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ANZ Eftpos Access Cards Now Support Apple Pay in Australia

Eftpos, a debit payments network in Australia, today announced that ANZ eftpos Access cards now feature support for Apple Pay. ANZ is the first bank in Australia to make in-store eftpos mobile payments available to 1.6 million ANZ eftpos Access cardholders through Apple Pay. Visa, American Express, and MasterCard credit and debit cards issued in Australia by participating banks already supported Apple Pay, but the addition of eftpos is nota

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Apple Executives Receive Restricted Stock Units Worth Millions

Several Apple executives were today awarded 128,584 restricted stock units or RSUs worth upwards of 20 million at Apple‘s current price. The RSUs are set to vest after a set period of time and serve as bonus compensation to encourage employees to stay with the company. Johny Srouji, Phil Schiller, Dan Riccio, Luca Maestri, Craig Federighi, Eddy Cue, and Angela Ahrendts all received 128,584 restricted stock units this month. 64,885 RSUs w

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WhatsApp Gains Support for Live Location Sharing

Popular messaging app WhatsApp was today updated with a new feature that‘s designed to allow WhatsApp users to share their location in real-time with family and friends. Live Location through WhatsApp features end-to-end encryption and includes tools to allow users to specify who they share their location with and for how long. To use Live Location, WhatsApp users need to open a chat with a person or group, select the "Location" fea

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Apple Seeds Third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers, a week after releasing the second macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta and three weeks after releasing the new High Sierra operating system to the public. The third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed. macOS High Sierr

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Google Testing Support for Third-Party Email Accounts in Gmail for iOS

Google today asked customers who use the Gmail for iOS app to test a new feature that will allow non-Google accounts to be added to and checked from the official Gmail for iOS app. Right now, the Gmail app for iOS devices only supports Gmail accounts, but the addition of support for third-party email accounts would put the app on par with other popular iOS apps like Spark, Airmail, Alto, Edison Mail, and other options. Calling Gmail iOS use

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Dropbox Launches New ‘Dropbox Professional‘ Account Option for Freelancers

Dropbox today introduced a new account option called Dropbox Professional, aimed at individuals who need more storage and features than are available with a standard Plus account, but don‘t need a business account. Priced at 19.99 per month, Dropbox Professional offers 1TB of storage and it includes a new feature called Dropbox Showcase. Dropbox Showcase allows for Dropbox content to be organized into a PDF with a customized layout,

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New Rumor Suggests Apple Pay Will Launch in Sweden Next Week [Updated]

Apple is gearing up to launch Apple Pay in Sweden next week, according to a report by Swedish site MacPro [Google Translate]. The site stated that the first financial partner with Apple Pay in Sweden will be the bank Nordea, and that the two companies will jointly announce the mobile wallet collaboration one week from today, on October 24. During its third quarter earnings call in August, Apple confirmed that Apple Pay would be expanding to

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New Rumor Suggests Apple Pay Will Launch in Sweden Next Week

Apple is gearing up to launch Apple Pay in Sweden next week, according to a report by Swedish site MacPro [Google Translate]. The site stated that the first financial partner with Apple Pay in Sweden will be the bank Nordea, and that the two companies will jointly announce the mobile wallet collaboration one week from today, on October 24. During its third quarter earnings call in August, Apple confirmed that Apple Pay would be expanding to

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Microsoft Says Its New Surface Book 2 is Twice as Powerful as Latest MacBook Pro

Microsoft today introduced the Surface Book 2, the second generation of its high-end notebook and tablet hybrid. The new Surface Book 2 is equipped with Intel‘s latest eighth-generation Core processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 17 hours of battery life based on video playback. Microsoft says those tech specs make the Surface Book 2 up to five times more powerful than the original Surface B

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Pixel 2 Reviews: Iterative Update Lacks ‘Wow Factor‘ But Still ‘Best Android Phone You Can Buy‘

Two weeks after first unveiling the Pixel 2 at an event in San Francisco, reviews of Google‘s latest smartphone have now been published online. Many of the reviews written on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are positive, with multiple articles referring to the smartphones as the best Android devices on the market, as well as legitimate competitors to Apple‘s iPhone series. The only slight negatives appear to surround Google‘s dec

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Twelve South Releases New ‘Inspire‘ Candle as Small Tribute to the Mac

Last year, popular accessory maker Twelve South introduced a candle that promised to deliver a "New Mac" scent. The limited time product was so popular among Apple aficionados that it quickly sold out. Twelve South is back at it again this year with a new "Inspire" candle, which it refers to as Mac candle N2. Made from 100 percent soy wax, it is said to give off strong notes of bergamot, lemon, and tarragon. This year‘s candle won&l

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Apple TV‘s Search Feature Expands to BBC America, CBC, and Other Apps

Apple TV‘s universal search feature now supports a selection of additional apps in the United States and other countries. In the United States, fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV users can now search for movies or TV shows on BBC America, Classix, and Oxygen, an NBC-owned channel that primarily airs true crime programming. In Canada, newly supported apps include Apple Music, CBC TV, Classix, FXNOW Canada, ICI Tou.tv in Qubec, and

