Updates

Apple released the second developer beta version of iOS 10.2, for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on 7th of November. The release note does not mention any bug fixes and new features but the update patch does add in some new changes to the system.

  • TV app – The TV app is designed to serve as an Apple-designed TV guide to help users discover new content and decide what to watch. It allows user to see anything they are watching across multiple apps in just one place.
  • SOS – A new SOS feature that will call emergency services when the power button on the iPhone is pressed five times.
  • Music – There are more prominent Shuffle and Repeat buttons available in the Music app when playing a song.

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News

India’s Forensic Science Laboratory is in negotiations to purchase the security bypassing technology used by Israeli mobile software developer Cellebrite. The company that the FBI enlisted to help unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter earlier in the year. The terms of India’s purchasing agreement with Cellebrite were not laid out, but an anonymous official from the Forensic Science Laboratory said that the Indian government is expected to get the unlocking technology fairly soon.

Apple recently linked a deal with Cuscal Payments Group. This deal will see Apple Pay expand to more than 30 small banks and credit unions in Australia in the near future. Apple Pay is expected to be available for up to four million Australian customers through the partnership. Three of Australia’s largest banks, including Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, and Westpac, have filed an application with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to collectively negotiate with Apple to gain access to the NFC hardware in iPhones.

Chase has announced its payments service “Chase Pay” will launch at Walmart stores in the United States in 2017. The digital wallet will be integrated into the “Walmart app” for in-store purchases. Allowing Chase Visa credit and debit cardholders to pay at the checkout by showing a QR code to the cashier. The service secures transactions with token technology and utilizes one-time complex codes to process transactions, keeping card information secure. Chase Pay differs from Apple Pay, which uses contactless NFC technology and is secured with Touch ID in addition to tokenization. Walmart has so far refused to adopt Apple Pay, opting for QR code payments services like Walmart Pay and Chase Pay instead.

Image courtesy of Håkan Dahlström

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