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Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

By Wired | March 25, 2019
[Original Post] Apple’s event Monday ended up featuring one piece of hardware after all: a new credit card, which it plans to launch this summer in the US. The aptly named Apple Card, created in partnership with Mastercard and Goldman Sachs, will live within the existing Wallet app on iPhones and as a traditional physical […]

All the New Services Apple Announced: News+, TV+, Apple Card, Apple Arcade

By Wired | March 25, 2019
[Original Post] Apple’s held its springtime spectacular today, and there was no shortage of news and excitement. The company introduced its plans to take on Hollywood, with a new effort to make original film and television. It announced its own credit card, a magazine subscription service, and a new way to find premium games. Even […]

McDonald's Acquires Machine-Learning Startup Dynamic Yield for $300 Million

By Wired | March 25, 2019
[Original Post] Mention McDonald’s to someone today, and they’re more likely to think about Big Mac than Big Data. But that could soon change: The fast-food giant has embraced machine learning, in a fittingly super-sized way. McDonald’s is set to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire Dynamic Yield, a startup based in […]

Breaking Down Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Card and More

By Wired | March 25, 2019
[Original Post] Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: Apple announced a whole lot of new things today Today’s Apple Event had all kinds of updates: A new credit card, a new news subscription, and a new streaming subscription featuring celebrities from Oprah to Steven Spielberg and more. Let’s break down exactly […]

Apple TV+ Is Here—but the Streaming Service Has a Long Way to Go

By Wired | March 25, 2019
[Original Post] There are secrets, and then there are terribly kept secrets. Since the middle of 2017, when Apple hired two presidents away from Sony Pictures Television to oversee “video programming,” its Hollywood aspirations have fallen in the latter category. Yet, despite a steady thrum of news and rumors since then—including a spate of last-minute […]

How to Check Your Computer for Hacked Asus Software Update

By Wired | March 25, 2019
[Original Post] Today’s news that hackers put backdoors into thousands of Asus computers using the company’s own software update platform is a reminder of why supply-chain compromises are one of the scariest digital attacks out there. Attackers compromised Asus’s Live Update tool to distribute malware to almost a million customers last year, according to initial […]

Machines Shouldn’t Have to Spy On Us to Learn

By Wired | March 25, 2019
[Original Post] In old spy novels, when two secret agents need to communicate with each other out in the field, one of them often leaves a document in an assigned place—tucked in the hollow of a tree trunk or between the pages of a certain library book. Once the first agent has safely vacated the […]

Meet LockerGoga, the Ransomware Crippling Industrial Firms

By Wired | March 25, 2019
[Original Post] Ransomware has long been the scourge of the cybersecurity industry. When that extortionate hacking goes beyond encrypting files to fully paralyze computers across a company, it represents not just a mere shakedown, but a crippling disruption. Now a nasty new breed of ransomware known as LockerGoga is inflicting that paralysis on industrial firms […]

Apple Launches Apple News+ Paid Subscription Service

By Wired | March 25, 2019
[Original Post] Apple formally unveiled its new subscription news service today, a tab within its existing Apple News app that is designed to unlock access to premium magazines and a few national newspapers for $10 per month. It’s not Apple’s first stab at curating news content for its iPhone, iPad, and Mac customers, nor is […]

'Us' Broke a Lot of Box Office Records

By Wired | March 25, 2019
[Original Post] Look, we get it. If you saw the news at all over the weekend, you probably saw something about Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally turning over the findings of his 675-day Russia investigation. Entertainment news likely fell by the wayside. But that’s why The Monitor is here: To fulfill your pop culture cravings. […]