What's Apple's is Apple's, and Apple tends to keep it that way. Mobile payment businesses, like the renamed Softcard, looking forward to a flood of iPhone users will have to wait a bit longer, or maybe even forever. An Apple spokesperson has just confirmed that the NFC on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will work with Apple Pay and only with Apple Pay.
Earlier this year, GWAR band member Dave Brockie died an accidental, drug-related death. He had a funeral not long after for his human form, performed in a relatively standard way for friends and family. This week his GWAR personal was sent to the great beyond in a way well fitting to Oderus Urungus.
This week's oddity surfaced recently on Reddit, where a user uploaded a YouTube video of her mother's eye -- specifically, of a blood vessel in the eye. In what is a seemingly very unlikely coincidence, the vein spells out the word "love" in a quite legible script, if it can be called that.
Motorola has named its new President and Chief Operating Officer, Rick Osterloh, a former Skype exec who has been running Motorola's product management for the past two years. Osterloh, who first joined Motorola seven years ago, will report to Google's Motorola Operating Board for the moment, as the Lenovo acquisition is still underway.
Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. As he mentioned today in his Reddit AMA session (that’s Ask Me Anything, a popular method of popular people speaking to the internet), TBL "coded it up on a NeXT", while it was Robert Cailliau who was "the first convert to it" and later "wrote some code for a Mac browser called "Samba". As the creator of the WWW, TBL is (arguably) one of the best people to go to when it comes to considerations for how it might be handled now and in the future - thusly we devour his insight.
Digital pills pinging wireless signals from inside your body and powered by stomach acid are another step closer to the pharmacy, with manufacturer Proteus set to open a production facility in the UK to make the tech-meds. Proteus' digital medicines - shown off as "smart pills" by former-Motorola skunkworks lead and now Google Advanced Technology and Products Group chief Regina Duggan last year - will go into trials with various health organizations around the UK.
2014 may be "the year of wearables" but sharks probably won't be Google or Fitbit's next target audience, despite groundbreaking new research by the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the University of Tokyo to see exactly what the fearsome predators get up to. While sharks may be well known for inspiring terror in movies like Jaws, scientists actually know relatively little about their underwater lives. Now, thanks to what's described as "flight data recorders for sharks" the researchers have been able to fill in some of the gaps in knowledge.
Grand Theft Auto 5 proved to be one of the best selling games of 2013. The game also has a very popular online mode called GTA Online that allows players to play against others in the open game world. GTA online received an update in December that added new features.
It seems that Google is dead serious about pushing its modular phone concept into a commercial business as soon as possible. DARPA alumnus Paul Eremenko, who now heads Project Ara, has revealed that they are planning to commercially launch the intriguing and rather controversial product as early as the first quarter of 2015.