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Be aware, be careful, be prepared for iCloud Drive

TUAW - 1 hour 25 min ago
If you use iCloud: you need to be really, very, no-I-am-not-exaggerating, super careful when you upgrade to iOS 8. Otherwise you could break iCloud syncing to all of your Macs. I hope I have your attention. When you are setting up a new iOS 8...

NES30 Bluetooth Controller Looks and Feels Like The Original: $29.99

MacObserver - 1 hour 41 min ago

Alright, nostalgic gamers, fire up the wayback machine and activate your NES30 twitch muscles, because we have a deal for you. It's for the NES30 Bluetooth Controller, a gamepad designed to precisely reproduce the look and feel of the original NES30 gamepad. You can use it with iOS and Android mobile devices, but you can also use with your Mac or Windows PC. It connects via Bluetooth or USB cable (for computers), and will work with both games that accept controllers and NES emulators. This device is regularly $40, but through our deal, it's $29.99.

5 Reasons Apple Pay Will Succeed Brilliantly

MacObserver - 1 hour 55 min ago

Apple Pay isn't just something Apple dreamed up and hopes will be adopted. Rather, it's part of and compatibile with a worldwide move to stem the tide of credit card fraud. And Apple is leading the way.

Light in the Dark is a bright addition to puzzle games

TUAW - 1 hour 55 min ago
Light in the Dark is an adorable puzzle game where players control brightly colored characters called Totems on their quest to find their children. Each level consists of moving one or more Totems, which shine a colorful beam of light in all...

Hands on Video of iPhone 6 Plus Demonstrates Landscape Mode

MacObserver - 2 hours 11 min ago

In addition to the iPhone 6 video posted earlier to YouTube, Korean publication UNDERkg posted a hands-on video of Apple's as-yet unreleased iPhone 6 Plus. The presenter walks us through the look and feel of the device, basic functionality, and the iPad-like landscape mode unique to iPhone 6 Plus in Apple's iPhone product line. He also shows us how Reachability works, Apple's feature designed to make this phablet usable one-handed. In that the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't ship until Friday, September 19th, this video is a great opportunity to get a better idea of how this large device looks in use. The site has a companion article with additional, high-quality photos. [Via MacRumors]

Numeric Business Dashboard adds features, goes freemium

TUAW - 2 hours 25 min ago
I praised Numerics in a review earlier this year. The app lets you build business-oriented displays which can be easily constructed using plugins that will display data in numeric or graphic form. You can choose a variety of data sources like Google...

Hands On iPhone 6 Video Hits YouTube Ahead of Official Release

MacObserver - 2 hours 27 min ago

A hands-on video with Apple's iPhone 6 was posted to YouTube by Korean publication UNDERkg. In fact, it was posted on September 12th, three days after Apple announced the device and a week before it ships on Friday, September 19th. The gold iPhone 6 in the video appears to be real, and the person doing the presentation (in English) does an excellent job comparing it to iPhone 5s and a couple of large-screen Android devices. He also walks through several features of the new iPhone, including Reachability, which allows the device to be used one-handed. If you've had questions about iPhone 6, they might be answered in this video-there is a companion article with photos. [Via MacRumors]

Don’t pull the trigger on upgrading to iCloud Drive just yet

MacWorld - 2 hours 27 min ago

If you’re upgrading to iOS 8 on Wednesday, you must resist the urge to upgrade to iCloud Drive if you want to continue to sync your phone to your Mac. Why? Well, iCloud Drive only works with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. And you all know which OS we’re still waiting on.

Until Yosemite drops, upgrading to iCloud Drive will keep you from syncing devices running iOS 8 and devices running OS X Mavericks. Good news: After you install iOS 8, Apple will ask you if you want to upgrade to iCloud Drive. Tap the button that says “Not Now.” Easy enough, right?

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Tag Heuer decides it wants to make a smartwatch, too

TUAW - 2 hours 55 min ago
Just days after Apple's new smartwatch debut -- and subsequently panning the device in a way only a too-expensive-for-you luxury brand can -- TAG Heuer has decided it wants to make a smartwatch as well. "We want to launch a smartwatch at TAG Heuer,"...

