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Staples now accepting Apple Pay at 1,400 stores across US

Office supply store Staples has begun accepting Apple Pay as a payment method at its retail stores as of today, according to reports from Apple Insider and MacRumors. The company is rolling out support for Apple’s mobile payments service at 1,400 stores across the United States. Staples now offers its customers access to Apple Pay, a new service that will…

Overcast podcast player updated with iPad and CarPlay support, more

Overcast, the popular podcast player from Marco Arment, has been updated today to version 1.1. The update brings with it a number of notable new features and improvements. The app now has a completely native iPad interface. Previously, the app would work on iPad but its interface was not designed for that device specifically. If you’re a fan of listening…

iOS 8 adoption sees modest jump, now on 56% of devices

iOS 8 is now installed on 56% of active devices, according to the latest data from Apple’s developer support pages. The new rate of adoption represents a modest bump over the last published figure, jumping from 52% to 56% in two weeks. Previously, iOS 8 adoption was seemingly stagnating around the halfway mark. Following the release of iOS 8.1 which…

Apple files patent to resolve cellular dead spots

Dead spots are a nuisance that most people have experienced with their cellphones. Whether it’s a blip that causes a dropped call, or a large zone of sustained agony, the experience is always less than ideal. It looks like Apple may offer a solution to that problem in a future release of iOS with their latest patent, which offers a way for carriers to…

Apple and Alibaba discussing China-focused payment partnership, could accelerate Apple Pay rollout

An executive from Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba revealed today that the company is in talks with Apple over a partnership to provide a payments solution in the country, reports The Wall Street Journal. The comments were made by Alibaba’s Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai who also noted that the deal would be focused on Apple’s presence in China….

Apple steps up enterprise expansion, hires dedicated sales force

Apple is aggressively expanding its enterprise presence and has gone so far as to hire a dedicated sales team to schmooze potential clients and work with developers, according to a new report from Reuters. Three months after announcing a partnership with IBM to develop apps for iOS and sell Apple devices into businesses, the company is said to be eyeing…

Popular all-in-one Jailbreak tweak Springtomize 3 updated for iOS 8

After much anticipation, popular Jailbreak developer Fillippo Bigarella updated Springtomize 3 with support for iOS 8 devices. The tweak update contains all of the same features it did in iOS 7. For those who don’t already know, Springtomize has been around for many years and is a one-stop tweak with a large variety of customizations. The tweak has…

Facebook Messenger app reaches 500 million monthly user milestone

Facebook has announced, via Facebook, that its Messenger mobile app is now being used by 500 million people each month across all platforms. The impressive half-billion milestone comes months after the big blue social network decided to remove direct messaging functionality from its main Facebook app and direct users towards its standalone Messenger…