Student Reveals Facebook Messenger Payment Plan

Hot on the heels of Apple’s announcement to bring mobile payments to its new iPhone 6, it seems Facebook is planning online payments via its messaging platform.

A student at America’s Stanford University, Andrew Aude, revealed on Twitter – where else? – that, by using top developer tool Cycript, he had found code that would allow for payments to be made peer-to-peer (P2P) on Facebook Messenger. The news comes just a month after Jonathan Zdziarski, a security researcher, claimed he had found code relating to payments. It was this, Aude said, that started his more in-depth hunt for the truth.

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MasterCard Introduces SafetyNet to Thwart Cyber-Crime

MasterCard, the American financial services corporation, has unveiled its all new SafetyNet tool. The security system is aimed at preventing hackers from accessing account details and – like the Tom Cruise sci-fi film, Minority Report – identifying potential attacks before they even happen.


MasterCard’s President of Security Solutions, Ajay Bhalla, commented on the new system, stating: ‘With SafetyNet, we are really fast-tracking the next generation of security solutions, which are designed to stop fraud or attacks before many of our partners have even noticed it is happening.’

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Windows 10

Windows 10 Preview

Back in 2012, I reviewed Windows 8 Consumer Preview with less than favourable criticism of the terrible new ‘Metro’ Start Menu concept. Amid the improvements was this one huge steaming deal-breaker of an issue.

My prediction that it was inappropriate for business came starkly true. Even now, as a result of the (deserved) hate for Windows 8, manufacturers sell the majority of their PCs and Laptops with Windows 7 preloaded. Read more