Google, Samsung can’t Top Apple’s Unreleased Apple Watch

5:31 PM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · · News

What's the most sought after wearable tech device? That would be the Apple Watch—a device that isn't even scheduled to ship until some time next spring. Apple's unavailable smartwatch beat out Google, Samsung, and Fitbit as the wearable device people most want to buy, according to a study by Ipsos MediaCT.

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Polls like this are great news for Apple and horrible for their competitors because it shows consumers are more interested in buying a wearable device that has even shipped than products that are already on the market.

Report: Apple Pay is Disrupting and Transforming Mobile Payments

5:10 PM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · · News

ITG report on Apple Pay

"Apple Pay has the ability to significantly transform the mobile payment space." That's the conclusion of an ITG Investment Report published on December 19. A major finding is that Apple Pay has been responsible for one percent of all digital payment dollars. This is a "strong showing" given that Apple customers must have the latest iPhones and the limited list of merchants. John Martellaro summarizes the report.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls BS on BBC iPhone Factory Film

11:02 AM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · · News

Following the airing of a BBC show depicting poor working conditions in the Pegatron factory making iPhones Apple CEO Tim Cook said the situation was misrepresented, and that he's "deeply offended." The report showed factory workers forced into extended shifts and ongoing safety issues.

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It's a safe bet that Apple will have a new report out soon detailing its ongoing efforts to improve working conditions in China, and hopefully Panorama's "Broken Promises" special will help accelerate the process. It's important that Apple is called to task for poor factory conditions at its suppliers, but it's also important other companies using the same facilities get called out, too.

McDonald’s Supersizes Sales with Apple’s iBeacon Tech

9:11 AM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · · News

Fast food giant McDonald's has been testing Apple's iBeacon technology in some of its Columbus, Ohio, locations and that's translating into bigger sales. The four-week program say 18,000 redemptions for products features through iBeacon notifications, and a notable increase in sales, too.

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McDonald's is an excellent test platform for iBeacon because the company already has an efficient system for tracking sales, so any changes are easy to see. It's also a great example of how effective iBeacon can be for retailers and restaurants hoping to find new ways to boost sales and improve customer service.

BBC Films ‘Apple’s Broken Promises’ for Worker Conditions in Pegatron iPhone Factory

8:09 PM, Dec. 18th, 2014 · · News

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The BBC has published a video (below) showing what it describes as "Apple's broken promises" to improve and protect working conditions in its Chinese factories. The media organization sent undercover reporters in to work at a Pegatron factory making Apple iPhones, where they filmed company-orchestrated cheating on tests, hours that far exceed Apple's requirements, and intimidation tactics used to control workers.

Apple Pay Expansion Worldwide Will Have Vast Repercussions

5:30 PM, Dec. 18th, 2014 · · News

Apple Pay May expand worldwide soon

Apple Pay has been a huge success in the United States. The mobile payment purchase is supported by credit cards used for 90 percent of purchases. Now, thanks to a job posting that's been spotted, it seems Apple is ready to expand Apple Pay into Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. The repercussions will be enormous.

Apple Raises $20M in 2014 Product (RED) Campaign

9:08 AM, Dec. 18th, 2014 · · News

Apple's Product (RED) campaign to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS in November brought in over US$20 million. The campaign included money from the sale of participating apps, along with proceeds from global sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Netflix Says Offline iPad Viewing Not Going to Happen

11:32 AM, Dec. 17th, 2014 · · News

Holding out for Netflix to bring offline content viewing to the iPhone and iPad? Don't hold your breath, because the company says that's not going to happen.

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This sure seems like a missed opportunity for Netflix, but maybe investing in new programming instead will worth it for the company in the long run.

Falling Ruble Ruins iPhone Christmas in Russia

9:48 AM, Dec. 17th, 2014 · · News

Apple's iPhone may be the gift to get, unless you're in Russia. Thanks to the wildly fluctuating (read: dropping) value of the ruble, Apple decided to stop selling products in the country through its online store. That's bad news for Apple customers, but it also underscores the overall market's current concerns over Russia's economy.

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Halting online sales is probably a bigger deal for Russia than it is for Apple because the move is a high profile statement that companies don't think the country will be able to easily recover from its economic fall.