Reports that PayPal was trying to cozy up with Apple for its mobile payment system are almost as old as the rumors about Apple Pay itself. We last reported on the rumors way back in January, and now a new report claims all that work came to naught. In fact, the veteran Internet payment company apparently signed a deal with Samsung to power its own fingerprint payment system for its devices.
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.
It's only been a couple of days since Apple announced that it's extending its Touch ID API to third-party developers, and already PayPal is considering the possibilities of the service, reports BusinessInsider. "It seems to be a fairly easy API to use, but we're still kicking the tires," a source from PayPal told the publication.
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Rumored mockups of an iPhone 6 simply refuse to die, with the latest popping up Friday afternoon on an Italian website (via MacRumors), showing how the device might stack up against a new Samsung Galaxy S5. Coincidentally, Samsung's latest Android smartphone also factors into one of the stories in our weekend recap, a story that also reveals the perils of speaking your mind on Twitter. Read on for that and much more!
Well folks, another month has come and gone, so we'll be saying goodbye to February in grand style today with another jam-packed news recap. Thursday was relatively quiet on the tech front, but once again we've managed to extract a couple of new apps worth looking at, an Instapaper update and a couple of other stories you might have missed. Read on to find out more!
The Touch ID payment feature that began life as a novelty item for the iPhone 5s might turn out to be Apple's next big thing. PayPal's keeping a close eye on Apple's associated progress with mobile payments, reports Re/code (via MacRumors), to the point that it's trying to convince Apple to let it help the Cupertino giant with processing payments for physical goods.
Even as Ashton Kutcher's portrayal of Steve Jobs fades from our memory, writer Aaron Sorkin is said to have finally delivered his own take on the late Apple co-founder in-between seasons of The Newsroom, which Sony is expected to put into production sometime in the future. So who will play Jobs in the big-budget official adaptation of the Walter Isaacson bio? It's never too early to speculate...
eBay-owned PayPal is about to get even more up in your virtual grill this holiday season as it launches a new Digital Gifts initiative, kicking things off with electronic codes that can be spent on Apple's iTunes.