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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WaterField Designs announces Zip Brief for 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 07:30
Category: Accessory, MacBook, News

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The first of the 12-inch MacBook cases has arrived.

And it looks pretty nifty.

WaterField Designs has announced the Zip Brief, a case specifically designed for the new 12-inch Apple MacBook. The Zip Brief features pockets that cradle the MacBook on one side and accessories on the other, and an angled front pocket holds a smartphone, wallet or commuter pass.

The case is TSA-friendly and can be fully opened for airport security while contents remain safely secured.

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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 confirms 8 GB of space on Apple Watch, will allow 2 GB of music, 75 MB of photos

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 08:56
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

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This is interesting

Apple confirmed that all three editions of the Apple Watch will ship with 8GB of internal storage. Apple Watch users will be limited to up to 2GB of songs and up to 75MB of photos that are locally stored on the device and can be listened to or viewed without a paired iPhone. Songs can be synced using the Apple Watch companion app on compatible iPhones running iOS 8.2 or later.

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Rumor: In lieu of upcoming iTuns music streaming service, music labels unlikely to accept prices under $9.99 per month

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 07:20
Category: iTunes, iTunes Radio, Rumor

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This is the cost of a company getting to be a certain size or have a certain influence on its surrounding industries.

Apparently, Apple is unlikely to offer a free, ad-supported tier for its upcoming streaming music service. It also seemed like Apple was going to try to undercut competitors like Spotify by offering its service for US$7.99 per month. Now, it’s looking like Apple might not be able to use price to catch up to Spotify — a report from Billboard indicates that the record companies are unsurprisingly unhappy with Apple’s attempt to make streaming music even cheaper. As such, it sounds like Apple is no longer pushing that price point and will instead price its service at the now-standard US$9.99 per month.

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Chinese Apple Watch knockoffs now available for sale

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 07:36
Category: News, Wearables

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If you don’t want to wait a month for your Apple Watch, you can buy a Chinese knockoff right now.

Knockoff versions of the Apple Watch can be found at Huaqiangbei electronics market in the southern city of Shenzhen, and others are being sold nationwide via popular e-commerce websites.

The fakes mimic the design and style of Apple’s new offering, right down to the digital crown. With names like “Ai Watch” and “D-Watch,” they cost between 250 yuan and 500 yuan (US$40 to US$80).

Most run an Android operating system that has been made to look like an Apple interface. They even have snazzy Apple-like icons on the home screen.

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AppleCare+ warranty for Apple Watch to cover two incidents of accidental damage

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 16:49
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, News, Wearables

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If you ding your brand-spanking-new Apple Watch, there IS some forgiveness for it.

As long as it’s the low-end watch and not the super-mega-premium Apple Watch model.

The Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch will be covered by a limited one-year warranty for hardware repairs and up to 90 days of complimentary support from Apple, the same coverage offered for the iPhone, iPad and many other products. Meanwhile, the more expensive 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be backed by two years of hardware coverage and complimentary support.

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