. Click Done.

That’s it! Two-step verification will now replace security questions. Remember that in order to regain access to your iCloud account, you’ll need any TWO of the following:

  • Your Apple ID password
  • A trusted device
  • Your recovery key

If you don’t have two of the listed above, you’d need to create a new Apple ID.

Note: Originally published, March 2013. Updated, September 2014.









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Logitech is no stranger to Bluetooth keyboards, but with the newly announced K480 the accessory maker is looking to connect three different devices at the same time, regardless of the computing platform.

As the keyboard is platform agnostic, you can connect various devices running Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Android or iOS via Bluetooth at the same time. To switch between devices, all you have to do is toggle the Easy-Switch key to the desired device. There’s also an integrated slot on the keyboard that can house a smartphone and a tablet.

Available in black and white, the K480 is set to launch later this month in the US and Europe for $ 50.

Source: Logitech









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Labor Day is now behind us but the opportunity to still save 20% on any iPhone and iPad accessory surely isn’t!

It’s back to the daily grind. But, it’s not all bad: There’s still time left to get your orders in for cases, chargers, batteries, screen protectors and more here at iMore. You’ll want to get any unfinished shopping done today, though, because after midnight tonight this awesome discount will no longer apply. So, take advantage of coupon code: 14LD upon checkout and enjoy the savings!

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Elgato is jumping into the home automation space ahead of Apple’s broader HomeKit push when iOS 8 debuts this fall for consumers. Ahead of Apple’s plans and the IFA trade show, the company has announced a range of products under the Eve brand and some colorful connected light bulbs that should integrate nicely into your iOS ecosystem this fall.

The Eve products will come with products to sense when doors and windows are opened, a smoke detector to take on Google’s Nest Protect, an energy consumption sensor, and a weather station that measure humidity and temperature.

The soon to be launched range of Eve sensors gathers data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption in your home, this data is then configured and displayed in Elgato’s Eve app. Users can gain insights that can help improve the comfort of their home, making their house a smarter place.

It looks like Elgato wants to be among the first to support Apple’s HomeKit standard with these new products.

Elgato are set to announce and make available solutions based on Apple’s HomeKit technology once iOS 8 is available.

Pricing is not yet available and the company says it will announce availability soon.

Additionally, Elgato has also announced a $ 50 smart lightbulb that can change color and allows you to set the lighting mood. Unlike the Philips Hue bulbs, the Avea smart light from Elgato doesn’t need a hub and pairs directly with your iOS device via Bluetooth Low Engergy. You can also set an alarm with the light, which will wake you up with a gentle light so you can have an artificial sunrise to start your day.

Source: Elgato









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New, updated, and discounted apps for Labor Day

Posted by BMetts On September - 1 - 2014
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Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It’s impossible to keep up with them all, but it’s not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! With Labor Day going, there are a bunch of app sales running, so there’s a little something for everyone.

Be sure to check out app sales from last week, as many are still running. We’ve also got an ongoing Labor Day sale on iPhone and iPad accessories if you’re looking to load up on gear.


Updated iOS apps

  • Modern Combat 5: This highly polished IAP-less first-person shooter received a bunch of multiplayer tweaks. – $ 6.99 – Download now

Discounted iOS apps

  • 868-HACK: A retro-themed puzzle game where players have to hack their way through an old-school bulletin board system. – $ 5.99 $ 2.99 – Download now
  • Gravity Falls Mystery Shack Attack: A defense strategy game without IAPs featuring characters from an awesome Disney cartoon. – $ 2.99 $ 0.99

Discounted Mac apps

  • .W.E.L.D.E.R.: An award-winning steampunk-themed word game. $ 4.99 Free – Download now

More apps and updates?

If you try any of the apps or updates, let me know how they work for you. If you got any new or updated apps today that you loved, but don’t see here, let us know about them! Happy Labor Day, folks!









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Come this fall when Apple has its September 9th event, a digital wallet may be coming to the iPhone to help grow the mobile payment business. We’ve heard that American Express may be a major partner to the initiative, and now we are also hearing that Visa and Mastercard may also be joining forces with Apple in a rumored NFC-based payments announcement.

Like Google Wallet and ISIS for Android phones, the Apple-built iPhone wallet may use NFC to communicate with payment terminals at retail stores and the TouchID fingerprint sensor to authenticate user and make the experience safe.

Apple has not commented on the rumors, though if Bloomberg’s sources are accurate we may see a lot more than just iPhone and iPad devices being announced soon.

Source: Bloomberg









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