This week's New App Recap is almost entirely about having fun — whether it's finding a new movie to see, creating a social photo wall with party guests, assembling messages with friends into a shareable video, or turning iPhone photos into unique wood prints suitable for displaying on your shelf or refrigerator. We'll also tell you how to get classic Atari games for free just by exercising, and an Apple Pay competitor that finally joins the Touch ID party. It's all here in our spring fever app recap!
Apple Pay has only been around since October, but according to a new report from ITG, the service has already grabbed 1 percent of the total digital payment dollars spent in the U.S. in November. If the trend continues, the report suggests, Apple has already won itself a more loyal mobile payment audience than some rival services like PayPal. That's an impressive gain for so short a period, especially since ITG notes that Google Wallet has only managed to reach 4 percent since its release in 2011.
Around two weeks ago, hackers identifying themselves with names like "Oleg Pliss" started holding iOS devices and even Mac computers hostage in exchange for payment — but now they've been caught in their Russian homeland.
Credit card security has been making headlines coast-to-coast in the wake of Target's massive data breach, but the entire industry is preparing for a big shift next year as the "swipe-and-sign" payment method waves goodbye.
When it comes to near-field communication (NFC) enabled payments, the iPhone has been left out of the party by Apple's refusal to add the necessary chip to its hardware -- that is, until the release of a new case from Incipio.
Despite the best efforts of tech giants including Google, the dream of a truly cashless mobile wallet remains out of reach -- but next summer, a slim black gadget could finally fulfill that goal, and it won't even require your smartphone to pay.
There are plenty of ways to send money to family and friends, but few of these services make it easy to do. The folks at Square have come up with a new way to do it, and using an app is actually a secondary option.
Apple may continue to neglect near-field communication (NFC), but that's only giving third-party developers incentive to find other ways for iPhone users to pay for goods, such as just saying your name.