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Facebook Begins Testing Rsum ‘Work Histories‘ Feature on Mobile, Acquires Popular Teen App ‘TBH‘

After announcing support for job applications within the Facebook app on iOS earlier in 2017, Facebook this week has been testing out a LinkedIn-like rsum/CV "work histories" feature for certain mobile users. Discovered by developer Jane Manchun Wong, and shared by The Next Web, the feature lets Facebook users share their work experience with potential employers without having to leave the app. The update is an expansion to Facebook‘s st

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Google App Now Lets You Get Directions With Apple Maps or Waze

Google‘s official search app for iOS has been updated this week with more navigation options in the United States and other countries. In addition to Google Maps, you can now use Apple Maps or Waze for navigation when searching for places and addresses in the Google app. When you search for an address and tap the navigation button, a menu opens with the three options for directions: Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze. The update a

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PayPal Announces Over 2M U.S. Retailers Will Begin Accepting Venmo Payments Online

PayPal today announced that "more than two million" retailers in the United States will now accept online payments from the PayPal-owned, peer-to-peer payments platform Venmo. Users with Venmo accounts will be able to pay on retailer apps like Forever 21, Foot Locker, and Lululemon starting this week (via Reuters). With the addition of Venmo into the checkout process of these apps, Venmo customers can use their app balance, linked cards, or ba

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Apple CarPlay Support Comes to BBC iPlayer Radio App

The BBC today updated its Radio iPlayer app to support Apple CarPlay, allowing vehicle drivers with the feature to listen to BBC radio more safely when behind the wheel. A simplified touch interface has been adopted for the new in-car version, designed to be easy to fast-forward in a show or skip through entire episodes. Apart from CarPlay and Android Auto support, the update also brings additional features to help make radio listening a

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Walking Route Calorie Estimator Removed From Google Maps After User Criticism

Google is removing an experimental calorie estimator from its Maps iOS app, following criticism from users that the feature amounted to unsolicited health advice and could do more harm than good (via TechCrunch). The feature began rolling out to some users last week and shows an estimate of the calories that would be burned if a selected walking route was taken. The calorie estimator not only displayed the potential number of calories bu

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iPhone X Parts Suppliers Reportedly on Schedule to Meet 2017 Production Demand

Yield rates for some iPhone X components have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October, according to sources from Apple‘s supply chain. Yesterday it was reported that Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started shipping its first iPhone X units from its main plant in Zhengzhou, China. The same sources are now reporting improved production yield rates for key parts s

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Face Detection in Google Photos App Now Recognizes Cats and Dogs by Name

Google updated its Photos app on Monday with a new facial recognition feature that lets users organize pictures of their family pets more easily. Since it was launched, Google Photos has employed facial recognition to identify humans and help users sort their snaps by friend or family member, similar to how Faces works in Apple Photos. The latest version of Google‘s own photos app builds on its face detection feature by recognizing

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Greenpeace Gives Apple a B- in ‘Guide to Greener Electronics‘

Greenpeace today published its Guide to Greener Electronics, which provides insight into the environmental practices of 17 major companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, and more. Among all of the companies Greenpeace evaluated for energy, resource consumption, and chemicals, Apple received the second best marks, trailing behind only Fairphone, a device designed with minimal environmental impact in mind. Apple

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New Car Buyers Increasingly Interested in Apple CarPlay

CarPlay is becoming an increasingly important feature that consumers look for when purchasing a vehicle, according to a new report released today by Strategy Analytics. In a survey querying future car buyers about their interest in Android Auto, CarPlay, and Baidu CarLife in the United States, Western Europe, and China, Strategy Analytics discovered the majority of consumers are interested in CarPlay. In the United States, 23 percent of r

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Apple Responds to Senator‘s Request for Info on Face ID Privacy and Security

Shortly after the iPhone X was unveiled, United States Senator Al Franken, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook to ask several questions about the security and the privacy of Face ID. Franken asked Apple to address his questions by October 13, 2017, which Apple did through a letter sent by Cynthia Hogan, the company‘s Vice President for Public Policy in

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Apple Considered Buying Medical Clinic Startup Crossover Health

Apple considered purchasing medical clinic startup Crossover Health as part of its push into healthcare, reports CNBC. Apple is said to have participated talks with the healthcare company up until recently, but after months of discussion, no deal materialized. According to its website, Crossover Health works with major companies to provide employees with on-site medical clinics. Some of its existing customers include Facebook, Microsoft, Linke

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Apple‘s Mac Mini is Now Three Years Old, No Refresh Date in Sight

Today marks the third anniversary of the last update of the Mac mini, Apple‘s most affordable and compact desktop computer. The Mac mini was refreshed on October 16, 2014, and since then, the machine has seen no additional updates. The Mac mini is positioned as a "bring your own" machine that comes without a mouse, keyboard, or display, and the current version is still running Haswell processors and integrated Intel HD 5000/Intel Iris Gr

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