Meijer, the CurrenctC/MCX Member Who Refuses to Block Apple Pay

7:17 PM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Meijer

Meet Meijer, the 213-store retailer that is a member of the MCX/CurrentC wannabe hegemony. Like Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer has NFC-equipped payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Unlike Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer, has no intention of blocking Apple Pay and is listed as an Apple Pay supporter by Apple.

Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

6:36 PM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

I've gathered 52 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 52 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.

Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

5:17 PM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

The Blue Bluetooth Shower Speaker has been a very popular deal with our readers, but there's just four days left. For $39, you can get a water-resistant speaker built for your shower. That means music or podcasts or whatever sound floats your boat while you bathe, without worrying about wrecking your iPhone. Huzzah! It has a rechargable battery, works up to ten meters from the source, and connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, PC, or Android device via Bluetooth.

CES Rebrands iLounge Pavilion as iProducts, Hopes to Attract Macworld Expo Exhibitors

5:09 PM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

CES

CES announced Thursday a major rebranding of the Apple-centric show-within-a-show that takes place in January. The company said it was changing the name from the iLounge Pavilion to the iProducts Marketplace. The change comes in the wake of Macworld/iWorld going on hiatus, and CES made it clear they want to snag as many vendors from its erstwhile competitor as possible.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-30

1:29 PM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's gay, which puts him in a unique position as an equal rights advocate. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Mr. Cook's announcement could impact the ongoing fight for equal rights and what it could mean to people struggling with their own identity. Jeff also gets really excited about Microsoft's new fitness tracker.

Microsoft Joins the Fitness Tracking Game with Fitness Band

11:36 AM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Microsoft is hoping to grab a slice of the fitness tracking market with its new Microsoft Band. The new fitness tracker packs in sensors for tracking steps, heart rate, UV light levels, and more.

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Microsoft's best bet for competing against the Apple Watch is an early release, which is exactly what happened. Microsoft Band has a cool mix of sensors and longer battery life than Apple's smartwatch, plus a lower price point, and it's available now. Still, it isn't Apple Watch, so it'll be interesting to see how well it sells since so many people are holding out for some Apple kit on their wrist.

Tim Cook’s Gay Coming Out is a Big Deal for Equal Rights

9:52 AM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

Tim Cook is the CEO of one of the most valuable companies and brands in the world, an advocate for human rights and equality, a very private man, and now a man that's openly gay. The big news isn't that Mr. Cook is gay — his sexuality, just like everyone else's — is very personal. The big news isn't new at all: Tim Cook is a powerful man doing what he can to make the world a better place for everyone.

MCX Holds Press Conference, Does Itself No Favors

9:37 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Editorial

MCX, the group behind CurrentC, held a press conference today to clear up misconceptions about the group and its agreements. It also had to discuss a data breach, and didn't do a very good job at addressing any of those things. Kelly explains what happened, and what she'd do instead.

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#lolcurrentc

ACM 278: Apple is the New Microsoft and Thinking Differently about iPhone

7:30 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple is the dominant force in several markets, so does that make the company the new Microsoft? Jeff and Bryan dive into how Apple of today compares to Microsoft from the 1990s, and whether or not competing platforms have a chance against Apple Pay and HealthKit. They also look at a cool iPhone interface concept based on the Apple Watch.

Apple: Widgets Can’t Calculate, Orders Featured Calculator Widget Removed

6:43 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple featured PCalc as an iOS 8 app with a neat calculator widget. Apple then told developer James Thomson he had to pull the app. Because it has a calculator widget.

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This is a disappointment on a number of fronts. But we're used to it because Apple's kind of on a bad PR hot streak at the moment, and it reminds us of the bad old days of specious App Store rejections.