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-16

MacObserver - 2 hours 56 min ago

Here's a good sign for Apple Pay: Banks are ready to launch big marketing campaigns to make sure their credit card is your default for iPhone mobile payments. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the impact bank enthusiasm could have on Apple Pay's success, plus they offer up their thoughts on Tim Cook's interview on the Charlie Rose Show.

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Delivers Best In Class Mobile Scanning

TUAW - 3 hours 25 min ago
Are you still chasing the "paperless" dream? If you are anything like the millions of us who dream of a clear inbox with simplified capture and filing system, today is your lucky day. Today Fujitsu introduces the ScanSnap iX100, the 2nd generation of...

Appellate court rejects $368 million VirnetX patent victory over Apple

AppleInsider - 3 hours 42 min ago
Patent holding company VirnetX's infamous $368 million win over Apple --?which most notably resulted in changes to FaceTime that riled consumers --?has been thrown out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after review.

The iPhone 6 has NFC, but not really

TUAW - 3 hours 55 min ago
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus definitely have NFC functionality, as was confirmed on-stage during the presentation of Apple Pay, but when it comes to using the chip for anything other than Apple's own payment system, it really doesn't have near-field...

Daily Deals for September 16, 2015

TUAW - 4 hours 10 min ago
It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

Quotely for iPhone saves memories for new parents

TUAW - 4 hours 25 min ago
"You're messing up my creation and it's going to be a disaster." -- William, age four. As almost any parent can tell you, children are masters of saying unintentionally hilarious things. Quotely for iPhone (free) lets parents and other caregivers...

Subway to accept NFC payments starting in October

MacWorld - 4 hours 54 min ago

Subway will soon allow customers to pay for their sandwiches with the tap of a smartphone.

The sandwich franchise chain said Tuesday it will launch contactless NFC payments across more than 26,000 restaurants in the U.S. starting Oct. 1.

The company is working with Softcard, a mobile payments joint venture operated by the big four cellular networks, to launch the system, but a Subway spokeswoman said that any payment app based on the NFC standard will be accepted. That includes the soon-to-be-launched Apple Pay and existing services from Google Wallet, PayPal and other vendors.

The rollout will be one of the largest in the U.S. to date. When Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Apple Pay last week, he said there were 220,000 stores across the country that would accept the system. The Subway announce increases that by more than 10 percent in a single step.

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Flickr Find: Minimal desk hides some clever engineering

TUAW - 4 hours 55 min ago
At first glance, this minimal iMac setup from Philip Pryke looks ordinary, but it isn't until you glance behind the CNC plywood desk that some clever engineering comes to light. Fashioned into the desktop is a groove that fits the base of the iMac,...

PayPal ad subtly criticizes Apple's security ahead of Apple Pay launch

TUAW - 5 hours 25 min ago
PayPal is on the offensive, subtly attempting to discredit Apple's security ahead of the launch of the the company's recently announced Apple Pay mobile payment service. As noticed by Pando Daily, the full page ad appears in the The New York Times...

Apple Pay Sparks Banks to Fight Over Consumer’s Default Credit Card Choice

MacObserver - 5 hours 30 min ago

iOS 8's Apple Pay feature won't be available until some time in October, but that isn't stopping banks from firing up their marketing campaigns in hopes of becoming consumer's default credit card choice. Banks are seeing Apple Pay's NFC-based mobile payment system as a potential big win for them, and want to make sure they score the coveted default card spot on customer's new iPhone 6.

The Mac Observer Spin: If banks are fighting over the default card spot in Apple Pay, maybe there is a chance it could be the system that finally gives NFC-based payments the kickstart it needs to take off in the United States.

Verizon bumps up early upgrades for iPhone 6 season

MacWorld - 5 hours 40 min ago

Just in time for Apple's new iPhones, Verizon is extending upgrade privileges to anyone who's eligible in the next two months.

As Android Police reports, customers with upgrade eligibility before November 15 can get their upgrades starting now. You can check your eligibility through Verizon's Website, as the shift should kick in automatically.

Serenity Caldwell

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