Apple Pay was one of the coolest things that Apple announced during their last major press event. However, the idea might be killed before it’s able to gain proper traction. Apparently, major retailers like CVS, Rite Aid, and even Walmart might be refusing to adopt NFC payments which is what Apple Pay requires.
The service is unique enough, as it enables users to pay for everything, just using their phones. You simply place your finger on the fingerprint sensor, and wave your phone in front of the credit card reader…and boom, instant transaction completion.
Why these major stores would care how you go about paying them I’ll never understand. But this could be a major blow to new technology that was really looking promising. Imagine a world where you didn’t even need a wallet, because your FreedomPop phone can even be used to pay for items at the grocery store.
An old money making scam has been resurrected in the digital age that is costing companies billions of dollars collectively per year. These days phone lines can be run over the internet because it allows for clearer connections during phone calls. Like anything else on the internet, these phone lines are vulnerable to hackers.
Hackers break into these phone systems and dial multiple phones to premium call lines that the hacker has rented. Typically this happens over the weekend when no one is around to notice these outgoing calls. The call lines can charge an average of $1 per minute to be connected. A certain percentage of that money is kicked back to whoever is renting out the line, in this case the hacker. These lines have “legitimate” purposes such as over the phone psychics or phone sex lines, which is why they exist. But they can be rented out to anyone.
The unfortunate problem is that these phone attacks are targeting smaller business and charging them over $100,000 in one go. Big corporations have anti-fraud protection with the telephone services they use. This will detect most of the fraudulent calls before they rack up too much and disconnect them. Smaller companies use cheaper phone providers like FreedomPop who don’t offer the same fraud protection, so they are vulnerable to the scam.
Another week, another slew of great apps that are now free for a limited time. Snap these up now guys, before you end up kicking yourself for missing them. I know there are a couple that Marnie Bennett will be looking to download.
Awesome tech allows this to take some pretty amazing panoramic photos. You can take the photos more quickly, but also you can take hands free panoramic images. By placing the phone on a flat, level surface, utilizing the phones vibrate function, Cycloramic can take a panoramic image totally hands free.
Provides the most up to date weather information, and what the forecast looks like for the rest of your day, and week. Allowing you to better plan activities, or make sure you take an umbrella with you to work that day.
Aggregates news from all of your social apps into one easy to sift through feed. Allowing you to get all of the news that matters to you, in a much more streamlined fashion. That way you don’t have to check Twitter, Facebook, and Google + just to get some information.
The perfect scanner app for saving documents, business cards, and everything in between. This is perfect for people that want to be able to keep written, or physical documents with them on their phone. Especially ideal for carrying old information, birth certificates, and even works of art.
Worried about the NSA tapping your phone? Don’t worry, looks like the local North Carolina PD has already been on the case. A local police department has been privately gathering data collected from cell phones in the area, utilizing military grade surveillance equipment.
The technology is only supposed to be used for monitoring criminal suspects, but the local PD have been using it to monitor all citizens in the surrounding area. The Charlotte-Mecklenberg police department has been utilizing faux cell phone towers, that are capable of collecting all of the data stored on cell phones, laptops, and other electronics within range.
That police department also serves more than one million residents, so their reach is disturbingly far. According to the report published in the Observer, the surveillance system has been in use for more than 8 years, and has been targeting private citizens that have never committed a crime.
But local legal courts support the invasion of privacy. Saying that it’s a necessary tool when when trying to investigate crimes.
…So, what they’re telling us is your FreedomPop browsing history is subject to police scrutiny, even if you’re a private citizen that’s never committed a crime in your life.
Right to privacy is a thing of the past.