Don’t want retailers shutting down NFC? Tell them with your Apple Pay-powered wallet!

Apple Pay launched last week. In store, it’s a secure way to pay for items using existing NFC technology, authorized by Touch ID fingerprint technology. It in no way precludes the use of other NFC-enabled payment systems, including credit and debit cards, or other platforms or apps. It’s easy to use, lightning fast, and extremely customer friendly. It’s also private, not releasing transactional information beyond what the retailer needs to process the payment. So, CSV and Rite Aid are both going so far as to disable NFC support in general just to make sure no one tries to use Apple Pay in their stores. Yes, they’d rather hobble their transactional systems entirely than let their customers use Apple Pay. They’d rather use their own system, CurrentC, which looks about as insecure, non-private, and poorly architected as you’d imagine it would.

While I’m sure retailers want transactional data, I don’t think they really need it. Most customers will willingly give away far more personal information in exchange for “loyalty program” participation anyway, and market basket analysis is sophisticated enough that retailers can get significant marketing data anyway. CurrentC smells like a way to get loyalty-level data without having to provide commensurate rewards, and if there’s a holy grail in retail, it’s the lowest possible offer.

Also last week, Apple shipped the iPad Air 2 with an Apple SIM. It allows customers to choose their carrier and plan dynamically and, theoretically, change their carrier as their needs or location change. Most carriers around the world don’t support it. Verizon in the U.S. doesn’t support it. AT&T does support it, but decided to lock it to their network the moment you choose one of their plans, effectively rendering its dynamism useless. Yes, they’d rather waste SIM cards then let their customers shop around.

Neither of these are new or novel occurrences. The entertainment industry has, for example, tries to foist several dodgy digital-rights management schemes on us over the years, which have done little more than ensure legitimate customers have had poor to terrible viewing experiences. Witness Ultraviolet.

The result is I refuse to use Ultraviolet. If and when Apple SIM or Apple Pay come to Canada, I will refuse to use any carrier or retailer that doesn’t support them.

Apple is currently deploying technologies that are in my best interest as a consumer. (They can afford to based on their hardware-centric business model.) Those who aren’t supporting those technologies are doing it for their own, often diametrically opposed, best interests. If they won’t support the technologies that support me, I won’t support them.

I understand they fear what they can’t control. I understand they want to profit off my private information. I understand they want to take years to deploy inferior, sum-of-all-compromises systems.

I just don’t care. And I’ll tell them that with my voice and with my wallet — my hopefully soon-to-be Apple Pay powered wallet.

If you want to tell them as well, support the retailers who support the technologies you want to use, and tell the ones who don’t that, if they want your business, they better change their priorities. You can also contact them directly to voice your concerns. Please remember to be polite; the person reading your correspondence is just doing their job.

  • @cvs_extra, email form, 1-800-SHOP-CVS (1-800-746-7287), CVS Corporation Customer Relations, One CVS Drive, Woonsocket, RI 02895
  • @riteaid, email form, 1-800-RITE AID (1-800-748-3243), Rite Aid Customer Relations, P.O. Box 3165, Harrisburg , PA 17105



Posted Sunday October 26 2014 07:20 in News | Comments (0)

Best iPhone and iPad apps of the week: Inbox by Gmail and more!

It’s been another week, and another batch of awesome apps and games are ready for the downloading. We’ve got apps from big names like Google, Jawbone, and Facebook, as well as a smattering of games ranging from sports to rhythm-based surgery.

Grab your iPhone or iPad and dive into our top ten favorite new iOS apps.


Retry

Retry features the one-touch controls and sensitive impact areas of the insanely difficult physics game Flappy Bird, but lathers on retro graphics, an old-school aviation theme, and a much wider variety of levels. Very simply, try to land your plan at the end of the stage without crashing on any obstacles in between. Easier said than done. Gluttons of punishment will want to get started with Retry now.

