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Los Angeles transit information integrated into Apple Maps

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 08:57
Category: iOS, News, Software

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There’s a widespread love/hate relationship with Los Angeles, but at least now you can pull up its transportation data in Apple Maps.

Eagle-eyed IT professional Tom Bridge noticed that Apple has plugged LA’s transportation data into the its Maps app, including rail line schedules, dynamic advisories and integration with directions.

The updated data lets you plot out trips with public transportation options, check for delays at nearby metro stations and more. Apple has yet to announce the addition on its Feature Availability or mapping service acknowledgments webpages.

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Second-generation Automatic hits, allows for feedback from your car to iOS or Android device

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 10:16
Category: Accessory, Android, Hardware, iOS, News

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It’s sort of like a FitBit for your car.

And it includes a free travel cup and crash notification service.

Automatic has released the second generation of its Automatic Adapter, an adapter that plugs into the ODB-II port under your car’s dashboard. The Automatic then sends data via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android device, measuring things like driving speeds, acceleration, braking and other data prior to giving you a score for your driving.

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Apple adds more than 60 new banks and credit unions to Apple Pay, rolls in BJ’s Wholesale Club

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 08:53
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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With 2015 almost gone, Apple added another chunk of banks and credit unions that accept Apple Pay, the big news being that BJ’s Wholesale Club is among the new entries and was the second retailer to allow their store cards to be added to the Wallet app and be used for Apple Pay.

As always, here’s the list:

– American Community Bank of Indiana

– American United Federal Credit Union

– Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union

– Aspire Federal Credit Union

– Bank of Colorado

– Bank of Montgomery

– Catholic Federal Credit Union

– Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust

-CFCU Community Credit Union

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Apple purchases former semiconductor plant in North San Jose

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 08:01
Category: Finance, News

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The Apple Real Estate Extravaganza continues, Apple apparently snagging a a former chip fab in North San Jose. The deal reportedly went through last week and saw Apple pay $18.2 million for the 70,000 square foot building.

Prior to the purchase, the plant had been a manufacturing plant for semiconductor company Maxim Integrated Products. The real estate description stated that the site was well suited for “prototype, pilot, and low-volume manufacturing.” The space, however, is too small for any serious manufacturing. Maxim purchased the facility in 1997 from Samsung, but later shuttered it as it pulled out of the consumer electronic business.

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Security researcher examines MacKeeper, says sensitive data for more than 13 million accounts easily accessed

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 08:34
Category: Hack, News, security, Software

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And yet more reasons have surfaced as to why you’d want to punch the entire staff of MacKeeper in their heads.

A security researcher claims that extremely poor security has allowed him to access sensitive data for more than 13 million MacKeeper accounts.

White-hat researcher Chris Vickery, who has previously exposed data breaches at MLB, ATP, Slipknot and a network of K-12 charter schools in California, posted the following to Reddit:

I have recently downloaded over 13 million sensitive account details related to MacKeeper, Zeobit, and/or Kromtech […] stuff like names, email addresses, usernames, password hashes, computer name, ip address, software license and activation codes, type of hardware (ex: “macbook pro”), type of subscriptions, phone numbers and computer serial numbers.

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Jackery Giant + allows for two devices to be charged simultaneously, sports, 12,000 mAH battery

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 08:54
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, News

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This is one of those accessories for when you don’t have time to muck about.

Or want to charge two accessories at once.

The Jackery Giant + by Jackery allows for two devices to be charged simultanesouly. The unit is powered by a 12,000 mAH battery and features some pretty nice specs, including a 10.4 ounce weight and 2.9 full charge cycles for even an iPhone 6s Plus.

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Apple Maps comes back, trumps Google Maps usage on iOS devices

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 12:04
Category: iOS, News, Software

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When Apple Maps was released in the fall of 2012, it was shaky at best, an industry joke at worst.

iOS users, frustrated with Apple Maps, flocked to Google Maps, which included features such as transit directions.

Now, they may be flocking back to Apple Maps.

Over time, Apple has quietly but steadily improved both the usability and reliability of Apple Maps. And with the recent launch of transit direction support in iOS 9, Apple Maps signaled that it was finally ready to be taken seriously. While the notion of Apple Maps as a serious rival to Google Maps was admittedly laughable just a few years ago, Apple Maps today is now more popular on the iPhone and iPad than Google Maps.

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Apple’s TV subscription service put on hold for the time being

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 11:46
Category: Apple TV, News

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If you’re hankering for Apple’s live TV subscription service, you may have to wait a while longer.

Apple has apparently “pressed the hold button” on the service, in the words of CBS president Les Moonves. Moonves, who spoke today at Business Insider’s Ignition conference in New York, saying Apple was “looking for a service” but ultimately decided to put it on the back burner. Apple hoped to unveil a streaming TV service next year — if not sooner — but pricing disputes for content deals were to said to have continually pushed it back. Now, Moonves seems to suggest it may no longer be an immediate priority.

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Walmart introduces “Walmart Pay” feature for iOS app

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:30
Category: iOS, News, retail

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This might come in handy.

Walmart on Thursday introduced its own mobile payments service called “Walmart Pay” built into its Walmart app on iOS and Android. The new Apple Pay competitor will roll out in select Walmart stores in the U.S. this month, followed by a nationwide launch within the first half of 2016.

The Walmart Pay system functions via QR codes during the checkout process that involve opening the Walmart app, selecting Walmart Pay, activating the camera, scanning the code displayed at the register and waiting for the cashier to finish bagging your items. An electronic receipt will automatically be sent to the Walmart app.

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Tim Cook reacts to “The Hump” nickname for iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, talks up accessory’s positive points

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:24
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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This could be an unfortunate nickname that just sticks with a product.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, while attending an Hour of Code event in New York, spoke to Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff about the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case.

During the interview, Ulanoff asked Cook if he was excited about the “hump,” a mocking nickname people have given to the battery case due to its distinctive shape. In response, Tim Cook said he was aware of the comments people were making about the case. “You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump,'” Cook said.

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