Apple Pay Lets You Pay For Things With iPhone 6

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Apple today introduced a new payment system they are calling Apple Pay, using cards on file with iTunes. Using your iSight camera, you can add a new card. Once verified, the card gets added to Passport. The hardware and software allow a new level of security. There are device-only account numbers secure in the 'secure element'. Customers Amex, MasterCard and Visa in the U.S. only. With six major banks and a few others on board, it can be used in over 220,000 merchants that accept contact-less payments. New retailers include Staples, McDonalds, Whole Foods, Disney and of course, Apple retail stores.Payments can be made by flashing your iPhone 6 to a payment terminal and using Touch ID to ensure you are the one making the … [Read more...]

ABC News Teases Exclusive Access Segment After ‘Historic Announcement’

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The hype machine is in full swing in advance of today's event. With multiple new products slated, a huge nondescript white building, U2 performing, this certainly has the tell-tale signs of being a big event. Let's face it, when Apple holds 1-2 product events a year, by default they are big time happenings. Very few folks know what's happening before it actually happens. One of those is David Muir of ABC News, who was seemingly granted exclusive and early access to what Apple plans on announcing today.ABC News will run the piece tonight on World News Tonight, so you'll want to set your DVRs accordingly. We should get a glimpse at some of the thinking behind the new products which are being announced today. A behind the scenes in … [Read more...]

U2 To Play Big Role At Apple Special Event

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If you were thinking that the stage for tomorrow's big Apple special event could not get any bigger, think again. U2, the legendary Irish rock band, is expected to play a significant part in the event. This according to three people briefed on the event who spoke to the NY Times. Much has been made about of the venue, which was constructed solely for the event. The sheer size of the venue is larger than needed if there were a typical product introduction. U2 will perform at the event, but that's only part of the story. … [Read more...]

China Mobile Posts iPhone 6 Specifications With 128GB Option

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China Mobile, the largest carrier in the world, have been pre-selling the iPhone 6. They have recently updated their website with iPhone 6 specifications and availability. According to this document, the iPhone 6 will be available on September 19th, which coincides with an earlier report. China Mobile will have the 4.7-inch model, but the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus will come at a later date. Both will offer storage capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and a new 128GB capacity. There had been rumors that a model with a 128GB storage capacity would be limited to the 5.5-inch model. … [Read more...]

4.7 iPhone 6 and 5.5 iPhone 6 ‘Plus’ Reportedly Launching September 19

Apple's big reveal is just under 24 hours, but that hasn't slowed the flurry of last minute rumors regarding the new models. Two separate reports offer new information on the name and possible release date. Japanese rumor blog Macotakara claims that Apple will differentiate the branding of the two models. They 4.7-inch model will be marketed as the iPhone 6, with the larger 5.5-inch model going by the iPhone 6 Plus moniker. … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, Mikey Boots, Ask Me Anything and more!

Apps of the week

We are hours away from the big special event where Apple is expected to introduce the new iPhone 6. You are going to need some great new apps to run on those big iPhones and the App Store delivers, once again. This week, we find the best interviews, bend our minds with math puzzles, animate our adventures and catch coins like we're gaming in the eighties. It's time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for September 7th, 2014. … [Read more...]

Purported Photos of Working iPhone 6 With New Passport Icon

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New photos have surfaced that are purportedly a functioning 4.7-inch iPhone 6 running a new build of iOS 8. The images come via Chinese social networking website Weibo, where the user highlights the differences between the iPhone 5s and the forthcoming iPhone 6.The larger 4.7-inch display is showing with 18 stock apps on the home screen, plus Settings and the four stock apps in the dock. The new larger iPhone display will accomodate another row of icons, allowing users to keep more apps on their first and subsequent home screens.The most notable change is to the Passbook app. If you look at the icon up close, it reveals a credit card. In the past week, news that Apple had made deals with American Express, MasterCard and … [Read more...]

Lowering the bar for iWatch


Years of speculation, rumors and conjecture surrounding Apple's wearable device should come to an end on Tuesday. One of the biggest concerns facing competitor smartwatches has been insufficient battery life and new reports suggest Apple's iWatch may face similar issues. According to The Information (paywall), "people who have talked to Apple employees have set low expectations." The Loop, run by Apple insider Jim Dalrymple, published an editorial (written by Dave Mark) suggesting the market is "mature and well-funded", suggesting it would be difficult for Apple's iWatch to "turn the smart-watch industry on its ear."The Moto 360 works with a partnering smartphone running Android Wear, connected via Bluetooth. I've been using one … [Read more...]

Tim Cook Says Alerts Will Bolster Security of iCloud Accounts

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook took time out from preparations for next week's special event to discuss the companies plans for dealing with recent hacks of customer iCloud accounts. During a week that should have been nothing more than a week of increasing hype surrounding upcoming products, Apple has been dealt with a public relations crisis surrounding nude photos which were illegally obtained from A-list celebrities. As a result, Cook announced that new efforts were underway to rollout iCloud security alerts in the next two weeks. … [Read more...]