Apple accounts for 51% of devices as Christmas gifts

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Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 10:51
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News, retail

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These are the days of giving devices as gifts.

Specifically, Apple devices.

Per Flurry, 2014 turned into a banner year for Apple, its devices accounting for 51 percent of the new device activations worldwide Flurry recognized in the week leading up to and including Christmas Day (December 19th – 25th). Samsung held the #2 position with 18% of new device activations, and Microsoft (Nokia) rounded out the top three with 5.8% share for mostly Lumia devices. After the top three manufacturers, the device market becomes increasingly fragmented with only Sony and LG commanding more than one percent share of new activations on Christmas Day. Up-and-comers Xiaomi, Huawei, and HTC all had less than one percent share on Christmas Day. One reason is surely their popularity in Asian markets where December 25th is not the biggest gift-giving day of the year.

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Chevron to integrate Apple Pay at the pump in 2015

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Date: Tuesday, December 30th, 2014, 11:55
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software, Uncategorized

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Chevron will expand Apple Pay support from inside its convenience stores to the pump, allowing drivers to refill and pay with their iPhone or Apple Watch.

According to AppleInsider, Apple is working directly with Chevron, the gas company revealed via Twitter Monday afternoon, to bring Apple Pay support. The company hopes to have its systems in place for Apple Pay to be used at the pump by early 2015.

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Rumor: Apple Pay to launch in UK in first half of 2015

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Date: Monday, December 29th, 2014, 11:14
Category: Finance, iOS, News, retail

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Apple Pay may be coming to the old empire before too long.

Per 9to5Mac and the Telegraph, sources involved in talks taking place between Apple and “Britain’s top banks” have stated that the service is expected to launch in the UK in the first half of 2015.

A job listing revealed earlier in the month that Apple had a London-based team working on rolling out the service across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.

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Quick change to Apple Pay site hints at retailers that may be unable to incorporate new payment method in 2014

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Date: Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 09:47
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software

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With literally a week left in 2014, a change to an Apple web page hinted at organizations that might not be able to incorporate Apple Pay within 2014.

Per MacRumors, Apple today slightly altered its micro site dedicated to Apple Pay to update the status of several of its partnerships. Retailers that teamed up with Apple and plan to implement Apple Pay support in retail stores and apps in the near future are now listed under sections labeled “Coming soon” instead of “Coming later this year.”

The minor change in language suggests that many of Apple’s Apple Pay partners will not be able to implement Apple Pay support in the last week of 2014, instead rolling out support in the first months of 2015. Many retailers that have chosen to implement Apple Pay may still be working to train employees, update hardware, and swap out point-of-sale systems, leading to variable launch dates.

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Apple replies to changing prices in Russian marketplaces with increased app prices

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Date: Friday, December 19th, 2014, 09:35
Category: iOS, News, retail

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When in doubt in a fluctuating market, it never hurts to shore up the prices.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple on Friday informed developers that it is has changed the pricing of apps and In-App Purchases in the Russian App Store, following changes to exchange rates. The recent ruble-dollar rates have fluctuated so wildly in recent weeks that Apple has been forced to take the Russian Apple Online Store down completely, as it reviews pricing for its products.

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Apple puts forward 64-bit requirement for iOS application developers, cites June 1st, 2015 deadline

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Date: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 18:06
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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It’s time for iOS developers to go all-in on 64-bit come next June.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday alerted members of its development community that existing applications on the App Store will need to include 64-bit support for any updates submitted after June 1 of next year.

The clarification from Apple comes after developers expressed confusion regarding the company’s 64-bit app update policies. With Wednesday’s announcement, developers now have more than six months to prepare for the switch.

All newly submitted apps will require 64-bit support beginning on Feb. 1, 2015. They must also be built with the iOS 8 software development kit as of that deadline.

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Contrast launches Group Text+, Email+ apps for iOS

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Date: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, 13:02
Category: iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized

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It’s neat stuff in a road warrior kind of way.

On Tuesday, Contrast, makers of Launch Center Pro, launched a pair of shortcut programs for iOS.

The first app, Group Text+, makes it easy to message the people you care about using iMessage and SMS. Users can mix and match contacts, groups, images, and text snippets to quickly compose messages. The second app, Email+ does the same, but with email. And they both have handy sharing extensions for use in other apps.

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Google app for iOS, Android adds Google Nest controls

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Date: Monday, December 15th, 2014, 15:02
Category: Android, iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized

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This could prove nifty.

Per VentureBeat, Google has announced that its Nest thermostats can now be controlled with the Google app for iOS or Android. Users can also speak voice commands to ask Google to change or set their temperature.

To help users better manage their home’s temperature, the Google app brings up Now cards (suggested actions and settings based on time and location relevancy) they can use to adjust their temperature before even getting home.

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Robinhood financial tool launches, offers zero commission trading for iOS

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Date: Friday, December 12th, 2014, 11:52
Category: Finance, iOS, News, Software

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You may love the stock market or hate it, but it’s out there and it’s worth tapping into.

And if you’ve got a handy iOS app to help you do it, so much the better.

The Robinhood app has surfaced for iOS, complete with zero commission for U.S. listed securities.

The app is designed to be intuitive to anyone who uses it. Drag your finger across interactive graphs to view historical share prices. Swipe left and right between stocks in your watchlist. Quickly tell when the markets are open and closed with simple color schemes. When you’re ready to purchase a stock, just swipe up to buy.

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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp development tool, incorporates new iOS and Android SDKs into Visual Studio Online services

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Date: Friday, December 12th, 2014, 11:22
Category: Android, iOS, News, Software

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It’s hard to say what Microsoft will do with it, but it could be interesting.

According to a blog post over on the Microsoft Developer Network, Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp, a class leading service for mobile crash analytics and app distribution for developers building apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The company stated that it will integrate HockeyApp into the Application Insights service in Visual Studio Online to expand Application Insights support for iOS and Android.

Based in Stuttgart, Germany, HockeyApp offers a range of mobile development services enabling developers to develop, distribute, and beta test great mobile applications.

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