Amazon Hacks $200 from Fire Phone - Free Under Contract

5:37 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · News

Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon has dropped the price of the Fire Phone—the company's foray into smartphones—to free, just six weeks after its release. It's also one day before an Apple media event where the company is expected to unveil the next iPhone. 

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The question becomes whether or not Amazon is making any money at that price, and the answer is probably no. Of course, not making a profit is Amazon's primary business model, so we'll have to see where this goes.

Last Chance to Pre-Order Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course: $79

5:33 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · TMO Deals

Last Chance to Pre-Order Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course: $79

Today's the last day for the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain at $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.

Apple Reportedly Working on Rewards Program for Mobile Payment System

5:21 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · Rumor

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple will launch a "pilot program for merchant partnerships," according "multiple sources with knowledge of the program" cited by Bank Innovation. The financial industry magazine said the program could be a rewards program for shoppers tied to the mobile payment system the company is expected to launch during a media event on Tuesday, September 9th.    

Star Walk 2 for iOS Suffers a Myriad of User Interface Flaws

4:20 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · In-Depth Review

Star Walk 2 review

Star Walk 2 is the next generation of the venerable sky charting program by Vito Technology that was launched in 2008. This iOS app has been well received throughout the years, but the new release suffers from too many user interface and usability errors, and its does not fare well compared to the competition at the same price.

Apple Dedicates Home Page to iPhone 6 Countdown

3:08 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · News

Apple Count Down

Apple has dedicated its home page—one of the most highly-trafficked properties on the Internet—to counting down the hours and minutes until its September 9th media event. The company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6, its first foray into wearables (a.k.a. "iWatch"), a mobile payment system, and a better look at new features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-08

1:46 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple's big media event tomorrow may have a lot to interest the fashion industry, and it's looking more and more like NFC is finally coming to the iPhone. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's push into the fashion world, and they offer up their ideas on how they think NFC will play into the the company's plans.

Leaked CAD Renderings Claim to Show iWatch Design

10:02 AM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · News

What looks like a set of CAD renderings for Apple's rumored iWatch have surfaced, showing the body design, biometric sensor panel, and more. The device is expected to be announced at the iPhone and iPad maker's special media event on Tuesday, September 9, along with the iPhone 6.

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If the CAD renderings are legit, Apple is designing a smart watch that looks a lot like the square iPod nano. That doesn't seem as sleek or sexy as a round design, but maybe that's what Apple needs to fit all of the components in the case. Regardless of what form factor the iWatch takes, it's clear there's a lot of pent up interest in Apple's entrance into the wearable tech market.

Rumor Claims Apple Placing NFC Sensors in Disney Stores Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch

8:58 AM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · News

Apple has reportedly been installing Near Field Communication, or NFC, sensors in its own retail stores along with Disney Store locations, adding more fuel to the rumors that the iPhone 6 will include NFC support as part of a new mobile payment system. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a special media event on Tuesday, September 9, at the Flint Center in Cupertino.

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As we get closer to tomorrow's media event, it seems even more certain that Apple is finally embracing NFC. What we don't know yet is if it'll be in the iPhone, iWatch, or both.

More than Tech: Apple Invites Fashion Editors to Sept 9 Media Event

12:28 PM, Sep. 7th, 2014 · · News

Along with the usual Apple and general tech media and bloggers, the company's September 9 product launch event will also include a long list of fashion-related reporters. The iPhone and iPad maker invited people from the fashion world to cover the event, and helps back up the accepted notion that we'll be seeing wearable devices such as the long rumored iWatch.

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Apple hasn't invited fashion news reporters and bloggers to an event before now. This is a pretty big sign that the company is jumping into the wearables market in a serious way. Tuesday's media event is going to be a wild ride.