Apple surpasses PayPal, now accepted at 36% of U.S. merchants according to recent study

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Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Apple Pay, News, Samsung

PayPal has apparently fallen as the leader among U.S. merchants and Apple Pay has taken its place.

Per NFC World, Apple today sits at 36 percent versus 16 percent a year ago. PayPal, by contrast, is being offered by 34 percent of merchants.

Both Apple and PayPal are trailed by MasterCard PayPass (25 percent), Android Pay (24 percent), Visa Checkout (20 percent), Samsung Pay (18 percent) and Chase Pay (11 percent). Notably, Samsung Pay can be used at businesses that don’t officially support the platform.

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Samsung completes internal investigation, finds battery issues caused Galaxy Note 7 overheating/fires

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, 05:39
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

Samsung has completed its internal investigation and has noted that the battery- and not any faults in software or other hardware – was to blame for the fires that led to the recall and ultimate cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7.

The company was able to successfully reproduce the fires during the course of its investigation and ruled out other causes. It’s unknown as to whether Samsung is blaming defective parts, or as is sometimes suspected, that there was simply too little space allocated for the battery.

An anonymous source has statutes that Samsung is likely to announce the results of its investigation on January 23rd, exactly one day before it releases its fourth quarter results.

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Rumor: iPhone 8 to see improved waterproofing features worthy of “IP68” rating

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Samsung

It arrives sometime this fall and may be the iPhone upgrade you’re waiting for.

The iPhone 8 is presently rumored to feature a glass chassis redesign, bezel-less screen and might also best the iPhone 7 with even higher resistance to water and dust.

The Korea Herald reports that the iPhone 8 will tout an IP68 rating for water resistance and dust. This means it can withstand submersion for up to 30 minutes in about a metre deep water.

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Samsung to release findings of Galaxy Note7 probe later this month

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Date: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017, 05:47
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

Samsung will offer a full explanation of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone fires sometime later this month according to South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo.

The device, which launched in late August, began experiencing instances in which the devices exploded or caught fire when charging. At the time, the company said the underlying issue was “problematic” batteries installed in a very limited number of the smartphones sold.

The rumor mill has indicated that Samsung may have pushed suppliers to meet tighter deadlines in order to make an earlier launch. This, in turn, may have lead to technical oversights that allowed for some of the batteries to catch fire. In October, Samsung stated that it was examining all aspects of the device but had been unable to replicate the problem.

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Apple leads in holiday device activations, down 5 percent year over year

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Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016, 05:45
Category: Android, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Samsung, Software

The Christmas gifts have been exchanged, the Chanukah ones are being given this week and it looks like Apple is leading the pack in terms of smartphone activations for the 2016 holidays.

This year, 44% of new phone and tablet activations were Apple devices with Samsung seeing 21%. While Samsung is slowly growing in popularity throughout the holiday season, up 1% from last year, Apple devices continue to be the gift to give. Holding the third and fourth positions for activations are Huawei and LG; which is remarkable, as both manufacturers do not have an individual device within the top 35 devices activated. Their high rank is likely due to the fact that they have wide variety of devices and affordable options (hundreds of phablet and medium phones) for consumers to choose from.

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Black Friday Round Up: Where to go for Mac savings this Friday

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Date: Friday, November 25th, 2016, 05:42
Category: Amazon, Apple, Apple Watch, Deals, Desktop Mac, Gift card, Gift Guide, Hardware, Hardware, iMac, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhone, iPhone 6, Mac Desktop, Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Promotion, retail, Retail Store, Samsung, Touch Bar

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Thanksgiving is over and the Black Friday deals are about to begin at both online and back and mortar outfits. Assorted retail stores like Target, Best Buy and Walmart began opening their doors last night and the following list of deals can be found for assorted Apple devices:

Where there iPad Pro is concerned, Target is offering the best deals, dropping the price by $150.99. With the discount, the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad Pro model is available for $449.

For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, MacMall is offering the following prices:

– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Silver for $887, down from $,1029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray for $887, down from $1,029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $675, down from $799 ($124 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray for $767, down from $899 ($132 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray bundled + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $988, down from $1,266 ($278 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $1,128, down from $1,297 ($169 off)

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Apple possibly throttling data transfer speeds on certain iPhone 7 models

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Date: Monday, November 21st, 2016, 05:48
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung

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The bad news is that Apple may be throttling the LTE performance on the Verizon iPhone 7 to keep it on par with the AT&T model. According to research conducted by Twin Prime and Cellular Insights, the Verizon iPhone 7 performs about as well as the AT&T iPhone 7, but it does not reach the data transfer speeds that it is capable of hitting.

The Verizon (and Sprint) iPhone 7 models use different LTE hardware than the AT&T (and T-Mobile) iPhone 7 models, adopting a Qualcomm LTE modem instead of an Intel LTE modem.

The Qualcomm modem is capable of reaching a maximum theoretical download speeds of 600Mb/s, while the Intel LTE modem tops out at 450Mb/s, but the Qualcomm-equipped Verizon iPhone 7 is only marginally outperforming the AT&T iPhone 7. Researchers believe Apple may be hobbling the Verizon iPhone 7 by not taking advantage of “a crucial component,” thereby ensuring all models of the iPhone 7 perform at a similar level.

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Samsung now setting up Galaxy Note 7 exchange booths in airports around the world

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 05:42
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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It’s the story that never ends.

Samsung has set up Galaxy Note 7 exchange booths in airports around the world, apparently in an effort to stop customers taking the dangerous device onto flights at the last minute. The first of these new “customer service points” appear to have been introduced in South Korean airports, but Samsung has confirmed the booths are opening in airports across Australia, with reports of the desks appearing in the US as well.

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FAA bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets on U.S. flights

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Date: Monday, October 17th, 2016, 05:12
Category: battery, Hardware, Legal, News, Samsung, security

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Ok, if you bring a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handset onto a plane, this may be a viable reason as to why the burly security types are tackling you.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently banned the Galaxy Note 7 from being brought onto airplanes. Under a new Emergency Restriction / Prohibition Order, it’s now a federal crime to fly with the device.

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Investigators may be closer to discovering cause of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery issues

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Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 05:52
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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They may be that much closer to finding out why the batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have been overheating and catching fire.

Investigators who’ve performed preliminary examinations of the handsets and batteries have suggested there is an issue with the batteries made by China’s Amperex Technology Ltd., which were supposed to be a safe alternative to those supplied by another company that led to scores of incidents in which phones burned and melted, according to a person familiar with discussions between government agencies and the company.

The issue may have surfaced even after Samsung began offering replacement Galaxy Note 7 handsets that were outfitted with batteries produced by Samsung SDI Co., said an anonymous sources. The SDI batteries were slightly too large and pinched when inserted in the phone, according to a U.S. consumer-safety agency. Samsung is a major shareholder in Samsung SDI.

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