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Apple Pay Suffers Major Blow, Facebook Accused of Plagiarism [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 27-10-2014

Also, Twitpic lives on thanks to Twitter, PS4 owners can share games online, selling the brutal truth for $10, and a meta Google Glass review.


Dirty Tactics Thwart Mobile Payments

Apple has suffered a blow to its hopes of having Apple Pay accepted in all major retailers across the United States. It turns out that many of the big names, including Walmart, Kmart, Best Buy, and 7-Eleven, are building a competitor to Apple Pay called CurrentC. Which means these retailers are unlikely to support what is in effect a rival mobile payments system.

Rite Aid and CVS have actively disabled NFC (near-field communication What Is NFC & Should You Buy a Phone That Has It? [MakeUseOf Explains] If you’re in the market for a new phone in 2013, you’re probably going to hear about something called NFC, and how it’s apparently changing the world. Don’t be fooled by the sales talk though.... Read More ) card readers in their stores to prevent customers from using Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and other mobile payments platforms. It has to be assumed this is a bid to keep CurrentC from being surplus to requirements even before it launches in 2015.

CurrentC works differently from Apple Pay Apple's Big Event: iPhone 6, Watch & New Wireless Payment System Finally, the rumours are confirmed: two new larger iPhones and a smart timepiece known simply as the Apple Watch are on the way. Read More , with the customer scanning a QR code 8 Really Geeky but Creative Ways to Use QR Codes at Home The plain-Jane QR code had a hi-tech beginning – Toyota used them in their manufacturing process for scanning automobile components. From there, QR codes have made the journey to even fashion ramps. That demonstrates their... Read More into their phone to have the payment taken directly from their bank account. This is designed to cut credit card companies (and their processing fees) out of the equation. Which is why no banks are backing CurrentC.

As revealed by The Verge, Apple only has 34 official retail partners backing Apple Pay at the moment, and eight of those are brands owned by Foot Locker. So, despite the reams of publicity given to Apple Pay, Tim Cook and co. face an uphill battle in getting Apple’s fledgling mobile payments system adopted. Let the dirty tactics commence.

The current MakeUseOf Poll is all about Apple Pay, so please take the time to vote and let us know whether or not you’re personally backing Apple Pay.


Facebook Rooms Accused Of Copying Room

Just days after Facebook launched Rooms Ello Promises No Ads Ever, Facebook Parties Like It's 1999 [Tech News Digest] Also, Christian Bale lands Jobs, PhotoMath solves sums, Memeoirs books conversations, and a comic sans typewriter. Read More , the social network has been accused of copying a pre-existing app called Room. The non-Facebook app Room was launched in September, and, like Rooms, allows users to create anonymous chatrooms.

The creators of Room are convinced Rooms Chatrooms Aren't Dead. Meet, From Facebook Facebook has released a new app that allows for semi-anonymous chatrooms. Called Rooms, it's currently available for iOS, with an Android and iPad native port not far away. Read More is a copy, with Damien Rottemberg, Co-Founder and CTO of Room Inc. telling 9to5Mac, “We’re sure this is not a coincidence. We don’t understand how Facebook, with all their lawyers, could have released an app with the same name and features. We don’t know … if something was leaked from VCs we were talking to that are very connected with Facebook, if it’s from high Facebook executives that we have on our Facebook friend’s list, friends of friends working at Facebook, or someone at Facebook that saw our app and thought it was cool enough to copy.

The two apps are remarkably similar, but it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that two teams were working on similar apps at the same time. However, Rottemberg and his co-founder are thought to be “debating legal action.” In the meantime why not try both free apps to determine which of the two you personally prefer.

