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.

Twitpic Gets a Reprieve, Gives Photo Archives to Twitter

8:56 AM EDT, Oct. 27th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Twitpic's on again, off again life is still running headstrong into "off," but that isn't quite as ominous as it was thanks to a deal where Twitter will take over the photo sharing service's archives and name. The deal only keeps the photo archives and domain alive, and for now it looks like that's all it will do.

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The collapse of Twitpic is unfortunate, and it's a pretty safe bet it won't be coming back in any form because Twitter offers its own photo uploading feature. The upside is that procrastinators can still export their Twitpic images since the site is staying online for now.

Retailers to Apple Pay Customers: Shut Up and Keep Your Money!

3:21 PM EDT, Oct. 26th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Editorial

Retailers are choosing to disable all NFC payments, including Google Wallet and others, rather than accidentally accept Apple Pay. This is happening because some merchants are choosing to use CurrentC instead, which forbids accepting Apple Pay.

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This totally makes sense because no retailer in the history of this universe or any other has ever accepted more than one form of payment.

Wait.

New Uses For Old Power Macs

5:07 PM EDT, Oct. 24th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Over at designboom we get a look at another use for the slightly-less-than-current hardware: Furniture! Klaus Geiger couldn't find it in his heart to forsake these aluminum beauties, and found a way to keep them around. After scooping out the insides (and in some cases creating drawers), he added some wood or some glass and ended up with some really nice looking pieces. I love the wood and metal combinations, and having one of the wheeled carts would be super useful at my house. It's also really nice to see the office furniture made of old towers. I have to give props to Klaus for finding another use for these machines, even though the insides are not so useful, the outsides are still very pretty.

Apple Pay is Soaring While Competitors Crash and Burn

5:02 PM EDT, Oct. 24th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Large companies have large ambitions. When powerful tech companies come crashing into people's lives with products that give them pause, they naturally turn to a safe oasis. It's that human element, an Apple strength, that makes the company's products alluring. This week, Microsoft and Amazon were reminded of that while they watched Apple Pay become a warmly embraced product.

The Camera Lens Mug: $19.99

1:47 PM EDT, Oct. 24th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Camera Lens Mug: $19.99

If you have a photographer in your life, just look at the image, click the link, and buy it. You already get it. For everyone else, the Camera Lens Mug is a coffee mug that looks like a camera lens. Think: bring your own refreshments to a place where you can't bring your own liquids, but you can bring your camera. It has a rubber grip, a stainless steel lining, and it looks like a camera lens. Come on, that's rad. It's $19.99, making it a fine gift, too.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-24

1:19 PM EDT, Oct. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It's time for fitness tracker makers to get worried because Apple and Nike are teaming up. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about personal tech and how Apple is changing the market, plus they offer up their take on Fitbit's lack of HealthKit support.

Apple, Nike Teaming Up on Wearable Tech Project

11:10 AM EDT, Oct. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Nike may have killed its FuelBand fitness tracker, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the wearable tech game. Company CEO Mark Parker says Nike is working with Apple on new wearable technology that will be less obtrusive but will still work with devices that are already available.

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Knowing Apple and Nike are working together on new wearable tech should be a big red flag for other fitness and health tracker makers. It's time for everyone to step up their game or risk getting left behind.

Kickstarter Project: Mouse Guard LEGO Mini Figures

9:37 AM EDT, Oct. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

David Petersen's Mouse Guard is a series of wonderfully told and illustrated stories that follows the adventures of mice sworn to protect their realm and all who pass through, and now Alice Finch hopes to imortalize them in the form of LEGO minifigs. Just to be clear: LEGO minifig Mouse Guard. As they say, OMG. Bricks of Mouse Guard will include minifig mouse heads in gray, brown, reddish brown and tan, along with The Black Axe, Trisam's flagon, Lieam's sword, Kenzie's staff and lantern, and Aynslee's flagon. Alice is a master LEGO builder, and her work is truly impressive. I can't wait to see her Bricks of Mouse Guard in the flesh — or plastic. There's still 30 days left in the Kickstarter, so there's still time to hit the US$15,000 goal and stretch goals, too.

OS X Yosemite: Handing Calls Off to Your iPhone

8:48 AM EDT, Oct. 24th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's Quick Tip, we'll go over how Yosemite and iOS 8 will let you continue a phone call started with your Mac on your iPhone, so if you've gotta jet, you don't have to end your conversation. For those of you who thought they could use "I need to hang up my Mac" as an excuse to stop chatting with someone annoying, we apologize for this article.