2014 had been the year of the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch and of course Apple Pay. The payment gateway of Apple was born with the aim of overcoming existing and become once and for all a reliable standard. Nothing from the United States, the first country to accept payments for Apple Pay, get good data acceptance by merchants and user feedback that virtually not reported any failures. While it appears that Apple Pay in Europe will be a reality in the first half of 2015, at least in the UK where several banks are negotiating with Apple to accept their payment platform.
Apple in the world goes to two (or more) speed: United States first and the other countries later, although in recent years many countries in Europe and Asia have also been included among the first places to receive new products from the Cupertino company. In this case it is Apple Pay, the payment gateway from Apple like iTunes Radio, in its initial stage has been released only in the United States.
But this seems it will only briefly. From The Telegraph reports that the company would already be in negotiations with British banks to facilitate payment gateway between accounts of its users and ultimately, the Apple device with NFC used to pay.
Obviously this has never been easy since it appears that banks feel how a technology company they are removing their cake. In some major banks of Europe have announced days after submission of Apple Pay to continue investing in their own development. A policy that makes the arrival of Apple Pay in Europe is complicated but as in the United States, a reality.Yes, have to wait a little longer for the payment gateway reaching other countries of the old continent but it appears that 2015 will be the year of Apple Pay in Europe.
It seems that Sony Pictures has finally found a “friend” in its particular ordeal for launching the controversial film ‘The Interview’, after cyber attack and threats suffered in recent weeks. But anyone who wants to see it must checkout . Nothing to offer it for free, as at some point came to speculate.
In this case, Sony Pictures has created a website that tonight will allow you to rent the movie for $ 6 or buy it for $ 15. For those who prefer, you can also access it from Google Play, YouTube and Xbox Video which will remain in principle the same price.
This news appears confirming that Apple did not want to know anything of the matter, since iTunes is not among the services (for now) in which you can see the movie. For now, though, it is unknown whether it will be available globally or sell it with some kind of geographical limitation, we will update this article when we have more information.
The Battle of Sony Pictures to reduce the damage caused by the Guardians of Peace is accelerating in an attempt to prohibit the disclosure of the stolen files. Once the company have intimidated the media and Twitter users, now Sony focuses on Twitter to combat the distribution of private content.
The company send a letter to Twitter and in it, the company warned that “the stolen information continue being spread by Twitter in any event, Sony will aim Twitter itself responsible for any damage or loss caused by it.”
The letter also requests action on the musician Val Broeksmit, which has been publishing screenshots leaked emails on his own profile social network.
Until now it was not possible to do something as simple as moving pins (photos of each of the boards on Pinterest) from one place to another.
Users had long been asking for this functionality and they finally decided to grant the wish, as noted in a post on its official blog .
To do this, you just need to go to one of the boards on the web version of Pinterest and press “move Pins” . There you can select up to 50 pictures and move them to the board you choose.
This makes it much easier to sort contents of our profile. Furthermore, considering that an image should be in various boards, we can also copy rather than move, following the same steps we have described for when moving pins.
Pinterest may enter later this functionality also from the mobile application, but for now only be used from the desktop version of the social network.
Software Engineer of Google +, Tim St. Clair has announced the inclusion of a tool that will help us improve the videos automatically to go up to the social network. So, as happened with the photographs , is to increase the quality of various home videos that typically have a large number of vibrations and colors.
Therefore, with just one click you can correct things like lighting, color or stability of the videos. To do this, all you need to do is upload video to social networking and Google will analyze how it can improve some of their characteristics. Finally, we are offered a preview of what would be the results and we wondered if we really apply.
Although it is specially designed to be used with videos hosted on Google +, can also apply to those who have stored on computer or smartphone and we do not want to hang anywhere. By social network app you can select the video to automatically apply the enhancements and save to your device.
This is an option that was taken after the boom that currently exists to upload videos to social networks.In fact, Instagram also joined the trend and offered users the ability to incorporate videos, also allowing improvements stabilization tools like Hyperlapse . The automatic adjustment of Google aims to improve the advances offered by Instagram, not then offers only improvements in stabilization, but also other aspects that cause result in a poor image.Although increasingly better cameras on smartphones exist, it is also true that a large number of devices (often low-end) where the results are somewhat deficient persist and perhaps with some editing process can be improved.
The case of cyber attacks and severe threats received by Sony Pictures in recent weeks has attracted so much attention that even the White House and President Barack Obama have spoken about it.
For Obama, Sony Pictures erred in canceling the premiere billboards The Interview , the film seems to have caused controversy these attacks against the company by North Korea at a comedy show how a journalist and producer, were to interview North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un , end murdering request of the CIA.
Well after the declarations of US President seems that Michael Lynton , CEO of Sony Pictures has taken more confident about the subject and has stated publicly that:
“Undoubtedly we were surprised and alarmed to receive these threats became a potential hazard to the public that he would attend the premiere of The Interview, we had no alternative but to cancel the premiere. However, we have not given up, we all intents and wishes the public to see this movie . “
The big question is: how? Before Sony Pictures canceled the premiere of The Interview and the five largest cinema chains in the United States had recanted and were not going to project. Did they will risk a second chance? I really do not see possible.
