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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


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:


Western Union adds Apple Pay support for services

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


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.


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


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.


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


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:


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


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.”


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


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.


Swift demonstrates impressive growth in January 2015 rankings

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Date: Friday, January 16th, 2015, 12:37
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software


Apple’s Swift programming language is growing.

Per Cult of Mac’s Twitter post and RedMonk, the Swift programming language is gaining ground on GitHub and Stack Overflow,

Besides the noted plot, which can be difficult to parse even at full size, we offer the following numerical rankings. As will be observed, this run produced several ties which are reflected below:


Google Translate app updated, now offers Word Lens, fast live action translation

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Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 11:11
Category: iOS, News, Software


It always helps to know the local language.

According to the Google blog, Google has released a new version of Translate for Android and iOS.


Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS, Android

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Date: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, 18:17
Category: iOS, News, Software


This could come in handy.

On Wednesday, Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android.

The app, which connects mobile devices to Mac, Windows & Linux-based computers for desktop access, requires the Chrome web browser and application to install and run as well as a user-configured 6-digit PIN.


Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 4 SDK, reveals Apple Watch Bluetooth pairing details

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Date: Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, 14:27
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables


It’s the beta seeds that show the cool stuff coming down the pipe.

Per Bidness Etc, Apple has begun seeding iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers, revealing new details about the upcoming Apple Watch. The new iOS 8.2 beta 4 build, numbered 12D5461b, includes WatchKit support. In addition to this, website traffic data from multiple sources, have also suggested that Apple is looking to expand its iOS beta testing program to include a wider pool of users; this move reflect’s the company’s aim to improve the quality of feedback and to have the iOS 8 system running smoothly with some of the company’s new ambitious products such as Apple Pay or the Apple Watch.

There have been reports of some Apple employees already testing out iOS 8.3 and iOS 9.