MCX CEO Out After Best Buy Drops CurrentC for Apple Pay [Update]

2:55 PM, Apr. 29th, 2015 · · News

Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, CEO Dekkers Davidson has turned in his executive washroom key and is off "to pursue other opportunities" following the revelation that Best Buy is dropping its plans to support CurrentC wireless payments in favor of Apple Pay. That's corporate speak for "you're fired," and also a big blow for the Apple Pay competitor.

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Looks like Dekkers Davidson learned the hard way about MCX's slogan: Don't get eliminated!

No, wait. That's MXC.

Twitter Searches May be Coming to Apple’s Spotlight

9:49 AM, Apr. 29th, 2015 · · News

Spotlight searches could be able to sift through Twitter soon, according to company CEO Dick Costolo. He told investors talks are underway with Apple to bring the feature to searches on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

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Twitter results will start showing up soon in Google searches, so adding Apple's Spotlight seems like a natural progression.

The Fall and Rise of the Mac

5:30 PM, Apr. 28th, 2015 · · News

The Fall and Rise of the Mac

The Mac was eclipsed long ago by iPhone and iPad, but that didn't mean it stopped growing. Today's Mac is bigger than its ever been, a testament to the computer once billed as "for the rest of us." Bryan Chaffin explores the fall and rise of the venerable Mac.

Mac Window Management Made Easier

3:50 PM, Apr. 28th, 2015 · · News

Manage windows with Hocus Focus, Optimal Layout, and Spectacle

Bob ?Dr. Mac" LeVitus feels like Mission Control was never meant for a two-display setup like mine -- it never seems to work the way he expects it to on a dual monitor system. So he's always augmented it with one or more third-party apps for managing windows. And since he believes he's more productive when his fingers are on the keyboard, all of the apps support a myriad of keyboard shortcuts...  

6 Handy Apple Watch Apps for Travelers

10:52 AM, Apr. 28th, 2015 · · News

Manage your travels from your wrist with these Apple Watch apps

Road warriors, frequent travelers, vacationers, and just-around-towners all have something in common: They need the right tools to figure out where they're going. TMO put together a list with some of our favorite travel-related apps that offer Apple Watch support so you can get around like a seasoned expert all from your wrist.

Apple Plans to be Part of Coming Big Media Changes

8:17 PM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear he wants his company to play a role in the rapidly changing market for entertainment content. He said as much during the company's second quarter earnings conference call on Monday, and called out HBO Now as an example of giving customers what they want.

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Now that Apple TV has a place in our living rooms, Tim Cook wants to make sure that's our go-to choice for TV shows and movies. He says major changes are coming to the market, and that has to have Comcast, Time Warner, and Dish taking notice. The customer loss will be slow, but it'll come unless they figure out how to change with the market instead of resisting what's coming.

After Hours Market Likes Apple’s Record Q2 Earnings

6:26 PM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · · News

$AAPL

Shares of Apple Inc. traded higher in the after hours market, as investors voted with their dollars on the company's second quarter results. $AAPL was trading at $134.40 per share, a gain of $1.75 (+1.32 percent), as of this writing.

MCX Member Best Buy To Accept Apple Pay

6:10 PM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · · News

In Monday's earnings call, CEO Tim Cook mentioned Apple Pay and specifically noted that MCX member and Apple Pay holdout Best Buy will be accepting Apple Pay in-app and in stores soon.

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Best Buy was not accepting Apple Pay because it joined MCX, which was an exclusive relationship with plans to accept CurrentC, a payment system that is supposed to come sometime in 2015.

Tim Cook: Apple Watch Coming to Other Countries in Late June

5:33 PM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · · News

Apple Watch will likely be available in more countries by the end of June, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. He confirmed the obvious when he told investors and analysts Monday afternoon that demand is currently far exceeding demand, but added that production is ramping up.