News round-up: Apple Pay Octopus will launch in Hong Kong with iOS 13 (and more)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, we’ll frequently offer a wrap-up of news items you should check out. 

Apple Pay Octopus will launch in Hong Kong with iOS 13 and Apple Maps Transit, according to Ata Distance. Octopus is based on the FeliCa technology used in Suica transit cards in Japan.


Apple has pushed out an automatic update for Mac users that removes a local host server created by video conferencing app Zoom, protecting users against the threat of unwanted webcam access. 

As noted by Reuters, President Trump today ordered an investigation into the proposed tax in France. Regulators believe that the tax might unfairly target American companies.

The Road to Macstock is getting shorter and shorter. On the new MacVoices, Norbert Frassa talks about how his positive “freshman” experience at Macstock made him want to be part the event, and how he was recruited to be the camera tech for this year’s Digital Pass videos.

Apple’s top-end iPhones, assembled in India by Foxconn’s local unit, are likely to hit Indian stores next month, potentially helping the tech giant drop prices in the world’s second-biggest smartphone market, according to Reuters.