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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…

Spool Dock for iPhone review: Home decor meets electronic accessory

In a world of brushed aluminum and glass, your Apple devices and associated accessories can feel a little cold. If everything looks the same in tech, there’s little room for individuality and personality. Quell & Co created something in an effort to combat this in the Spool Dock, a product that blurs the line between home decor and…

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…

Apple reaches settlement agreement with sapphire supplier, will continue to evaluate sapphire production

Apple and its former sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies have reach an agreement to dissolve the partnership. GTAT, who run the Apple-owned plant in Mesa, Arizona, announced its bankruptcy last month. As part of the settlement agreement, GT Advanced will sell off its remaining sapphire, along with 2,000 sapphire production furnaces, in order to…

iOS 8 Jailbreak released, here’s why you should wait to use it

Yesterday The Pangu Team (the Chinese hackers who brought us the iOS 7.x Jailbreak earlier this year) released the first Jailbreak for iOS 8-8.1. While the Jailbreak does work, there are quite a few reasons why you probably want to wait a few more days to Jailbreak your iOS device(s). For starters, the Jailbreak tool is currently only available for…

Tech21 Classic Tactical review: Minimalistic yet rugged

It’s the age old problem — I want my expensive new iPhone to be well protected, but I don’t want to make the beautiful, thin and light device feel like a brick. Ok, maybe it’s not an age old problem, but it is certainly a modern-day conundrum. Nevertheless, the Classic Tactical from Tech21 aims to be the iPhone case to solve such issues. It’s a…

Rovio launches Flappy Bird-inspired RETRY worldwide

Rovio, makers of the Angry Birds series of games, has today launched its Flappy Bird-inspired arcade style game RETRY around the globe. After soft-launching the game in Canada, Finland and Poland, the Finnish games maker has taken RETRY global and it is insanely difficult (as the name might suggest). RETRY, released under Rovio’s experimental LVL 11…