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Apple Pay Supporters Grow with More Retailers and Banks On Board

10:55 AM, Dec. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Pay, the mobile payment system Apple introduced with iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, is quickly growing and is now compatible with cards that make up about 90 percent of credit card purchases in the United States. The list of companies and banks supporting Apple pay has continued to rise and includes Barclaycard, TD Bank North America, Albertsons, Staples, and more.

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Looks like Apple isn't having any trouble at all getting banks and retailers excited about Apple Pay.

Apple Agrees to Less from GTAT to Keep Bankruptcy Proceedings on Track

9:30 AM, Dec. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Creditors involved in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy proceedings are a little happier now that Apple has agreed to take less money from each sapphire furnace sold, and to give the company more rent-free time in the factory it used to make the glass. The company had been contracted to make synthetic sapphire glass for the Apple Watch and iPhone 6, but instead drove itself into a financial crisis.

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GTAT's financial implosion is a no-win scenario for Apple and the other creditors hoping to recoup some of their losses. Revising the settlement deal means Apple gets less money back than it originally planned, but it also means it'll get some of its investment back. Apple's losses are essentially exit costs to get out of its relationship with GTAT.

Martin Freeman takes The Hobbit to The Office on SNL

4:32 PM, Dec. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

What do you get when you cross The Hobbit with The Office (the original UK version, not the US one)? A brilliantly wonderful SNL sketch starring Martin Freeman as a morph between Bilbo Baggins and Tim Canterbury. Tim, by the way, was the role Martin played in The Office. SNL did a great job of recreating the Ricky Gervais version of the series, and Martin had no problem at all slipping back into the role of Tim with a perfect splash of Bilbo thrown in. Bonus: Gollum as Gareth, and Orcs and elves as office mates.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-15

2:06 PM, Dec. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's master plan for the television market may seem a bit murky, but John Martellaro thinks he figured it out. Along with John, Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to dive into Apple's television strategy, plus they take a look at the company's new holiday commercial, "The Song."

Apple Ebook Antitrust Appeal is About Amazon’s Market Control

11:44 AM, Dec. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple's appeal in Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it engaged in a conspiracy to artificially raise ebook prices goes to court today. For Apple, it's a chance to clear its name, but for the book industry the outcome represents a chance to end what amounts to Amazon's government sanctioned monopoly on the book market.

Iowa Ready to turn Your iPhone into Your Driver’s License

4:56 PM, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Your iPhone can already serve as your credit card, and Iowa is hoping it'll be your driver's license soon, too. The state is working on an app that shows your driver's license on screen that it hopes will be available in 2015, although privacy concerns may delay its launch.

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Digital driver's licenses on our iPhones seems like a natural next step now that Apple Pay is available. Hopefully Iowa can work out privacy concerns, and its program becomes a template for other states.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-12

1:11 PM, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple changed its mind and now says it's OK for Panic's Transmit to upload files to iCloud Drive. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the problems and frustration developers and consumers face because of inconsistencies in the App Store review process, plus they get excited about DeskConnect's Workflow for the iPhone and iPad.

How to Build Your Own Apps with Workflow for the iPhone and iPad

11:14 AM, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · How-To

Workflow is a cool new app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you automate actions that otherwise would be tedious, or even impossible without other apps. You can even save your workflows so they show up on your Home screen just like any other app. Read on to learn how to build your own apps in Workflow.

Apple Online Store Adds PayPal as Payment Option

10:02 AM, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

You can now buy your new Mac, iPhone, or iPad through Apple's online store with PayPal, giving shoppers yet another way to spend their money. Apple added the option Wednesday night, bringing its online store inline with the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store.

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Plenty of people like to use PayPal for online purchases, so it's nice to see the option finally show up on Apple's Web-based store.