NBA 2K15

NBA 2K15 offers substantially improved graphics while playing on the basketball court, and a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline by doing stuff like answering questions at press conferences and training their custom-made character. The soundtrack is curated by Pharrell Williams, which should keep gameplay moving nicely. NHL 2K also came out this week, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Doctor Bop

Doctor Bop is a fun little rhythm game where players conduct surgery by popping little legions growing inside patients in time with the music of the stage. Make sure to hit the extra bright dots early so all of the others on the board multiply in score value. Best of all, half of all ad revenue generated from this game is going towards Extra Life, which we’re big fans of.

Tilt to Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge

Tilt to Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge, is the latest iteration in an excellent action game series. Instead of being stuck in a static arena and having to tilt your device around incoming enemies and towards power-ups, you have to work through a continually scrolling stage, similar to an endless runner. Gather blue cubes as best you can without getting hit. Take too many hits, and it’s game over. The finely tuned gyro controls make for a really tense and fast-paced game.

Sleep Attack

Sleep Attack is an interesting new tower defense game where player spin the entire battlefield to alter the route of incoming waves of enemies, while still building and upgrading towers as before. You’ll face 17 different enemy types across six surreal dreamscapes and face off against some fearsome bosses. If you’ve had your fill of the traditional tower defense formula, Sleep Attack really does add a new dimension.

Pixelmator

Pixelmator is a hugely popular photo editing and art app for Mac that has found its way to iPad this week. As you might expect, you can work seamlessly between the two devices, so you can keep working on your projects while on the go or at your desk. Correct colors, set white balance, blur, sharpen, distort, add text, and do just about everything else you could need to do with a big boy image editor.

Inbox by Gmail

Inbox is Google’s reimagining of handling e-mail, that bundles in reminders, and collapses similar messages together. Particularly important messages will bubble up to the top, and Google will go ahead and pull in useful information from outside sources for certain messages. You can also snooze e-mails and reminders, so you can tune out from threads you aren’t directly involved in, or tasks you can get to right now. For now, you need an invite to use Inbox, but Google seems to be giving those out pretty liberally.

Rooms

Rooms is an app from Facebook that brings back the old days of chat rooms. Join live discussion groups about any number of topics without having to register an account or anything. Photos, videos, and text can be shared with the room. Rooms is a fresh and promising way of staying anonymous while still connecting with like-minded people.

Photomath

Photomath is a next generation calculator where all you have to do to find a solution is take a picture of a math problem. After taking your shot, the app will run through some basic text recognition and give you a fast, accurate answer. Every step to the solution is shown so you know how it got where it did, and new math types are supported on a release-by-release basis.

Drop by Jawbone

Drop by Jawbone is a collaborative new way to build a playlist. Once connected to your social and music streaming accounts, friends can tweet at you to add songs to whatever’s playing at your event. Drop ties in with Spotify or Rdio, for which you need a premium subscription, but if you do, you’ll find your setlists becoming much more interesting.

Your favorite new iPhone and iPad apps?

Those are the best apps lauched this week as far a we’ve been able to see, but there’s a lot that comes out in a week. Let us know what you’ve downloaded to your iPhone or iPad lately!



Posted Sunday October 26 2014 07:20 in News | Comments (0)

Review 37: Comic book shows

Review is like app or game coverage but for movie series, television shows, comic books, and other geeky entertainment. It’s great stuff you can watch and enjoy on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV! On this week’s episode — From the Arrow premiere and Flash premieres, to Gotham and SHIELD, we’re talking comic book TV shows — and how they’re getting… better?! With Dave Wiskus, Guy English, Rene Ritchie, Dan Moren, Jay Torres


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Posted Sunday October 26 2014 04:20 in News | Comments (0)

How to Jailbreak iOS 8.1 and Install Cydia (Pangu Method) (Video)

The Chinese developer team called Pangu has struck again. The team that originally jailbroke iOS 7.1 has just released their tool to jailbreak iOS 8.1. In a similar fashion to […]

Read More: How to Jailbreak iOS 8.1 and Install Cydia (Pangu Method) (Video)

Posted Sunday October 26 2014 02:00 in Jailbreak | Comments (0)

Is your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus dropping calls on AT&T? Here’s the fix!

