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Comment Re:So much doubletalk and bullshit ... (Score 1) 68

My bank had an NFC phone app before Apple Pay was released, so if you need that level of security it is already there. Also the bank covers the loss of contactless transaction, so even if someone takes your card you're covered. Also you have the choice of the free card, or the app, or both. Apple offers no such choice.

How so? I have a card and I have my iPhone. I can use either.

As for security.. someone can steal my card and I have to deal with everything that goes along with that. Someone could even still clone the mag stripe or write down the number and CVV code from the back. My phone gives out none of that. Sadly we are not in a world where I can leave my (ridiculously insecure) credit cards at home. But I hope we get there soon.

From a Ux perspective it's an extra step which is considered worse

How so? It's not an extra step. I hold my phone up to the reader with my thumb already in the right place and it authorizes. I don't even need to unlock the phone.. I just hold it to the reader, it shows my cards and if my thumb is in the right place.. presto.. payment authorized. no extra steps or apps needed.

Contactless goes through leather so it's exactly the same effort to swipe (actually easier when you don't have to scan your fingerprint)

I have four different contactless cards to choose from (Debit, Credit, Work Canadian dollars credit, Work US Dollars Credit). Mostly I use my debit but I use all of the others frequently (multiple times a week) so I can't just hold up my wallet and hope for the best (or assume my phone case.. which I dont even have.. will have the right card). Also the work cards are from different banks than my personal ones so having to use different apps from different banks would be a pain.

And see above. The only reason the fingerprint would be extra labour is if the phone (either software or hardware) is badly designed. How exactly do your NFC payment app and/or fingerprint reader work that using your fingerprint is an extra step?

nothing Apple is doing is new

That is almost always the case. What is generally true, however, is that they find a way to do it *better*.

Comment Re:So much doubletalk and bullshit ... (Score 1) 68

Actually. I'm in Canada so we were in much the same boat as you. though I travel extensively and often in the US and I am constantly dumbfounded at how... primitive.. the system is.

That said.. Apple pay is just another level of security. Contactless cards can be used by anyone who has the card (up to a per-transaction limit of $100 at most places, if I'm not mistaken). With Apple pay I still need to use my fingerprint to authorize which is nice. I also find it easier than rifling through my wallet to find the card I want whereas I always have my phone closer to hand than my wallet and I can very easily choose the proper card right on the phone. Certainly it's not as huge a difference for those of us in the 21st century of payment systems but for me, in daily use, it's a non-zero improvement.

It's been a while since I looked at the specifications but I'm pretty sure that with Apple Pay the actual card number is replaced with a device-unique token so that the merchant never sees or transmits your actual card number. I don't think that's the case with contactless cards (but I'm not certain about that last bit).

Comment Re:So much doubletalk and bullshit ... (Score 4, Insightful) 68

Agreed. Apple pay is ridiculously easy and convenient. Works every time and it couldn't be easier. What's more nobody can surf over my shoulder for my pin and the retailer never sees my cc number or even my name.

The retailers have shown time and time again that they are incapable (or unwilling) to secure CC data. Why give them yet another opportunity to cock things up?

Comment Re:"Truth" (Score 2) 214

He most certainly did *not* say that you should trust the mainstream media.

He said that's what happened in the past and that's what we trusted. There's no "should" or "this was correct" about it.

He's merely saying that there are many more people (hyperbolically "everyone") that are trying to influence your opinion. ie. it's coming at you from all sides. So take extra care and try to learn the accuracy of what you're being told.

Comment Re:Loses credibility (Score 1) 164

They're recommending based on the fact that as near to zero percent of users as makes no difference will be disabling the caching that they did.

Normal users will not experience the same wildly varying battery life that CR did in their initial tests.

Those who *do* disable the caching may hit the bug that apple has identified and are fixing. But that number is going to be vanishingly small.

CR was right to update their review before the fix comes out.

Comment Re:Why they are slow? (Score 1) 766

I've opened up hundreds of tabs in Safari on my 2009 iMac just now as a test. Not just blanks either.. lots of web pages.

Not a delay or hint of sluggishness to be found.

New web pages (and especially new blank tabs) open just as fast as they did when I first logged in.

Mr. Birman is definitely doing something wrong.

Comment From the article (Score 4, Informative) 88

December 13th: Apple released macOS 10.12.2 which contains the security update. At least for some hardware - like my MacBook Air.

The solution Apple decided upon and rolled out is a complete one. At least to the extent that I have been able to confirm. It is no longer possible to access memory prior to macOS boot. The mac is now one of the most secure platforms with regards to this specific attack vector.

So, it seems that this door has been closed as of 10.12.2

Remains to be seen if those machines that don't support 10.12 Sierra will get patches for their latest supported macOS version, of course.

Comment Re:huh? (Score 3, Informative) 164

Yet, instead of making it clear what background processes are draining your battery, and why that's killing your estimated time remaining, Apple goes it's usual "form over function" route and just hides all those nasty details.

You'd be 100% right.. except for one nasty detail which makes you 0% right.

There are multiple ways to find out precisely which applications/processes are draining your battery.

Here's one:


Here's another:


That second one is right there in the battery menu.

Nasty.. nasty details.

Comment Re:And you can't remove the battery to restart (Score 1) 53

I don't follow. on any iPhone if you hold the sleep/power button along with the home (or volume down for iPhone 7).. your phone will shut down -- no matter what it's doing or if it's crashed.

No need to do anything fancy or open anything up and hope that someone doesn't knock the battery out of your hand.

Comment Re:And you can't remove the battery to restart (Score 1) 53

Personally I don't think that less than 5 seconds from holding down the two buttons to the phone starting its shutdown sequence is quite a long time.

Also.. if you can't go 5 seconds without someone bumping you so hard that you can't keep your fingers on two buttons then I shudder to think what's going to happen to the cover and battery when you are bumped.

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