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

Apple Pay

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

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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...]

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 was … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, Skullduggery, TeleStory and more!

Apps of the week

The leaves are starting explode with color, your favorite beverage is available in a pumpkin flavor and there are so many great new apps lining the shelves of the App Store. This week, we let the kids create their own TV shows, track down deadbeats in the afterlife, and find new ways to pair down our photo libraries. It's time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for October 12th, 2014. TeleStory With TeleStory, it lets kids explore their creativity while creating original TV shows and more. The app lets you write, direct and star in their own program. Kids can choose from different categories that include music videos (The Band), science fiction (Star Adventure), mystery adventure (EyeSpy) and TeleStory for completely original … [Read more...]

iPhone 6 Review

iPhone 6 Review

The introduction of new iPhones always bring great expectations. None bigger than this year, when it was largely anticipated that Apple would drastically increase the size of the display, bringing them more in line with the offerings from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Nokia. Every year, like clockwork, Apple releases a new iPhone. Every two years or so they make major changes to the design, with last such change ushering in the iPhone 5. In 'off' years, S models offer significant refinements and new product features. In recent years, we've seen Touch ID, Siri and faster networking among other improvements. Despite a steady stream of iPhones that have up to this point, have been well received and reviewed, not a one was offered in … [Read more...]

How to send quick audio messages in iOS 8

Send quick audio messages iOS 8

The number of features that are nestled in iMessage in iOS 8 is astonishing. Messages had always been a capable and very good messaging app, but Apple has packed new features inspired by some of the more popular third party apps like WhatsApp. As one of the primary stock applications in iOS, it's hard to not to appreciate the delicate balance of simplicity with robust features. Tasks like sending a quick photo or video have become even easier. Useful features like sharing or sending your location, let friends or family get a quick map of your location. In addition to pictures, text and maps, iOS 8 lets you send quick audio messages. … [Read more...]

How to share or send a map of your location using Messages in iOS 8

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Tucked inside the Messages app in iOS 8 are new features that make it one, if not the best text messaging app. It's not even fair to call it a text messaging app, since it's so much more allowing you to quickly send short videos, photos and audio clips. One other useful feature found in iOS 8 lets you send a map of your location. Your iPhone can help you solve the age-old problem of two people trying to answer the question, "Where are you?" No longer will you need a long, convoluted message with mysterious landmarks. Just a single message, with map to your exact location. That's technology, working for you. Here's how to send a map of your location using Messages in iOS 8. … [Read more...]