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Home Depot said on Tuesday that it "would like to" add Apple Pay to its chain of 2,000 home improvement stores. The company also said that a recent decision to deactivate NFC payments in those same stores was due to an in-progress upgrade, rather than a decision to turn down Apple Pay.
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It's a reasonable guess Apple Pay will once again work at Home Depot when those terminals come back on line.
Our three year subscription deal for VPN Unlimited is nearing an end, making this your last chance to get it for $19. A VPN lets you access through the Internet through a remote server that offers additional protection for your IP address and you. A VPN Unlimited subscription allows users to unblock restricted web content (more of an issue outside the U.S. than in), protect your Wi-Fi connection on public networks, secure your online activity, and bypass some ISP restrictions. There are additional details on the deal page.
There's a project on KickStarter called BeeKeeper you should check out if you have a new MacBook. It's a USB-C to Standard USB cable coupled with a converter that allows you to plug any standard USB cable into your MacBook. If you use the converter in conjunction with the cable, you can use them with Apple's MacBook charger. But if you use just the converter, you can plug, say, your existing Lightning iPhone cable—or any other standard USB cable—into your MacBook. Funding levels start at $19 for the converter by itself, or $36 for the converter and the cable. The company has raised $9,000 of its $33,000 goal, with five days left in the campaign.
Apple may be at the peak of its success today, but Bryan Chaffin found someone not only predicting Apple's fall, but that Apple would reach the lowest point in its existence. Soon.
The Ring video doorbell is a nifty device that allows you to see who's ringing your doorbell. They press the button, and it streams a video straight to your iPhone. In addition to the security conscious, it's a handy device for people with homes that make it hard to hear your physical doorbell. In addition to the one-way video, the device allows two way communication from your iPhone to the doorbell. Through our deal, you can get the Ring for $199, a 13 percent discount.
Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.04 Monday. The update adds RAW image support to Yosemite for 18 new cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Pentax.
Unbox Therapy has posted a YouTube video comparing a theoretical 12-inch iPad to the current 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. The video is based on prototype cases from an unknown maker, and in my opinion, Unbox Therapy makes much too much of those cases. At best, a case maker might be able to get its hands on early test materials that may or may not go into a future iPad, but case makers don't a darned thing of what Apple is going to do. What's really valuable about this video comparison, however, is simply seeing just how big this much-rumored device might be. From that standpoint, seeing these prototypes compared to the iPad Air 2 gives us an excellent perspective on this possible form factor. Check it out.
PDFpen 7 is an excellent PDF editor from our friends at Smile Software. And thanks to our friends at Stack Social, we get to offer it to you at a discount! You can edit documents, store frequently-used signatures and images for reuse, block or erase sensitive information, export PDFs to Word format, and much more. Through our deal, you can get this great software for $56, a 25 percent discount.
Russian politician Alexander Starovoitov, a member of the rightwing LDPR party, is accusing Apple of distributing pro-gay propaganda to minors with its U2 album giveaway. That's the same album—The Age of Innocence—giveaway that was a thing back in September of 2014, but a new version of the album cover has homophobes in Russia freaking out that they might catch teh gheys, and they want Apple punished.
Apple began inviting developers participate in a beta program for App Analytics, an other unannounced service that gives developers more information about how and how often their customers are engaging with their apps. The invitation was posted to Twitter by developer Ryan Hoover, and is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.