PayAnywhere Hops on the Apple Pay Bus

4:20 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 ·

Apple Pay gets another mobile payment partner

PayAnywhere is onboard with Apple Pay and will be launching its compatible mobile device credit card transaction reader in September. This should give independent merchants another option for joining in on the Apple Pay action, and give consumers more payment options when they're out on a spending spree.

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Once iPhone and Apple Watch users get a taste for Apple Pay they want to use it everywhere. With both PayAnywhere and Square on board we should have a much easier time paying our favorite street vendors and food carts without breaking out our wallets.

Amazon’s Failed Fire Phone Was Too Creepy for Customers

3:20 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 ·

Why Amazon's Fire Phone failed

In August of 2014, John Martellaro reviewed, in detail, the Amazon Fire Phone. Even though it was missing some key features, he found it to be a solid smartphone with good looks and a good looking GUI. However, the creepy factor of a feature called Firefly doomed the product from the start. The failure tells us something important about Apple and the consumer marketplace.  

Siri Doesn’t Want to Give Any Hints

1:53 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Apple's September 9 media event comes with the tagline, "Hey Siri, give us a hint." Since we can already ask Siri questions it seemed appropriate to see if she would, in fact, give us a hint. Turns out she won't, and instead says we have to wait until September 9. Well played, Apple.

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Apple’s Next Big iPhone Event is Happening September 9th, and Siri May Know Something

1:07 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 ·

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Apple this morning issued press invitations for its next major event, which will be held Wednesday, September 9th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Expected announcments include updates to the iPhone, final details on iOS 9 and watchOS 2, and possibly the long-awaited unveiling of the revamped Apple TV and Apple's new online TV service.

Amazon Hangs Up on Fire Phone

11:53 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 ·

Amazon's Fire Phone lost its connection. Forever.

Amazon's grand adventure in the smartphone market was short lived and disappointing. The online retailer has laid off the team working on its Fire Phone, and has scaled back some of its other hardware projects, too.

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Fire Phone's failure isn't any surprise. Amazon focused on driving its own sales instead of enticing potential customers with a great smartphone that also happened to link to the company's online store. It's too bad smart engineers lost their jobs for designing exactly what the company wanted.

Why the Older, Slower 3G Network is Sometimes Better Than 4G

10:00 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 ·

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All of those cellular company commercials tell us that 4G is amazing, fast, and the best thing since sliced bread. So why would you ever want to use 3G on a 4G phone? Read on to find out why Mac Geek Gab listener Andrew suggests this seemingly nonsensical advice, and why John and Dave agree with him.

Another Reason to Update to iOS 8.4.1: Ins0mnia

9:22 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 ·

Stop procrastinating and install iOS 8.4.1. It has some seriously important security fixes.

Ins0mnia is a serious security flaw in iOS 8 that could let hackers run what appear to be legit apps in the background to steal user's data, and it's a perfect example of why updating to iOS 8.4.1 is so important. The vulnerability was patched in the update, but instead of letting iPhone and iPad owners know about the critical fixes, Apple focused only on making sure everyone new about Apple Music improvements.

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Apple is going only half way with its security updates. Patching security flaws is important, but so is letting users know so they'll install the updates.

Kelly Guimont Witnesses Penghazi on MacBreak Weekly

9:57 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 ·

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Kelly Guimont appeared on this week's episode of MacBreak Weekly, over on TWiT TV. Kelly spoke with Leo, Rene Ritchie of iMore, and Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times about a variety of news items from throughout the week, and witnessed the disaster that is Samsung’s penghazi in action.

Swatch: We Stole ‘One More Thing’ from Columbo, not Apple

6:14 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 ·

There's just one more thing, according to Columbo

It wasn't Apple Swatch was copying when it trademarked "one more thing," it was the TV series Columbo, or so says the watchmaker. Swatch has been openly critical of Apple's smartwatch efforts and trademarking the line Steve Jobs famously used in several presentations to show off surprises was presumed to be some sort of snub.