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  • CVS throws in with Rite Aid, blocks Apple Pay and Google Wallet

    Sat 9:30pm
    CVS has ceased accepting Near-Field Communication (NFC) payments from Apple Pay and Google Wallet at its stores, US-wide. The pharmacy issued the instructions to stores earlier this week, with shutdowns continuing through the weekend. CVS has mirrored Rite…
  • Twitpic archives acquired by Twitter, data saved temporarily

    Sat 8:45pm
    With time ticking down before the permanent shutdown of Twitpic, the company has announced that it has agreed to an acquisition offer by Twitter itself. The arrangement keeps the domain and photo archive accumulated by the service intact, and this keeps "the…
  • Google CEO Larry Page hands over most Google products to Sundar Pichai

    Sat 8:11pm
    Google CEO Larry Page sent a memo to Google staffers yesterday, reorganizing the upper echelons of management, and stepping back somewhat from his daily duties. In the memo, Page transfers a number of divisions that previously reported directly to him over to…
  • Hands On: Boom (OS X)

    Sat 8:04pm
    The speakers included with Mac laptop and desktop systems and portable devices typically suffice for basic audio needs. For more power behind your sound, Global Delight offers its audio app Boom, a volume-optimizer for OS X. Boom's central functionality is…
  • Yosemite adoption outpacing last year's Mavericks, now at 12.8 percent

    Fri 10:45pm
    Users are getting used to the idea of upgrading to the latest OS X versions very quickly after release, a new study from ad agency and trend analyst Chitika shows. The latest major OS X upgrade, 10.10 Yosemite, has already achieved a 12.8 percent share of all…
  • Memo shows Rite-Aid's disabling of Apple Pay, NFC systems deliberate

    Fri 8:16pm
    Following reader complaints of Rite-Aid stores no longer accepting Apple Pay or Google Wallet payments (following a brief period where both worked properly) and a "cone of silence" from PR representatives, leaked documents have revealed that the reversal by…
  • Sprint adds 12-month option to 'iPhone for Life' leasing plan

    Fri 5:58pm
    Sprint is making changes to its iPhone for Life rental plan, just over a month after launch. The carrier is adjusting the plan to allow customers the ability to lease an iPhone and upgrade it after 12 months, though the existing 24-month period between…
  • Apple submits revised plans for Phase 2 of new Cupertino campus

    Fri 5:51pm
    Apple has a submitted revised plans for the second phase of its Campus 2 project in Cupertino, California. Next to the main "spaceship" complex, the company is looking to build three research and development-related buildings on opposite sides of North Tantau…
  • Friday Deals: iOS Grand Theft Auto, 240GB SSD, 1TB external, more

    Fri 5:25pm
    Its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check…
  • AT&T locking Apple SIMs in new iPad models, buyers complain

    Fri 4:52pm
    The new Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is being locked to AT&T if data subscribers choose that carrier, according to complaints. The problem is confirmed by a new Apple support document, which says that when buyers "choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and…
  • Forums: Yosemite is a big win (or fail depending on who you ask)

    Fri 4:46pm
    With just a little over one week on the Mac App Store under its belt, OS X 10.10 Yosemite has been one of the hottest topics in the MacNN forums, with discussion topics ranging from claimed "unfixed bugs" and battery life issues to beefs with Dark Mode and…
  • Apple deals: Mac desktops from $419

    Fri 4:45pm
    Right now at Apple's online store, take advantage of price cuts on a wide range of Mac desktops. The lowest-priced item on that list is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, now $419. Right now,…
  • DealNN: Mac mini from $494, 256 SSD for $135 and more

    Fri 4:44pm
    MacMall.com has already begun dropping prices on brand-new Mac mini configurations. The entry-level Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and Mac OS X Yosemite has seen a $5 price cut from $499…
  • WSJ says iTunes Stores sales down 13-14 percent in 2014

    Fri 3:56pm
    Sales at Apple's iTunes Store have fallen between 13 and 14 percent in 2014 so far, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. That represents a steepening decline, coming in the wake of a 2.1 percent dip in 2013. The trend is believed to be connected to the music…
  • Giveaway: Tomb Raider

