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Apple Pay adds 13 new retailers including Fuddruckers, Jamba Juice, JetBlue, others

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 08:23
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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The list of Apple Pay retailers is growing.

As of Tuesday, the total now includes 61 merchants including the following 13 new additions:
- Coca-Cola

- Dan’s Fresh Market

- Dick’s Fresh Market

- Lin’s Fresh Market

- Bashas’

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Ulysses 2.0 writing app in works for Mac, iPad

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 08:03
Category: iOS, iPad, News, Software

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If you were a fan of the Ulysses writing app for Mac and iOS, version 2.0 is just around the corner.

Major changes to Ulysses 2.0 for the Mac include the following:
- New name: Ulysses for Mac is now called just that. No more Roman numerals.

- Seamless sync with Ulysses for iPad: That’s right. Ulysses is now also available on iPad. It’s the full monty. And it syncs via iCloud.

- Updated interface: Redesigned almost every aspect based on Yosemite’s fresh new look. Cleaned house in the process.

- Attachment bar: Attachments now have their proper place. Again.
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Uncovered documents point towards CIA-sponsored program to break iOS device encryption, install backdoors

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 09:45
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

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When the CIA sponsors a full-on “jamboree” focused on breaking the security found in the iPhone and iPad, there’s something to be said for that.

According to recently obtained top-secret documents, security researchers were gathered at a CIA-sponsored “Jamboree” event wherein attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first CIA-sponsored meeting taking place a year before the first iPhone was released.

By targeting essential security keys used to encrypt data stored on Apple’s devices, the researchers sought to thwart the company’s attempts to provide mobile security to hundreds of millions of Apple customers across the globe. Studying both “physical” and “non-invasive” techniques, U.S. government-sponsored research has been aimed at discovering ways to decrypt and ultimately penetrate Apple’s encrypted firmware. This could enable spies to plant malicious code on Apple devices and seek out potential vulnerabilities in other parts of the iPhone and iPad currently masked by encryption.

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Select Marriott Hotels, Etsy to begin accepting Apple Pay in 2015

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 08:01
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, retail, Software

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This summer, you’ll be able to use Apple Pay at certain Marriott hotels in the U.S.

In addition, Marriott Rewards members will be able to load their Rewards benefits via co-branded credit cards into Apple Pay.

The first batch of Marriott hotels to get Apple Pay include The Ritz-Carlton New York at Central Park, The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C., EDITION Miami, JW Marriott Chicago, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, New York Marriott Downtown, San Jose Marriott, Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. Live and Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. Live.

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Apple releases Security Update 2015-002 for OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 operating systems

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 08:22
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s not a huge security update, but it came out yesterday and is probably worth snagging.

Late Monday, Apple released Security Update 2015-002, a 4.8 megabyte update containing updated security fixes for the OS X 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10 operating systems.

The update, which addresses vulnerabilities such as the “FREAK” attack, can be located and installed through OS X’s Software Update/App Store features and requires a quick restart to install.

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Apple TV price dropped to $69, HBO Now offered exclusively for device

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 15:55
Category: Apple TV, News, Software

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Not only did Apple wrangle HBO into their corner, they’re dropping the price of the Apple TV.

Following Apple’s announcement that HBO Now is coming exclusively to Apple TV, company CEO Tim Cook said the price of the set top box is dropping from US$99 to US$69. The price cut was made, according to Mr. Cook, to make Apple TV more accessable to an even larger audience.

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Apple releases iOS 8.2 update

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 14:10
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Kicking off mucho new stuff today, Apple released iOS 8.2 for its iOS devices on Monday.

The update, a 476 megabyte download accessible either via iTunes or the Software Update feature on your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch, introduces support for Apple Watch, and also includes improvements to the Health app, increased stability and bug fixes.

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Apple quietly extends iPhone 5 battery replacement program into 2016

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2015, 07:21
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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If you’re having issues with your iPhone 5 battery, then you’re in luck.

Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage.

While Apple did not formally announce the change, language on the program’s dedicated webpage was modified to reflect a new coverage period extending to three years after a device’s first retail sale. The updated page was first spotted by iPhone in Canada.

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Here’s how to get Office 2016 for Mac, right now

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 16:50
Category: Microsoft, Office, Software

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Anyone that relies on Microsoft Office is intimately aware that the current version (that’s Office 2011 for Mac) was released five years ago. That’s 36 dog years, but who’s counting?

If you’ve been pining for a new version of the venerable office suite (and haven’t yet switched to Google Drive for some reason) there’s hope. Microsoft posted an Office for Mac Preview today, which is widely expected to become Office 2016 for Mac when it’s released in “the second half of 2015.”

A few things worth noting about Office ’16, er, the Office for Mac preview:

  1. It doesn’t require you to subscribe to Office 365,
  2. It doesn’t require you to register or complete a lengthy questionnaire,
  3. It doesn’t even require you to login to your Microsoft Live, Passport, 365 account.

Shocking, I know.

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Rumor: Apple to release iOS 8.2 early next week, focus on Health-related, app improvements

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 11:36
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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iOS 8.2 could come out as early as next Monday alongside Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event, which is slated to take place on March 9th at the Yerba Buena in downtown San Francisco.

The update reportedly brings a number of improvements to the iPhone’s health app, along with the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.

The GM released internally this week is said to be identified as build 12D508. The accompanying release notes mention the following improvements to the iOS 8 Health application:

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