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CVS Stores Reportedly Disabling NFC to Shut Down Apple Pay and Google Wallet
Earlier this week, pharmacy chain Rite Aid shut down unofficial support for the Apple Pay and Google Wallet mobile payments systems, resulting in an outcry from users who have been testing
First Week OS X Yosemite Adoption Rates Slightly Outpacing Mavericks
Six days after being made available to the public, OS X Yosemite was installed on approximately 12.8 percent of Macs in North America, according to adoption numbers released by Chitika. Thats just a slight bit higher than the 12.4 percent
Apple Submits Revised Plans for Second Phase of New Campus Construction
Apple has submitted Apple Campus Phase 2 architectural and site refinement plans to the City of Cupertino, signaling its readiness to begin the second phase of construction on its spaceship campus as soon as first phase construction has been completed.
AT&T Locking Apple Interchangeable SIMs in iPad Air 2 and Retina Mini 3
Apples new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal, usable across a variety of wireless carriers in the US and UK, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and UKs EE.
iPad Mini 3 Teardown Reveals NFC Controller for Apple Pay, Hot Glued Home Button
After tearing down the iPad Air 2 earlier this week, iFixit has now moved on to the iPad mini 3, which also received a minor update during Apples October 16 iPad event. Unlike the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini
iTunes Digital Music Sales Fall 13 Percent as Apple Prepares Beats Music Refresh
Apples digital music sales continue to spiral downward, falling more than 13 percent worldwide thus far in 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last year, digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes opened in 2003, falling 5.7
NFC-Equipped iPad Air 2 Sparks Speculation of Future Apple Pay Registers for Small Businesses
Earlier this week, a teardown analysis of the iPad Air 2 by iFixit surprisingly revealed the presence of a near field communications (NFC) controller chip that is identical to the one inside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple never
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New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to(...)
Apples newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the
New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to(...)
Apples newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the
New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to(...)
Apples newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the
New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to(...)
Apples newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the
New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to(...)
Apples newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the
CVS joins Rite Aid in blocking Apple Pay in "CurrentC" plan to collect more customer data
Two major U.S. drugstores have turned off their NFC payment terminals to stop Apple Pay transactions in an effort to make their own "CurrentC" app-based payment system--which is designed to collect and track information on their customers--the only option, even
New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to(...)
Apples newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the
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Review: Photoshop Elements 13 gets Photomerge and content-aware fill
Adobe’s consumer-level, hobbyist-targeted image editor, Photoshop Elements, has long been a great next step for those who’ve outgrown iPhoto. It’s great for beginners, yet it gives your skills room to grow—plus it plays nicely with Photoshop Lightroom and is available
Review: Notability for Mac brings ink to the desktop
For anyone who reaches for a pen and paper to take notes, reaching for an iPad app like Notability is already an adjustment, let alone a Mac, which of course doesnt even have a touchscreen.On iOS, Notability is a popular
Pentax K-50 review: A decent entry-level DSLR that braves the elements
A year since its release, Ricoh Imaging’s Pentax K-50 still touts something that no other consumer grade entry-level SLR camera offers: weather sealing. While it’s not enough protection to save you if you dunk the camera in a pool, this
Nikon D3300 review: Solid compact DSLR for beginner and pro alike
The Nikon D3300 offers a pleasing set of features for newbies as well as power users, especially given its relatively low price and compact size. At just $650 (including 18-55mm VR II lens), the D3300 is a strong choice for
Canon EOS T5i review: This entry-level DSLR is particularly great for video
Among Canon’s entry-level SLR offerings, the Canon EOS Rebel T5i is the strongest pick if you’re interested in capturing video as well as still images. Its articulating, swing-out high-resolution touchscreen display really helps when capturing video and stills at a
Review: 5 entry-level DSLRs under $900
You’ve seen others toting them, those bulky black cameras hanging heavily around the neck. No way you can slip one of these into your pocket, as you would a cell phone or even a point-and-shoot. So you make do with
Canon EOS T5 review: Entry-level DSLR offers basics and value, but not much more
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 is an appealing entry-level SLR option that offers a good, inexpensive entry point for those graduating from a point-and-shoot. At $550, the T5 strikes a good value-versus-power proposition: It has far more versatility and control
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CVS stores reportedly disabling NFC to shut down Apple Pay
Earlier this week, pharmacy chain Rite Aid shut down unofficial support...
