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US-Weltraumbehörde: Der Nasa gehen die Raumanzüge aus

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:57
Die US-Weltraumbehörde hat 200 Millionen Dollar für neue Raumanzüge ausgegeben. Dennoch bekommen ihre Astronauten vorerst keine. Gleichzeitig werden die existierenden Modelle gefährlich alt.

NSU-Prozess: Beate Zschäpe im Fokus der Gutachter

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:56
Ist Beate Zschäpe voll schuldfähig? Ja, sagte Gerichtsgutachter Henning Saß im NSU-Prozess. Nun hat ein von der Verteidigung beauftragter Sachverständiger dessen Herangehensweise kritisiert.

Beziehungsfilm "Beat Beat Heart": Mein ist mein ganzes Herz

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:56
Luise Brinkmanns gelungener Debütfilm "Beat Beat Heart" stellt die Frage nach der Liebe in Zeiten von Tinder und Beziehungsmarketing. Dabei kommt Beunruhigendes ans sommerliche Tageslicht.

Urteil zu Bestattungsvergleich.de: Vergleichsportale müssen auf Lücken im Angebot hinweisen

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:55
Den besten Deal im Netz finden: Das versprechen Vergleichsportale. Die Seiten müssen Kunden aber genau über ihr Vorgehen aufklären, urteilt der Bundesgerichtshof.

Apple Again in Talks for Peer-to-Peer Mobile Payments, May Launch Its Own Visa Debit Cards

MacRumor News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:50
Apple is once again rumored to launch its own Venmo-like service, allowing iPhone users to pay friends and family members also on Apple's ecosystem. Sources speaking with Recode mentioned that Apple intends to announce the service -- which could have a name like "Apple Cash" -- later this year, potentially at its fall iPhone event.

Sources conflict on whether or not an announcement and release date have yet to be set, however, with another person familiar with Apple's plans suggesting that the company's Venmo-like service is still very early in development. Today's news of a potential ramp up of an in-house, peer-to-peer payments service from Apple comes over a year after the company was first rumored to be discussing such a service with a collection of U.S. banks.

Apple’s on-again, off-again flirtation with building its own money-transfer service appears to be back on.

The company has recently held discussions with payments industry partners about introducing its own Venmo competitor, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. The service would allow iPhone owners to send money digitally to other iPhone owners, these people said. The unnamed Apple payments service would include a major partnership with Visa, according to the sources, allowing users to obtain digital pre-paid cards that would run on Visa's debit network but be tied directly into Apple's peer-to-peer service, and could also be added into Apple Pay. In this way, users could get paid through so-called "Apple Cash" from a friend, and use the Visa card and Apple Pay to spend the money at a retail location or online, "without having to wait for it to clear to their bank account."

The peer-to-peer platform is being looked at as a way to boost Apple Pay adoption and usage, which Apple itself has admitted to be slow over its first two years, but which the company believes to be on the path to replace cash and cards. Apple is expected to not charge users of the new payments service, so the company's only profits from the platform would come from those who opt-in to use the Apple/Visa debit card, which some banks are concerned about.
The potential of Apple getting its own debit card, however, is not sitting well with some bank executives, sources told Recode. Some plan to raise their concerns with Visa next week during an annual summit that the credit card company is hosting for its bank partners.

“Banks spent heavily in insuring their cards were top of wallet when they all built and rolled out Apple Pay,” said Cherian Abraham, a digital payments executive at Experian. “So it’s justifiable to be concerned that Apple will have its own card and could potentially be top of wallet. If you are top of wallet, you are top of mind.” There remain many questions in regards to Apple and Visa's potential partnership, including whether or not concerns from banks would scare Visa away, or if Apple would launch an enticing enough rewards program to convince people to ditch their current credit or debit card for the new one. To gain the most traction, sources believe that Apple could be targeting teens and young adults with the new service, because the pre-paid card would make it easy to spend the money sent to them from friends and parents through "Apple Cash."

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Scharapowa-Comeback nach Dopingsperre: Normal ist das nicht

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:49
Marija Scharapowa ist zurück: Bei ihrem Comeback feierte die Russin einen lockeren Sieg. Von der Dopingsperre und Kritik durch ihre Kolleginnen war ihr nichts anzumerken.

Weltkarte und Rangliste: Dieser Wein ist eine Katastrophe

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:49
Frost, Hagel, Erdbeben: Naturkatastrophen kosten die Weinbauern jährlich neun Milliarden Euro, so eine neue Studie. Auch die deutschen Winzer sind betroffen.

Berlin-Kreuzberg: Polizei schießt an Krankenhaus auf Mann

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:47
An der Rettungsstelle eines Berliner Krankenhauses hat die Polizei einem Mann ins Bein geschossen. Offenbar hatte dieser zuvor einen Beamten mit einer Waffe bedroht.

Neuer Wohlstandsindex: Schweden will zurück zu mehr Gerechtigkeit

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:46
Der Brexit und die US-Präsidentenwahl waren ein Weckruf, sagt Schwedens Finanzministerin. Die Regierung in Stockholm will Populisten im Land nicht die Deutungshoheit überlassen - und führt einen Wohlstandsindex ein.

Köln: Polizei verschickt Warnbriefe an Raser

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:45
160 potenzielle Raser haben Post von der Kölner Polizei bekommen. In dem Brief warnen die Beamten die jungen Männer vor harten Konsequenzen.

