Apple Pay Now in 2 Million Retailers

9:23 AM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · · 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.

How to Save and Autofill Arbitrary Online Forms with 1Password

7:50 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · TMO Quick Tip

1Password can save online forms you need to fill out again and again

Modern web browsers can save usernames and passwords for online logins. Most of them also support "auto-fill" for data like contacts or credit cards. But what do you do if you regularly have to fill out complex online forms that contain arbitrary text fields, menus, and checkboxes? Your Password manager, like 1Password, can handle it for you.

The Beatles Performing ‘Two of Us’ Video

6:34 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · Cool Stuff Found

On Tuesday I wrote about Bill gates choosing the song "Two of Us" by The Beatles as symbolic of his relationship with Steve Jobs—something Mr. Jobs himself suggested in a joint interview the two gave. That sparked a friend of mine to point me to this performance video of the song by The Beatles from 1970. It's a straight ahead promo video, recorded more than a decade before the launch of MTV, but I always enjoy seeing The Beatles. 

Lynktec ReelJuice Portable USB Battery is Unique: Capable, Flexible & Includes a Take Up Reel

5:30 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · In-Depth Review

Lynktec ReelJuice Portable Battery

There are many ho-hum and many good portable battery chargers for our iDevices. Most are just little boxes with a battery, LED lights and USB ports. However, the new Lynktec (5,300 or 8,000 mAh) charger has a multitude of thoughtful features, expansion options and usage profiles. John Martellaro has been putting one though its paces and files this review.

MacTech Pro Dates Announced, Plus TMO Discount

3:19 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · 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.

Python Programming Bootcamp: $39

2:44 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · TMO Deals

Python Programming Bootcamp

Check out the Python Programming Bootcamp, a collection of six tutorials designed to teach you Python. All told it has more than 54 hours of content with hundreds of lectures. The courses range from the basics to building apps to machine learning, and more. You can get this bundle through our deal for $39.

Living with an iPad Pro

2:40 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Drawing made on iPad Pro

As Dr. Mac told you last week, he's been testing a 128GB iPad Pro with a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and while it won’t replace his laptop, it has quickly become his iPad of choice for a variety of reasons (which you'll only discover if you read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #161: Living with an iPad Pro.