Twitpic Survives As Twitter Archive

The Twitpic saga has come to an end, with Twitter taking control of the domain and photo archive. Twitpic announced in September it was shutting down because of a trademark dispute with Twitter Apple Improves iCloud Security, Twitter Kills Twitpic Over Trademark, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Rdio goes freemium, Facebook privacy checkups, free Xbox One game offer, iDiots queue for the iPhone 6, and why Google Glass sucks. Read More . It then bounced back with acquisition offers Facebook Changes Your News Feed, Apple Protects Your Privacy, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Twitpic lives, Amazon buys .Buy, BlackBerry mimics Porsche, Aubrey Plaza is Grumpy Cat, and the iPhone 6 drops. Read More , before finally conceding defeat Apple Updates iPad & iMac, Anonabox Faces Backlash, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Twitpic fails, PS4 & Xbox One updates, free Steam weekend, retro Casio watches, and the Netflix musical. Read More . Now, Twitter has somewhat ridden to the rescue, meaning the archive will stay alive “for the time being.


PS4 2.00 Brings Share Play To PlayStation

PlayStation 4 owners will soon have the ability to share games online with their friends whether or not both parties own a particular title. Share Play allows friends to watch you playing a game, take control to help you with a tricky section, or even join in a virtual multiplayer session.

Share Play, as demonstrated in the video above, comes as part of the PS4 system software v2.00 update due to drop on Tuesday (Oct. 28). The one caveat to Share Play is a limit of 60 minutes, but it’s unclear whether this applies to each game, each session, or each friend. Regardless, this is surely yet another reason to choose the PS4 over the Xbox One PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders -- the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U -- revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the... Read More . But then I am a little biased.

Website Offers Brutal Honesty For $10


A new website is offering to be brutally honest with you for the princely sum of $10. According to KnowTechie, Brutal Honesty is the brainchild of Jordan Speizer, an unemployed software developer from California. For $10, Speizer will offer his honest assessment of whatever it is you’re seeking an unbiased opinion on. And no refunds if you’re unhappy at hearing the truth.


Google Glass Review On Google Glass

And finally, what better way to review Google Glass than by using Google Glass Google Glass Review and Giveaway We were lucky enough to get a pair of Google Glass to review, and we're giving it away! Read More ? Which is exactly what filmmaker Casey Neistat does in the video above. His assessment? He loves the camera, but the battery life absolutely sucks. Which is just one view among the many already expressed about Google Glass What The Internet Really Thinks Of Google Glass [Weird & Wonderful Web] This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we take a look at what the Internet really thinks of Google Glass. Some people are in love with this futuristic device, others hate it. What about you? Read More . [H/T Gizmodo]

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Do you think mobile payments are the future or a fad? Is Facebook’s Rooms too similar to Room to be a mere coincidence? Should Google give up on Glass?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. belka
    November 22, 2014 at 10:27 am

    great thanks

  2. Jack Candle
    October 28, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Mobile cash will be the future and I think, many people's are infected and blinded from company's like Apple, Google sand other global player and would thrust them, no matter if they are known for data collecting and making money with it. The more stupid people's the easier to get all information from them.. At the beginning of the Internet the users are aware of their privacy and only years later they share private stuff with global players like never before.
    And that completely free!
    Mobile cash should be in trustful hands with more than only one player involved like big apple, Google or corrupt bankiers!
    But I know, not many people's think like me and keep care of their privacy, so keep going sharing your live to the world and say hello to a world like in the movie 'Idiocracy'...

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Right now I'm not keen on the mobile money phenomenon, but I suspect like so many other technologies, it will become standard to the point we are forced to accept them or face a tough time actually getting anything done.

  3. dragonmouth
    October 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    "However, Rottemberg and his co-founder are thought to be “debating legal action.”"
    Facebook has much deeper pockets so it could be a pyrrhic victory for Rottenberg et al. They may win the case but go bankrupt in the process. Stac Electronics v. M$ is a telling precedent. The court agreed with Stac that M$ illegally borrowed Stac's storage technology. However, M$ dragged the case out long enough to force Stac into liquidation. In the end M$ wound up with the technology anyway.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      I hadn't heard of that case. I suspect you're right on this one, and I suspect Room Inc. knows it too. Hence no legal action will ever be enacted.