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10/31/2014, 08:51:00 AM, Posted By Katie Marsal

For a limited time, AppleInsider has teamed up with one of Apple's Authorized Resellers to offer an instant $50 savings on roughly 5 dozen different configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan (and no tax in 48 states).

How Apple, Inc. went thermonuclear on Samsung, erasing Android's primary profit center

10/30/2014, 09:19:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

After failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in years-long legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.

First look: Heart rate tracking $199 Microsoft Band connects to Apple's iOS & OS X, will integrate with HealthKit

10/30/2014, 05:00:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Microsoft issued a surprise on Thursday when it launched a new hardware product dubbed the Microsoft Band, a fitness-focused wrist-worn device that connects to both iOS and OS X, and will also integrate with Apple's HealthKit service and Health app for iPhone. AppleInsider offers a first look at the new wearable device.

Developers of PCalc, Nomi run afoul of Apple's evolving iOS 8 App Store policies

10/29/2014, 06:23:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple's platform policies for iOS, OS X and their respective App Stores have occasionally irked developers or even wildly disrupted their businesses. The latest collision involves a retroactive ban on widget calculators and tightened WiFi privacy rules for iOS, as Apple issues new rules for apps using Apple Pay and TestFlight.

Microsoft unveils Office 365 SDK and APIs for iOS app extensibility

10/28/2014, 03:35:51 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Microsoft on Tuesday revealed a multi-pronged initiative to supply developers with new Office 365 APIs and open-source SDKs, which can be used to tap into the company's cloud-based productivity platform for deep iOS app integration.

Apple seeks partners to enable NFC-based transit payments & building access for iPhone 6 & Watch

10/27/2014, 10:42:08 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Though the near-field communications chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is currently exclusively for Apple Pay, the wireless functionality may be expanded to new uses such as replacing a public transit card or a secure building access keycard.

In-depth review: Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

10/27/2014, 08:36:00 AM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple's latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 incorporate Touch ID and support for Apple Pay within apps, with the same 10 hour battery life of previous models. The full size iPad Air 2 is also now 18 percent slimmer with an improved, antireflective display and gains a faster A8X chip, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, a barometer, and a significantly improved iSight camera.

CVS joins Rite Aid in blocking Apple Pay in "CurrentC" plan to collect more customer data

10/25/2014, 05:38:18 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Two major U.S. drugstores have turned off their NFC payment terminals to stop Apple Pay transactions in an effort to make their own "CurrentC" app-based payment system--which is designed to collect and track information on their customers--the only option, even though it's not actually finished yet.

After gaining U.S. government approval, Samsung Knox security for Android found to be "completely compromised" [u]

10/23/2014, 06:07:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Samsung's Knox security layer for Android generates weak encryption keys, stores passwords locally and gives users login hints in a fatal "security by obscurity" design "compromising the security of the product completely," a researcher has detailed.

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

10/22/2014, 03:39:42 PM, Posted By Sam Oliver

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.

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

10/22/2014, 12:54:33 PM, Posted By Sam Oliver

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.

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

10/22/2014, 08:20:00 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

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.

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

10/21/2014, 05:03:55 PM, Posted By Katie Marsal

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.

IBM's first enterprise apps for iPad to launch next month as iPad reaches 90 percent tablet share in U.S education

10/21/2014, 04:03:00 AM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple isn't just waiting around for iPad sales to pick up speed. In its earnings conference call with analysts, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook stated the first wave of IBM's Mobile First apps targeting businesses would arrive next month, while separately noting that iPad now accounted for 90 percent of U.S. tablets used in education.

MLB World Series stadiums first pro sports venues to accept Apple Pay

10/20/2014, 10:08:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

When the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants at this year's MLB World Series, fans attending the games at the two teams' respective stadiums will be able to buy concession items using Apple Pay.

Microsoft rumored to launch smartwatch this holiday season, beating Apple Watch to market

10/20/2014, 11:59:46 AM, Posted By Sam Oliver

Microsoft is said to be planning to bring a smartwatch to the market "within the next few weeks," beginning sales ahead of the lucrative holiday shopping season and also beating the highly anticipated Apple Watch to store shelves.

Apple launches iCloud Photos beta Web client ahead of iOS 8.1 rollout

10/18/2014, 06:57:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Apple on Saturday launched a beta version of iCloud Photos for iCloud.com users, activating the photo and video storage and syncing service planned to officially roll out on Monday with the debut of iOS 8.1.

American Express prepares customers for Apple Pay launch, details setup procedure

10/17/2014, 05:57:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

In an email sent out to credit card holders on Friday, American Express announced integration with Apple Pay and outlined steps users need to take in order to get the payment system up and running on their mobile device.

How to place and answer iPhone calls on your Mac with OS X Yosemite

10/17/2014, 12:49:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

With Apple's newly released OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, users can be alerted to incoming calls to their iPhone on their Mac, and even answer a call and carry a conversation through their Mac in a simple, seamless process.

Yosemite updaters will need to wait for Monday's iOS 8.1 launch for SMS relay & Instant Hotspot

10/17/2014, 08:25:00 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Users who have updated to Apple's newly launched OS X Yosemite Mac operating system won't be able to use the highly anticipated SMS relay or Instant Hotspot features for a few more days, as support can be found in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 update for iPhone.