FTC Sues AT&T for Throttling ‘Unlimited’ Plans

2:01 PM EDT, Oct. 28th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Get this: "unlimited" apparently means "no limits." Who knew, right? It turns out that there is a modicum of watchdog left in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after all, because the regulators announced plans to sue AT&T for throttling its Unlimited Plan because, the Commission says, throttling is a limit.

CVS Says it Can’t Take Apple Pay, Evaluating Options

9:09 AM EDT, Oct. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

CVS, along with Rite Aid, disabled their in-store NFC mobile payment systems after the launch of Apple Pay, blocking both iPhones and Google Wallet-compatible Android phones from acting as credit cards. CVS now has a statement out saying it can't accept those payment forms.

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Seems like CVS is confusing "cannot" with "won't," because their NFC credit card terminals are clearly capable of supporting Apple Pay.

Fan Mockup Shows Apple Watch Interface for iPhone

8:37 PM EDT, Oct. 27th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Lucas Menge has put together an amazing mockup of what the Apple Watch interface might look like if it was brought to the iPhone. In addition to posting a video to YouTube (below the fold) demonstrating the concept, he posted source code to GitHub (via TechCrunch). The video shows how one could use the interface to browse your apps, zoom in and out of all those icons, and launch apps, too. In addition, he also used the increased screen size of his iPhone to add text labels for each icon, something left off the Apple Watch in the preliminary looks Apple has given us. It's very cool and makes you think about what might be coming down the pike from Cupertino.

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Apple on Rite Aid/CVS/CurrentC: Customers and Retailers Love Apple Pay

5:16 PM EDT, Oct. 27th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Pay

Apple has issued a statement on the drama concerning Rite Aid and CVS deactivating NFC transactions rather than accept Apple Pay transactions. In a statement delivered to BusinessInsider, Apple said simply that retailers and consumers alike have been "overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic" about Apple Pay, and making it clear the company was bringing more retailers on board with its system.

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#lolCurrentC

Spoolee on Kickstarter Tackles Tangled Earphone Cords

4:30 PM EDT, Oct. 27th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out Spoolee, a clever product raising money on Kickstarter. The short version of Spoolee is that it's a soft spool you can wrap your earphones—any earphones or earbuds or EarPods or whatever—around. When you want to use them again, slip Spoolee on your finger and unspool your earphones like a rip chord. It's pretty simple, but the video below has shows precisely how it works. Funding options that get you a Spoolee start at $9. Higher funding options let you get more Spoolees, The company is trying to raise $8,000, and already has $6,433, with 35 days to go.

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3:55 PM EDT, Oct. 27th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-27

1:29 PM EDT, Oct. 27th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple Pay has been available for a week, and we're already seeing some surprising reactions, like Rite Aid and CVS shutting down their NFC mobile payment systems. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk CuttentC's place in the mobile payment market, Apple Pay's momentum, and Jeff changes his mind on the potential for Apple Pay's success.

Apple Pay: The Mobile Payment Revolution

11:53 AM EDT, Oct. 27th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

It's no secret that I was a little skeptical about how successful Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, would be. After a single use at my local grocery store, however, I have no problem saying I was wrong. In fact, Apple made using your iPhone for credit card payments so easy I'm seeing a big problem for competitors hoping to get in on the mobile payment game, including Wal-Mart and its CurrentC system.

Fitbit Goes after Fitness Smartwatches with Surge

10:34 AM EDT, Oct. 27th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Fitbit is stepping up its game and moving into the smartwatch market with its just announced Fitbit Surge. The watch, due to ship in early 2015, packs in the usual fitness tracking features along with a heart rate monitor, GPS, call and text notifications, and more into what Fitbit is calling a Fitness Super Watch.

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Fitbit's Surge looks like a brilliant balance between fitness tracking and basic smartwatch features with a great battery life, too. Unless the company decides to start supporting Apple's HealthKit platform, however, it may be a hard sell to iPhone owners.