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Comment Re:How's Irvine, CA? (Score 2) 464

Absolutely. Irvine/Newport Beach/Aliso Viejo and many other Orange County cities have very large and growing tech scenes. And unlike other tech cities, there's still relatively (for coastal California) affordable housing to be found nearby.

Plus the weather and culture and food choices are amazing.

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 2) 105

These mobile payment solutions offer tokenization, which I consider to be a pretty big advantage over using a card (especially in a setting where the card is handed over to the retailer).

Also, your strawman description of the process tells me you've never tried, or even researched too deeply into the process of using the payments. Generally my phone is at least as easy to get to as my wallet, and there's no unlocking, app finding, selection making involved - just thumb on the fingerprint scanner.

Comment Re: app store (Score 1) 132

Any there any large services NOT on Roku? Because of their open SDK, pretty much everyone has made a Roku channel. Apple will still lead to more exposure, but Roku's been the leader in the content game for a LONG time.

Comment The novel universe is even better (Score 3, Interesting) 71

For the last decade or so, the Trek novel universe has been well-maintained, followed its own continuity, and has featured a lot of very good stories (and a few bad ones, but so it goes with all things Star Trek). If you're a fan that's looking to continue the stories and feel of Star Trek now that it's off the air, look at the novels (and check out http://www.thetrekcollective.c... for a guide to where to start).

Comment Re:The biggest challenge? (Score 1) 186

ApplePay is just the method of payment (akin to your physical credit card) - the system still uses the credit card network and uses a number that is passed from the device to the credit card company. The token is used in place of your credit card number during the transaction but Apple isn't "involved" in the payment itself.

Comment Re:The biggest challenge? (Score 1) 186

Not sure about the Google and Android solutions, but you don't need a network or cell connection to use ApplePay - everything is handled by the chip in the phone. It offers other advantages as well, most specifically the use of a unique token that's NOT your credit card number, meaning it isn't vulnerable to the large store data breaches like we've seen in the last few years.

Also, I dunno about you, but I always have my phone in my pocket, just has handy as my wallet, but with my wallet, I need to remove a card, swipe it, and usually either sign or enter a code. With ApplePay, I just have to hold the phone next to the terminal, and that's it. It's not a huge difference, but it's certainly not more difficult than using a card - typically it's one or more steps easier.

Comment Re:Crap (Score 1) 105

There's this awesome invention called "the internet", where you can find exactly what you're looking for and purchase it without ever having to go into a store. It works especially well for times you're looking for specific products instead of just browsing. There's even a great deal of competition and independent sellers that help keep prices down.

Comment Re:if not collecting the data (Score 1) 75

Don't most modern terminals use an internet connection (always on) to transfer data? Assuming you have a data connection, would you really need to "invest in infrastructure" to do this? Or are you far enough away from civilization that they don't have the internet out there yet?

Comment Re:if not collecting the data (Score 1) 75

Any company that contracts out their POS terminals and accepts credit and debit cards (so, just about everyone) can get a terminal that accepts NFC payments.

My local large grocery story (Albertson's, in southern California) has accepted Apple Pay from the start, even though their terminals don't look any different than anyone else's, and don't have the typical separate plastic thing that you're supposed to touch your phone to. The whole thing is built into the user-accessible terminal, and Apple Pay just works.

Stores don't own these terminals, and the companies that provide/service them can either turn on the functionality (if the terminal has it built in) or replace the terminal with a newer model (which happens regularly anyway). It's not a matter of having to run new lines out to the boonies - if they take credit cards, they can likely accept NFC payments.

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