Discover Coming to Apple Pay this Fall

3 hours, 59 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Discover card users are about to join Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit card users in the Apple Pay game. The company will be adding support for Apple's wireless payment system for the iPhone and Apple Watch this fall.

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Discover's announcement will no doubt make its card holders happy. OF course, they probably would've been happier if Discover had been on board when the iPhone 6 with Apple Pay support first launched.

Apple’s iTunes Store gets Red Cross Donation Page for Nepal Earthquake Support

5 hours ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Following the devestation of the Nepal earthquake, Apple added a special Red Cross donation page to its iTunes Store. The donation page lets you give up to US$200 for relief support for the earthquake victims, and Apple is skipping its usual 30 percent transaction cut so the entire amount of your donation goes to the Red Cross.

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Nepal's 7.8 magnitude earthquake was devastating, and the aftershocks have made the situation even worse. It's great to see Apple offering ways for us to support survivors of natural disasters.

AAPL Q2 2015 Earnings Report Set for Today

5 hours, 29 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple will host its second fiscal quarter earnings report for 2015 Monday afternoon after the market closes. The conference call with Apple executives and financial analysts is set to start at 5PM eastern time, and The Mac Observer will be here with our usual as-it-happens coverage and analysis.

Apple Watch Battery Straps Likely Not to Work

5 hours, 42 minutes ago · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

After a few days with the Apple Watch one thing has become clear: many of the pre-announced accessories are going to be complete and utter failures. TL;DR: don't believe anyone that implies you'll be able to happily use your Apple Watch while it's separated from your wrist. Read on for more specifics.

MGG 550: Photos Isn’t Always Easy

12:04 PM EDT, Apr. 26th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

You have questions about Apple's new Photos app and John and Dave have your answers. The answers are not always easy and not always exactly what you want, but your two favorite geeks will get you there as smoothly as possible. Also some fun (and geeky!) discussion of typing filenames (with spaces, no less) from the Terminal, as well as dealing with pesky WiFi signup screens when traveling. Oh, and Dave got his Apple Watch, too. All this and more!

Apple Not Allowing Fart Apps on Apple Watch

5:29 PM EDT, Apr. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Plenty of Apps, but No Fart Apps

Bad news for fans of flatulence: Apple is not allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch. Good news for anyone with a sense of humor advanced past the age of 12: Apple isn't allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch.

Sony and Samsung Both Offered to Pay James Bond to Use Their Phones

9:44 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Sony and Samsung both offered to pay James Bond actor Daniel Craig to use their smartphones in the next installment of the series, Spectre. According to stolen Sony emails posted to Wikileaks, both companies offered Daniel Craig US$5 million to use their devices in the film. The negotiations fell apart over marketing fees and because the actor and Specter director Sam Mendes both felt, "James Bond only uses the 'best.'"

XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones: $23.99

6:39 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones: $23.99

We have a deal today on the XTC Headphones, in-earphones made of wood. They have a built-in microphone for taking calls, and the silicone inserts are designed to isolate you from outside noise. They retail for $50, but with our deal you can get them for $23.99.

Four Things To Get You Started With Apple Watch

6:30 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Tips

Waiting for your new Apple Watch to arrive? Waiting for it to charge? Waiting for version 2? Whatever your situation, Kelly has collected all manner of information to help you get up and running when it actually does show up.

Apple Offers Online Personal Setup Assistance for Apple Watch

1:50 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is taking its online-focused launch for Apple Watch a step farther by offering buyers Personal Setup sessions through their computer. Apple Watch owners scheduled to receive their new smartwatch today started receiving emails touting the Web-based setup help along with a link to sign up for a time slot.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-24: Getting Inside Apple Watch

1:22 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It's Apple Watch delivery day, which means we finally get to see what's inside Apple's brand new smartwatch. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet talk about how Apple designed the insides of the Apple Watch, and debunk the idea that Apple designed an internal-upgradable device. They also explain how to navigate the Apple Watch interface, and Bryan gives us a great musical interlude.

iFixit Apple Watch Tear Down Kills Hopes of Upgrades

11:24 AM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch deliveries have barely started arriving, and iFixit has already stripped one down to its screws. What they found inside pretty much kills hopes and rumors that Apple will offer internal component upgrades when future models come out.

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Sorry gang, no upgradable internal components in your brand new Apple Watch. Considering how much is inside one, it's likely Apple found a way to use Timelord technology, which seems completely appropriate.