Meijer, the CurrenctC/MCX Member Who Refuses to Block Apple Pay

7:17 PM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · · Analysis

Meijer

Meet Meijer, the 213-store retailer that is a member of the MCX/CurrentC wannabe hegemony. Like Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer has NFC-equipped payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Unlike Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer, has no intention of blocking Apple Pay and is listed as an Apple Pay supporter by Apple.

CES Rebrands iLounge Pavilion as iProducts, Hopes to Attract Macworld Expo Exhibitors

5:09 PM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · · Analysis

CES

CES announced Thursday a major rebranding of the Apple-centric show-within-a-show that takes place in January. The company said it was changing the name from the iLounge Pavilion to the iProducts Marketplace. The change comes in the wake of Macworld/iWorld going on hiatus, and CES made it clear they want to snag as many vendors from its erstwhile competitor as possible.

Tim Cook’s Gay Coming Out is a Big Deal for Equal Rights

9:52 AM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · · Editorial

Tim Cook is the CEO of one of the most valuable companies and brands in the world, an advocate for human rights and equality, a very private man, and now a man that's openly gay. The big news isn't that Mr. Cook is gay — his sexuality, just like everyone else's — is very personal. The big news isn't new at all: Tim Cook is a powerful man doing what he can to make the world a better place for everyone.

MCX Holds Press Conference, Does Itself No Favors

9:37 PM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · Editorial

MCX, the group behind CurrentC, held a press conference today to clear up misconceptions about the group and its agreements. It also had to discuss a data breach, and didn't do a very good job at addressing any of those things. Kelly explains what happened, and what she'd do instead.

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The 3 Unexpected Consequences of Apple Pay Will be Huge

4:00 PM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · Editorial

Apple Pay isn't just a new mobile payment method. It's also a stake in the heart of merchants who want to use your purchase activity for their own ends. It gives companies who want to honor the customer a high-profile bandwagon to jump on. Finally, it punctuates Apple's leadership. John Martellaro looks at the unexpected consequences of Apple Pay.

FCC Rule Change Could Turn Apple TV into A Cable TV Competitor

10:09 AM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · Analysis

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a change to the rules controlling who broadcasters sell content to, and would bar them from refusing to sell to Internet-based providers. That translates to a big opportunity for Apple to add new channels to Apple TV without cutting deals with cable providers like Comcast.

Where to Buy a New iPad if You Want an Apple SIM

4:21 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Apple SIM for iPad instructions to Verizon users

I got a new iPad Air 2 last week and while I’m impressed, you’ll have to wait until next week for my review. Why? Well, while doing my due diligence I found a situation that’s more important for you to hear about today than my opinion of the iPad Air 2: Where you buy your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 matters, and it matters a lot.

FTC Sues AT&T for Throttling ‘Unlimited’ Plans

2:01 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · Analysis

Darth Bell

Get this: "unlimited" apparently means "no limits." Who knew, right? It turns out that there is a modicum of watchdog left in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after all, because the regulators announced plans to sue AT&T for throttling its Unlimited Plan because, the Commission says, throttling is a limit.

Apple on Rite Aid/CVS/CurrentC: Customers and Retailers Love Apple Pay

5:16 PM, Oct. 27th, 2014 · · News

Apple Pay

Apple has issued a statement on the drama concerning Rite Aid and CVS deactivating NFC transactions rather than accept Apple Pay transactions. In a statement delivered to BusinessInsider, Apple said simply that retailers and consumers alike have been "overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic" about Apple Pay, and making it clear the company was bringing more retailers on board with its system.

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