It could not be any easier to make a purchase through Amazon. The company pushed an update to its Android application that introduced Android Wear support. Directly from an Android Wear-powered smartwatch, users can make purchases and add items to their Wish List. All of this is done with voice commands. To start, say “Start Amazon” to the device. This is for devices running Android 4.3 and above. Also supported with this update is Android 5.0 Lollipop. Finally, Amazon bundled in usual bug fixes and improvements.
- Includes the Amazon app for Android Wear. Customers with Android 4.3 and above in the US with an Android Wear watch can use their voice to search, buy and save shopping ideas to their Wish List. Just say “Start Amazon” from your Wear watch.
- Android Lollipop support,
- Bug fixes and improvements.
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The PayPal app has let users pay for purchases in certain locations for a while now, and integration with Android Wear has allowed users of Android-powered smart watches such as Samsung’s Gear 2, Gear S, and Gear Fit to make payments via their watches since earlier this year. With the new Pebble app, iOS users can now get a taste of the functionality, which allows them to check into stores and pay for their purchases at locations where PayPal is readily accepted, all without need of using a phone.
Customers can pay for purchases one of two ways: with an auto-generated payment code used when checking out or, with certain PayPal accepted retailers, by checking into a store inside of the PayPal app. If using the latter payment method, the app will automatically communicate with the merchant’s point of sale during the check-out process.
PayPal’s integration with these smart devices in some ways mirrors Apple’s own burgeoning payment system Apple Pay, which is slowly rolling out just now, although the two systems have some significant differences. Despite early rumors of a possible partnership between the online payment giant and Apple earlier this year, the talks reportedly came to a halt when PayPal inked a deal with Samsung to allow users to make PayPal payments with the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor.
PayPal was subsequently excluded from any integration into Apple Pay. PayPal, in response, launched an ad targeting the public release of certain private celebrity iCloud photos and simultaneously promoting its own intense security.
With the latest update, you can send money to your friends through Snapchat – thanks to the social networking firm’s partnership with mobile cash service Square. The new feature called “Snapcash” lets people send money by simply typing a dollar amount into the Snapchat chat window of a friend – just like they attach those awkward pictures, which thankfully disappear moments after opening.
“After you enter your debit card, it’s securely stored by Square, who will swiftly process your payment and send cash directly to your friend’s bank account. Just swipe into chat, type the dollar sign, an amount (e.g. $11.25), and hit the green button,” a Snapchat blog reads.
So are you worried that your money will also disappear moments after you send it? Don’t worry! In its latest blog, the social networking firm has assured that the transactions will be completely safe and secure.
“We set out to make payments faster and more fun, but we also know that security is essential when you’re dealing with money. Square has a ton of experience in this area and our teams have been hard at work to make Snapcash a great experience for everyone. For now, Snapcash is available to Snapchatters in the United States who have a debit card and are 18 or older,” it said.
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Worried about whether or not someone is hacking into your Facebook account? Looking to protect your social media accounts from prying eyes without breaking the bank? Fear no more. LogDog is here to the rescue.
A very handy security tool developed by startup LogDog Information Security Ltd aims to safeguard your accounts from any suspicious activity. Users are alerted to unauthorized use of your accounts. The app is very basic and simple to use. Once you open the app, a message directs you to provide a login and password for the accounts you want secured. At the present moment, only Gmail, Facebook, Evernote, Dropbox, and Yahoo are safeguarded against suspicious activity with other services yet to come on board.
What we like:
- Weekly status notifications. Never have to wonder again if this app is working or went on vacation mode.
- The app is simple to use.
- Provides you a history log of activity of your account.
What we do not like:
- If you have multiple social media accounts like I do (I have at least four Gmail and two Facebook accounts), you can select only one account to protect.
- Webchats are not supported as of yet but soon to come.
What we wish for:
- While I may not have exactly had any reports of suspicious activity on any of my accounts yet, what happens when we go to sleep? I have to wonder if there is a way we can set our alerts to indicate a sense of emergency once any of our accounts have been breached.
- Maybe somewhere down the future, this could also be extended to add our online bank apps as well?
Please keep in mind, LogDog is still in beta mode so there will be some quirks that are still being worked on. This totally free app is available for download at the Google Play Store.
We’ve heard a few things about Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z4, but thanks to a leaked front panel, we’re getting our first actual look at what may potentially be Sony’s first phone of 2015. The panel is the touch screen for the device, and while we can’t get a screen resolution or anything out of it, we can at least see how it stacks up next to the size of the Xperia Z3.