Mashable reviews Apple iMac with Retina 5K display: ‘Seems to defy reality’
If youve been looking for a new desktop and have an affinity for quality displays...
Barron’s takes Apple Pay for a spin: ‘The system worked flawlessly’
The system worked flawlessly...
Ralph Nader to Apple CEO Tim Cook: Pay other companies’ workers double and cut their hours in half
Ralph Nadar, a five-time failed U.S. presidential candidate, has sent an open letter...
Apple designed Marc Newson designs double-barrelled shotgun for Beretta
Italian gun brand Beretta is set to launch a hunting shotgun by Apple designer Marc Newson...
More signs that the TV business is set for a profound upheaval
The new stand-alone online offerings are unlikely to cause the television business to crack quickly...
AT&T locking carrier-interchangeable Apple SIMs in iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3
Apples new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal...
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Hands On: Boom (OS X)
The speakers included with Mac laptop and desktop systems and portable devices typically suffice for basic audio needs. For more power behind your sound, Global Delight offers its audio app Boom, a volume-optimizer
Yosemite adoption outpacing last year's Mavericks, now at 12.8 percent
Users are getting used to the idea of upgrading to the latest OS X versions very quickly after release, a new study from ad agency and trend analyst Chitika shows. The latest major
Memo shows Rite-Aid's disabling of Apple Pay, NFC systems deliberate
Following reader complaints of Rite-Aid stores no longer accepting Apple Pay or Google Wallet payments (following a brief period where both worked properly) and a cone of silence from PR representatives, leaked documents
Sprint adds 12-month option to 'iPhone for Life' leasing plan
Sprint is making changes to its iPhone for Life rental plan, just over a month after launch. The carrier is adjusting the plan to allow customers the ability to lease an iPhone and
Apple submits revised plans for Phase 2 of new Cupertino campus
Apple has a submitted revised plans for the second phase of its Campus 2 project in Cupertino, California. Next to the main spaceship complex, the company is looking to build three research and
Friday Deals: iOS Grand Theft Auto, 240GB SSD, 1TB external, more
Its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but
AT&T locking Apple SIMs in new iPad models, buyers complain
The new Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is being locked to AT&T if data subscribers choose that carrier, according to complaints. The problem is confirmed by a
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The Week in iPad Cases: Keyboards, exotic designs, and protection for every season
Keyboards, exotic designs, and protection for every seasonThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings an array of options for your tablet, from multi-function wonders to simple yet efficient designs.Apple
Apple’s slipping iTunes sales prove streaming is the future
iTunes numbers looked solid, if not outright impressive, when Apple reported fourth-quarter earnings this week. Sales were up from $4.3 billion to $4.6 billion year-over-year. But Apple doesn’t break out music purchases from those numbers, so it’s difficult to tell
iPad Air 2 teardown reveals mystery NFC chip
A teardown of Apples iPad Air 2 turned up a surprise: an NFC module.According to iFixit, the NXP 65V10 NFC Controller is the same one that Apple uses for Apple Pay in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The
The Week in iPhone Cases: Belt, pouch, or bumper?
