Pascal Lafond

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The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

UK to create new cyber defence force

<b>The UK is to create a new cyber unit to help defend national security, the defence secretary has announced.</b><p>The Ministry of Defence is set to recruit hundreds of reservists as computer experts to work alongside regular forces in the creation of the new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit.<p>The new unit will …

Core Motion Activity Tracking in iOS 7

One of the last minute surprises that Apple threw into the September 10th iPhone event was the existence of the M7 coprocessor in the new iPhone 5S. …

iOS 7 apps are prettier, but are they better?

A few new apps prove beauty doesn't have to be skin deep<p>Apple design chief Jony Ive loves to preach about how design isn’t just how something looks, but how it works. Yet, in the first wave of app updates for iOS 7, most developers seem to have simply given their apps a facelift to match Apple’s …

Apple rumored to need Samsung for some A8 chip production

There have been rumors that TSMC would handle some of Apple's future chip production, but details of the purported arrangement have been vague. <i>The Korea Economic Daily</i> may have just filled us in, however. It claims that Samsung will make 30 to 40 percent of Apple's A8 processors next year, with …

First Windows 8.1 ad features the return of the Start button

The removal of the Windows 8 Start button last year turned out to be a hot-button issue for users of Microsoft's latest operating system. Following a range of feedback from customers, Microsoft is now preparing to release Windows 8.1 on October 18th with a Start button. The latest OS update also …