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

5:16 PM, Oct. 27th, 2014 ·

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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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#lolCurrentC

Spoolee on Kickstarter Tackles Tangled Earphone Cords

4:30 PM, Oct. 27th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

Check out Spoolee, a clever product raising money on Kickstarter. The short version of Spoolee is that it's a soft spool you can wrap your earphones—any earphones or earbuds or EarPods or whatever—around. When you want to use them again, slip Spoolee on your finger and unspool your earphones like a rip chord. It's pretty simple, but the video below has shows precisely how it works. Funding options that get you a Spoolee start at $9. Higher funding options let you get more Spoolees, The company is trying to raise $8,000, and already has $6,433, with 35 days to go.

Flip PDF For Mac: Create Eye-Catching Digital Media Publications for $9.99

3:55 PM, Oct. 27th, 2014 ·

Flip PDF For Mac: Create Eye-Catching Digital Media Publications for $9.99

Flip PDF for Mac turns ordinary PDF documents into animated flip books, and we have a deal on it for you. It requires no programming ability, and it comes with 100+ templates, 400+ themes, 200+ scenes and 700+ backgrounds to help you create just what you want. Flip PDF for Mac retails for $99, but through our deal, it yours for $9.99. There's a YouTube video on the deal page with more information.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-27

1:29 PM, Oct. 27th, 2014 ·

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Apple Pay has been available for a week, and we're already seeing some surprising reactions, like Rite Aid and CVS shutting down their NFC mobile payment systems. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk CuttentC's place in the mobile payment market, Apple Pay's momentum, and Jeff changes his mind on the potential for Apple Pay's success.

Apple Pay: The Mobile Payment Revolution

11:53 AM, Oct. 27th, 2014 ·

It's no secret that I was a little skeptical about how successful Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, would be. After a single use at my local grocery store, however, I have no problem saying I was wrong. In fact, Apple made using your iPhone for credit card payments so easy I'm seeing a big problem for competitors hoping to get in on the mobile payment game, including Wal-Mart and its CurrentC system.

Fitbit Goes after Fitness Smartwatches with Surge

10:34 AM, Oct. 27th, 2014 ·

Fitbit is stepping up its game and moving into the smartwatch market with its just announced Fitbit Surge. The watch, due to ship in early 2015, packs in the usual fitness tracking features along with a heart rate monitor, GPS, call and text notifications, and more into what Fitbit is calling a Fitness Super Watch.

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Fitbit's Surge looks like a brilliant balance between fitness tracking and basic smartwatch features with a great battery life, too. Unless the company decides to start supporting Apple's HealthKit platform, however, it may be a hard sell to iPhone owners.

Twitpic Gets a Reprieve, Gives Photo Archives to Twitter

8:56 AM, Oct. 27th, 2014 ·

Twitpic's on again, off again life is still running headstrong into "off," but that isn't quite as ominous as it was thanks to a deal where Twitter will take over the photo sharing service's archives and name. The deal only keeps the photo archives and domain alive, and for now it looks like that's all it will do.

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The collapse of Twitpic is unfortunate, and it's a pretty safe bet it won't be coming back in any form because Twitter offers its own photo uploading feature. The upside is that procrastinators can still export their Twitpic images since the site is staying online for now.

Retailers to Apple Pay Customers: Shut Up and Keep Your Money!

3:21 PM, Oct. 26th, 2014 ·

Retailers are choosing to disable all NFC payments, including Google Wallet and others, rather than accidentally accept Apple Pay. This is happening because some merchants are choosing to use CurrentC instead, which forbids accepting Apple Pay.

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This totally makes sense because no retailer in the history of this universe or any other has ever accepted more than one form of payment.

Wait.

MGG 525: Wi-Fi Isn’t Always Friendly ... Or Consistent

12:54 PM, Oct. 26th, 2014 · &

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Yet another crazy week for Apple users. Apple Pay launched, iOS 8.1 was released, all kinds of new stuff came out. John and Dave talk through all of this as well as answering your questions about managing text, restoring documents to the FInder, seeing details about Time Machine and more. Download today and enjoy!

New Uses For Old Power Macs

5:07 PM, Oct. 24th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

Over at designboom we get a look at another use for the slightly-less-than-current hardware: Furniture! Klaus Geiger couldn't find it in his heart to forsake these aluminum beauties, and found a way to keep them around. After scooping out the insides (and in some cases creating drawers), he added some wood or some glass and ended up with some really nice looking pieces. I love the wood and metal combinations, and having one of the wheeled carts would be super useful at my house. It's also really nice to see the office furniture made of old towers. I have to give props to Klaus for finding another use for these machines, even though the insides are not so useful, the outsides are still very pretty.