Belt, pouch, or bumper?This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases has something for every occasion, whether you need a holster to use while working out, want a wallet case for buying a quick snack
5 ways Facebook’s Rooms stands apart from the anonymous app pack
Facebook’s long-rumored anonymous app is here, shattering common beliefs about what Facebook and anonymous apps are like. Rooms for iOS is a throwback to the Internet communities of old, when people used pseudonyms to comment but were as well-known as
You Should Play: Crush enemies in the mysterious endless-action game Helix
These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting
The Week in iOS Apps: Fun and games
Fun and gamesThis weeks roundup features games for jocks, games for fantasy fans, and apps for dancing, getting in shape, and storing your favorite photos.NBA 2K15
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Get Backup Pro is a solid backup utility for Macs
Yes, there is Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper!. All have their place and are terrific backup utilities, but its also nice to see something new on the scene that adds a few tricks to your
CVS also disabling support for Apple Pay
Last night, I was with a friend at CVS who was trying to pay for some items with Apple Pay. Oddly, the transaction couldnt be processed. This struck us as strange because Twitter had been abuzz with
Caturday: KitKat on an Apple II
This is my kitten, KitKat, way back in July. Shes sitting on top of my vintage Apple II, where she often waits for me to get home from trips. Thats a first-generation iPad next to her, so she
Meet friends and make new ones with Fanatic
One of the great enjoyment of watching sporting events is to be able to share the moment with friends and other fans of your favorite teams. Now with Fanatic, a free universal app, you can do just
ColorFit uses photographs to suggest colors
ColorFit is a simple app that does one thing: uses a photo you take to suggest color palettes. Using the photograph, ColorFit will suggest a set of colors (Use this colors ) using a variety of different
Sling to the rescue in The Adventures of SlingCat
A mad pirate atop a terrifying vulture has swooped in to and steal a map in The Adventures of SlingCat. An adventurous, yet adorable, blue cat named SlingCat is on a mission to rescue his rambunctious sister
Slices of Apple episode 9: Quality is job one
Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products.In this episode of Slices of
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CVS and Rite Aid block Apple Pay as mobile wallet war heats up
Two major pharmacy chains have stopped supporting Apple Pay as merchants in the U.S. take sides on which mobile wallet platform to embrace. Reports from a couple days ago revealed that Rite Aid had started disabling its NFC terminals, thereby…Read
News roundup: Apple Pay reviews, Christian Bale as Steve Jobs and more
Apple Pay is here at last. With U.S. customers giving the new payment method a try, results — and opinions — vary widely. In this week’s news roundup, we talk about Cult of Mac’s first day with Apple Pay, the…Read
Hot deals ending soon: WordPress themes, BT speaker, Flex tripod, Motion Artist
There’s some extremely hot offers at Cult of Mac Deals that are ending in the coming hours. We thought it would be a smart idea to highlight those offers one last time. Big savings can be had right now on…Read
Go berzerk with Brad Pitt and this week’s other top picks
  So you don’t have to slog through a lake of reviews and tips to find something you’re just going to put down after 10 minutes, Cult of Mac has waded through the web to compile our weekly list the…Read
Why Apple Pay is the future
Critics are fond of saying Apple doesn’t innovate any more. But Apple’s new electronic payment system, Apple Pay, is innovation of the highest order. After a relatively smooth rollout this week, I honestly believe Apple Pay is the future of…Read
Nest buys home-automation rival Revolvr to shut it down
Nest has acquired Revolv, the Colarado-based startup which allowed users to control their smart home devices from a single interface using their smartphone. No price has yet been announced for the purchase, which follows Nest’s $555 million Dropcam purchase back in…Read
Apple design guru’s latest masterpiece is a custom double-barreled shotgun
Italian firearm maker Beretta has enlisted Apple’s new design guru, Marc Newson, to create a hunting double-barreled shotgun. Newson has created a custom version of the classic double-barrelled 486 Parallelo shotgun for Beretta, which will be officially unveiled at an…Read
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Apple Introduces iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3
Apple has introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. The new iPad features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in
Apple Reports Fourth-Quarter Results
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue
OS X Yosemite Now Available as a Free Upgrade
Apple has announced that OS X Yosemite, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available as a free upgrade for Mac users from the Mac App Store. Yosemite delivers a fresh, modern look
Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display
Apple has unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring the world’s highest-resolution display — with 14.7 million pixels. At this resolution, text appears sharper than ever, videos are more lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail
Apple Updates Mac mini
Apple has updated Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price, making Apple’s most affordable Mac an even better value. Mac mini now features fourth-generation Intel Core processors, faster integrated graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Thunderbolt 2.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Available in China on October 17
Apple has announced that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in China beginning October 17 from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and an expansive network of retail stores through all three major carriers and Apple
Apple Unveils Apple Watch — Apple’s Most Personal Device Ever
Apple has unveiled Apple Watch — its most personal device ever — featuring revolutionary new technologies and a pioneering user interface with a beautiful design that honors the rich tradition of precision watchmaking. Apple Watch introduces a specially designed and
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