Fortunately, it looks like Sony is sticking to that 5-inch range with the Z4 instead of going with a massive 6-inch screen like we’ve heard off and on. The display looks very similar to the Z3 with just a few minute differences. The cut-outs for the proximity sensor and camera have switched, and the speaker hole has moved up to the edge of the digitizer instead of sitting halfway between the screen and bezel.
We’re still waiting for more details, but if Sony does end up announcing the Xperia Z4 in January, we won’t have to wait much longer.
source: Future Supplier
via: Pocket Now
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In July 2014, Lindsay Lohan sued Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, claiming that Grand Theft Auto V featured a character who is allegedly based on the Mean Girls actress. According to the suit, filed in the New York Supreme Court, the cover of the game depicts a bikini-clad woman who bears a striking resemblance to LiLo. And the game itself apparently consists of more similarities, including the fact that the character runs from paparazzi, takes cover in the Chateau Marmont and incorporates Lohan’s “image, likeness, clothing, outfits, [Lohan’s] clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses [and] jean shorts.”
Also in July, former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega filed suit in California Superior Court against Activision Blizzard Inc., the makers of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, for using his likeness without permission. According to the complaint, Activision depicted Noriega as “a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state,” (the audacity!) and the makers implied that he was “the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use [his] image and likeness.”
Lohan’s and Noriega’s suits were filed in two different states, and because of this, the applicable laws vary a bit. Lohan’s battle is ongoing while Noriega’s has been dismissed. One involves a celebrity, and the other a political figure. On the face of it, these two suits don’t have all that much in common. The thread that connects them both — and most lawsuits involving the use of a person’s likeness in a video game — is the right of publicity.
WHAT IS IT?
In general, the right of publicity grants individuals the authority to control the commercial use of his or her own name and/or likeness. This right means that you can’t create an ad for new basketball shoes with Michael Jordan in it unless he’s given his consent. Simple enough!
Noriega’s Call of Duty likeness
Naturally, there are a couple of considerations that make it a little more complicated. First of all, as previously mentioned, right of publicity laws vary from state to state. A number of states have passed specific statutes regulating the right of publicity; others just have common law rights (meaning precedent established by case law); some have both; and a handful have neither.
In New York, where Lohan’s suit was filed, the right of publicity law is codified as part of its Right of Privacy statute and is primarily covered in two sections (Section 50 and Section 51). As is pretty typical, Lohan sued with reference to both sections. Section 50 is much shorter than Section 51, basically just defining a right of publicity violation as a misdemeanor. Section 51, on the other hand, provides protection for a person’s name, portrait, picture and voice. To constitute a violation of Section 51, a use of a person’s identity must be: within New York state, for advertising or trade purposes and without written consent.
Compare that to California, where Noriega brought suit. California not only offers a statutory right, but also offers a common law right. California’s statutory right is fairly similar to New York’s, protecting against the unauthorized use of a person’s name, voice, signature, photograph or likeness for purposes of advertising, selling or soliciting. The common law right, however, is much broader and requires a person bringing suit to show that the use of his or her identity was for another’s advantage (commercially or otherwise), it was without consent and there’s a resulting “injury.” So, unlike the statutory right, the common law right is not limited to a commercial use of a person’s identity. Oftentimes, a lawsuit in California claims a violation of both the common law and the statute.
And second, as with most things involving the law, there is a heavily relied-on defense to a right of publicity claim. Gaming companies that are sued related to a right of publicity often claim First Amendment protection in the use in question.
When a court is faced with a First Amendment defense to a right of publicity claim, the “transformative use test” is applied to determine whether or not a company’s First Amendment rights trump a right of publicity. Whoa, legal jargon! Not to worry: All this really means is that a court is looking to see if there are substantial “transformative” elements added to the use of a person’s likeness instead of just the mere depiction of a person. In essence, when “a product containing a celebrity’s likeness is so transformed that it has become primarily the defendant’s own expression rather than the celebrity’s likeness,” the First Amendment is a legitimate defense to a right of publicity claim.
WHAT’S THE ARGUMENT?
On one hand, a person should obviously have the right to control the use of his or her own likeness. In the same way that a brand can protect its name with a trademark, a celebrity or public figure should be able to limit where his or her likeness is used. Their “brand” is their identity.
And when there’s no change — or not enough to be deemed “transformative” — to a celebrity’s likeness, courts tend to agree. In one case, the Court of Appeals of California for the Second District found that Band Hero‘s use of avatars that looked like No Doubt band members was not transformative. The court reasoned that the graphics and other elements in the background were not enough to transform the avatars into anything other than “literal recreations of the band members.”