You may Lynton ensure that, The Interview someday see the light of day, but I see very difficult to reach billboards. Most likely is that the film be released in digital format and BluRay / DVD, although this also violates the “conditions” that have imposed the attackers, the hacker group GOP , who demanded that the film disappear completely and never be released in any form, and even the trailers are removed from internet.
A useful feature that has characterized Android smartphones and Android Wear watches, is the possibility of initiating a voice command by saying the famous “Ok Google” . In fact Google Now was the service that takes greater advantage of the feature that can be turned on with those words.
And today we learned that this feature will leave the exclusivity in mobile devices to reach officially of Chrome OS . Francois Beaufort is who shared the news on Google+, confirming that Chrome can now enjoy the feature, although it we will need to activate it manually.
Continuous listening “Ok Google” Chrome OS will be available whenever the screen of the Chromebook is on and unlocked. Between what allow us to speak of searches, check the weather, get itineraries and more through voice commands. Hopefully in the next few weeks, Google will make the official announcement of the function.
Almost three months ago, Reddit raised an experiment which for me is one of the most interesting of this 2014: give 10% of that obtained in its latest round of funding to the community of users. For this, it said, was to create own notes. Already we have here and is called Reddit Notes .
There is still very little data to define it strictly as this (hence you have preferred to put the quotes holder), but the base is quite clear. Reddit divide the $ 5 million that represent the 10% of the funding round in 950.000 Notes, and pay out a Note to 950,000 users through a lottery .
The only requirement to enter that lottery is to have a Reddit account created before September 30, 2014 , although the official blog of the portal say they will also draw on the work of those accounts. Those fortunate enough to win a Note may use to donate to other users, change it to something else or buy goods and services.
Still need to polish “legal and technical aspects”, but the intention is to launch this currency around autumn 2015 . If you are curious to know more of the coin, then stay with us.
Samsung this year will be in charge of giving the kick off CES consumer electronics, which will be held in early January in Las Vegas. In his opening BK Yoon (CEO) is scheduled to address an issue that is beginning to gain much prominence, the so-called Internet of things . The ability to have a world in which different gadgets communicate with each other to work. Not only phones, tablets or computers, but also refrigerators, toasters, washing machines and all kinds of elements of our daily life. A field in which Samsung aims to become the benchmark.
And arguments not lacking. The South Korean company sells all kinds of devices, from smartphones and tablets to TVs or stereos, to refrigerators, washers or toasters. The Internet of Things talking about an environment in which various utensils of daily life are interconnected and work smart. And this without us having (necessarily) take any manual action. This independence is not only directed to your home computers. Their applications are numerous and sometimes a vital utility. For example, an interconnected system could allow the automatic recount Medicare hospital and its replacement when necessary. Or manage the stock of a store without major headaches.
Practical applications of this universe that opens are endless. Among them, we have the platforms for smart homes. Such proposals are becoming more common and include the use of multiple sensors and devices to control elements such as temperature and humidity, surveillance or even heating from anywhere. All this with a centralized on a mobile device or computer control. Definitely a field in which Samsung wants to have a prominent position.
The Asian company has had a somewhat turbulent year for the drop in sales of its smartphones, especially its terminal star Samsung Galaxy S5 . But the company is aware of the demands of the market and is developing several alternative proposals to make 2015 a great year. On the one hand we have the advances in internet of things (especially through the smart home). Also is preparing a change in the overall design of their smartphones are expected to crystallize with the new Samsung Galaxy S6. Among the novelties would enjoy a body made of aluminum or curved screen.
And is that the curves are another point where else is working Samsung . The firm has popularized the concept of curved TVs and even has already shown us a model that is able to fold the screen to our liking . One idea could also come sooner than later screens of smartphones. What will bring Samsung in 2015? We see a first sample of what’s coming in the next CES in Las Vegas, to be held from 6 to 9 January.
The inaugural address of BK Yoon be held on January 5 Reyes Eve at half past six p.m. (time in Vegas). Here in Spain will be half past three in the morning (if my calculations do not let me fool). To watch live streaming speech you can do it from this link:
By now we all know about the major attack on the film company Sony Pictures, in which a multitude of confidential information came to light and where even leaked on the Internet some of their upcoming releases scheduled for cinema.
Such has been the impact of this attack that the company has been forced, against threats Guardians of Peace (hacker group that conducting the attack), to not release the film The Interview , since the group of cyber criminals threatened them that if they did they will have to face more problems.
Sony has seen fit to disconnect all computers that were victims of the attacks, until they identify who carried out this hack and only be permitted to employees who use iOS devices like the iPhone or iPad, and Mac computers, they can continue to operate with them normally.
Apparently, from Sony Pictures say “people who use Macs okay” . However, the source providing the information does not explain on what basis to provide Mac computers this preferential treatment, which could be due to the belief that there are no viruses for Mac OS X or just often regarded as it is safer than Windows OS, for which it is true that there is a greater amount of virus.
Another measure that would apply right now is to make their long meetings in offices and in person rather than through a video call.
Even they would again resort to faxing , instead of using email. They also re-use older printers, has assured the TechCrunch. They explained that “Somehow we are living in an office ten years ago “and the truth is that under the facts all point in this direction.
Sony is hoping for a better tomorrow after this incident.