If you’ve got an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running on AT&T, you may be experiencing more dropped calls that normal, particularly for people in areas where AT&T is working on rolling out VoLTE. Luckily, there’s a quick and easy fix you can perform that should stop all your dropped calls in their tracks. Here’s how!


How to fix dropped call issues on your AT&T iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Cellular.
  3. Tap on Enable LTE.
  4. Tap on Data Only.

That’s all there is to it. Using this setting, you will still enjoy fast data speeds with all the benefits of LTE, but your phone calls will not use LTE, but the older 4G network instead. Since most of the issues seem to be caused by VoLTE enhancements, this should stop dropped calls until the network rollout is complete in your area. We’d recommend trying to enable voice and data every now and again to see if AT&T has resolved the problem. If not, just toggle Data Only back on for a little while longer.

While we’ve gotten reports from AT&T users specifically in the Chicago area, I’d assume this trick would work for anyone that’s having dropped call issues due to LTE enhancements in a given geographical area on any network. So if that sounds like you, give this a try and let me know how it works for you!



Posted Sunday October 26 2014 01:20 in News | Comments (0)

Congratulations to the winner of a new iPad Air 2!

If there’s one thing iMore loves even more than all the iThings, it’s giving fantastic prizes to our awesome readers. Last week brought us a new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina 5K display, and Mac mini, so in true iMore fashion we wanted to give one of you $500 to put towards something shiny and new. Depending on your tastes, that could be an iPad or a nice chunk of a new iMac.

So, let’s find out who the lucky winner is, shall we?

The winner is:

J85HUA

Congratulations J85HUA! We’ll be in touch soon with information on claiming your prize. Everyone else, stay tuned for the next contest, because you know another is always just around the corner. In the meantime, head over to the forums and enter this week’s photo contest, Pumpkin!



Posted Sunday October 26 2014 01:20 in News | Comments (0)

Twitpic iOS app shut down but Twitter will keep domain and pictures online

The journey of the Twitpic online photo service has apparently reached an end. After a trademark dispute with Twitter, the service said it was shutting down in September, but later it claimed it had found a company willing to buy them and keep Twitpic going. Then that deal apparently evaporated. Today, Twitpic announced that Twitter has now agreed to take over its domain and, more importantly, will keep all of Twitpic’s old photos online.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that while the domain and old images will remain online, no new pictures can be uploaded. The iOS and Android apps have also been removed from their storefronts. Users can still login to their profile to delete any of their old images or delete their account and they can export and download their photos and data.

Do you feel this arrangement between Twitpic and Twitter is a good one?

Source: Twitpic



Posted Sunday October 26 2014 01:20 in News | Comments (0)

How to use Calendar for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

Calendars help you keep track of what you’re doing and when, which is why it’s always been one of the core apps on mobile devices from the earliest PDA (personal digital assistants), to the latest iPhones and iPads. That why, when iOS launched in 2007, it included a Calendar app. Whether you simply use Calendar by itself, or whether you sync it via iCloud, Google Calendar, Microsoft, or something else, it’s the default way to add and find appointments and events.

How to set up iCloud calendar on your iPhone or iPad

If you didn’t originally set up your iPhone or iPad with iCloud Calendar, or if you want to use a different iCloud account for Calendar than you do for iTunes purchases, you may need to sign in and set up iCloud outside of the initial setup process. In some cases, you may simply want to add an additional account to your device, you can add an iCloud account at any time via the Settings app.

