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Starwood announces near-term plans for keyless check-in, Apple Watch support

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Date: Friday, January 30th, 2015, 08:50
Category: iOS, iPhone, News

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This might qualify as “nifty” depending on your travel needs.

Starwood has reached out and stated that the hotel chain will begin supporting the following in 2015 and 2016:

– Mobile, Keyless Check-In: Starwood finally unlocked the nirvana of keyless check-in at hotels by bringing SPG Keyless to market, available in hotels around the world; Marriott, Hilton, and others announced plans to follow in 2015 & 2016 meanwhile by the end of the year keyless access will be available in 30,000 doors across Starwood properties.

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Some users experiencing Wi-Fi-related issues after OS X 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3 updates

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Date: Friday, January 30th, 2015, 08:31
Category: iOS, News, Software, wireless, Yosemite

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If you’re slamming your head against a nearby object about your Wi-Fi performance after the OS X 10.10.2 and/or iOS 8.1.3 updates, you’re not alone.

Per Macworld, a second OS X 10.10 update, labeled 10.10.2, was publicly released Tuesday. Leading off the improvements offered in the update was “resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect,” according to the release notes.

Despite this claim, Apple’s support forum was filled with tales of frustrated users who upgraded to 10.10.2 and still had weak or nonexistent Wi-Fi connections and trouble using Wi-Fi with Bluetooth-enabled devices.

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Apple Pay to arrive at 200,000 vending machines, kiosks, other sites

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Date: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, 11:03
Category: iOS, News, retail

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You’ll soon be able to pay for your vending machine items with Apple Pay.

Per 9to5Mac, USA Technologies today announced it’s bringing support to around 200,000 of these self-serve payment terminals that its customers use for everything from coffee brewers to vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment and pay parking terminals.

The company offers a suite of services for companies looking to deploy self-serve, cashless terminals. A few examples it lists as current markets include vending machines, pay laundry machines, kiosks, amusement parks and arcades, car washes, and transit services.

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Apple ships one billionth iOS device

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Date: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, 10:30
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, retail

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You can’t sneeze at a billion of anything.

It’s just a really huge number.

Per AppleInsider, during its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company had sold its one billionth iOS device in the December quarter, a device that will be kept at Cupertino for posterity.

Apple’s one billionth iOS device shipment, a number calculated from total iPhone, iPad and iPod touch sales, is emblematic of the mobile operating system’s global appeal and marks a momentous achievement for the consumer electronics space.

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Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 update

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Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 17:10
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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It’s not a revolutionary update, but it could be useful.

On Tuesday, Apple released its iOS 8.1.3 update for its iOS devices.

The update, a 200+ megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

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Western Union adds Apple Pay support for services

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Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 11:29
Category: Finance, iOS, News, retail

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Western Union’s always been useful and Apple Pay support can only make it better.

Per 9to5Mac and BusinessWire, Western Union announced today that it’s now accepting Apple Pay, Apple’s new iPhone-based NFC payment service, across all of its flagship locations in the US.

That means you can now use the contactless payment service to send money and pay bills through Western Union stores as well as kiosks in around 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.

Launched at Western Union’s flagship 1440 Broadway in New York City—with more participating Western Union Agent locations to follow—customers will be able to use their iPhone 6 to fund a Western Union Money Transfer transaction or bill payment.

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1Password 5.2 for iOS released, offers new tools, features

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 11:58
Category: iOS, News, Software

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A great app just got better.

Over on the Agile Blog, developer AgileBits has announced the released of 1Password 5.2 for iOS.

The new version features a new Login Creator, which creates a polished workflow for large numbers of sites and services.

For Pro feature owners, a new One-Time Password tool helps you sign into a growing number of services (like Amazon and Tumblr) that support a secondary, randomized password for extra security.

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Apple adds 15 more banks and credit unions to list of Apple Pay institutions

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Date: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, 13:59
Category: Finance, iOS, News

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It’s never a bad thing when a payment type gains additional support.

Per 9to5Mac, following the addition of eight additional card issuers and banks earlier this month, Apple has updated its list of supported institutions and card types to include 15 more credit unions and banks.

These new banks are listed as supporting Apple Pay as of today:

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Leaked files outline NSA-sponsored hacker training, use of vulnerability within Safari web browser to gain access to devices

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Date: Monday, January 19th, 2015, 12:30
Category: Hacks, iOS, News, security, Software

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It’s interesting what the intelligence community gets up to in its day to day work.

According to Spiegel Online International, the Politerain hiring process posted ads for candidates who wanted “to break things.”

Politerain is not a project associated with a conventional company. It is run by a US government intelligence organization, the National Security Agency (NSA). More precisely, it’s operated by the NSA’s digital snipers with Tailored Access Operations (TAO), the department responsible for breaking into computers.

Potential interns are also told that research into third party computers might include plans to “remotely degrade or destroy opponent computers, routers, servers and network enabled devices by attacking the hardware.” Using a program called Passionatepolka, for example, they may be asked to “remotely brick network cards.” With programs like Berserkr they would implant “persistent backdoors” and “parasitic drivers”. Using another piece of software called Barnfire, they would “erase the BIOS on a brand of servers that act as a backbone to many rival governments.”

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Bank of America cites 1.1 million cards using Apple pay, Savers and FoodMaxx add support

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Date: Friday, January 16th, 2015, 12:19
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software

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Apple Pay is gaining some momentum.

Per 9to5Mac, Bank of America, which partnered with Apple to rollout Apple Pay at launch last October, has announced new customer data on adoption of the iPhone-based mobile payment service. The bank’s most recent quarterly earnings reveal that nearly 800,000 of its customers have begun using Apple Pay with a total of about 1.1 million debit and credit cards activated.

In addition to the latest customer data from Bank of America, support for paying with Apple Pay is popping up at Shoppers in Northern California and Nevada, which now offers the option to check out with Apple Pay at Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores, Save Mart Supermarkets announced on Thursday.

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