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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. U.S. drugstore chains CVS and Rite Aid initially supported Apple Pay--at least unofficially--because both chains had installed NFC payment terminals years ago to work with...
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. Belkin QODE keyboards & covers Belkin has a whole array of keyboards and covers for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 ready to go for the holidays. Most notably, its three QODE...
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. After iFixit.com identified a NFC chip (the NXP 65V10 NFC Controller) in Apple's new iPad Air 2 as being the same as one found in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (highlighted in green, below), a...
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. Source: Chitika Research The results, provided by the research arm of ad network Chitika, found OS X Yosemite accounted for more than one percent of all North American Web traffic generated by OS X users on launch day. This is more...
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. Under the new terms, customers can upgrade their iPhone every 12 months, in line with Apple's usual annual product cycle. Sprint's new lease option is an update to the original 24-month "iPhone for life" program that debuted alongside the iPhone 6 in...
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. With its latest cellular-connected iPad models, Apple introduced the "Apple SIM," a micro-SIM card compatible with multiple wireless providers around the world. At launch, Apple announced AT&T, Sprint,...
In yet another piece of favorable news surrounding Apple's recent entry into the phablet space, the nation's leading electronics buyback service said Friday that almost half of its early 2014 iPhone trade-in customers who pre-ordered a new iPhone 6 chose to purchase one of the larger, more premium-priced Plus models. Gazelle in late September surveyed hundreds of customers who locked in cash payouts for their old iPhones before Apple announced the new iPhone 6 and...
Sales from Apple's iTunes Store have fallen significantly thus far in 2014, helping to push forward the company's alleged plans to revamp the recently acquired Beats Music and make it part of the iTunes brand. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that sales from Apple's iTunes Store have fallen between 13 and 14 percent so far this year. That's much worse than last year, when global revenue from music downloads fell 2.1...
One of the biggest changes in OS X Yosemite is Apple's Spotlight search, which has gained a completely new, front-and-center look, and also adds the ability to search well beyond your Mac. The link to Spotlight search remains in the upper right corner in Yosemite, but clicking it -- or using the command-space shortcut --?no longer brings up a drop-down menu. Instead, the Spotlight search bar occupies in the middle of the screen in a big, bold presence. As users begin...
Owners of the popular Amazon Rewards Visa Card, which awards 3 percent back on all Amazon.com purchases, can now add their card to Passbook for the newly launched Apple Pay service. The Amazon Rewards Visa was not compatible with Apple Pay when it debuted on Monday, telling users that the card was not yet supported. But that's changed as of Friday, and users can now scan or enter the card and add it to their digital wallet. Given the variety of items available for...
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