Apple Pay goes to Disney World for Christmas

26 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Merry Christmas, Apple Pay, you're going to Disney World. The world-destination theme park plans to start accepting Apple's mobile payment platform on December 24, just in time for the holiday.

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Disney promised to launch Apple Pay support before Christmas. Looks like they're keeping that promise even if it is within only a few hours of the holiday.

SNL Takes on Serial with a Holiday Flair

1 hour, 14 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Serial is the season's stand out podcast, which makes it a prime target for Saturday Night Live. The weekly sketch comedy show did Serial justice with a brilliant take that has Sarah Koenig investigating an elf named Chris who breaks into people's homes to leave presents for children. It's almost as if you're watching an actual episode of Serial. Pure holiday magic.

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Apple Rolls Out OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Public Beta

1 hour, 53 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Mac owners who just can't wait to get their hands on the latest updates for Yosemite can try out OS X 10.10.2 public beta. The latest public beta release rolled out over the weekend and is available to anyone who signed up to get at the releases.

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Public betas will give you an early look at what's coming next for OS X, but don't install the beta operating systems on mission critical Macs. There is a possibility you could lose data if something goes wrong.

Rumor Claims 12-inch MacBook Air Production Coming in Early 2015

2 hours, 57 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

The long-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air will finally start production in early 2015—or so claims the latest rumor. That news comes from Digitimes, which has a dubious record with its laptop predictions, but will no doubt have many hopeful shoppers holding their breath waiting for a summer launch.

MGG 532: Blowin’ Up The Spammers!

8:14 PM EST, Dec. 21st, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Yep, another one of Dave's iMacs is having boot problems. It's mayhem! That's OK, he and John talk through possible resolution and also when not to assume you know the answer (hint: always!). Then it's on to maintaining your iTunes accounts, finding (and removing) any adware, and an unpublished solution to Yosemite's incrementing hostname issue. All this and more. Download today and enjoy!

Google, Samsung can’t Top Apple’s Unreleased Apple Watch

5:31 PM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

What's the most sought after wearable tech device? That would be the Apple Watch—a device that isn't even scheduled to ship until some time next spring. Apple's unavailable smartwatch beat out Google, Samsung, and Fitbit as the wearable device people most want to buy, according to a study by Ipsos MediaCT.

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Polls like this are great news for Apple and horrible for their competitors because it shows consumers are more interested in buying a wearable device that has even shipped than products that are already on the market.

Report: Apple Pay is Disrupting and Transforming Mobile Payments

5:10 PM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Product News

ITG report on Apple Pay

"Apple Pay has the ability to significantly transform the mobile payment space." That's the conclusion of an ITG Investment Report published on December 19. A major finding is that Apple Pay has been responsible for one percent of all digital payment dollars. This is a "strong showing" given that Apple customers must have the latest iPhones and the limited list of merchants. John Martellaro summarizes the report.

The Unexpected Ways Apple Watch Will Crush the Competition

3:55 PM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Particle Debris

Calling the Apple Watch just a cooler, better smartwatch isn't
the right way to look at this revolutionary device. Apple would hardly settle for that. Instead, the Apple Watch will so change people's lives that no other device on the wrist will do, and that will bring incredible success. John Martellaro makes his case.

6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21

2:29 PM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21

If you live in a multi-platform house, we have a deal for you on a 6-foot charging cable that's convertible between microUSB (for Android devices) and Lightning (for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch). Better yet, the converter is actually attached to the cable, eliminating the chance to lose it! That's clever, and I like clever. It retails for $40, but you can get it through our deal for $21.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-19

1:41 PM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The BBC says working conditions in factories making iPhones isn't all that great, and Apple says it's doing more than other companies to fix that. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about factory conditions, Apple's impact on workers in China, and the involvement of other companies in the efforts to address human rights.