    Fri 3:10pm
    For nearly two decades, the Tomb Raider franchise has been keeping adventure-seekers entertained for countless hours all around the world. Since the release of the first game in 1996, there have been a number of sequels to the game, a series of box office…
  • Hands On: Tomb Raider (OS X, Windows)

    Fri 3:00pm
    Last year, Square Enix published a new take on a fan favorite character that made a debut on the PlayStation back in 1996. Under the development of Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider was rebooted to reintroduce the origins of Lara Croft. Rather than rely on some of…
  • Editorial: In defense of the new $499 Mac mini

    Fri 2:58pm
    After its release, we came out pretty strongly against Apple's new $499 Mac mini. We thought it to be underpowered, and despite some minor improvements, generally a step backwards. Time has passed, tempers have cooled a bit, and we've given it a second…
  • Deezer acquires Stitcher, will keep iOS, Android apps alive

    Fri 2:42pm
    Paris-based streaming music service Deezer has acquired Stitcher, the company has announced. The purchase, for an undisclosed amount, will allow Deezer to take control of the personalized Internet talk radio service, which currently provides access to eight…
  • Giveaway: PoP'n 2

    Fri 1:15pm
    Enter to win one of two PowerSkin PoP'n 2 portable power packs for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from MacNN Giveaway entry period closes October 29.
  • Giveaway: RapidWeaver6

    Fri 1:07pm
    Until November 6, enter to win one of five copies of RapidWeaver 6 from MacNN.
  • Amazon Rewards Visa card gets added to Apple Pay

    Fri 12:54pm
    The Amazon Rewards Visa card has now been added to Apple Pay, some owners have noticed. The card wasn't initially compatible with Apple Pay when the service was launched earlier this week. Support for the card is notable because of its popularity, owing to…
  • Apps: Skitch, BusyCal, ExanDriver

    Fri 11:56am
  • BBEdit 11 gets improvements to Clipping, syntax highlights, more

    Fri 11:51am
    Bare Bones has upgraded its popular text and code editor, BBEdit, to version 11. The Mac software has a long list of new features, fixes, and minor improvements. Some changes include better syntax highlighting, a revised Find Differences interface, and a new…
  • Bringing Apple Pay to China a high priority, says Cook

    Fri 11:06am
    For Apple, getting Apple Pay working in China is a major priority, CEO Tim Cook tells China's state-run Xinhua news agency. "China is a really key market for us," he says. "Everything we do, we are going to work it here. Apple Pay is on the top of the list."…
  • Samsung's Knox Android security suite under fire from new researcher

    Fri 9:59am
    Reports have begun to circulate about a pervasive flaw in Samsung's Knox security software for Android phones. The technology, which is the foundation of Android 5.0 Lollipop's enhanced protections, has come under fire by a lone, previously-unknown researcher,…
  • Review: Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

    Fri 5:00am
    There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringing a heap of features for music enjoyment to a powerful speaker, the company introduced the Roar earlier this year. With the…
  • Reviews: Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

    Fri 3:00am
    There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringing a heap of features for music enjoyment to a powerful speaker, the company introduced the Roar earlier this year. With the…
  • Former Apple execs Johnson, McDougal form new retail startup, Enjoy

    Thu 11:51pm
    Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson, along with his former Apple colleague Jerry McDougal and former Apple creative director Tom Suiter have teamed up in a new retail-oriented startup endeavor called Enjoy, promising to help consumers spend more wisely…
  • Briefly: Pocket Informant 4.5, Nike hints at future Apple projects

    Thu 11:35pm
    Web Information Solutions has updated its iOS app Pocket Informant, a combined scheduling and task list manager compatible with built-in calendar data, Google, Toodledo, Evernote or Informant Sync. Free to download, by upgrading to its premium version ($15)…
  • AAPL hits all-time high, may close week at record levels

    Thu 8:56pm
    Apple's stock on Thursday hit a new all-time closing high, reaching $104.83 per share at the closing bell. While many are waiting to see if the company can close the week at that level or higher, others -- including activist investor Carl Icahn and CEO Tim…
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