How to access iCloud calendars on the Mac, Windows, and the Web

If you can’t get to your iPhone or iPad but still need to manage your iCloud calendars, you can also access them on the Mac, Windows, or on the Web. Perhaps your iPhone is dead and you need to use your Mac or a friend’s PC, or you’re on holiday and don’t have mobile data but there is an internet cafe or terminal close by. Either way, you can quickly and easily access you calendar and many of the other iCloud services from any web browser.

How to setup Google Calendar on your iPhone or iPad

Google Calendar is incredibly popular and, what’s more, is incredibly easy to setup on your iPhone or iPad. If you have a free Gmail account, you can set it up through the iOS Settings app and access it through the built-in Calendar app. If you have a paid Google account, you can also use Google Sync, Google’s implementation of Microsoft’s ActiveSync service. (Sadly, Google discontinued ActiveSync support for free accounts in 2013).

How to set up Microsoft Outlook calendar on iPhone and iPad

If Microsoft Outlook.com — Live or Hotmail if you’re retro — is your calendar provider of choice, it’s easy to set up and access it right on your iPhone or iPad. Microsoft might have taken a while, and gone through a lot of names and iterations, to get their online consumer services into the modern age, but what they’ve finally settled on is impressive. There’s Exchange if you need ActiveSync. If you don’t, there’s Outlook.

How to setup Exchange calendars using ActiveSync on your iPhone or iPad

Exchange is Microsoft’s corporate email, calendar, and contact system, and ActiveSync is their fairly awesome protocol to keep it all updated on all of your devices, including iPhone and iPad. No matter whether you use Exchange directly from Microsoft, from Google, or from your company or a third-party service, it’s all setup the same way. All you need to know are your credentials.

How to setup calendar accounts using CalDAV on your iPhone and iPad

While iOS makes it easy to add popular calendar accounts to your iPhone or iPad, you can manually add any calendar that supports the open CalDAV standard as well. For example, if you’re using the Gmail app for your Google mail, you might want to use CalDAV to add your Google Calendar to Apple’s built-in Calendar app. If you’re running our own calendar server, CalDAV is what you’ll want as well. As long as you have the login information for the CalDAV account, you’re good to go.

How to subscribe to calendars on your iPhone or iPad

Calendar subscriptions let you stay up to date on everything from your team schedule to national holidays to network programming. The iPhone and iPad let you subscribe to any calendar that provides a compatible URL. As long as you have the link for the subscription, you’re good to go.

How to set default calendars, alert times, sync options, and more on iPhone or iPad

The iPhone and iPad Calendar app allows you to set not only your default calendar, but to customize many other settings that change how your calendar events behave. Having good defaults can make it much faster to add new events and appointments, especially if you often add events to the same calendar, with the same alert requirements. You can also set how far back your iPhone and iPad will sync those appointments and events, so you can keep handy just your most recent entries, or entries going back for months. You can toggle automatic time zone shifting, and even turn off invitation alerts if you need fewer distractions in your life.

How to add and delete calendars on your iPhone and iPad

The Calendar app on the iPhone and iPad can keep track of all your events and appointments, all in one place. But it doesn’t have to keep them all in the same calendar. If you prefer to keep your work life and personal life separate, or to have a specific calendar for kids activities, or a special vacation, or for anything else, you can easily do so. Since each calendar gets its own color, and you have the ability to hide or show individual calendars, it’s a great way to stay organized and stay sane at the same time. Additional calendars are easy to setup, and if you ever stop needing them, they’re easy to delete as well.

How to use the Family Sharing calendar on iPhone and iPad

When you set up Family Sharing on your iPhone or iPad, iOS 8 automatically created a shared family calendar that every member of your Family Sharing group will have access to. From soccer games to PTA meetings and everything in between, the Family Sharing calendar can help your entire family on schedule and in touch!

How to share or make an iCloud calendar public using your iPhone or iPad

If you use Apple’s free iCloud service, and you’ve added calendars to better organize your events, you may want to make one public or share it completely. For example, if you manage a club or league, and want other members to be able to view it as well, but not edit it like they could a shared calendar, a public calendar is the way to go. If you’re planning a trip or maintaining a work schedule, and want other people to be able to not only view, but add and edit events, then a shared calendar is the way to go.

