This Tuesday at 10am PDT, Apple will be streaming an event called "Time Flies," and Leo says it hints at a new, sixth-generation Apple Watch. Leo wonders though, just how much more you can do with a smartwatch. And he also thinks that maybe it'll be the release of a new version of watchOS 7. Other new features will include an expanded sleep feature and more software additions. But he also thinks there really isn't much more you can do hardware-wise. We are in essence at peak watch.
Doug got a Moto Plus, but realized it doesn't use NFC. Leo says that's because Motorola is strange with its naming conventions. What's NFC good for? Leo says it's an interesting technology designed for passwords, touch to pay, etc
Cheryl has a Motorola Moto G6, and she wants to use a YubiKey for password security. But her phone doesn't have NFC. What can she do? Leo says that she can get a Bluetooth authenticator key like YubiKey that works with Google's Authenticator app. The Google Titan Security Key is the one to get. It's $50. There's a USB and Bluetooth key for one price. So it'll work with her laptop too.
Laverne made a secondary Yubico key on her network. She wants to know if her Galaxy Note 9 Android phone will unlock via NFC since it has a chip. But she gets an error message. Is it the key, or the phone? Leo suspects the phone isn't seeing the code as it needs to. She could try the YubiKey app that is available through the Google Play store.
Joe wants to buy his girlfriend a smartwatch. He wants to know if Android Wear watches will use NFC so he can buy stuff through his watch without his phone. Leo says that the Apple Watch can do that. There are probably models of Android Wear that will do that as well. Leo says that if the watch supports Wi-Fi, and is connected through the internet, then Google Pay will work. If it's not, then no, it won't be able to do that.
Richard was trying to transfer over his photos from his camera to his phone via Wi-Fi, but he can't find them. Leo says he does the same thing with his Sony because it's NFC enabled. But he'd need an app to do it. So if he doesn't have the app, then it may not have been received.
Jim has an Android Wear smartwatch and recently, when going to McDonalds, he got an image of a hamburger on it. Leo says that it could be Snapchat that does it. McDonald's has paid for stickers of burgers and fries that users can use when Snapchatting. Location based advertising is a common occurrence now.
CurrentC, the new payment system from MCX that's been adopted by numerous major retailers, has been hacked, and an unannounced number of email addresses were obtained. CurrentC will be launching next year, and Rite Aid and CVS have already blocked NFC and Apple Pay in favor of CurrentC.
Alan went to China and wanted to report his experience getting by the great Firewall of China. He used alternate ports with remote desktop and TeamViewer to skirt China's blocking restrictions, and it worked great. Leo says it sounds like China just blocked standard ports used for RDP and not something more sophisticated like Deep Packet Inspection. He was able to use Google and Facebook through his T-Mobile Smartphone. It was a little slow, granted, because it uses a slower EDGE connection for free digital roaming.
Apple users were enraged that Rite Aid and CVS are blocking Apple Pay, and are even boycotting them. Both Rite Aid and CVS used to have "tap to pay" terminals, and they worked prior to the release of Apple Pay with Google Wallet. Even right after Apple Pay started, customers were able to use their iPhones at Rite Aid and CVS successfully. But now Rite Aid and CVS have disabled all "tap to pay" terminals, including both Apple Pay and Google Wallet in favor of its own rival payment system called CurrentC.