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Apple Pay Now in 2 Million Retailers

9:23 AM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Pay retail partners hits 2 million

The number of retailers accepting Apple Pay is still climbing and has hit the 2 million mark. Au Bon Pain, Chick-fil-A, Create & Barrel, and Zappos are among the latest to get on board with Apple's wireless mobile payment system, and more are on the way.

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More retailers on board means more opportunities for iPhone and Apple Watch owners to use Apple Pay. It's easy to use, and far more secure than the magnetic stripes on credit cards. It's a little frustrating that more stores aren't supporting NFC payment systems.

MacTech Pro Dates Announced, Plus TMO Discount

3:19 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

MacTech Pro 2016 event dates

MacTech Pro 2016 is ramping up for its tour around the United States with events in seven cities. The one-day training events are always a hit with the professional Apple support crowd, and The Mac Observer has a special discount you can use through Friday, February 5th.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-03: Apple’s Proximity Sensor Tech, Fitness Tracker Security

1:10 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple has a patent for no-touch proximity-based gesture sensing, which sounds pretty impressive, and it could find its way into our iPhones and Macs. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how they'd like to see this technology used, plus they look at the state of security for the fitness trackers we're wearing every day.

Apple Beefs Up Security Efforts, Buys Company Behind Thunderstrike 2 Exploit

10:44 AM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple buys security company LegbaCore

One way to beef up security is by hiring the people who find the flaws in your products, and that's exactly what Apple did with LegbaCore—the company that detailed the Thunderstrike 2 Mac firmware exploit. The Mac and iPhone maker bought the security research company in November 2015, and founders Xeno Kovah and Corey Kallenberg became full time Apple employees.

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It's pretty clear Apple isn't taking the "security through obscurity" approach with the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Hiring the people who know how to find—and fix—security exploits makes for safer and more hack-resistent products.

Study Says Apple Watch the Only Fitness Tracker Protecting Your Data

5:37 PM, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Your fitness tracker may be leaking personal data

Wearable fitness trackers collect a lot of personal information about our activities, but only one is keeping that data away from anyone who wants to intercept it: Apple Watch. That's the finding from a study conducted by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Adobe Ink & Slide Stylus Combo: $29.99

3:54 PM, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Adobe Ink & Slide for $29.99

We loved Adobe's Ink stylus and Slide ruler for the iPad when they were released, and an 85 percent discount makes them too good to pass up. The Ink stylus offers pressure and angle sensitivity in supported apps, plus you can color code the status light so it's easy to tell yours from everyone else's. The Slide makes it easy to create shapes, angles, patterns, and perspective in your drawings. Working together, they make for a pretty awesome combo, and totally worth checking out—especially at this awesome price.

Report Claims 4-inch iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 Launch on March 15

11:17 AM, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple iPhone media event may happen on March 15

Apple is reportedly planning on introducing a new 4-inch iPhone along with the iPad Air 3 on March 15th. The company also plans to introduce new Apple Watch bands at the same media event—an event that so far hasn't been announced or confirmed.

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Apple's last big media event was in September 2016, so a March product reveal isn't out of the question—especially considering the iPad Air 2 is getting pretty long in the tooth.

Apple Lands Patent for Multi-touch Display Hover Sensing

9:25 AM, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's proximity gesture sensing patent could lead to cool new interfaces

Our iPhones already support single and multi-finger tap and swipe gestures, as well as pressure sensitive presses, and soon they may recognize hover gestures, too. Apple has been granted a patent that describes a system where our finger movements can be recognized when they're near our iPhone displays, but not actually touching them.

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Mixing Apple's VR and AR efforts with its gesture proximity sensing patents sounds like an awesome mix for Tony Stark's JARVIS interface.

How to Delete iPhone Apps Stuck on Installing Updates

9:50 PM, Feb. 1st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

How to delete iPhone apps stuck installing

Updating apps on our iPhones and iPads should be an easy and simple process, and it usually is. When an app gets stuck part way through installing, however, it's frustrating because you're trapped in an endless loop and trying to reinstall typically doesn't help, plus doing the tap-and-hold trick to delete the app doesn't work, either. There is a fix, although it certainly isn't obvious.