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Discover Coming to Apple Pay this Fall

10:29 AM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Discover card users are about to join Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit card users in the Apple Pay game. The company will be adding support for Apple's wireless payment system for the iPhone and Apple Watch this fall.

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Discover's announcement will no doubt make its card holders happy. OF course, they probably would've been happier if Discover had been on board when the iPhone 6 with Apple Pay support first launched.

Apple’s iTunes Store gets Red Cross Donation Page for Nepal Earthquake Support

9:28 AM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Following the devestation of the Nepal earthquake, Apple added a special Red Cross donation page to its iTunes Store. The donation page lets you give up to US$200 for relief support for the earthquake victims, and Apple is skipping its usual 30 percent transaction cut so the entire amount of your donation goes to the Red Cross.

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Nepal's 7.8 magnitude earthquake was devastating, and the aftershocks have made the situation even worse. It's great to see Apple offering ways for us to support survivors of natural disasters.

AAPL Q2 2015 Earnings Report Set for Today

8:59 AM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple will host its second fiscal quarter earnings report for 2015 Monday afternoon after the market closes. The conference call with Apple executives and financial analysts is set to start at 5PM eastern time, and The Mac Observer will be here with our usual as-it-happens coverage and analysis.

Apple Offers Online Personal Setup Assistance for Apple Watch

1:50 PM, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is taking its online-focused launch for Apple Watch a step farther by offering buyers Personal Setup sessions through their computer. Apple Watch owners scheduled to receive their new smartwatch today started receiving emails touting the Web-based setup help along with a link to sign up for a time slot.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-24: Getting Inside Apple Watch

1:22 PM, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

It's Apple Watch delivery day, which means we finally get to see what's inside Apple's brand new smartwatch. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet talk about how Apple designed the insides of the Apple Watch, and debunk the idea that Apple designed an internal-upgradable device. They also explain how to navigate the Apple Watch interface, and Bryan gives us a great musical interlude.

iFixit Apple Watch Tear Down Kills Hopes of Upgrades

11:24 AM, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch deliveries have barely started arriving, and iFixit has already stripped one down to its screws. What they found inside pretty much kills hopes and rumors that Apple will offer internal component upgrades when future models come out.

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Sorry gang, no upgradable internal components in your brand new Apple Watch. Considering how much is inside one, it's likely Apple found a way to use Timelord technology, which seems completely appropriate.

6 Apple Watch Apps to Keep You Healthy and In Shape

3:23 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The iPhone has become the go-to health and fitness tracker for many people, and now that can extend out to your wrist, too. The list of Apple Watch apps designed to help you stay in shape and keep yourself healthy is growing quickly, so TMO put together a list of some of our favorites just in time for your brand new smartwatch to arrive.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-23: Apple Watch Order Status, Google’s MVNO Plan

12:54 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The first wave of Apple Watch shipments are set to arrive at customer's doors tomorrow, and there will be very limited availability is a small handful of stores after all. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet talk about the current status of Apple Watch shipments, tell you where to buy an Apple Watch in stores, and look at Google's just announced plans to offer its own cell phone and wireless data service.