The CEO of Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has announced that the consortium has taken the decision to postpone the rollout of the alternative app-based smartphone payment system. In the interim, the company has decided to shift its emphasis to other aspects of its operations, which includes focusing on working directly with financial institutions on a case-by-case basis as it works to scale its mobile payments solutions -- effectively a long-term benching of the threatened Apple Pay competitor.
Chief Justice John Roberts, writing on behalf of the Supreme Court, has authorized a rule change that could allow any judge in any jurisdiction to issue a search warrant for the contents of computers -- including mobile devices such as smartphones -- in any other jurisdiction, a move that would certainly result in judge-shopping and widespread search powers for the government and various agencies. The rule change will take effect on December 1 unless acted upon by Congress. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has already said he will introduce legislation to undo the change, which could have major implications.
In response to a growing rape problem in India, the country is finally setting up a centralized "911"-type emergency-response system over the next few months, prompting the country's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to mandate that by the first day of 2017, all mobile phones (even non-smartphones) sold in the country have a "panic button" type feature to initiate an emergency call without requiring a passcode, as Apple's iPhone does now. In addition, the ministry is now also requiring all mobile phones to have built-in GPS so as to be able to share location information alongside any "panic button" call. The latter requirement will be enforced beginning in 2018.
In part one of our feature pitting the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge against the iPhone 6s Plus, we took a look at the design, displays and performance of the two devices. Although the Galaxy S7 Edge has arguably the better design aesthetic when compared with the iPhone 6s Plus, its vaunted double-curved edge display has questionable practical value. Similarly, the S7 Edge's excellent high resolution quad-HD display offers a great VR experience, thanks to its additional pixel density -- but in general use, the still-decent 1080p resolution of the iPhone 6s Plus is going to deliver much better overall efficiency and frame rates in games. Samsung might have also taken a lead in multi-core performance, but the iPhone still has an substantial advantage in the key single-core performance metric. So how do the two stack up when it comes to cameras, software, ecosystems and the overall end-to-end user experience?