Discover Coming to Apple Pay this Fall

10:29 AM, Apr. 27th, 2015 ·

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 ·

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 ·

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 Watch Battery Straps Likely Not to Work

8:46 AM, Apr. 27th, 2015 ·

After a few days with the Apple Watch one thing has become clear: many of the pre-announced accessories are going to be complete and utter failures. TL;DR: don't believe anyone that implies you'll be able to happily use your Apple Watch while it's separated from your wrist. Read on for more specifics.

MGG 550: Photos Isn’t Always Easy

12:04 PM, Apr. 26th, 2015 · &

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You have questions about Apple's new Photos app and John and Dave have your answers. The answers are not always easy and not always exactly what you want, but your two favorite geeks will get you there as smoothly as possible. Also some fun (and geeky!) discussion of typing filenames (with spaces, no less) from the Terminal, as well as dealing with pesky WiFi signup screens when traveling. Oh, and Dave got his Apple Watch, too. All this and more!

Apple Not Allowing Fart Apps on Apple Watch

5:29 PM, Apr. 25th, 2015 ·

Plenty of Apps, but No Fart Apps

Bad news for fans of flatulence: Apple is not allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch. Good news for anyone with a sense of humor advanced past the age of 12: Apple isn't allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch.

Three Scenarios for Home Automation

10:30 AM, Apr. 25th, 2015 ·

Ever wondered what Home Automation is really all about? Juan Collao walks us through three scenarios where home automation made a real difference in his life.