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Apple Pay now supports HSBC, First Direct banks in UK

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Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, 07:37
Category: Finance, News

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Apple Pay has just hit the “international” category.

Apple updated its Apple Pay web site, announcing support for both UK banks HSBC and First Direct. Both banks were announced as starting partners for the UK branch of Apple Pay, but were delayed until late July at the last minute.

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Apple Watch to become available in select Best Buy locations come August 7th

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Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015, 04:02
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Come August 7th, you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at certain local Best Buy locations.

Best Buy announced on Sunday that Apple will be making Apple Watch available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. on Aug. 7, making it the first major outlet to carry Watch outside of Apple’s own stores.

Best Buy will start stocking Watch through its online store and at select locations, with plans to expand to over 300 outlet before the lucrative holiday shopping season. Since launching in April, Apple has limited sales to its own online and brick-and-mortar outlets, international pop-up shops and a few token third-party boutiques.

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Microsoft Office for iOS updated, adds Outlook integration, improved document sharing, etc.

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Date: Friday, July 24th, 2015, 05:08
Category: iOS, News, Software

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You might want to update your Microsoft apps for iOS today.

A new update for the iOS apps adds support for viewing protected documents and Outlook integration. For Outlook, users now have the ability to “send a document as an attachment in Outlook. Or directly edit a document attached to or linked from an Outlook email message.”

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Patent application shows possible Apple TV remote with built-in Touch ID sensor

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Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, 14:56
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, Uncategorized

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Apple may not have released its anticipated next-gen Apple TV console at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but it appears that the company is still working on one.

A recently published patent shows an Apple TV remote with a built-in Touch ID sensor.

As is often the case, the patent is expressed in extremely broad terms, referring to a “sensor configured to detect a biometric characteristic of a user” and mentioning everything from iris detection to voice sensing, but a fingerprint is included and appears to be what is shown in the main drawing.

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Apple releases MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 for mid-2015 Retina MacBook Pro units

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Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, 05:19
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software

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If you were having problems with the flash storage on your swanky new 2015 Retina display MacBook Pro, this might be the solution.

Apple has issued the first firmware update for the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro notebooks. The update, labeled “MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0″, is intended for the new MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads and is intended to fix an issue with flash storage and prevent potential data corruption.

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Apple changes policy, iOS 9 beta users now prevented from submitting app reviews

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Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, 08:41
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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Well, this is kind of a kick in the teeth.

As of the latest iOS 9 beta, Apple is preventing beta users from submitting app reviews.

Testers running Apple’s fourth iOS 9 beta, currently for developers only, are able to access the iOS App Store as usual, but no longer have the ability to post reviews. Attempting to do so now results in an error pop-up that reads, “This feature isn’t available. You can’t write reviews while using a prerelease version of iOS.”

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This is Nifty: QuickShot

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Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, 07:46
Category: News, Software

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The mighty Jason O’Grady threw this out there as a cool thing worth looking into.

He might have a point.

QuickShot allows you to manage, view and share screenshots taken within OS X, making your images immediately draggable from your menubar.

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Tim Cooks hints at wider Apple Watch retail presence this holiday season

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Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, 07:58
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Not surprisingly, Apple is looking to sell more Apple Watch units this holiday season.

And it plans to do this by increasing the device’s retail availability.

This news surfaced Tuesday, when CEO Tim Cook stated that the unit is expected the be a hot gift item this year and hinted at an increase in points of sale and/or inventory.

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Apple posts Q3 2015 earnings, cites $10.7 billion profit on $49 billion in revenue

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Date: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, 14:53
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News, Wearables

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US$49 billion in revenue and a US$10.7 billion profit isn’t chump change.

And that’s the amount that Apple reported for its Q3 2015 earnings today, complete with figures that included profits from sales of the Apple Watch, which was launched on April 24th.

During today’s announcement, the company cited revenues of US$37.4 billion and a net profit of US$7.7 billion, or US$1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7 percent compared to 39.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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DxO One camera for iPhone now available for pre-order

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Date: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, 08:14
Category: Accessory, iPhone, News, photos, Uncategorized

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This is pretty nifty.

DxO Labs now has the DxO One camera for iPhone available for pre-order. The camera, which features 1080p video capture, 20.2 megapixel resolution, f/1.8 maximum aperture and 1-inch camera sensor has gotten a fair amount of attention of late and can connect to your iPhone’s Lightning connector port.

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