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2014

Bank of America glitch charges some Apple Pay customers twice, error will be fixed & users reimbursed

Wednesday October 22, 2014

A small number of Bank of America customers were hit with a double-charge when using Apple Pay this week, but the problem resulting from a glitch between the bank and a payment network is expected to be quickly resolved.

Leak suggests new Fitbit Surge smartwatch will best Apple Watch by integrating GPS

Wednesday October 22, 2014

Newly leaked marketing materials suggest Fitbit may be on the verge of releasing a new fitness-focused smartwatch with a heart rate sensor as well as integrated GPS, the latter of which the upcoming Apple Watch will not feature without tethering to an iPhone.

Apple planning to bring Apple Pay support to iAd with new buy buttons - report

Wednesday October 22, 2014

Tap-to-buy quick purchasing buttons with support for Apple Pay may be coming to Apple's iAd mobile advertising network as soon as this fall, according to a new report.

AppleInsider 2.0 for iPhone and iPad now available as free downloads from Apple's App Store

Wednesday October 22, 2014

AppleInsider today is pleased to announce the release of a major update to its universal iOS application on the App Store, delivering a fresh new look, unified subscription features across the iPhone and iPad, favorites, advance font preferences, offline reading, Instapaper support and more.

MasterCard pushes Apple Pay with new 'Priceless Surprises' TV ads

Wednesday October 22, 2014

The first television commercials spotlighting Apple Pay did not come from Apple itself, but from launch partner MasterCard, which is running baseball-themed ads hyping the launch of the new iPhone 6-based tap-to-pay system.

Hacks targeting Chinese iCloud users prompt Apple CEO Tim Cook to meet China's vice premier

Wednesday October 22, 2014

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has reportedly traveled to Beijing to meet with the vice premier of China to discuss protecting user data, a meeting prompted by recent hacks targeting iCloud users in the country.

Get your Mac online anywhere easily with OS X Yosemite's new Instant Hotspot iPhone tethering feature

Wednesday October 22, 2014

One of the new Continuity features between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is Instant Hotspot, giving users the ability to automatically connect to the Internet through their iPhone's cellular data connection without the need to touch their phone.

Review roundup: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deemed best in class, but changes mostly iterative [u]

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The reviews are in for this year's iPad product refreshes and the results are expectedly positive for the new iPad Air 2, though some question whether Apple did enough to warrant the iPad mini 3's price tag.

Apple's Maps Connect portal lets local businesses create, add details to listings

Tuesday October 21, 2014

In a continued effort to make Apple Maps more accurate, Apple on Tuesday launched a new Web portal called "Maps Connect" to let local businesses add information directly into the mapping services.

Apple's new A8X powered iPad Air 2 smokes new Android tablets, including Nvidia's Tegra K1 Shield Tablet [u]

Tuesday October 21, 2014

New Geekbench processor benchmarks show Apple's triple core, 64-bit A8X Application Processor is dramatically faster than the latest Android tablets, despite their additional cores and faster clock rates.

Apple leadership awarded restricted stock unit bonus currently worth $19M

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Eight Apple executives last week were awarded identical bonuses in the form of conditional RSUs worth over $19.6 million at the stock's current price, according to a U.S. SEC filing.

Apple spent $1M on lobbying US government in Q3, focused on health, data privacy, more

Tuesday October 21, 2014

According to a recently filed disclosure, Apple spent a little over $1 million over the third quarter on lobbying issues like consumer health data, safe driving, e-books and data privacy, among others.

GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, will sell off more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay debt

Tuesday October 21, 2014

As part of its plan to "wind down" sapphire production operations after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, GT Advanced Technologies will reportedly sell more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay off an outstanding debt to Apple.

Apple Inc. surprises with massive $17 billion Q4 stock buyback

Tuesday October 21, 2014

During its fiscal Q4 ending in September, Apple spent an incredible $17 billion to buy up its own stock, increasingly doing so on its own without outside bankers' assistance. Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, Apple has spent an astounding $45 billion to repurchase its stock from fleeing investors at incredible discounts.

Rumor: Apple Pay loyalty program could launch in time for Christmas

Tuesday October 21, 2014

With the Apple Pay launch complete in the U.S., Apple may now turn its sights toward launching a new store loyalty rewards program in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Apple Pay already works internationally, but only with US credit cards

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Though Apple Pay is only advertised to work in the U.S. at the moment, users have found that the tap-to-pay functionality found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is in fact operational with compatible terminals internationally, as long as the device is set up properly with American credit cards.

Alleged iPad Air 2 benchmark shows A8X CPU has three cores, 2GB of RAM

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Though Apple hasn't revealed the exact specifications of the beefed-up A8X processor that powers the iPad Air 2, a new benchmark purports to show the horsepower of the CPU, revealing a triple-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.

Hackers targeting Apple iCloud users in mainland China with 'massive' attack

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Hackers have reportedly begun targeting iCloud users in mainland China, utilizing a so-called "man-in-the-middle" approach in an attempt to steal user information, with one group accusing the Chinese government itself of perpetrating the attack.

Wall Street blown away by Apple's 'remarkable' record September quarter

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Apple exceeded market expectations this week with the results of its record breaking September quarter, leading analysts to heap praise on the company and raise their price targets as it heads into what is expected to be a blockbuster holiday season.

Video: Using Apple Pay in-store on an iPhone 6 is quick, convenient, and dead simple

Tuesday October 21, 2014

With this week's launch of iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay, shoppers can now use Apple's tap-to-pay functionality in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in a variety of in-store locations. AppleInsider offers a closer look at just how quick and easy it is to use the new digital payment system.