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Many of the big retailers have embraced Apple Pay as a
payment option as the industry moves to more secure mobile payments. However, most small merchants have not upgraded their payment systems because of the cost. Now, Total Merchant Services, in concert with Apple, has developed a solution, the Groovv Terminal One. It's a small, easy to set up Point of Sale device with a low initial cost and can be purchased right in the Apple online store for under US$100. Small businesses everywhere are suddenly able to accept secure mobile payments.
In this show, I interview Alykhan Jetha, the CEO or Marketcircle in Toronto. A.J., as we all call him, and I have been friends for over a decade, having first met at Macworld Expo. I asked A.J. about the fascinating story of how he came to move to Toronto with his family after being deported from Africa years ago, how he came to form Marketcircle and launch the famous Daylite application for the Mac. In the interview, we chat about his current apps as well as some of the issues related to being an Apple developer.
All the technical signs point to a future with autonomous (self-driving) cars. Just about every major car company is working on that technology including, we suspect, Apple. But what would happen, hypothetically, if one of these cars were to make a bad mistake in software judgment that injures someone? The legal and ethical issues are enormous.
Weather apps, especially on the iPhone or iPad, are usually great looking and informative when it comes to the conditions and forecast. However, for some kinds of data, it requires just a little extra bit of extra knowledge to understand what the app is trying to tell you. This applies in the cases of atmospheric pressure and sunrise/sunset times.
iOS 9 introduces a handy feature called Slide Over for modern iPads. It allows you to slide in a secondary app from the right side and interact with it, perhaps to quickly check on something or grab some data. In this Quick Tip, John Martellaro explains how to use Slide Over.
Ever since the Apple Watch shippind in April, The Mac Observer has reviewed several Apple Watch charging docks. Here, John Martellaro lists them all, sizes them up with updated ratings and makes his recommendations in time for your holiday shopping.
Despite the apparent simplicity of the Apple Watch charging docks, there are several factors to consider. Those include practicality, protection, stability, possible ways the charging cable can be damaged when installed and removed, adjustability of presentation angle, use for both Portrait mode and Nightstand mode, and so on. The Twelve South Forté is exceptionally beautiful, and has a good design, but it doesn't score 100 percent on all counts.
Today's tech-minded customers like to be part of advancing technology. It's fun and exciting. But if a company pushes too hard and in the wrong ways, without an understanding of customer psychology, relentless change can become the enemy. One sure sign of that is when people start to celebrate retro ways of thinking.
Thanks to Google, Tesla (and even Apple), we've been reading a lot about autonomous (self-driving) cars. We're not there yet. But Tesla, right now, does have what's called Autopilot mode. You still have to be behind the wheel and in a fully functional driver's seat. It's part of Tesla's version 7.0 software and "ludicrous mode." Think of it as the ultimate in cruise control. Watch, in delight, as a Jalopnik driver takes a Tesla Model S out for a test run, navigating through heavy traffic, hands free. It's both "awesome and creepy." This may be the coolest tech thing you've seen this year. And the scariest.
After you get back from Space Camp, one thing you might want to look into is this jacket, inspired by the spacesuits U.S. astronauts use. Made of trilobal nylon oxford, it reflects light, maintains its flexibility over a wide temperature range and is water repellent. There is a built-in audio system, including a microphone, inside the hood and powered by Bluetooth. Audio controls, as with any good spacesuit, are on the sleeve. Included is the obligatory mission patch. Available sizes are M, L, XL and XXL. Be ready for an astronomical price of €1499.00.