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Apple’s P2P payment patent has a focus on security

Touch ID patent

Touch ID could be a big part of Apple’s supposed personal payment plan.

In a few years, “Sorry, I don’t have any cash on me” may no longer be a good enough excuse to give that chronically money-strapped friend when they come around asking to borrow a few bucks.

That’s because a newly released Apple patent suggests that the iPhone maker may be getting into the person-to-person payment game in future versions of its hardware.

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Facebook’s same-sex celebration takes your profile pic to Rainbow Town

Facebook helps you celebrate Friday's Supreme Court ruling with a rainbow filter for your profile picture.

Facebook helps you celebrate Friday’s Supreme Court ruling with a rainbow filter for your profile picture.

The highest court in the land has spoken. Gay marriage is now legal and much of Facebook is celebrating Friday’s historic day with messages, memes and pictures.

Facebook will help you celebrate pride by letting you add a rainbow filter to your profile picture.

The steps are simple. I volunteered my profile picture above to demonstrate how easy it is to show your colors.

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Facebook Messenger update will even let haters use it

Facebook

Not that we can think of any reasons to avoid Facebook.

The latest update to Facebook’s Messenger app will let you use it even if you don’t have (or want) an account for the social-media platform.

It’s still Facebook, though, so you’re going to have to cough up some personal info.

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Hardware and software predictions for WWDC 2015, on The CultCast

WWDC '15 inbound at Moscone West.

WWDC ’15 inbound at Moscone West.

This week: We’ll tell you why the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference may be one of the most mundane on record. Plus, Apple pretty much confirms Apple TV will be your home’s digital hub; Facebook’s an impenetrable fortress with too much power; and the tale of a Bay Area woman who unknowingly junked her $200,000 Apple-1 computer … whoopsie!

Our thanks to lynda.com for sponsoring this episode. Learn virtually any application at your own pace from expert-taught video tutorials at lynda.com.

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Hardware and software predictions for WWDC 2015, on The CultCast

Show notes ahead, compadre.

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Great WWDC expectations, HomeKit’s killer app, our Facebook nightmare plus more

More Apple coverage than you can shake a selfie stick at.

More Apple coverage than you can shake a selfie stick at.

Download the latest Cult of Mac Magazine to find out what we’re all expecting from next week’s WWDC 2015, why we’re waiting for HomeKit’s killer app, what Kahney’s Korner has to say about the big Jony Ive promotion, a bit on our epic journey from hacked Facebook page to recovery, and check out an ‘Apple Watch Song’ fanboy anthem for the ages.

All that, plus product reviews, helpful tips, and more in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine.

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How to annoy your Facebook friends with GIFs

The GIFs have landed on Facebook.

The GIFs have landed on Facebook.

Facebook and GIFs seem like they’ve both been fixtures of the Internet forever, but it has taken until 2015 for the two to finally hookup.

Starting today, Facebook users can annoy friends with the most amazing GIFs the web has to offer. Unfortunately, you can’t upload your favorite GIFs directly to Facebook but you can embed them from other websites.

Here’s how to do it:

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Facebook Messenger is about to get its game on

Are you game?

Are you game?

Just when you thought you were safe from ceaseless notifications from Farmville players, Facebook has let it be known that it is planning to add gaming apps to its secondary Messenger app. You know, the one you had to install on your iPhone because they took messaging functions out of the main Facebook mobile app.

Facebook is actively talking with game developers about using the Messenger platform to deliver gaming experiences, which would then lead to more interactions with the Messenger app, and probably revenues, as most of Facebook’s non advertising revenue comes from third-party games.

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A whole new world: Woman allowed to serve divorce papers via Facebook

You can now serve legal papers via Facebook. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

You can now serve legal papers via Facebook. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac


Ellanora Baidoo, 26, can finally change her Facebook status to “single” after a landmark decision in a Manhattan courtroom Monday that allows her to serve her evasive husband via private message on Facebook.

This is the first time anyone has been able to use the ubiquitous social networking site to serve legally binding papers.

The Ghanaian nurse “is granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook,” wrote Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper.

What’s next–small claims court via Twitter?

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Facebook takes on Vine and Snapchat with new Riff app

Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

What if you combined the viral nature of Vine with the mini-story capability of Snapchat? That’s what Facebook is trying to do with Riff, a new app that’s available for download today.

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Facebook Messenger’s app store is here, and it sucks

Facebook Messenger apps

Facebook Messenger’s app platform is off to a pretty ‘meh’ start. Photo: Alex Heath/Cult of Mac

Facebook is building its own kind of app store around Messenger, or so was the pitch at the social network’s F8 conference last week.

But now that the new platform, which manifests itself as a list of approved iOS apps that integrate with Messenger, is out in the wild, it’s not that impressive.

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