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  • CVS continues Apple Pay snub, launches barcode-based 'CVS Pay'

    I've used Apple Pay several times at a couple of fast food places, and for the first time, at Walgreen's today. Even after all this time, it seems the clerk there had never seen anyone use any kind of contact payment.

    It took her a moment to realize not only was a card not used, but neither was a phone. She knew about 'phone payment' but not about using a watch. 

    With a 5s, I can only pay with my Watch, but it's pretty fast, faster than using a card, and maybe even a phone. But even if it wasn't, the security in affords is the reason for using it, and a big portion of why I bought the Watch.

    It's been awhile since I've been in my local CVS, but I don't think it has NFC readers. It still has the same gear that was there when it was Long's, and it didn't do NFC either. My trip to Walgreen's (a little farther than CVS, and lousy parking) means I won't be in CVS anytime soon, but I'd like to see if they did get NFC readers. Then I'd try to use Apple Pay to see if it was enabled as another poster suggested.

    My other mission is to go on a Real Killer Payment System tour, checking out all the spots says accepts Apple Pay.
  • Rumor: Apple working on entirely new, advanced health-tracking hardware for 2017 launch

    Given the number of people I've seen wearing a smartwatch of some manufacture and a fitness band, I don't think it unusual at all. In the next few years, I think well see a lot of people wearing two items (one on each wrist), be they a traditional mechanical watch or contemporary smartwatch, and a dedicated fitness band.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook says future products will be 'in every part of your life that we can'

    "Our strategy is to help you in every part of your life that we can," Cook added, "whether you're sitting in the living room, on your desktop, on your phone, or in your car."

    How about sitting at your desk, pining for a new desktop other than an iMac or a severely limited Mac Pro as outlined by maury m. 

    I applaud Apple making devices that 'just work' for the masses. But what about professionals who are getting more and more disenfranchised by commodity products. What can be done with iPads is amazing. But sometimes you need a truck instead of a car.

    When Apple announced the iCan Mac Pro, I was both impressed and disappointed at the same time. It had fewer 'answers' and more questions. Many people tried to make it work. And they should be punished for it, since it's specs and paucity of features were well known.

    Apple seems to have chosen to leave the professional user far behind. It looks like they've abandoned the truck and turned they back on the truck driver. iMacs have never been more powerful, but are still limited, and all the user can do these days is add RAM, and that's only to the 27" monitor. The mini may be used by some professionals but it's also limiting for the professional user.

    The iCan, as good as it may be for some, is still no replacement for a Mac Pro. It falls far short of the upgradeability of previous MP and is bested in some performance areas by some iMacs. I'd like to see a mid-sized tower that has room and connections for- a couple of  3.5" HDs, one flash drive for the system OS, a couple of video cards, a spare
     PCI slot, four slots for memory, and room for an optical drive. Put it all inside one case, and make it smaller than the behemoth that was the Mac Pro.

  • 'Stranger Things' poster created using Apple's iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

    "The iPad is about content consumption, not content creation." -Sentiment casually bandied about the 'net as though it were a fact.
  • Kanye West wants Apple to buy Tidal, calls for executive meeting

    linkman said:
    Apple has a simple solution for this: find the contact entry for Kanye, scroll down and hit "Block this Caller."
    That would make a great 30 sec YouTube spoof. No words. The phone rings, "Tim" clicks Ignore, then blocks the call and puts the phone down.

    Apple doesn't need Tidal, but I think it would be a smart business move in spite of Kanye's arrogance and ignorance. I'm all for Apple swinging it's big dick and knocking Kanye around like he did that photographer. I don't know what a fair price would be, but wouldn't want Apple to give the guy any bragging rights.

    If they bought Tidal, they could make a commercial with Swift being catapulted off the treadmill but landing with some hooker high heels on "Kanye's" back. She smiles and says "Made me famous, my ass!" Not a fan of Ms. Swift but I'd give her a pass on that.