Apple Pay Promo for $5 Off Instacart Grocery Delivery

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Apple just announced a new Apple Pay promo for $5 off $35 or more with an Instacart grocery delivery order. The promo works when using Apple Pay inside the Instacart App, which we linked to below. Apple announced the promo through email, but the discount will be applied automatically in the app. It’s available now and expires end of day on October 20th.

Apple Pay Promo for $5 Off Instacart Grocery Delivery

Amtrak 4.0 Lets You Add Your eTicked to Wallet

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Amtrak updated its app to version 4.0 (in August) and it added new features: Show your eTicket while onboard, including multi-ride and monthly passes – no need to print; Send your eTicket to Apple Wallet; Purchase one-way, roundtrip, multi-ride and monthly tickets with dollars or Amtrak Guest Rewards points; Check train status; Find station information; Edit and manage your account profile; Save credit cards for quick checkout, and more. App Store: Amtrak – Free

People are Putting Their Apple Cards Through a CNC Mill

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Some people are customizing their Apple Cards with CNC milling machines in an effort to improve Apple’s minimalistic credit card.

As Wiegand showed on his Instagram account, he loaded his card into one of these computer-controlled cutting machines to customize the white finish with the filigree you’d find on the back of a 19th-century-era Bicycle playing card.

Neat stuff. We’ve already seen wallet cases specifically for Apple Cards. I wonder if some companies will create Card skins.

Donate to U.S. National Parks Using Apple Pay

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Photo by Oleksii Yasinskyi on Unsplash

From August 17 to August 25, the first 100,000 transactions at Apple retail stores, the online store, or the Apple Store app will donate US$10 to U.S. national parks.

We’re celebrating our national parks with a $10 donation for each Apple Pay purchase at an Apple Store, on apple.com, or through the Apple Store app in the U.S. from August 17 through 25. Limited to the first 100,000 transactions. Subject to $10 minimum purchase.

I think this is great. U.S. national parks could soon get a big US$1 million donation.

Online Payment Integrations Can Introduce Vulnerabilities

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At Black Hat 2019, researcher Joshua Maddux found that security vulnerabilities can arise when websites add online payment integrations like Apple Pay. To be clear, he says it’s not an issue with Apple Pay itself, but rather how websites add it. And other third-party integrations can be similarly affected.

The flaws fit into a well-known type of vulnerability called “server side request forgery,” which allow attackers to bypass protections like firewalls to directly send commands to web applications. These vulnerabilities pose a real threat, and are regularly exploited in the wild. Most recently, they played a role in last month’s massive Capital One breach. Similarly, flexibility in how a website integrates Apple Pay potentially exposes its own backend infrastructure to unauthorized access.

Apple Card Doesn't Support Financial Apps

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Within Wallet, your Apple Card will display transaction categories, transaction history, total spending, and more. But you won’t be able to export that data to financial apps.

As financial apps like Mint and software like Quicken are popular with many people, it’s possible that Apple will add support for exporting data in the future. Right now, Apple Card data and transactions can be viewed and managed only on the iPhone and the iPad, with no web support available.