Ebay Is Splitting PayPal Off as a Separate Company

Ebay Is Splitting PayPal Off as a Separate Company

Ebay has just announced that it’s to split PayPal off as an independent, publicly traded company in 2015.

The separation—which will see PayPal spun off, tax-free, naturally—means that Ebay’s e-commerce business will be distinct from its PayPal payments unit. Devin Wenig, president of eBay Marketplaces, will become CEO of the new eBay, while American Express executive Dan Schulman has just joined PayPal as President and CEO.

Anyone with shares in Ebay will get one share of each company for each share they currently hold of Ebay.

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Basis unveils the Peak, a sleek $200 fitness and sleep tracker that can measure your heart rate


Basis, a wearable company acquired by Intel earlier this year, has announced a new fitness and sleep tracker called the Basis Peak. The key selling point for ‘geeks in sneaks’ is its ability to measure heart rate without any external hardware, such as a chest strap or smartphone. A plethora of sensors means it can track your body movement – including walking, running and biking – perspiration and skin temperature, all while sporting a sleek design that doesn’t look ridiculous on your wrist. It’ll be available for $199.99 next month in two designs. The first is a matte black watchface…

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Samsung Supplying Apple with Panels for iPad Air 2 and 12.9-Inch ‘iPad Pro’ Later This Year

Samsung will supply Apple with displays for the second-generation iPad Air and the 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ starting later this year, reports Korean-news outlet inews24 (via Digitimes). The Korean company will begin manufacturing the displays in the coming months, as the panels are said to feature IPS technology similar to Apple’s current line of iPads.

ipad_air_touch_id_mockup_2 Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air
If the report is legitimate, it is likely that Apple will have a steady supply of panels for its first batch of iPad Air 2 units, which may launch in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Some reports have also claimed that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be released in early 2015, which may lead to Samsung becoming the top supplier of displays for the new tablet if other suppliers are unable to meet Apple’s demands.

12_9_ipad_macbook_air Rendering of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook Air
Apple has been attempting to reduce its reliance on Samsung as a component supplier due to tensions between the two companies as they have become top competitors in the mobile device market. However, Samsung’s technological advantages and production capacity as a display supplier have proven valuable to Apple over the years, as the Korean company even became Apple’s top iPad display supplier in Q1 2014.

The iPad Air 2 is rumored to feature a slightly thinner body, a faster A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, support for Apple Pay, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Meanwhile, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to include a more powerful A8X processor to power its large, high-resolution display.

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The Best Two-Factor Authentication App for iPhone

The Best Two-Factor Authentication App for iPhone

Two-factor authentication is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself against getting your accounts hacked, and you should enable it now if you haven’t already. Instead of using a text message, though, Authy is our favorite two-factor app on the block.


When you first enable two-factor authentication on a site like Gmail, LastPass, or Facebook, they will set you up using SMS as your second factor. So the next time you log into Facebook, you’ll receive a 6-digit code as a text message whenever you try to log in. However, there are other ways to set up two-factor authentication—most notably, with an app that generates the codes for you.

You may have heard of these apps before, and a lot of the sites you use probably support them. They’re handy because you don’t have to rely on an incoming SMS message to log in—just open the app, and your codes are there waiting for you. In a lot of cases, they’ll even work if you don’t have an internet connection. Some of these apps do even more—like automatically log you in if your phone is near your computer. Our favorite, though, is Authy—here’s why.


Platform: Android, iOS, Chrome, OS X
Price: Free
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  • Supports a ton of apps, including all those supported by Google Authenticator: Gmail, LastPass, Evernote, Dropbox, Facebook, and tons more
  • Install Authy on multiple devices including your phone, tablet, and PC, and sync your tokens between them
  • Backup your accounts to the cloud (optional, turned off by default)
  • Get tokens offline or when you don’t have good service
  • Lock Authy behind a PIN or Touch ID, so that even if your phone is stolen, your tokens aren’t left out in the open
  • Use it in conjunction with the Mac app, which automatically bypasses Authy if your phone is in Bluetooth range

Where It Excels

When it comes to two-factor authentication apps, most are quite similar and support the same Google Authenticator-enabled services. Two main things set Authy apart: its ability to PIN or Touch ID-lock the app (which alone makes it our favorite) and its ability to sync to the cloud and between devices. That means if you don’t have your phone nearby, your tablet or computer work just as well. And, before you think installing Authy on a computer is insecure, keep in mind it’s really no different than installing Authy on your phone—the goal is to keep your devices out of theives’ hands, so that even if they get your passwords, they can’t log into your account. It doesn’t matter whether that device is a PC or a phone (and in fact, a phone is easier to steal).