How to create, edit, and delete calendar events on your iPhone or iPad

The Calendar app for iPhone and iPad provides a great way to keep track of all your appointments and events. While it’s faster to use Siri to create basic events, if you need more precise control, or if you want to edit existing event details, you can also do it the old fashioned way — by tapping your way through options inside the Calendar app itself.

How to create, view, update, and cancel calendar events using Siri

Since Siri is meant to be your personal assistant, it only makes sense to have it schedule and manage your meetings and events on your iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPod touch 5, iPad 4, iPad 3, or iPad mini. Asking Siri to create a Calendar event only takes a few seconds and is much faster than creating them manually and entering all the data yourself. Whether you need Siri to schedule a meeting, tell you what’s on the agenda for the day, or move an existing meeting to another time to make room for a conference call or a power nap, Siri will help make sure your schedule is set.

How to quickly change or move a calendar event on iPhone and iPad

If you need to quickly change the time of an event or appointment in your iPhone or iPad’s Calendar, the today view gives you an incredibly easy way of doing so by dragging and dropping instead of entering into edit mode for each event you need to change. Unfortunately, the Calendar app doesn’t make the option very obvious. But once you know where it’s at, we’re pretty sure you’ll prefer it over editing individual events when it comes time to plan your day.

How to send and accept calendar event invitations on iPhone and iPad

When you’re creating an event or appointment in the iPhone or iPad Calendar app, you might want to add other people to it, and alert them about it. That’s where invitations come in. If you’re using a calendar service that supports it, like Apple’s iCloud service or Microsoft’s Exchange, all you need are the email addresses for the people you want to invite.

How to switch calendar views on your iPhone or iPad

The built-in Calendar app on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch offers several different ways to view your events and appointments. The default view is Month, but you can also switch to List and Day view, and on the iPad, Year view. This lets you easily see everything at a glance, or drill down to one specific hour.

Best calendar app alternatives for iPhone and iPad

While the built-in iPhone and iPad calendar app is clean and functional, it’s not the right calendar app for everyone. That’s where the App Store comes in. There are several really great calendar replacement apps, and they can all tie into the same iOS calendar database, so all of your appointments, events, birthdays, and more will “just work”. But which calendar app for iPhone or iPad is the absolute best for you?

Note: Originally published February 2013. Updated October 2014.

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Posted Sunday October 26 2014 01:20 in News | Comments (0)

How to replace your iPhone battery: The ultimate guide

Everything you need to know to DIY (do-it-yourself) replace a dead or dying battery in your iPhone!

If you’ve got an iPhone that’s past warranty and getting on in years, your battery probably doesn’t hold a charge like it once did. Perhaps your battery has died completely and your iPhone won’t boot even boot up anymore. There are lots of reasons an iPhone battery may need to be replaced. Luckily a replacement battery is actually not very costly and as luck may have it, it’s one of the easiest iPhone repairs for almost every model. As long as you’ve got a little bit of patience, we can walk you through how to bring new life back to your iPhone!

Warning about battery replacements

When replacing a battery in your iPhone, or any electronic device for that matter, it’s very important you use high quality or OEM batteries. While using aftermarket components may not be unsafe in some circumstances, a battery is a huge exception. We recommend only using reputable suppliers for battery replacements like eTech Parts, who provide not only high quality replacement parts but will warranty them against defects for up to 6 months.

How to replace the battery in an iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s may not be that old just yet, but if you’re out of warranty or not covered for some reason and find yourself having battery woes, never fear, a battery replacement isn’t that hard and won’t cost you all that much. First, make sure the battery is the problem. If you’ve already tried a restore and still seem to have poor battery life or are experiencing other symptoms of a bad battery such as overheating, random shutdowns, or your iPhone 5s just displays a battery icon that just won’t charge, hit the link and we’ll walk you through a replacement, step by step!

