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Chevron announces first Apple Pay-compatible gas pumps

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Date: Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, 07:04
Category: News, retail

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The very first Apple Pay-compatible Chevron gas pumps have arrived.

The company announced via Twitter that gas pumps that accept NFC payment support – including Apple Pay – have been installed at a gas station on San Ramon Valley Blvd., meaning nearby iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch owners can pay at the pump without reaching for their wallet. More locations will follow suit, but Chevron did not offer a rollout timeline. The company’s tweet did say, “Cupertino coming soon!” in reference to Apple’s nearby campus.

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Apple Store down, new iPod models expected today

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Date: Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, 07:01
Category: iPod, iPod Nano, iPod shuffle, iPod Touch, News, retail

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As of early this morning, the Apple Store web site is down.

The reason for this is most likely iPod-related.

The current rumor is that Apple will be launching its new iPod units. The new models are expected to feature an A8 processor, 8 megapixel camera and arrive in new dark blue, pink and gold colors available across the lineup.

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Mozilla temporarily disables Flash Player interactivity within Firefox, cites recently discovered exploits

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Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, 10:52
Category: News, security, Software

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If you haven’t updated your version of Adobe Flash Player lately, now might be the time to do it.

The developers at Mozilla, having noticed that the staff at Hacking Team had three working exploits for Adobe Flash, decided to block all versions of the Flash Player plugin up to version 18.0.0.203 on Windows. Mozilla said Flash would remain on the Firefox blocklist until Adobe fixes all known vulnerabilities.

Since the announcement, Adobe appears to have updated its Flash player to version 18.0.0.209, which is not blocked.

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Apple Pay launches in the UK

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Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, 09:24
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Software, Wearables

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As of today, Apple Pay has officially come to the United Kingdom and are available for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Apple Pay works at participating retail stores and within apps that accept it. Because it requires NFC, it is only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. In-app Apple Pay purchases can be made with an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.

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Rumor: Apple making progress in negotiations with TV networks, looking to launch TV streaming service in the fall

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Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, 09:01
Category: Apple TV, Rumor

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Apple’s apparently still in negotiations with the networks for its upcoming TV streaming service.

A recent article in the New York Post has Apple talking with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox with Apple’s 30 percent revenue share being the point of contention. Still, rumors have it that Apple is targeting a late fall launch of its new TV product.

The current word around the campfire is that Disney or CBS will apparently be among the first to sign onto the deal. Apple also seems interested in getting Disney’s ESPN and Discovery channels folded in along with local live TV.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 update

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 22:10
Category: Apple Music, iTunes, News, Software

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If you were hoping for an iTunes update that resolved some of the recently-introduced bugs, this is it.

Late Monday, Apple released iTunes 12.2.1. The new version, a 232.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music.

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“Staingate” controversy gains traction, cites Apple as responsible for screen coating damage on Retina display notebooks

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:37
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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This is pretty much the digital version of the local peasantry showing up at your front door with torches and pitchforks.

A small number of Retina MacBook Pro owners are calling for Apple to replace or repair their notebooks after discovering what appears to be irreparable damage to an antireflective screen coating layer, a problem the group has dubbed “staingate.”

The problems manifest themselves in the form of blotches, streaks and other anomalies attributed to faults in the antireflective coating applied to a Retina MacBook’s display surface. The origin of this “staining” is unknown, though some have speculated a combination of high humidity and over cleaning might be contributing factors.

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Apple apparently co-designing third-party accessory packaging for Apple Store locations

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:52
Category: Accessory, battery, Cases, retail

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Your product’s packaging has to look pretty enough to be on an Apple Store shelf.

And Apple will help you with that.

A series of redesigned packages for several Mophie battery packs were recently spotted at an Apple Store in Japan. The boxes match the style used for Apple’s own products, with large images and minimalist text against a stark white background. It’s unknown how many other companies may have updated boxes on shelves.

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Report shows Apple taking 92% of smartphone industry profits on 20% market share

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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There’s market share and there’s profits.

And Apple seems to be gobbling up 92 percent of the latter.

A report released by Canaccord Genuity indicate that Apple takes 92 percent of the profits for the entire smartphone industry despite accounting for only 20% of sales.

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Apple releases iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan public betas

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Date: Friday, July 10th, 2015, 08:16
Category: iOS, News, Software

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If you’re both brave of heart and hankering to play with the first public betas of Apple’s upcoming operating systems, your dreams have come true.

Apple has just released the first public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.

The iOS 9 beta build will allow early adopters to try out upcoming features, including new apps like News and a refreshed Notes, transit directions in Apple Maps, an improved Siri, a smarter search which lets you surface results from inside apps, and much more.

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