Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for August 28, 2014:
- Every time there’s a new iPhone launch, rumors about Apple integrating NFC pop up. NFC stands for near field communication, and it’s a technology for very short-range wireless data transfer and generally thought of as a mobile wallet technology. Some Android phones have supported NFC for years. Suddenly, however, with the iPhone 6 launch scheduled for September 9th, NFC in the iPhone may finally happen, according to a report in WIRED by Christina Bonnington. Read more at wired.com.
- The FBI and Secret service are investigating whether JP Morgan Chase and four other US-based banks were targeted by Russian hackers. One security expert told Bloomberg that the latest attack appeared far beyond the capability of ordinary hackers. Read more at wsj.com.
- Leap Motion unveiled a cheap plastic clip today that changes everything for the world of both virtual and augmented reality. The clip enables the motion detector to attach itself to the front of Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset. Read more at gigaom.com.
- Ride-sharing company Uber has been in the headlines for dirty tactics in trying to beat its competition, Lyft. Now, it's gotten the attention of the Federal Trade Commission and other regulators. A former FTC official says some of Uber's cutthroat ways are line with antitrust behavior they've investigated in the past. Will Uber's behavior land it in more hot water? Read more at nationaljournal.com.
- The smartwatch market is getting some interesting new options. We told you during yesterday’s show that Recode says Apple is likely to introduce its long-rumored iWatch on September 9th. And yesterday, Samsung announced the wrist-phone we told you about back in March -- it’s called the Samsung Gear S. And LG unveiled the round G Watch R device we first reported Monday. Read more at bbc.com.
- Facebook is testing a feature to make it easier to find old posts by friends -- or yourself. The feature would let you search by keyword, which may make it easier to find some long ago quips or photo shares you only kind of remember. Read more at bloomberg.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for August 28, 2014.