Where It Falls Short

Some people may not want to sync their accounts to Authy’s servers, since it puts it in the hands of someone else. Authy encrypts everything locally on your phone so they never see it, but some people may prefer not to sync their accounts to Authy’s servers. This is hardly a con of the app, though, since this feature comes turned off, and it’s completely optional. Even if you don’t sync your tokens to the cloud, having the PIN lock and the ability to install Authy on your computer is totally worth picking it over other apps.

Some users have also had some quirkiness with Authy’s syncing and it’s Bluetooth feature on the Mac, but I haven’t experienced these myself. We’re also not a huge fan of Authy’s most recent grid-based iOS design, but that’s a fairly small quibble.

The Competition

The most obvious competition to Authy is Google Authenticator, the app that started it all. Google Authenticator works great, it’s free, it’s from a company you know, and it’s easy to set up. It is, however, the most basic of the options out there, so you won’t get any extra features here—just basic two-factor tokens for tons of accounts.

FreeOTP is similar to Google Authenticator, though with a slightly nicer UI and an open source codebase. If you prefer open source when it comes to security, FreeOTP will do the trick.

Toopher supports every site that Google Authenticator does, but with a few extra features for its partner sites, including LastPass, WordPress, MailChimp, and a few others. When you log in to a Toopher partner—say, LastPass—your phone will get a push notification with details on the account, browser, and computer requesting the login, and you can choose to allow it or deny it—no 6-digit code necessary. You can also choose to bypass two-factor authentication when you’re in a trusted location, like home. Toopher says this shouldn’t drain battery very much, since location services are only called upon when you get a push notification.

Lastly, you have the option of skipping apps entirely and just using SMS. SMS works fine, but it doesn’t work when your phone’s offline or doesn’t have good service—a problem I’ve encountered more than a few times. This is also particularly useful when you’re traveling. However, SMS will work as long as you have your number—whereas any of the above apps will stop working if you lose your phone or it gets its data wiped.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor: A shadow of its own ambition

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Stop Bending Apple iPhones, Unveiling New HP Stream Devices, And More… [Tech News Digest]


Also, the iPhone 6 lands in China, Microsoft plans New York store, Photoshop comes to Chromebooks, Samsung releases pun-filled Galaxy Note 4 ad, and the world’s first underwater unboxing. Idiot Kids Caught Bending iPhones The saga of BendGate continues, with the latest twist in the tale being people testing how easy it is to bend the iPhone 6 Plus in Apple retail stores. This obviously isn’t a good idea, and we’re covering it to warn people off doing so. If you buy an iPhone 6 then bend it to your heart’s content, but all the while it’s sitting in an…

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eBay and Paypal will split into separate publicly traded companies in 2015


EBay has announced that it’s to spin out PayPal as a separate publicly traded company in 2015. The e-commerce giant acquired online payment provider PayPal for $1.5 billion back in 2002, but many have argued that PayPal is too big and significant an entity in its own right to be ‘owned’ outright by eBay. Indeed, today’s move has been mooted for a while already, with notable voices in support of the split including investor Carl Icahn. This marks a significant shift in the online payments space, and basically frees PayPal from its master’s shackles to capitalize on its own popularity…

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Apple’s Irish tax arrangements explained as company denies special treatment

Two days after the Financial Times reported that the European Commission was about to come down hard on Apple’s alleged deal with the Irish government to reduce its tax liabilities, Apple has made a statement to Business Insider claiming that it has received “no selective treatment.” Apple is proud of its long history in Ireland and the […] http://ift.tt/eA8V8J

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PayPal To Be Led By AmEx Exec Dan Schulman, Devin Wenig Replaces Donahoe At eBay

ebay-earnings So much for rebuffing Carl Ichan and his calls to split the company: eBay today announced that it would split itself into two separate, publicly traded companies that would continue to maintain a relationship through “arm’s length operating agreements.” As part of this, John Donahoe, eBay CEO, and CFO Bob Swan will be stepping down from their roles. Post-separation,… Read More


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Edinburgh becomes the first UK airport to openly trial Google Glass

Google Glass

Google Glass is still a rare sight in the UK, but it’s proving popular amongst brands and businesses, especially when customer service is involved. Virgin Atlantic previously used the headset to welcome passengers to Heathrow, but only now is it making it’s airport debut in Scotland. Edinburgh Airport today announced plans to equip its customer service teams with Google’s smart eyewear, becoming the first UK airport (not airline) to use it on the front line. Staff will be fed real-time flight information, language translations and information about the local area, allowing them to provide assistance to travellers throughout the airport and not from behind a check-in desk. The airport says it will test Glass until December, meaning you might hear the phrase "OK Glass" if you find yourself, like many recent Ryder Cup golfers, passing through Scotland’s busiest terminal in the coming months.

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