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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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Rumor: Apple places LCD display driver chips order with Synaptics for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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When in doubt, go with an outside supplier for help.

Apple has apparently placed LCD display driver orders with touchscreen supplier Synaptics for its next-generation iPhones, indicating the company’s in-house development of touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips may have fallen behind schedule.

Synaptics acquired Renesas SP Drivers, reportedly the sole supplier of LCD driver ICs for iPhones, in September 2014 in an effort to maintain orders from Apple, and for now it appears the iPhone maker will remain one of its customers. The supplier also works with Google, HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and other smartphone makers.

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Security firm FireEye reports updated XcodeGhost loose in the wild, possibly infecting genuine iOS apps with malware

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Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 08:23
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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The XcodeGhost thing may have reared its ugly head again, this time in a different form.

Security firm FireEye stated via a blog post that a variant of the XcodeGhost code, which has been known to inject malware into genuine apps, is still out there. The firm stated that it has identified a more advanced version of the compromised app development tool, XcodeGhost S, which has been designed to infect iOS 9 apps and allow compromised apps to escape detection by Apple.

The company offered the following statement:

XcodeGhost is planted in different versions of Xcode, including Xcode 7 (released for iOS 9 development). In the latest version, which we call XcodeGhost S, features have been added to infect iOS 9 and bypass static detection.

We have worked with Apple to have all XcodeGhost and XcodeGhost samples we have detected removed from the App Store.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature 3 GB of RAM, A10 processor

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Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 08:47
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

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Now that you’ve gotten used to your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, why not begin talking about the iPhone 7?

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has stated that the next-gen iPhone 7 will be boosted to 3 gigabytes of RAM as well as an A10 processor.

Kuo’s latest details from Apple suppliers were published in a research note Tuesday evening. In it, he revealed that while the 4.7-inch “iPhone 7” is expected to have the same 2 gigabytes of RAM as the iPhone 6s, the larger “iPhone 7 Plus” will add another gigabyte for even greater performance.

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QuickShot 2.0 app adds multiple folder support, search and sorting options

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Date: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 07:45
Category: News, Software

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ThinkDev’s QuickShot was nifty and version 2.0.1 might be niftier still.

Per developer comments, the company has added the following new bells and whistles to its screenshot and image management application for OS X:

We’ve got a lot of feedback from users who liked our app, but simply wanted it to do more. So, with this release we’re introducing a boatload of new features. To start, QuickShot now has multiple folder support, so you can load images from any folder you want and switch between them right in your menubar. Along with that, we’ve now added custom filters, search, sorting options, and themes to make QuickShot even more customizable.

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Assorted Mac, iPad and Beats products edge towards “obsolete” status, will no longer be eligible for service or repair after December 8th

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Date: Monday, November 2nd, 2015, 06:59
Category: AppleCare, iMac, iPod Touch, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Software

Every so often, a group of Apple products moves into an “Obsolete” category, meaning the product is no longer eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels.

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This time around, the products include:
– iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)

– iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)

– MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

– Mac Pro (Early 2009)

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Apple cites $11.1 billion profit, $51.5 billion in revenue in Q4 2015 earnings report

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Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 08:29
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPhone, News, Wearables

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Once again, Apple just made a whole lotta moolah.

The company was about to beat its expectations for its fourth quarter, chalking up an US$11.1 billion profit on US$51.5 billion in revenue. Apple cited the iPhone as its biggest moneymaker, reporting 48.05 million iPhones sold, up from 39.27 million in the same quarter a year ago. More specifically, the company made US$32.21 billion in revenue from iPhone sales alone.

Analysts polled by Fortune were expecting Apple to sell 48.7 million iPhones in the quarter. Analysts also expected Apple to earn $1.88 per share, up from $1.42 a share in the same quarter last year. As for revenue, analysts wanted Apple to make $50.8 billion, while Apple itself expected to pull in $49 billion to $51 billion. The company handily beat all of those expectations.

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Hound app currently in development, could provide rival to Siri, other voice-based assistants

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Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 08:20
Category: iOS, News, Software

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The Hound is en route.

Perhaps competing with Android’s Assistant, Cortana and Siri, SoundHound has begun working on Hound for iOS, an app that provides results to spoken inquiries like Siri on iOS.

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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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Some Apple Watch users complain of irregular heart rate readings after more intense workouts

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 07:43
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Wearables

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It might be time for a firmware update/bug fix for the Apple Watch.

A number of Apple Watch owners have reported inconsistent or inaccurate heart rate measurements while exercising, with some saying issues have continued even after receiving replacement watches from Apple, calling into question one of the wearable’s signature features.

The issue, which Apple has yet to classify or acknowledge as a widespread problem, seems to result while trying to monitor high-impact exercises. A thread on Apple’s Support Communities forum has received more than 3,000 views and 17 replies, and nearly a dozen threads on the issue have been started on reddit.

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