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Apple Credit Card is finally here: Check out its major highlights and security features

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Apple finally launched its new premium titanium credit card in the US on 20 August. It’s a no-fee Mastercard, issued via Goldman Sachs, and comes with a yearly percentage rate based on the customer’s creditworthiness. Special rewards are available to those using Apple Pay app.

Highlights:

The Apple Card comes with the classic, minimalist Apple design. It has a white finish, made up of titanium, with an Apple logo and your name on the front but without the usual credit card numbers. All the other information like CVV, expiration date, account no., etc can be accessed via the Apple Wallet app.

Much more secure:

Instead of utilizing your account number, a unique code is generated in order to finish every transaction. This means your Apple Card number is never linked with the purchase. It is therefore much more safe and secure for online shopping. In case of card stolen or lost, it cannot be used online unless a hacker gains access to your phone.

Precautions:

Touted as a new type of credit card by Apple, there are a few guidelines you need to keep in mind when it comes to storing the Apple Card. The iPhone maker has updated its support page warning customers about a few fabrics, like denim and leather, which may lead to permanent discoloration of the card.

If the card comes in contact with any hard substance, it may likely damage the titanium coating and ruin the card’s aesthetics. That damage will not wash off.  Apart from this, magnets also are a possible danger as they may demagnetize the magnetic stripe present on the Apple Card.

So, if you happen to get yourself an Apple Credit Card, the company recommends placing it in a pocket, wallet, or a soft material bag. Apple further suggests using a micro-fiber cloth dampened with isopropyl alcohol to clean the titanium-based credit card.

Erin has around 2 years of experience in writing news bulletins for online publications, and she recently joined our team as an Author (Technology). She is a tech geek and has a better understanding of Technology trends and updates. She keeps herself updated about the latest technology happenings around the world. So, she writes technology news bulletins on the website, and apart from writing, she does check all news before publishing for grammar and other things to make sure we have high-quality content on the website. She is in love with Photography and traveling the world. Thus, she has been traveling to many countries and their cities. She loves to explore the tradition and culture of different regions of this world.

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LastPass Issues Fix for Critical Bug That Could Expose Password Credentials

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LastPass Issues Fix for Critical Bug That Could Expose Password Credentials
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The Last pass, is quite a popular password manager app in today’s time. Password manager LastPass very recently came out with an update to fix a security bug that is said to expose credentials entered on a previously visited site.

This bug was found out by Tavis Ormandy, who is a security researcher with Project Zero; Google’s elite security and bug-hunting team. It’s been reported that LastPass has fixed the reported issues in the version 4.33.0, which was released last week.

Users are highly advised to enable an auto-update for their LastPass browser extensions or go for a quick manual update. The bug founded is seen as a dangerous and exploitable one, for it majorly relies on executing malicious JavaScript alone, with no such other user interaction.

This makes it easy for the attackers to extract the credentials entered previously on the visited sites. Ormany goes on to say “I think it’s fair to call this ‘High’ severity, even if it won’t work for ‘all’ URLs”.

However, one shouldn’t be afraid of using this app or for that matter afraid of using one’s preferred password manager. Here are quick recommendations from Lastpass security:

* It is advised to not click on links from people you don’t know, or the ones that seem out of character from your trusted contacts and companies.

* Make sure to enable Multi-Factor Authentication for LastPass and other services such as a bank, email, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

* Be careful and never reuse your LastPass master passcode and never disclose it to anyone, including us as well.

* It is highly recommended to use different, unique passwords for every online account.

* Lastly, make sure you keep your computer malware-free by running antivirus with the latest detection arrangements and keeping your software up-to-date. 

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Apple sends invites for a September 10 event: Here’s what you can expect

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Apple sends invites for a September 10 event: Here’s what you can expect

Media invites for Apple’s annual September event were sent out on Thursday and as ever, speculations regarding what may be launched are already making rounds. The Apple invites don’t explicitly reveal anything about what it plans to unleash at the upcoming event.

But according to rumor mills, it is likely that the company may announce 3 new iPhones and these would act as the successors to iPhone XS, XR as well as XS Max.

Out of these 3 iPhone models, 2 are expected to sport Apple’s first-ever triple-camera setup at the rear side. Additionally, the successor to iPhone XS may also feature a little bigger 6.1-inch display in contrast to 5.8 inches.

As per another rumor, these new iPhones may come with bidirectional wireless charging support. This implies that these iPhones may be able to charge AirPods when utilized with their latest wireless casing. Besides, updates to Face recognition biometric security and battery life are also being suggested.

The iPhone maker rarely maintains its annual launch events centered on just an individual category of hardware. The previous year, the company launched Apple Watch Series 4 and a new HomePod software upgrade alongside new iPhones.

However, the main hardware that Apple is currently rumored to be preparing for launch at this year’s event is a new MacBook Pro, a new iPad Pro, iPad, and a new Apple Watch Series 5 along with the iPhones.

In addition to this, it’s also expected that Apple may also reveal details as well as pricing of its Apple TV+ streaming service at a November 2019 event. Just remember though that it is Apple who holds a history of hosting just one event to make an announcement of another event a few days later to discuss more of its products.

Well, one will have to wait and see what Apple really has to offer at the upcoming event.

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Huawei Mate 30 will Launch without Google Apps and Services

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Huawei next phone Mate 30 will be a launch without google apps and services. The rumored launch date of the smartphone will be on 18 September. According to the Reuters report, the White House banned US Companies from doing business with the Chinese telecommunication firm. Hence Huawei decided to launch its phones without Google apps and services.

Now all upcoming Huawei phones like delayed foldable MateX will launch without the same. Google confirmed to The Verge – all upcoming Huawei phones will not ship the google apps and services. Google also said this could put the Huawei at a severe disadvantage knowing how important Google apps are.

Will No Google Service affect the sale of Huawei Smartphones?

According to an Independent analyst Richard Windsor,” No one will purchase the device without google services.” As the google software normally comes pre-loaded on Android devices. Similarly, last month Huawei announced its mobile operating system.

In Europe, Huawei smartphones are into the top ranks of the global smartphone business with highly regarded hardware. According to the counterpoint research, According to Huawei market share sliding to 19.3% in the second quarter from 24.9% in first.

The senior vice-president and board director told the media that ” Huawei Smartphones will still be based on Android.” He added, ” we want to maintain one ecosystem, one standard, and one technology.”

The google app and services are a crucial part of the android as an operating system. Now Huawei is working on its play store alternative since 2018.

Apart from this, the Honor20 pro did go on sale after the ban was certified by google. Huawei is launching its hardware for smartphones. So, Huawei is confident that smartphones with new hardware will be compliant with U.S. law.

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