Siri-Lautsprecher: Apples Alternative zum Amazon Echo angeblich kurz vor Fertigstellung

MacTechNews.de - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:40
Siri gehört zwar zu den dienstältesten digitalen Assistenzsystemen auf dem Markt, doch kann man sich des Eindrucks nicht erwehren, dass die Software von der immer umfangreicher werdenden Konkurrenz langsam abgehängt wird. Die Nase vorn in dem Rennen um Kundenzufriedenheit hat im Augenblick wahrscheinlich Amazons Alexa, die in Form des Echo-Lautsprechers (Store: ) ihre eigene Hardware für knapp ...
Categories: Apple Mac

Apple Wants To Turn Its Music App Into a One-Stop Shop For Pop Culture

Slashdot.org - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:40
Jimmy Iovine, one of the heads of Apple Music, has long expressed desires to make Apple Music "an entire pop cultural experience." The company, he has previously said, will do so partly by including original video content into its music app. Now, in an interview with Bloomberg, he added that the company plans to include original shows and videos with high-profile partners such as director J.J. Abrams and rapper R. Kelly. Iovine adds, from the interview: A music service needs to be more than a bunch of songs and a few playlists. I'm trying to help Apple Music be an overall movement in popular culture, everything from unsigned bands to video. We have a lot of plans. We have the freedom, because it's Apple, to make one show, three shows, see what works, see what doesn't work until it feels good. The article also sheds light on Iovine's personality: Iovine fidgets when he talks. As his mind wanders, he takes his jacket off, then puts it back on. He frequently clutches his legs, contorting himself into a ball. He's a font of ideas with industry contacts to help execute every one of them. He turned to Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani for help picking the model for Beats headphones. Some ideas get Iovine into trouble. He's taken meetings with artists and made arrangements to release music without telling anyone in advance, frustrating colleagues. He's persuaded artists to release music exclusively with Apple, frustrating record labels.

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

The Register - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:35
And it weighs the same as 5.7 million adult badgers

China has launched its own aircraft carrier – the first ship of its type to be built from scratch in the rising Asian superpower's yards.…

Apple still working on P2P payment transfer service to compete with Venmo

AppleInsider - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:32

Apple is said to be working on its own peer-to-peer money transfer service, potentially under the secure Apple Pay umbrella, allowing users to quickly and securely send money to one another, much like Venmo and Square Cash.
Categories: Apple Mac, Computer

Rechtsstreit: Islamgemeinde verliert gegen Constantin Schreiber

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:20
Der deutsche Journalist Constantin Schreiber äußert sich kritisch über Predigten, die in deutschen Moscheen gehalten werden. Eine Islamgemeinde hat dagegen prozessiert - ohne Erfolg.

34 percent of US government agencies have had data breaches in the last year

Beta News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:07
According to a new report from systems security specialist Thales e-Security and 451 Research, US federal agencies are facing threats caused by legacy systems, spending and staffing issues. 65 percent have experienced a data breach at some stage in the past with 34 percent having one in the last year. Almost all agencies (96 percent) consider themselves 'vulnerable', with half (48 percent) stating they are 'very' or 'extremely' vulnerable. This number is higher than any other US sector polled for the 2017 Data Threat Report. Pressures to adopt advanced technologies (cloud, Big Data, IoT, and containers) are only making the… [Continue Reading]
Categories: IT news

New year, new Teradata but the 'transformation' hangover still lingers

The Register - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:03
Helped along by billion dollar-plus cash pile outside USA

BI and data warehouser Teradata's revenues fell 10 per cent on the year from $545m to $491m in the first quarter of 2017, with a loss of $2m as the firm's recovery under new CEO Victor Lund still has a ways to go.…

Bingewatching: Warum ich meine Serien auf Speed gucke

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:02
Manchmal fällt die Entscheidung zwischen Schlafengehen und Lieblingsserie schwer. Ist schließlich gerade so spannend! Aber es gibt einen Weg, mit dem Serienschauen schneller voranzukommen.

Deutsche Datenschützer mahnen Apple und andere Wearables-Anbieter ab

MacTechNews.de - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:02
Smartwatches und Fitness-Armbänder finden immer größere Verbreitung bei den Endkunden und entwickeln sich zum Massenmarkt. Bekanntlich ist auch Cupertino durch die Apple Watch mit von der Partie. Wie auch die Konkurrenz in dem Sektor vermarktet Apple Wearables explizit als Gesundheitsgadget und Fitness-Begleiter. Marktwächterstudie Die Möglichkeiten zum Datensammeln und Auswerten werden da...
Categories: Apple Mac

Microsoft Co-founder Pledges $30 Million To House Seattle's Homeless

Slashdot.org - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:00
Paul Allen, a founder of Microsoft has pledged $30 million to house Seattle's homeless. From a report: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday the city was partnering with Paul G. Allen's family foundation to build a facility to house homeless families with children. Allen's foundation will provide $30 million toward the development of the facility, while the city of Seattle has pledged $5 million for its maintenance and operation. It will be owned and operated by Mercy Housing Northwest, a nonprofit housing organization. Seattle is in King County, which has 1,684 families that are homeless, according to the mayor's announcement. More than 3,000 homeless children were enrolled in Seattle's public schools during the 2015-2016 year, it said.

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