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Both Apple and Facebook recently announced that they will cover egg freezing for their employees. The policies at both companies provoked a series of smart analyses of why they are simultaneously something to celebrate and challenge. For instance, Joya...
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Apple has been talking a lot lately about the usefulness of the iPad in vertical markets, and the health care vertical might benefit from the device most of all....
From: VentureBeat | By: Kia Kokalitcheva | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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In the country’s unhealthiest state, the failure of Obamacare is a group effort.
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Sarah Varney | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The latest Two Minutes' Hate in lefty land is over AT&T getting sued by FTC because of throttling of unlimited bandwidth users. The problem is, FTC is wrong, and AT&TThe post Tech at Night: Sorry, FTC is wrong and AT&T is right. Without a...
From: Red State | By: ( | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Pandora might be the least exciting of the major streaming music services, in part because it doesn’t offer on-demand music playback or a robust premium monthly subscription service. That, however, didn’t stop the decade-old music company from beating...
From: VentureBeat | By: Tom Cheredar | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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On Monday last week, Apple finally launched Apple Pay, the company's mobile-payment system that only works with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the latest iPads. (Though you can't use iPads for in-store payments.) Even though mobile payments have been......
From: Engadget | By: Nicole Lee | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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There are many ways to enjoy apples in the fall. From baked apples to apple pie, I am a fan of every single one of them. This Bourbon Brown Butter Apple Cake is one more that you can add to your list of ways to showcase apples this season – and it...
From: Baking Bites | By: Nicole | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The fight over digital wallets is between retailers and card processors, not retailers and Apple....
From: The Atlantic | By: Polly Mosendz | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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A number of major retailers, most notably Walmart, have yet to allow shoppers to use the recently launched Apple Pay system at checkout, and national drugstore chains Rite-Aid and CVS stopped offering Apple Pay as an option after only a few days. That’s...
From: Consumerist | By: Chris Morran | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Here's a bad sign for CurrentC, the fledgling mobile payment system in development by a consortium of retailers.  CurrentC is sending emails to people warning them "that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you." It doesn't...
From: Business Insider | By: Jay Yarow | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Ask ten people to answer the question, “What sets Apple apart from other consumer electronics and technology companies?” and you’re likely to get twenty different answers. Some point to its design sensibilities, others its savvy branding and...
From: Pando Daily | By: Michael Carney | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The NGP from Incipio is the best bet to protect your shiny new iPhone 6
From: Time | By: Alex Fitzpatrick | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Curb your enthusiasm.
From: Read Write Web | By: Owen Thomas | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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On Wednesday, Poynt unveiled its flagship product: a “smart” payment terminal intended for small and medium-sized merchants. Based on the Android mobile operating system, this gadget includes two screens (a main one facing the merchant, and a second,...
From: Wired | By: Davey Alba | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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In order for Apple Pay to become the payment of the future, merchants actually need to be able to accept it. A new crop of competitors are popping up to provide the most affordable, technology-savvy solution for businesses eager to adopt Apple Pay and EMV...
From: VentureBeat | By: Ruth Reader | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Apple finds that bigger is better for screen size and for processing, photography and battery power....
From: Sydney Morning Herald | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Chris Wentz was just finishing up his stint at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, when he found himself working on a group project for an entrepreneurship class. The assignment was pretty open ended: Come up with any business idea. Along...
From: Business Insider | By: Rebecca Borison and Maya Kosoff | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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VytronUS, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based medical device firm, has raised $31.6 million in Series B financing. The investors included Apple Tree Partners, BioStar Ventures, Windham Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates. In addition to the funding,...
From: PE Hub | By: Iris Dorbian | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The financial services sector has seen profound change over the past 30 years. In 1984, there were 14,400 commercial banks, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; today, there are 5,700. The savings and loan industry, which once financed...
From: TheStreet | By: David Marcus | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Updated from 6:51 a.m. EDT NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Wednesday, Oct. 29: 1. -- U.S. stock futures were trading mixed Wednesday ahead of a Federal Reserve announcement on interest rates and the central bank's stimulus...
From: TheStreet | By: Joseph Woelfel | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The latest version of the Flipboard tablet magazine offers a staff-selected “front page” of stories and a wide range of extremely specialized topics....
From: New York Times | By: FARHAD MANJOO | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Apple is in preliminary talks to sell the iPhone in Iran, if sanctions are eased on the Middle East nation, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
From: The Star Malaysia | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Advertise on MotherJones.com Six months ago, the NBA rid itself of its worst owner, perpetual sleazebag Donald Sterling. Everyone praised the swift, harsh punishment meted out by commissioner Adam Silver for Sterling's racist tirade—well, almost everyone....
From: Mother Jones | By: Ian Gordon and Sam Brodey | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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After several days of head-scratching over why Rite Aid and CVS blocked Apple pay in their stores after initially accepting it, executives from the Merchant Consumer Exchange (MCX), a group of retailers working on a rival to Apple Pay, finally spoke...
From: Business Insider | By: Steve Kovach | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Xiaomi, the smartphone of choice in China, just had a really good few months selling phones. According to Strategy Analytics, it reckon the new phone maker is now the third largest smartphone maker in the world, trailing only Samsung and Apple. Its......
