The Apple Pay off and why some retailers are betting on the wrong horse


A collection of retailers including Rite-Aid and CVS have decided to disable NFC at their payment terminals. As a result, they have disabled Apple Pay functionality, along with Google Wallet (which also allows payments through NFC) as a beneficiary of the decision. They are part of Merchant Customer Exchange, who are working on their own payment system that uses CurrentC, an app currently available in the App Store. If you want to actually use it, you'll need to wait for an invitation. That hasn't prevented it from getting review torched by disenfranchised Apple enthusiasts, unhappy with the Apple Pay being turned off. The list of merchants supporting CurrentC is actually quite extensive with well known retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, Pixelmator, Inbox, Toca Boo and more!

Apps of the week

The clocks fall back this week, so that gives us an extra hour to enjoy all of the great new apps lining the shelves of the App Store. This week, we get our scare on, learn the origin of Deathbat, find new ways to organize our inbox, and bring serious image editing tools to our iPads. It's time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for October 25th, 2014. … [Read more...]

What to do if your Apple ID account was disabled and how to prevent it


If I were to ask you what was the center of your Apple universe, you'd probably say it's your iPhone, iPad or maybe even your Mac. While all of those play a key role in your happiness, your Apple ID is what makes everything work in unison. In most cases, your Apple ID is used for iCloud, iTunes Store purchases and often it's also your primary email account. When you are logged into the various services, everything just works and it's part of lure of using Apple products. It can also create a 'set and forget' mindset. When you get a new iPhone, iPad or Mac, it's not uncommon to misplace or forget your Apple ID password. It sets in motion a series of events that result in being locked out of your account for hours, if not days. If your … [Read more...]

10 Awesome Apps With Notification Center Widgets for iOS 8

Big Event

One of the nifty features, is the ability to use custom widgets in iOS 8. We haven't yet reached the point where you can place widgets on your home screen. Honestly, I don't see that happening anytime soon on iOS. For now, widgets call the Today notification view, home. From anywhere on your iPhone or iPad, pulling down the notification tab will reveal your today information, followed by widgets you've added. By having these occupy your Today notification panel, it means quick access from the lock screen, which adds the utility of these apps. The functionality of the Today panel becomes infinitely more useful. That's a big thing, because for some folks, I'm sure the Today view had become an afterthought. We've put together a list of the … [Read more...]

U.S Banks Currently Supporting Apple Pay

Apple Pay passbook cards

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.1, a major update that introduced support for Apple Pay, the new feature that allows iPhone 6/6 Plus owners pay for goods and services with their iPhones. The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will also let you make Apple Pay purchases, but those are restricted to online purchases only. The process requires adding a bank credit or debit card to Passbook and Apple Pay. Here's the current list of supported Apple Pay banks.American Express: Personal credit cards, co-branded cards, small business credit cards, pre-paid cards Bank of America: Personal credit cards, personal debit cards, co-branded cards, small business debit cards Capital One: Personal credit cards, personal debit cards, small … [Read more...]

iOS 8.1 Released, Adds Support for Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library

Apple Pay

Apple has released iOS 8.1, available as an OTA update or using iTunes. The update adds a few major features, with the most notable being Apple Pay. Touted as a replacement for your credit cards, Apple Pay allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners in the U.S. to make purchases using their phones, provided they have entered their credit card. As one of the primary features of the newest iPhones, you can certainly understand why Apple has pushed out iOS 8.1 so quickly. Apple Pay was just one of countless changes in this latest release. … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, Drafts 4, Angry Birds Transformers and More

Apps of the week

Apple dominated the headlines this week with new iPads, the incredible retina iMac and news that iOS 8.1 is right around the corner. There's no better time to be an iOS user and no better time to start downloading great new apps. This week, we see our favorite birds get weaponized, make a text entry app the center of our universe, and rekindle our love for classic Track and Field. It's time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for October 19th, 2014.Angry Birds Transformers What seems like an unlikely pairing, there is a new Transformers version of Rovio's Angry Birds. The result is resonating with fans of both franchises, with an astounding 5-star rating from over 20,000 reviewers. Our favorite birds turn in their angry to … [Read more...]

Which iPad should you buy and what’s the best value?

Which iPad should you buy

Apple has introduced new iPads, while keeping a number of existing models in the lineup. Looking at the WiFi-only models, you have a choice between 5 different models. Pricing for the base models remains the same, with storage capacities remaining at 16GB. Like the iPhone 6, both the iPad 2 and iPad mini 3 do away with the 32GB storage option, replacing it with 64GB of storage. So which iPad offers the best value?If You Are Buying An iPad mini, What's The Best Value If You Need Cheap There are three iPad minis. The original iPad mini is the least expensive at $249. It's still a capable tablet, one that can be upgraded to iOS 8. It doesn't have a retina display and most of the internals were parts found in the iPad 2. That tablet … [Read more...]

Apple SIM In New iPads Lets You Easily Switch Carriers

Apple SIM cards

Apple made significant changes to their iPad line-up that includes the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Both of these new iPads come in a cellular version, but no longer do you have any level of commitment when choosing a carrier. A new Apple SIM card comes pre-installed in the new iPads, making it easy to switch between carriers. … [Read more...]

New Thinner, Powerful iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 With Touch ID, Gold Option

iPad Air 2

Apple's October Special Event saw CEO Tim Cook introduce iPad updates. The highlight centered around the iPad Air 2, which saw improvements to the design and significant upgrades. Among those upgrades is the addition of Touch ID. Apple's fingerprint scanner is the only feature change to the retina mini, which is being sold as the iPad mini 3. Apple's product line will include all three different iPad mini models – now marketed as 1, 2, 3, along with the original Air and today's iPad Air 2. Yes, there are 5 iPads in total across a slew of price points.iPad Air 2: What's New The iPad Air represented a major reboot of the full-sized iPad that included a slimming down to a ridiculously thin 7.5mm to 6.1mm. Last year's presentation saw … [Read more...]