But the First Amendment is a pretty huge trump card, and courts are apt to tread lightly when it comes to limiting the First Amendment’s protection of artistic and creative works. In 2006, a California court held that the First Amendment protected Sega’s use of attributes from singer Kierin Kirby for the character Ulala (from Space Channel 5). The court pointed out, “The freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment exists to preserve an uninhibited marketplace of ideas and to further individual rights of self expression.” And it went on to note, “Video games are expressive works entitled to as much First Amendment protection as the most profound literature.”
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
One reason to care is that lawsuits like the ones brought by Lohan and Noriega have potential First Amendment implications. These cases will often ask a court to consider whether or not using someone’s likeness in an expressive work like a video game should qualify for First Amendment protection. And if and when a court says that certain uses do not qualify for said protection, the argument is often made that free speech is being stifled.
As if that’s not enough, maybe you care simply because you’re involved in the creation of video games. If you’re in this group, it’s definitely worthwhile to know what can be expected before you decide to incorporate a public figure or celebrity likeness into a game.
And finally, you might just care because you buy and play video games and want to know if any of your beloved characters could be at the center of a lawsuit. You know, caveat emptor and all.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
And why wouldn’t you? If you want to know whether or not your state has a statute and what it says, rightofpublicity.com is the place to go. Or, if you’re interested in the general do’s and don’ts related to using the name and likeness of another, the Digital Media Law Protect has you covered.
[Image credits: Rockstar Games (GTA V); Activision (Call of Duty, Band Hero)]
Other World Computing (OWC) today announced the upcoming availability of its new Thunderbolt 2 dock. The OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock includes twelve ports, allowing for the connectivity of up to 78 direct and daisy-chained devices through a single Thunderbolt connection.
Designed with Apple hardware aesthetics, the dock is compatible with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs in both form and function. Available expansion connections include two Thunderbolt 2 ports, five USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio in/out and one port each for Firewire 800 devices, Gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI 1.4b with support for 4K displays.
The OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock compares favorably with Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, which debuted earlier this year. Similar to OWC’s latest offering, Belkin’s $299 expansion dock includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, one HDMI port and one Gigabit Ethernet connection. It also offers two audio out ports and three USB 3.0 ports as compared to five for OWC.
The OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock is available now for pre-order with a price tag of $249 and an expected ship date of early December.
Need to stock up on some accessories for your HTC smartphone or tablet? You’re in luck! HTC is offering 50% off accessories through its website today as part of its weekly Hot Deals promotion.
If you’re considering grabbing any of these you’ll want to act fast. The first two promotions went over like crazy and HTC was quick to sell through the allotted product. These, too, are limited to a set quantity but we don’t know how many are available. But, this is the real deal from HTC and not a third party knockoff.
Some of these would even make great stocking stuffers, regardless of which smartphone your friend or family member owns!
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While one hot topic regarding outer space lately is a work of science fiction, here’s some fact to switch that up — in case comets aren’t really your bag. What you see above is the first result of the Alma telescope array set up in its near-final form, capturing the beginnings of a solar system that could be much like our own given enough time. HL Tauri is a star some 450 light years away that’s surrounded by the dusty disc-shaped remains of star-birth, is around a million years old and already forming planets by the looks of things. As ESO reports, scientists say that this sole image will “revolutionize theories of planetary formation” because it means planets may actually, well, form, faster than previously expected. Even better? This image might give us a clearer idea of what our own solar system looked like in its early days.
During today’s opening of the Slush 2014 conference, Nokia announced its new N1 tablet, the first device from the Finnish company following the sale of its mobile division to Microsoft. With its aluminum casing, curved styling and 7.9-inch screen, the N1 is a dead ringer for Apple’s iPad mini.
Powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop and Nokia’s Z launcher, the Nokia N1 ships with a 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor, PowerVR GPU, 2GB of RAM and a 7.9-inch Retina-resolution display. Other hardware specs include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera and connectivity options that include 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0.
Similar to Apple’s Lightning connector, the N1 includes a reversible USB Type-C connector for charging and syncing. The port is located on the bottom edge of the tablet and is nestled between the tablet’s two speaker openings. When it launches next year, the N1 will be available in Lava Grey and Natural Aluminum colors with one storage capacity option of 32GB.
The N1 will ship with Nokia’s flavor of Android and the company’s branding, but it will be manufactured and distributed by Nokia partner Foxconn. Foxconn will handle support and most other product responsibilities. The N1 will launch first in China in Q1 2015 for $249USD with plans for expansion to other regions.
Nokia is just the latest manufacturer to announce a tablet device that looks remarkably similar to Apple’s iOS device lineup. Just weeks ago, Lenovo introduced its S90 tablet that shares a number of design elements with Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with Lenovo even using marketing images reminiscent of Apple’s advertising.