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Apple has sold more than 700 million iPhones to date, according to CEO Tim Cook. During the company's "Spring Forward" media event, Mr. Cook offered several factoids that would be monumental achievements for any other company, including the fact that it now has 453 retail stores that saw 120 million visitors during the December quarter alone.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Monday that Apple Pay is now available at more than 700,000 retail locations in the U.S. That includes some 40,000 Coke vending machines that Coke Cola is rolling out. Apple also said Apple Pay now has support from more than 2,500 banks.
Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.03 Friday, an update that adds support to OS X Yosemite for 16 new camera from Leica, Nikon, Panasoni. Pentax, and Sony Alpha. RAW is a file format for storing images in a way with minimal processing—it's most often used by pros.
Roddenberry.com has posted several "Lost Documents" from Gene Roddenberry's archives from and about the late Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played "Spock." Mr. Nimoy passed away last week, and these documents include interviews with and writings from him on Spock, Star Trek itself, and his favorite epsiode. It's very interesting stuff, and for those of us thinking about Mr. Nimoy's work and his impact on the Star Trek universe, it's very insightful. The one I posted below is one of two documents in Nimoy on Spock. Check it out
If you're a selfie taker, you need the Selfie Stick from iZZi Gadgets. It's a collapsible/extendable rod with a mount that will hold your iPhone or Android device. Extend it, and Boom! Classic selfie. Oh, but wait. It's at the end of that stick? How do you take the photo? This deal has that taken care of, too, because it comes with a Bluetooth remote. Through our deal, you can get it for $24.95.
Stack Social has extended the Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle for one more week. This is a great collection of apps, including ScreenFlow 5, Things 2, Data Rescue 4, ExpanDrive 4, AfterShot Pro 2, Typed, Snapselect, and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (a great game!). This is hundreds of dollars in Mac apps for $44.99, but it's ending in 6 days and change.
Apple told customers Thursday that Aperture will no longer be available for sale in the App Store once Photos for OS X and iOS is released "this spring." The company stipulated, however, that Aperture will continue to work in OS X Yosemite.
Legacy encryption technology has been found in iOS, OS X, and Android that allows malicious hackers to potentially sniff data going to and from servers that appear to be secure. The vulnerability has been dubbed FREAK by researchers, and Apple said, "We have a fix in iOS and OS X that will be available in software updates next week."
Gartner announced on Tuesday that Apple topped Samsung in smartphone sales during the December quarter of 2014. While Apple has long made between most and all of the hardware profits in the smartphone industry, this is the first time in many years that Apple can claim to be the top smartphone maker in mere units-sold terms.