From: Engadget | By: Mat Smith | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Microsoft is joining the companies who see wearables as a way into the wellness business without all the red tape that comes from being a true medical company....
From: New York Times | By: NICK WINGFIELD | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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It looks like the curtains have been raised early on Microsoft's attempt to join the wearables game. Windows Central points out that sync apps have appeared in the Mac and Android app stores, set to personalize and track data for your "Microsoft......
From: Engadget | By: Richard Lawler | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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A group of retailers known as the Merchant Customer Exchange said that it could yet decide to use the technology that Apple Pay relies on to process transactions....
From: New York Times | By: MIKE ISAAC | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Almost one year after the U.S. began to loosen sanctions on exports to Iran, Apple is reportedly in early stage talks with distributors to start official sales of its products in the country.
From: Apple Insider | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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MCX—the coalition of retailers at the heart of recent decisions to block Apple Pay—says it could eventually embrace that technology that drives Apple’s brand new payments service. But it seems that coalition will continue to freeze out Apple Pay—and...
From: Wired | By: Davey Alba | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A week after the release of the highly anticipated Apple Pay system, which allows iPhone owners to use their phones as credit cards, CVS and Rite Aid quietly blocked the service in their stores to make way for a rival payment system....
From: The Onion | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Bias against women in tech is pervasive, whether in the blatant sexism female video game developers face, the dismissive attitudes of C.E.O.'s or day-to-day difficulties that estrange women, even on the business side of the industry. Many of the biggest...
From: New York Times | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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By Simon Hill No one likes a bruised Apple. Scratches, scuffs, and cracks on a new iPhone 6 are enough to ruin anyone’s day. Check out the best iPhone 6 cases and get some protection on that shiny new smartphone. The post 25 of our favorite iPhone...
From: Palestine Telegraph | By: PT Editor | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Apple currently does not have any sales outlets or partners in Iran, but its products are available through unofficial sellers.
From: Channel News Asia | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Apple is in preliminary talks to sell the iPhone in Iran, if sanctions are eased on the Middle East nation, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
From: PhysOrg | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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One of the many reasons you don't see widespread support for mobile payment tech like Apple Pay or Google Wallet is the hardware investment needed to make it all work. Why should a store spend thousands of dollars on machines that miss out on some......
From: Engadget | By: Jon Fingas | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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CurrentC, a mobile payment system, reported that third parties had obtained the e-mails of its pilot members. CurrentC has been in the news recently after CVS and Rite Aid disabled Apple Pay at their stores....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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People can be nosy, especially when it comes to photos on your phone. When handed a phone to check out a photo, there's always someone who takes a quick look and then begins enthusiastically swiping through you library, oblivious to the idea that not...
From: Business Insider | By: Steven Tweedie | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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APPLE is in preliminary contact with Iranian distributors about possibly entering the country should Western sanctions ease sufficiently.
From: The Australian | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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CurrentC is quickly becoming a cautionary tale about trying to beat Apple and Google. The retailer-backed solution to paying for things with your phone has been practically one star reviewed into oblivion on the App Store and Google Play, and now it's...
From: Geekosystem | By: Dan Van Winkle | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Apple Pay rival CurrentC has been hacked.
From: CNN | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Apple is in preliminary contact with Iranian distributors about possibly selling the iPhone in the country. Iran has 77 million people but the market is fraught with obstacles.
From: Wall Street Journal | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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In a brief note to clients a short while ago, J.P. Morgan‘s Tien-tsin Huang, who follows computer services, noted that CurrentC, an electronic payment system competing with Apple‘s (AAPL) Apple Pay, has been hacked. “We just received notification...
From: Barron's | By: Tiernan Ray | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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I made an iPhone and iPad app that creates short, intense workouts to make you tired after strength training. make tired is an app for iPhone and iPad that generates short finisher workouts to make you tired after a strength workout. The idea is that...
From: MetaFilter | By: daveliepmann | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Softcard (formerly Isis), a mobile payment system that competes with Apple Pay and Google Wallet, announced today that it is accepted at more than 14,000 McDonald’s locations around the country beginning today. Smartphone owners can make NFC-based...
From: Daily Wireless | By: Sam Churchill | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Design aligns humans and technology, it aligns business and engineering, it aligns digital and physical, and it aligns business needs and user needs. Here at O’Reilly, we’re fascinated by the design space, and we’re launching several initiatives...
From: O'Reilly Radar | By: Mary Treseler | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Although Apple's latest cellular iPads include a carrier-agnostic SIM card, users shouldn't get their hopes up for an iPhone version.The so-called Apple SIM works with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, and lets users select their carrier through the iOS...
From: Macworld | By: Jared Newman | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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If the retailers backing the CurrentC mobile payment system hope to topple NFC-based technology like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, they may need to improve their safeguards for your data. CurrentC is now warning people in its beta program that......
From: Engadget | By: Jon Fingas | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Google Wallet. Apple Pay. QR codes. Who will win? Who cares?Apple Pay. Google Wallet. Square. Paypal. Affirm. Coin. Plastc. Visa. Mastercard. Chase. Capital One. Everybody wants to collect a toll on the post-credit-card future of payments. They all use...
From: Fast Company | By: Mark Wilson | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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It looks simple, but this casual title represents a lot of investment by Arkadium....
From: VentureBeat | By: Dean Takahashi | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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