Apple Pay now supported at BI-LO, Winn-Dixie, Harveys Grocery Stores and SunTrust Bank locations

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Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 11:17
Category: News, retail

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In spite of the MCX and CurrentC ordeal, Apple Pay seems to be gaining some ground.

Per MacRumors, Apple Pay this week continued its retail expansion with the mobile payment service now being adopted by SunTrust bank and Bi-Lo holdings, which manages BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. The latter announcement follows reports of of Winn-Dixie and BI-LO beginning to go live with Apple Pay support late last week ahead of an official debut, despite not being included on Apple’s “Coming later this year” list.

Customers with a SunTrust credit or debit card will be able to add their card to Apple Pay and use it to make purchases at participating retailers. Headquartered in Atlanta, SunTrust bank has 1,497 bank branches across eleven southern states and Washington, D.C.

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Some users continue to report Wi-Fi-related issues after OS X 10.10.1 update

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Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 11:33
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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From my own end, the OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update worked and I haven’t had any issues to kvetch about.

This doesn’t seem to be the same case for everyone.

Per 9to5Mac, Computerworld and complaints registered on the Apple Support Communities, yesterday’s dot-release of OS X 10.10.1 has seemingly failed to address the Wi-Fi problems some users have been experiencing since upgrading to Yosemite, according to continuing posts on the Apple Support Communities.

Despite the first bullet-point in the release notes for 10.10.1 reading ‘Improves WiFi reliability,’ many of those who had reported connection failures, dropped connections and slow speeds said that nothing had changed since upgrading to 10.10.1 …

ComputerWorld quoted a number of illustrative complaints from a support thread containing more than 1,100 posts including the following:

10.10.1 didn’t fix my Wi-Fi issues, still randomly dropping every few minutes or so [...]

We’ve got business-grade routers and [access points] at my school, and we’ve got numerous people unable to connect for longer than a minute before and after [updating] to 10.10.1 [...]

10.10.01 does NOT fix the Wi-Fi issues. I had to go thru the same extreme routines I have had to go thru the past 2 months to be able to connect to the Internet.

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 19:13
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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‘Tis a day for updates.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 with bug fixes and performance improvements for Macs running the latest version of the desktop operating system.

The update offers the following fixes and changes:
- Improves Wi-Fi reliability.

- Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.

- Resolves an issue that may prevent Mail from sending messages through certain email service providers.

- Addresses an issue prevents connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac.

- Resolves an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available.

- Addresses an issue that could cause Notiication Center settings to not be retained after a restart.

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Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 update

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 18:50
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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It’s a minor update, but it might make a difference.

Per MacRumors, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3.

iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download or through iTunes and includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system.

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Apple seals UnionPay deal, takes step to incorporating Apple Pay into Chinese marketplace

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 11:30
Category: News, retail

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Apple may be a little bit closer to bringing Apple Pay to Chinese shores.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple announced a deal over the weekend where customers can use the system to link a China UnionPay credit or debit card to their Apple ID for one-tap App Store purchases, which could eventually lead to using their iPhones in retail stores, too.

Prior to the UnionPay deal, China’s iTunes Store customers were forced to set up pre-paid accounts linked directly to bank accounts — a process that was inconvenient and didn’t quick purchases easy.

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Apple informs some users of “unexpected delays” for some Retina iMac units

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 10:46
Category: iMac, News, retail

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You might have to get your loved one a nice side gift, as the really nice iMac you ordered for the holidays could be delayed.

Per 9to5Mac, a number of new orders for Apple’s recently launched 27-inch Retina iMac aren’t the only ones seeing delayed shipment times as Apple has just started informing some customers of unexpected delays for orders placed as long ago as last month.

Readers pointed to an email from Apple informing them that delivery of their shiny new iMac has been pushed back up to an additional two weeks. One reader contacted by Apple ordered the device on Oct. 31 and at the time was provided with a shipment estimate of 7-10 days and delivery estimate of Nov. 14-19.

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Apple Pay now accounts for almost 1% of Whole Foods transactions

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Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014, 10:28
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The good news is that Apple Pay is starting to get some traction.

The bad news is that your organic produce still costs more than the human mind can actually perceive.

Per the cool cats at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, since going live in late October, Whole Foods has already processed over 150,000 Apple Pay transactions, this according to CIO Jason Buechel.

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Rumor: Chipmakers gearing up production of Apple Watch components for possible early 2015 launch

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Date: Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 10:59
Category: Hardware, Rumor, wireless

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Apple may have begun ramping up production of the Apple Watch for release in the relatively near future.

Per 9to5Mac and DigiTimes, while Apple has yet to provide a specific launch date for the Apple Watch, leaving its early 2015 timeframe and internal memo revealing a spring launch after Chinese New Year as the only information to go by in terms of a release date, chipmakers in Apple’s overseas supply chain are reportedly gearing up to begin production of the Apple Watch. The report, citing industry sources, claims that between 30 to 40 million units of the upcoming wearable device have been ordered.

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Rumor: Apple beginning to court enterprise markets via dedicated sales team

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Date: Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 10:12
Category: Finance, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

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Remember how Apple seemed like a second class citizen in the business and enterprise world?

That might be about to change.

According to Reuters, Apple is embarking on its most aggressive expansion yet onto corporate turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients like Citigroup and working in concert with a dozen or so developers, two sources familiar with its plans say.

Experts say the company hopes to offset a gradual deceleration in growth – highlighted by iPad sales that have declined three straight quarters – by expanding its footprint in the workplace.

Three months after unveiling a partnership with IBM to develop apps for corporate clients and sell them on devices, the iPhone maker’s plans to challenge sector leaders Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Oracle and SAP are starting to take shape.

Details remain scant, but some industry experts say that the tie-up with Big Blue gives Apple an opportunity to begin to challenge Hewlett Packard’s and Dell’s dominance of office IT, and Oracle and SAP’s command of work applications. Depending on its progress, it may hamper Microsoft, Samsung’s or Google’s own efforts in the nascent market for mobile work applications.

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Review: mPact Glass Extreme Screen Protection for the iPhone 6

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Date: Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 08:19
Category: Accessory, iPhone 6

mPact Glass Extreme Screen Protection for the iPhone 6 - Jason O'Grady

Ever since I can remember I’ve installed a screen film on the front of my iPhone. I’m rough on my electronics and iPhone screens take a lot of abuse.

My iPhone is a tool and I treat it like the utility that it is. While it’s a rather expensive (and fragile) tool, it gets tossed into some of the most treacherous places on the planet (pockets, bags, cup holders) and mine gets handled by one of the most unpredictable forces known to mankind – children.

I’ve always gravitated toward Japanese PET films – made from a PolyEthylene Terephthalate resin – from Zagg, and most recently Power Support, until my colleague Rob Parker (a film and video pro) introduced me to glass screen protectors a few years back. The benefit is that glass screen protection doesn’t affect screen sensitivity nor image quality.

Since that moment I’ve insisted on glass screen protectors and I won’t go back to traditional PET-based films. My new ride is mPact Glass Screen Protection ($59.99), which fits my iPhone 6 perfectly and works like a charm. It doesn’t go all the way to the edge so it won’t interfere with cases and frankly, it can’t because of the iPhone 6′s voluptuous curves.

The mPact glass is 0.4mm thick (about twice as thick as PET films) and is heat and pressure resistant for extreme screen protection. It’s coated with a shatterproof film and is both antibacterial and oleophobic which reduces germs and smudges.

Mine installed easily and has been a great addition to a great iPhone, While it wasn’t inexpensive, neither was the iPhone that it’s protecting.

Oh, and that sweet leather folio case? More on that in another installment.