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Apple Pay rival CurrentC hit by hackersDoubts linger on the security of the controversial CurrentC payment app. Meanwhile, HP's Sprout targets creative minds and the Bitmoji app turns you into emoji.
There are more reasons to have trust issues with the currency app. And HP creates a whole new type of computer. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] The controversial CurrentC mobile payment app has achieved a remarkable feat. It's been hacked even before it fully launched. Early testers and anyone who signed up to get alerts about the service has been notified that their email addresses have been stolen by hackers. The CurrentC app is supposed to launch next year as a rival to Apple Pay and Google Wallet, and it's stirring up resentment toward the retailers that are supporting it instead of the NFC technology that's used by Apple Pay and Google Wallet. You see, unlike Apple Pay, this app requires customers to scan a QR code at checkout. It collects data on your shopping habits and there are doubts about how safe it really is. The app is a product of MCX, and that's supported by a group of more than 50 retailers led by Walmart. MCX will not say what personal information it collects from users, and it also has not been open in addressing some security criticisms, such as, why early testers of the app need to provide a social security number and driver's license number, which is something referenced on the user support page. Now while this drama plays out there are other payment technology innovations popping up. Take for instance Poynt. It's a new type of payment terminal that small businesses owners can use to scan your credit card or use NFC tap to pay. This dual-screen system was cooked up by the creator of Google Wallet. It accepts the more secure chip and pin cards. But the point looks completely boring compared to a new computer designed by Hewlett Packard. Check out the Sprout. It's a Windows 8 desktop computer that has a projector and cameras hooked onto the top of the monitor. The projector beams down images to a touch sensitive pad below. And it also has a 3D camera, so it can scan 3D models of objects. The Sprout hits stores November 9th for $1900. This is for creative projects because HP wants you to take that object you scan and send it to a 3D printer. In fact, they're making their own massive 3D printer, it's called the Multi Jet Fusion. But it won't become available until 2016. Now if you have iOS 8 there's a new app that's more fun than a 3D printer. You can finally send your friends emojis that look like you. The makers of Bitstrips, you know, those popular cartoons that are all over Facebook. They've put the cartoon into an iOS keyboard app. It's called Bitmoji. You create a character that looks like you and it creates emoji cartoons in your likeness. You can insert them in text and in chat apps. That's your tech news update and you can always find more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York I'm Bridget Carey [MUSIC]