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CVS disables NFC terminals, stops accepting Apple Pay, Google Wallet

MacWorld - 4 hours 3 min ago

On Saturday, CVS Pharmacy customers using Apple Pay reported that the retailer had joined Rite Aid in disabling its NFC credit terminals, according to MacRumors.

CVS’s reasoning behind the end of NFC support is simple enough: Leaked internal documents published by SlashGear indicate that the company is “currently working with a group of large retailers to develop a mobile wallet” system that should be up and running the first half of next year. Presumably, this means that CVS, like Rite Aid, will take part in the Merchant Customer Exchange’s upcoming CurrentC mobile wallet system.

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Get Backup Pro is a solid backup utility for Macs

TUAW - 7 hours 19 min ago
Yes, there is Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper!. All have their place and are terrific backup utilities, but it's also nice to see something new on the scene that adds a few tricks to your backup bag. Get Backup, from Belight Software...

CVS joins Rite Aid in blocking Apple Pay in "CurrentC" plan to collect more customer data

AppleInsider - 7 hours 41 min ago
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 though it's not actually finished yet.

Rounding up the newest protective cases & keyboards for your iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

AppleInsider - 11 hours 31 min ago
Though Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 just launched this week and many protective cases have yet to hit the market, there are still a handful of early case options available for purchase in addition to Apple's. Here are some of the first options available to protect your brand new iPad.

CVS also disabling support for Apple Pay

TUAW - 12 hours 49 min ago
Last night, I was with a friend at CVS who was trying to pay for some items with Apple Pay. Oddly, the transaction couldn't be processed. This struck us as strange because Twitter had been abuzz with Apple Pay users indicating that the service has...

Caturday: KitKat on an Apple II

TUAW - 14 hours 19 min ago
This is my kitten, KitKat, way back in July. She's sitting on top of my vintage Apple II, where she often waits for me to get home from trips. That's a first-generation iPad next to her, so she can keep up with all her friends online....

Meet friends and make new ones with Fanatic

TUAW - 15 hours 49 min ago
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 that even more easily than before. Fanatic is a...

ColorFit uses photographs to suggest colors

TUAW - 16 hours 49 min ago
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" [sic]) using a variety of different color schemes including triad,...

Physical Keyboards for the iPhone 6 Plus

TidBITS - 17 hours 19 min ago
The jumbo iPhone 6 Plus has potential as a mini-tablet for productivity, and it could replace the iPad for some users. Julio Ojeda-Zapata suggests mobile keyboards for iPhone 6 Plus productivity.

 

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The Week in iPad Cases: Keyboards, exotic designs, and protection for every season

MacWorld - 18 hours 19 min ago
Keyboards, exotic designs, and protection for every season

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings an array of options for your tablet, from multi-function wonders to simple yet efficient designs.

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With the launch of its latest round of tablets, Apple has tweaked the Smart Case (iPad Air 2; $79) to match.

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Spot the hubris: A case of the pundit pot calling the Apple kettle black

MacWorld - 18 hours 19 min ago

You know how terrible it is when kittens turn into cats, right? Everyone was all “Awww, kitten!” and now they’re like “Big deal, it’s a cat.” That’s the point we’ve reached with tablets.

“Apple Is Confusing Tablet Leadership With Awesomeness" (indirect link and a tip o’ the antlers to Shawn King)

Writing for TechNewsWorld, Chris Maxcer is confusing market maturation with failure.

The new super thin iPad Air 2 is starting to get tepid reviews, most of which begrudgingly call it the “best tablet” in the market, while admitting it’s boring.

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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-pay transactions

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-10-24 18:44
Apple's 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 embarrassment of carrying around a gigantic alternative to their credit card.

Sling to the rescue in The Adventures of SlingCat

TUAW - Fri, 2014-10-24 17:30
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 and the other half of the aforementioned...

First-week OS X Yosemite adoption rate outpaces Mavericks, now at 12.8%

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-10-24 17:04
According to recently published statistics, Apple's latest OS X Yosemite release is seeing slightly better take up rates than last year's OS X Mavericks launch, with current North American distribution pegged at 12.8 percent as of Wednesday.

Slices of Apple episode 9: Quality is job one

TUAW - Fri, 2014-10-24 17:00
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 Apple,...

Sprint expands 'iPhone for Life' plans with new 12-month lease option

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-10-24 16:28
Adding to its iPhone-specific incentives program, Sprint on Friday announced a new 12-month lease option for its "iPhone for Life" plan, which lets subscribers "rent" a new iPhone for a preset period instead of buying it.

Apple and AT&T confirm: AT&T locks down Apple SIM cards to their network after sign-up

TUAW - Fri, 2014-10-24 16:00
One of the surprising new features Apple added to the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 is a pre-installed Apple SIM which allows users to conveniently switch over to different cell providers as they please. On its website, Apple describes the benefits...

Multi-carrier Apple SIM 'dedicated' to AT&T's network upon activation, not carried by Sprint Stores

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:43
It was discovered on Friday that AT&T is dedicating the new multi-carrier Apple SIM included with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to its network, forcing buyers to obtain a new one when switching to another carrier, while Sprint Stores will not supply the card at all.

Get ready to hit the slopes with Ski & Snow Report

TUAW - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:30
Some of you are actually looking forward to the arrival of winter and all that snow. Those of you in this group are probably active winter sports enthusiasts. It won't be long now, in fact, at least one Colorado ski resort has already opened one lift...

New Uses For Old Power Macs

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:07

Over at designboom we get a look at another use for the slightly-less-than-current hardware: Furniture! Klaus Geiger couldn't find it in his heart to forsake these aluminum beauties, and found a way to keep them around. After scooping out the insides (and in some cases creating drawers), he added some wood or some glass and ended up with some really nice looking pieces. I love the wood and metal combinations, and having one of the wheeled carts would be super useful at my house. It's also really nice to see the office furniture made of old towers. I have to give props to Klaus for finding another use for these machines, even though the insides are not so useful, the outsides are still very pretty.


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