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Walgreens becomes first retailer to merge Apple Pay with rewards card systems

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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You may love or hate Walgreens, but they’re now the first to offer a rewards program via Apple Pay.

Walgreens announced on Thursday that the pharmacy chain has begun running its rewards program via Apple Pay. The company has long supported this through QR codes, but can now do this through NFC thanks to features in iOS 9.

In addition to Walgreens turning on support for its Balance Rewards card through Apple Pay, Kohl’s recently became the first retailer to enable its store credit card for use with Apple Pay. Apple also added more than 50 banks to work with Apple Pay this week.

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Amazon pulls Google Chromcast, Apple TV units from shelves, looks to boost Amazon Prime, Fire brands

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Date: Friday, October 30th, 2015, 06:26
Category: Apple TV, Google, News, retail

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If this proves anything, it’s don’t sell a product that directly competes with Amazon’s interests.

Following through on its promises to halt sales of set-top streaming devices competing with its own Fire TV lineup, Amazon on Thursday removed all Apple TV and Google Chromecast products from its online store.

In an effort to boost both its Prime Video subscriptions as well as sales of its Fire TV set top box and Fire TV Stick units, Amazon.com has pulled both the Chromecast and the Apple TV from its shelves.

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Fourth-generation Apple TV now available in assorted Apple Store, Best Buy locations

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Date: Friday, October 30th, 2015, 06:04
Category: Apple TV, News, retail

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The fourth-generation Apple TV has begun to arrive in the cases of some pre-orders.

For those of you looking to put your mitts on it in person, today’s your lucky day.

Apple Store and Best Buy locations have begun selling the new fourth-generation Apple TV in the U.S. and first wave launch countries. Apple is also offering Personal Pickup in the U.S., while Best Buy is allowing customers who pre-ordered for in-store pickup to pick up their set-top boxes starting this morning as the stores open up for the day.

Best Buy, which began accepting pre-orders on Monday, had originally listed November 4th as the first date it would be on the chain’s shelves.

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Best Buy begins taking preorders for fourth-gen Apple TV, will have units available for November 4th

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Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 09:55
Category: Apple TV, News, retail

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You can now order your fourth-gen Apple TV through Best Buy and have it available come Wednesday, November 4th.

Users can now preorder both the 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte variants of the new Apple TV from Best Buy, priced at US$149.99 and US$199.99, respectively. The retailer lists the product’s release date as Nov. 4, and it will be available for in-store pick up that same day.

Apple also began taking preorders for the device on Monday and free orders are scheduled to deliver between Nov. 2 and Nov. 4. Customers who opt for expedited shipping were given a delivery window between this Friday, Oct. 30, and Nov. 3.

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Chase announces Chase Pay payment system, will be modeled off MCX’s CurrentC method

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Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 08:31
Category: Finance, iOS, News, retail, Software

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There’s always money to be made in the payment service industry.

A new report has announced that Chase Chase CEO of Consumer and Community Banking, Gordon Smith, who announced “Chase Pay” at the Money20/20 payments conference in Las Vegas.

The Chase Pay service will work via QR code instead of over NFC, allowing customers to make purchases with their smartphones by showing a QR code to a cashier. The method is similar to MCX Consortium’s upcoming CurrentC platform, with whom Chase is partnering for its payments service.

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Apple begins accepting preorders for fourth-gen Apple TV, will ship units later this week

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 07:48
Category: Apple TV, News, retail

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You’ve been hankering for this one for a while.

Apple has finally begun accepting preorders for its fourth-generation Apple TV. The new device is available with either 32 GB of storage for US$149 or 64 GB for US$199, and orders will begin shipping to customers later this week, with the earliest deliveries being set for October 30 for those who opt for one-day shipping.

Alongside the box itself, Apple is also selling extra Siri Remotes for US$79 each and Remote Loop wrist straps for US$12.99. Two-year AppleCare coverage is also available for $29.

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More than 70 U.S. banks and credit unions added to Apple Pay

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 08:28
Category: Finance, News, retail

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The good news is that Apple picked up yet another huge wave of newly added banks and credit unions in the United States that now officially support Apple Pay. Apple has added over 70 additional participating banks to its list of active partners including HSBC in the US.

Here’s the list and it is mighty:

Achieva Credit Union

Alcoa Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union

Alliance Credit Union

AmeriServ Financial Bank

APCO Employees Credit Union

Bank of American Fork

Bridgewater Savings Bank

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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus rolls out in India

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Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 08:24
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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It never hurts to release the new iPhone into one of the largest target markets on the planet.

Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now available for purchase in India. The rollout, the fastest to date for India, prices the new iPhone at ₹62,000 (US$960) for the 16GB entry model, or ₹72,000 (US$1,100) and ₹82,000 (US$1,300) for the 64GB and 128GB variants. As for the iPhone 6s Plus, prices for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models are ₹72,000 (US$1,100), ₹82,000 (US$1,300) and ₹92,000 (US$1,400) respectively.

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Apple debuts 4K, 5K iMacs, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 08:13
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iMac, News, retail

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These could smack of the nifty.

On Tuesday, Apple announced its 2015 iMacs, including a new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display and 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display.

The new desktops feature faster processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and up to 2TB of Fusion Drive storage for stock configurations. The 4K 21.5-inch iMac has a 3.1GHz Core i7 Broadwell processor and integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, while the 5K 27-inch iMacs have 3.2GHz to 3.3GHz Core i5 and i7 Skylake processors and dedicated AMD Radeon R9 GPUs.

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Apple begins selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015, 08:34
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The expensive, unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handset you’ve been waiting for has arrived.

Two weeks after the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, Apple has added a new purchasing option for the devices to its online store. As of yesterday, customers can now buy an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus SIM-free, unlocked, and without a carrier.

The units arrive without a commitment to a carrier or carrier financing. Apple has also noted that the device does not come with a nano-SIM, meaning that customers can go to a carrier of their choice and get a SIM, assuming the carrier supports the wireless bands the iPhone has. The entire cost of the iPhone must be paid upfront.

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