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Apple's own, long-rumored payments service has finally been unveiled at the iPhone launch event. But since it's a novel service, the company needs to invest a lot of effort so that it becomes very easy to use by users from all over the world, not only in the United States.
That's why Apple has hired Mary Carol Harris, former Director of Mobile at Visa Europe to help bring the NFC-based Apple Pay mobile payments system to Europe, according to a recent report from PaymentEye publication. Here's what the original report says:
Harris has been with Visa since 2008 and previously headed up NFC at Telefónica, Spain’s leading multinational by market cap and one of the largest private telecommunications company in the world.
Apple’s mobile payments solution is scheduled to debut in the United States on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in October, and on the Apple Watch early next year. And, as a recent leak has suggested it, it will be making its way into iPads, as well.
The iPads aren't selling as great as they used to, but that's because the overall industry is declining and not because Apple's products are not as good as before. However, Cupertino doesn't seem to accept reality and still wants to drive further sales.
Now Bloomberg reports that Tim Cook and his team are planning to add a gold color option to the bigger iPads in order to goose sales. Here are more bits from the report:
This isn't the first time when Apple tries to make its products look more appealing by diversifying color choice. The company has also introduced candy-colored iMacs in 1999 and different color versions for the polycarbonate iPhone 5c.
Bloomberg also says that a 12.9-inch screen iPad is still in the pipeline, but it won’t be introduced until next year.
Apple is expected to announce the upcoming iPads this month and rumors have already started piling up. One of the most talked about features is support for Touch ID finger print sensor. Now, references to new iPad models with Touch ID support and a settings page for Apple Pay have been discovered hidden in a recent beta of iOS 8.1.
The third image shows code string from iOS 8.1 labeled ABOUT_PAYMENT_TEXT_IPAD, and the text reads ‘Pay with iPad using Touch ID. With Apple Pay, you no longer need to type card numbers and shipping information.’
This nsuggests that Apple has iPads with built-in Touch ID sensors on the cards and that they will also support Apple Pay. However, the Apple Pay service will be used for online or in-app shopping and not in-store payments.
Most likely, before the new iPads are ready for the unveiling, Apple also wants to make sure that the latest iOS 8.1 software is polished, so that there won't be any complaints.
When it rains it pours sometimes. While Apple has seen phenomenal success with sales of their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones reaching 10 Million easily in just a few days of release, they have still run into some speed bumps as well. From a bad iOS 8.0.1 update to the silly "bendgate" media frenzy, it seems like everyone is piling on Apple all of a sudden. According to the latest news, even the tax man is after Apple!
According to the latest reports, Apple is in trouble with the European Commission for a form of tax evasion to the tune of as much as $8 Billion dollars. Basically, the EC is accusing Apple of working out tax agreements in Ireland in the early 1990s and late 2000s which “confer an advantage on Apple” that breaks European tax laws.
Here's a quote with some of the details from the EC,
The first ever Pokémon game to be released on iPad, or indeed on any iOS device, has arrived today in the App Store. The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online brings the online version of the popular trading-card game to iPad and iPad mini, from the third generation of iPad and up.
The free-to-play app is designed to be very similar to the PC and Mac version of the game, and players can take their digital card collection and game progress with them across all devices that they play on.
The app has identical features to the PC and Mac game, including player-versus-computer and player-versus-player online battles, deck building, card trading, avatar customisation, a Pokémon TCG tutorial, and much more.
All Pokémon TCG Online players will get several free digital Pokémon TCG decks to kick off the game with, and they can also earn more cards via player-versus-computer and online battles.
Also, if you buy physical theme decks, booster packs, and other Pokémon TCG products, you’ll get a code card that enables you to unlock more digital cards to add to your decks.
Source: The Pokémon Company
When it comes to Major League Baseball apps, the official MLB.com At Bat is arguably the best application to have on an iOS device. At Bat allows users to track stats, listen to live coverage, as well as live stream numerous games on the go.
On Monday, for the first time ever, MLB.com announced that At Bat will be live streaming every game in the World Series as well as a few postseason games on the go. Baseball-lovers will need to be MLB.tv Premium subscribers to access the content but can also pay $3.99 to view the rest of the season.
Today's app update notes via App Store:
- For the first time we will be streaming live every World Series game and select other Postseason games to all authenticated MLB.TV Premium subscribers
- Live Postseason coverage for every game through the 2014 World Series
- Postseason.TV: Live companion coverage featuring up to 10 alternate camera angles for the AL Wild Card, AL Division Series and AL Championship Series (TBS broadcasts only)
- General performance improvements
A security researcher recently discovered something a bit frightening in iOS 8. Apparently, when you have the QuickType predictive feature activated in iOS 8, it will actually suggest parts of your password as part of its predictive typing feature. Here's a quote with an example,
To do that you need to turn “Predictive” to OFF in the Settings > General > Keyboard.
G5 has announced today that the full version of the original Stand O’Food game will be free to download for one week, from today, September 29, to October 5.
This really is a great opportunity to snap up a classic iOS game for free while it’s available. It’s such an incredibly addictive and fun game, and well worth picking up.
The basic aim of the gameplay is to feed your hungry customers before they get angry and leave.
There are two modes to choose from, Quest mode and Lunch Rush mode, featuring over 100 levels and more than 80 recipes to make.
It’s not all about speeding through the customers’ orders, though, as you have to prepare the sandwich accurately from the chosen ingredients, and plan ahead so that you don’t run out of a specific ingredient.
By serving your customers in a timely manner and keeping them happy you’ll earn money that you can use to purchase new condiments to make new and more elaborate recipes, and also to upgrade your equipment.
It’s worth noting that while there is also a freemium version of the game already available, you have to pay to unlock further levels of that version. Make sure you download the “Full” version, which is normally a paid app.
Click here to download from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id371675880?mt=8
Source: G5 Entertainment
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