How to replace the battery in an iPhone 5c

While the iPhone 5c is pretty much an iPhone 5 in a plastic shell, a battery replacement differs slightly. This can mainly be attributed to the switch in adhesive between the two. Instead of having a pull tab or just being able to pry, you’ll need to remove and replace the battery adhesive as well as the battery. As far as symptoms, a bad battery in an iPhone 5c could produce overheating issues, sporadic shutdowns, and dismal battery life. Regardless what issue you’re experiencing, we can walk you through start to finish!

How to replace the battery in an iPhone 5

Even though the iPhone 5 features a much larger battery than previous models, it’s also powering the pixels to a larger screen. Since the iPhone 5 is now more than a year old, many owners may be seeing shorter than expected charge cycles that could warrant a replacement. Unfortunately, the iPhone 5 also seems to be more susceptible to faulty batteries. The most common issue seems to be users reporting when their iPhone 5 falls below 20% or so, it turns off and won’t turn back on until plugged into a charger. This issue however, shouldn’t be confused with a burnt out IC chip due to using a faulty charger. But if you’re sure your battery is just bad, we can walk you through each and every step of replacing it, along with links on where to buy a new one.

How to replace the battery in an iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S is only on a few years old and that’s enough to start taking a toll on your battery. If you picked up an iPhone 4S fairly close to launch, you’re way out of warranty by now. If you notice your battery deteriorating and no longer holding the charge it once did, a battery replacement for the iPhone 4S only consists of about 4 screws, one clip, a few tools, and about 15 minutes of your time. Hit the link below to check out our complete guide for replacing the battery in your iPhone 4S.

How to replace the battery in an iPhone 4

While the GSM and CDMA version of the iPhone 4 are different in many repair aspects, they’re actually almost the same when it comes to a battery replacement. Luckily, both battery swaps are very easy to perform. Not only that, they both utilize the exact same battery. Since the iPhone 4 has been out for almost 4 years now, a new battery could drastically improve how much juice you can get out of it in a day. Despite the iPhone 4′s age, a dead battery is definitely something worth replacing if your phone is in good working condition in every other aspect. If you’re up to the task, hit the guide below and we’ll walk you through every step of the way.

How to replace the battery in an iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are well past showing their age but that doesn’t make them disposable phones for many folks, at least not yet. At this point, most people probably have one or the other laying around that has less than stellar battery life. Perhaps you use it as a standby phone or iPod or you’d like to give it to a friend, relative, or child. Regardless the reason, a battery replacement can bring new life to both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. While a replacement involves quite a few more screws than other iPhone models, it’s certainly doable for anyone mildly skilled with DIY repair. If you’re willing to take the time and have just a few ninja moves up your sleeve, it’s a super cheap repair to perform and may be worth it simply to have a spare phone laying around.

More DIY guides and help

Still need help or didn’t find what you were looking for? Be sure to check out even more DIY guides via the links below and our iMore forums for help and answers to commonly asked DIY questions. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to email me with questions, and even suggestions for other guides!

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Note: Originally published January 2013. Updated October 2014.



Posted Saturday October 25 2014 22:20 in News | Comments (0)

CVS stores rumored to be ending NFC payments, which will stop Apple Pay support

In the wake of Rite Aid reportedly dropping support for Apple Pay by closing its NFC-based payment systems comes word of another rumor that claims another major pharmacy chain in the US, CVS, could be doing the exact same thing.

According to MacRumors, CVS sent out an email to its stores informing them of the decision to remove NFC payment support, which would affect both Apple Pay and Google Wallet. There’s no word on why the company has made this rather sudden decision. However, competitor Walgreens still supports Apple Pay. Does this affect your decision to shop at certain pharmacy stores?

Source: MacRumors



Posted Saturday October 25 2014 19:20 in News | Comments (0)

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