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Analyst: Apple Music to reach 8 million subscribers by end of 2015, 20 million by end of 2016

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Date: Friday, December 18th, 2015, 06:34
Category: Apple Music, News

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The estimates are in and they’re impressive.

According to music business analyst Mark Mulligan, Apple may have 8 million Apple Music subscribers by the end of 2015 and 20 million by the end of 2016, thereby making it the second most popular streaming music service behind Spotify.

“Apple might not have found the subscription market quite the plain sailing it had anticipated but it has still managed to establish itself as the second player with astounding pace. Its platform and marketing assets are well known, but its clear commitment to making Apple Music work have surprised some.”

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Apple Pay to enter Chinese marketplace in 2016 with support of UnionPay

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Date: Friday, December 18th, 2015, 06:32
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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This is a pretty huge step in the world of Apple Pay.

Apple on Friday announced that it’s bringing Apple Pay to China with the support of UnionPay for its mobile payment system.

In China, Apple Pay will support 15 of the country’s leading banks. It’s presently unknown as to which banks will be supported. In China, Apple Pay will work with the UnionPay Quickpass, which is an existing contactless payment method in the country. iOS users in China will be able to simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a UnionPay terminal at participating stores to activate Apple Pay.

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Facebook Messenger 52.0 adds Uber ride integration, 3D Touch, other features

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Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2015, 05:46
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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The Facebook Messenger app’s come a long way.

Now at a whopping version 52.0, the latest revision of the app has begun to offer Uber integration, as noted here:

Today, we’re expanding the services available to you with our launch of transportation on Messenger. With this new feature, you can request a ride from a car service without ever needing to download an extra app or leave a conversation. It’s super easy and doesn’t take you away from the plans that you’re making with your friends or family.

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Los Angeles transit information integrated into Apple Maps

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 08:57
Category: iOS, News, Software

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There’s a widespread love/hate relationship with Los Angeles, but at least now you can pull up its transportation data in Apple Maps.

Eagle-eyed IT professional Tom Bridge noticed that Apple has plugged LA’s transportation data into the its Maps app, including rail line schedules, dynamic advisories and integration with directions.

The updated data lets you plot out trips with public transportation options, check for delays at nearby metro stations and more. Apple has yet to announce the addition on its Feature Availability or mapping service acknowledgments webpages.

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Rumor: Apple to delay 3D Touch on iPad Air 3 until second half of 2016

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 08:15
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPad, Rumor, Uncategorized, Wearables

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As much as you love the 3D Touch feature on your new iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac trackpads, it won’t come out for the iPad Air 3 until sometime in 2016.

The current rumor is that the iPad Air 3 will be released in the first half of the year, but it will be missing the 3D Touch feature. Anonymous sources at KGI Securities have been quoted as saying that “production issues within Apple’s supply chain” have led to the delay.

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Second-generation Automatic hits, allows for feedback from your car to iOS or Android device

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 10:16
Category: Accessory, Android, Hardware, iOS, News

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It’s sort of like a FitBit for your car.

And it includes a free travel cup and crash notification service.

Automatic has released the second generation of its Automatic Adapter, an adapter that plugs into the ODB-II port under your car’s dashboard. The Automatic then sends data via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android device, measuring things like driving speeds, acceleration, braking and other data prior to giving you a score for your driving.

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Apple adds more than 60 new banks and credit unions to Apple Pay, rolls in BJ’s Wholesale Club

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 08:53
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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With 2015 almost gone, Apple added another chunk of banks and credit unions that accept Apple Pay, the big news being that BJ’s Wholesale Club is among the new entries and was the second retailer to allow their store cards to be added to the Wallet app and be used for Apple Pay.

As always, here’s the list:

– American Community Bank of Indiana

– American United Federal Credit Union

– Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union

– Aspire Federal Credit Union

– Bank of Colorado

– Bank of Montgomery

– Catholic Federal Credit Union

– Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust

-CFCU Community Credit Union

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Apple purchases former semiconductor plant in North San Jose

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 08:01
Category: Finance, News

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The Apple Real Estate Extravaganza continues, Apple apparently snagging a a former chip fab in North San Jose. The deal reportedly went through last week and saw Apple pay $18.2 million for the 70,000 square foot building.

Prior to the purchase, the plant had been a manufacturing plant for semiconductor company Maxim Integrated Products. The real estate description stated that the site was well suited for “prototype, pilot, and low-volume manufacturing.” The space, however, is too small for any serious manufacturing. Maxim purchased the facility in 1997 from Samsung, but later shuttered it as it pulled out of the consumer electronic business.

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Security researcher examines MacKeeper, says sensitive data for more than 13 million accounts easily accessed

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 08:34
Category: Hack, News, security, Software

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And yet more reasons have surfaced as to why you’d want to punch the entire staff of MacKeeper in their heads.

A security researcher claims that extremely poor security has allowed him to access sensitive data for more than 13 million MacKeeper accounts.

White-hat researcher Chris Vickery, who has previously exposed data breaches at MLB, ATP, Slipknot and a network of K-12 charter schools in California, posted the following to Reddit:

I have recently downloaded over 13 million sensitive account details related to MacKeeper, Zeobit, and/or Kromtech […] stuff like names, email addresses, usernames, password hashes, computer name, ip address, software license and activation codes, type of hardware (ex: “macbook pro”), type of subscriptions, phone numbers and computer serial numbers.

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Jackery Giant + allows for two devices to be charged simultaneously, sports, 12,000 mAH battery

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 08:54
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, News

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This is one of those accessories for when you don’t have time to muck about.

Or want to charge two accessories at once.

The Jackery Giant + by Jackery allows for two devices to be charged simultanesouly. The unit is powered by a 12,000 mAH battery and features some pretty nice specs, including a 10.4 ounce weight and 2.9 full charge cycles for even an iPhone 6s Plus.

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