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Tim Cook: “I’m proud to be gay”

In an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek, Tim Cook has opened up about his sexuality for the first time, writing “I’m proud to be gay.” The piece, entitled Tim Cook Speaks Up, is a first person account from the Apple CEO and contains details about his personal life that Cook had previously chosen to keep private. While I have never denied my sexuality,…

Apple Pay competitor CurrentC hacked

CurrentC, the mobile payment service from the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) consortium, has been hacked, according to Business Insider. The Apple Pay competitor, backed by large US retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and Target, which is let to launch to the public, has already seen user data leaked to unauthorized third-parties. CurrentC has begun…

MCX retailers contractually obliged to CurrentC mobile payments, fines incurred for accepting Apple Pay

Retailers that are part of the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) consortium are contractually obliged to only accept mobile payments made via the CurrentC system. The group — which features big names like Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and Gap, among others — have all agreed to use CurrentC exclusively and will incur fines should they accept mobile payments…

iOS 8 now installed on over half of all active devices

iOS 8 is now installed on over half of all active iOS devices, according to Apple’s own data. The adoption statistics displayed on the company’s Developer Support pages show that iOS 8 is now running on 52% of iOS devices with 43% running iOS 7 and only 5% running older versions of the operating system. Earlier this month, it appeared that iOS 8 adoption…

RiteAid, CVS disable Apple Pay at stores across US, work on competing CurrentC platform [Updated with Apple statement]

Over the weekend, it came to light that some major US retailers were set to block Apple Pay transactions in their story nationwide. Two of those, CVS and RiteAid, have now officially disabled Apple Pay in store. Since its launch, Apple Pay has seen positive reports from early adopters with many complementing its ease of use and simplicity. While…

iPhone 6 NFC could be used for more than Apple Pay in the near future

The NFC technology included in Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus might be used for more than Apple Pay in the near future. The Near Field Communication hardware inside the latest iPhones is currently limited to Apple’s mobile payment system, but the company is actively seeking to expand its utility into areas such as public transit tickets and building…

Apple still doesn’t care as much about smaller iPads

Many of you may have noticed, when Apple announced the new iPads a few weeks ago, there was a lot of talk about the iPad mini not getting a “proper” upgrade. Well, that’s completely true. Look at the specs it has, they are the exact same as the iPad mini 2. What’s the big difference? Nothing other than the inclusion of an NFC chip (which is…