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iTunes Match & iOS 6 - Looking at the Changes

3:07 PM, Oct. 4th, 2012 · Ben Bonaccio · Analysis

iTunes Match

Along with its Music app, Apple has made some radical changes to iTune Match in iOS 6. While several useful features have been added to the service, several notable ones have also been removed or modified. Ben Bonaccio shows us around.

Starbucks iPhone App Adds Passbook Support

12:37 PM, Oct. 4th, 2012 · Ben Bonaccio · Product News

Starbucks Passbook

Starbucks issued Wednesday evening an updated version of its iPhone app featuring full Passbook support and integration. The company, which has long maintained its own Passbook-like mobile payment app, now allows customers to create a Pass from existing, registered cards to pay for beverages, food items and more.

Why iPhone 5 Doesn’t Have NFC

2:05 PM, Sep. 18th, 2012 · Ben Bonaccio · News

Passbook is Apple's NFC Alternative

Though some rumors had claimed otherwise, the iPhone 5 didn't include near field communications (NFC) capabilities. There are critics who believe this represents a missed opportunity for Apple, it's more likely the company doesn't believe that NFC is ready for prime time just yet.

Objective-C Makes Facebook for iOS Likable

4:56 PM, Aug. 28th, 2012 · Ben Bonaccio · News

Last week, Facebook debuted version 5.0 of its mobile app for iOS. The new app promised much faster performance, and a look behind the scenes finds that Facebook was able to achieve these performance gains by dropping HTML 5 and embracing Apple’s Objective-C in developing the app.