U.S. sponsored report says governments should attack Bitcoin and undermine it

A new report from the influential RAND think tank suggests that governments should attack Bitcoin and blockchain technologies to undermine the public’s perception of their utility and security. Read more…

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Apple and UnionPay Closing in on Apple Pay Agreement for China

Apple and China UnionPay have reportedly reached a deal to bring Apple’s NFC payment service, Apple Pay, to the country. The preliminary agreement between the two companies would see Apple introduce Apple Pay through UnionPay’s point-of-sales network, according to „people familiar with the matter“ who spoke with Bloomberg.

Details of the agreement are yet to be finalized, pending feedback from banks that issue cards, said the people, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. Shanghai-based UnionPay, the nation’s largest payment and clearing network, aims to introduce Apple Pay as soon as next year, one of the people said.

The sources point to Apple Pay assisting in fending off UnionPay’s closest rivals in the Chinese mobile payments market, including Alibaba Group and Tencent. Terms of the deal would bring Apple Pay to more than 5 million NFC-enabled point-of-sale machines in China.

Bloomberg‘s sources still state that the two companies have yet to sign agreements on the deal with participating banks within the country, suggesting local banks’ fear high fee charges tied with the service and a low adoption rate. Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has already reached deals with China’s big four state-run banks and plans to launch Apple Pay in February 2016.

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Tim Cook ranked top CEO by a bunch of computers

Tim Cook heads a company that devotes massive brain power in developing and understanding algorithms. And it was an algorithm that ranked the Apple CEO the nation’s top executive from a list of 250. ExecRank, a kind of social network for companies to find advisors and board members, uses a statistical and algorithmic analysis to […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Macs Saving IBM Money on IT Management Despite Higher Up Front Cost

IBM this year began adopting Macs for its employees, a move the company says has been highly successful. Speaking at the JAMF Nation User Conference (via AppleInsider) earlier this week, IBM vice president of Workplace-as-a-Service Fletcher Previn said that far fewer Mac users require help with their machines than IBM’s PC users.

„Every Mac that we buy is making and saving IBM money,“ he said, as the Macs require less management and setup effort than PCs, even though they cost more up front.

Just five percent of employees using Macs call IBM’s internal help desk for troubleshooting, while 40 percent of the company’s PC users make calls to the help desk. According to Previn, these numbers point towards the Mac’s ease of use and the solid job the IBM team has done setting up Macs at the company. IBM’s Mac onboarding experience is highly streamlined, making it easy for employees to do much of the setup work themselves in a short period of time.

IBM’s deployment allows for employees to receive a shrink-wrapped, brand new Mac and quickly and easily set it up on their own. Using Apple’s Device Enrollment Program and JAMF Software’s Casper Suite, users set up and install IT-approved apps, software and configurations.

JAMF Software’s Self Service allows IBM and its employees a simple method for installing licensed software. In an example given by Previn, the employee simply needs to click install for Microsoft Office, and IT will handle the licensing on the backend without exposing any of it to the user.

IBM is rolling out 1,900 Macs to its employees each week, and there are more than 130,000 iOS and Mac devices being used by IBM employees at the current time. In July, IBM CIO Jeff Smith said he thought IBM might end up purchasing 150,000 to 200,000 Macs on a regular basis for the company’s 400,000 employees.

As of 2014, Apple and IBM have been working together to create specialized enterprise-focused apps and services for iOS devices. Under the partnership, IBM is selling iOS devices to its corporate customers, developing apps, and providing on-demand AppleCare service.



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How to activate AT&T Wi-Fi Calling on your iPhone

AT&T finally activated Wi-Fi calling on its network, allowing iPhone users to seamlessly switch to their local wireless network to place calls when their LTE signal is weak. Apple added WiFi Calling in iOS 8, but you probably haven’t had a chance to use it yet because the only carrier in the U.S. to support […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Napster’s Sean Parker is trying to create the Twitter of political opinions

Sean Parker — the rogue Silicon Valley investor behind Napster, and a formative part of Facebook’s early development — has a new iOS app out. It’s called Brigade, and it’s got good election timing: it’s an app devoted to sharing…Read more ›



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Dixons Carphone announces iD, a new mobile network promising the "best value 4G" in the UK

Dixons Carphone will launch its new mobile network ‘iD’ in May, promising free data roaming in the USA and 21 other countries, along with 12-month contracts and „the best value 4G on the UK market“. Read more…



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