Apple Pay rival CurrentC delayed, may never see release following employee layoffs

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 06:04
Category: Apple, Finance, Google, News, retail, Samsung

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The CurrentC horse may never even make it out of the gate.

CurrentC, the payment platform backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange that caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched, may never see release.

The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot.” MCX tested CurrentC at Target, Walmart, and other retail locations in Columbus, Ohio.

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Apple releases watchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1

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Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, 07:59
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, News, Software, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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Along with yesterday’s smorgasbord of updates, Apple also updated its watchOS and tvOS operating systems.

tvOS hit version 9.2.1 and contained bug fixes and performance improvements, but no new features. Apple released tvOS 9.2 just last month, which brought support for Siri dictation, organizing your apps in folders, and connecting a Bluetooth keyboard.

To update your fourth-gen Apple TV, start in the Settings app, then scroll down to System > Software Update. If you have automatic updates enabled, you’ll be prompted the next time you fire up your Apple TV.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.4 update

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 11:34
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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Apple on Monday released iTunes 12.4, adding a new, simpler design element to its user interface along with standard bug fixes.

The new version also introduces a sidebar for easier navigation as well as a revamped media picker and may also include safeguards to protect users from an issue that could cause music stored in iTunes to be deleted. The deletion problem affected a small number of users and while Apple was not able to recreate the bug, the company promised “additional safeguards.”

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Apple releases OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan update

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 11:32
Category: News, OS X, Software

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If you were hankering for the release of OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan, it’s here.

On Monday, Apple released OS X 10.11.5, along with updates for its iOS, watchOS, tvOS and iTunes operating systems.

The update includes the following fixes and changes:

• Fixes an issue where applying a configuration profile to set allowSpotlightInternetResults to False would cause Spotlight to use large amounts of CPU time.

• Fixes an issue where applying a configuration profile to set ShutDownDisabledWhileLoggedIn to True would have no effect.

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Apple to release iTunes music deletion, says fix is en route

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 07:59
Category: Apple Music, iTunes, News, Software

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Well, this has been a bit of a mess.

Apple on Monday confirmed user reports of an issue that caused music from personal collections in iTunes libraries to be deleted, stating it only affected a small number of users and that a fix was in the works.

The company offered the following comment on the issue:

“In an extremely small number of cases users have reported that music files saved on their computer were removed without their permission,” Apple said. “We’re taking these reports seriously as we know how important music is to our customers and our teams are focused on identifying the cause. We have not been able to reproduce this issue, however, we’re releasing an update to iTunes early next week which includes additional safeguards. If a user experiences this issue they should contact AppleCare.”

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Some 2015 Retina Display MacBook Pro owners experiencing system freezes under OS X 10.11.4

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Date: Friday, May 13th, 2016, 07:30
Category: MacBook Pro, News, OS X

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Well, this is sort of a mess.

A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple’s Mac OS.

Hundreds of users have posted to a dedicated thread discussing complete system freezes on the early 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook running OS X 10.11.4. Users have reported that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot.

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Apple patent points to smarter, more automated HomeKit functionality, interoperability with homes, vehicles

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Date: Friday, May 13th, 2016, 07:45
Category: Developer, HomeKit, iOS, News, Patents

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This could turn into something interesting.

A recently published patent filed by Apple indicates as to Apple’s intention for an “automated environment” in which HomeKit would be able to track the routines of users and implement automated behaviors based on those habits.

As an example, Apple points to the idea of a heating system being enabled at a particular time or when a particular temperature is met. Apple refers to a central “controller” being used to detect these factors, such as an Apple TV remote or other mobile devices. The devices being controlled are referred to as “accessories” in the filing.

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Google releases Gboard, a third-party keyboard app, for iOS

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Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 08:25
Category: Google, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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Google is now offering a third-party keyboard for iOS.

Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards for iOS, each with their own unique features. As such, Google has released Gboard for iOS, a third-party keyboard that also incorporates a search functionality.

Third-party keyboards can be accessed from any app and Gboard features a dedicated Google Search function right from the keyboard. This means you can search Google from Messages, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else you can type on iOS without leaving that specific app. Google’s pitch here is that it minimizes the need to switch between various apps and rely on copy and paste to grab information.

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WhatsApp arrives for OS X

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Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, 08:55
Category: iOS, News, OS X, security, Software

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WhatsApp has arrived for OS X.

The popular messaging app now has a desktop Mac version of the client, the launch coming a few months after the Facebook-owned service launched a web interface and a month after it rolled out end-to-end encryption for all communication.

Much like the web client, the WhatsApp Mac application relies heavily on the mobile version of the communication platform. WhatsApp keeps all conversations synced across all of your devices. Additionally, because the app is native on OS X, it supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and more.

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Apple Pay adds two of the five major Canadian banks, three more confirmed to come online in later months

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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, 08:33
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, Wearables

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In Canadian news that doesn’t focus on a horrible, raging wildfire, Apple Pay has gone through for Interact debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Until today, customers of these banks had to use a non-bank-issued American Express card, bringing two of the five major banks under the Apple Pay flag.

ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Financial Services also go live today. Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey confirmed that all of the Big Five will be included and offered the following statement:

“We are thrilled that seven of Canada’s leading banks, including […] every one of the Big Five are bringing Apple Pay to their customers.”

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