Today singer Adam Levine joined the embarrassingly long list of Samsung spokespeople who just can't stop using their beloved iPhones. The revelation is particularly remarkable in Levine's case, as just last week he was quoted in a presser for Samsung's Milk Music service that he'd be participating in "a ceremonial iPhone burning" after the event.
If the word coming in from multiple sources is correct, Apple will announce both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones tomorrow, countering speculation that the Cupertino company would wait a few months to announce the larger version. We also reportedly have names for the units now, which seemingly marks the end of the last bit of secrecy associated with the project.
By next week, the hottest stories will all be features unveiled in the newest release of iOS 8 and of course, the iPhone 6. And maybe, just maybe, we'll also be talking about the iWatch. It's only a matter of time, so while you wait, lets see what else has been going on.
After so long stuck in the mire, Apple's mobile payment system appears to be taking its final form quickly. Just yesterday we heard how the Cupertino giant had managed to snag lower credit card processing fees for the service from the likes of MasterCard and Visa, and now word's coming in from Re/code that retailers Walgreens and CVS plan to accept purchases made with the system once it's released.
News about Apple's rumored mobile payment initiative have been scarce over the last couple of months, but details are finally starting to emerge ahead of the company's September 9 media event. And they're worth paying attention to. According to Bank Innovation, Apple has secured lower credit card transaction fees for the service with heavyweights like Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Capital One, and Bank of America.
As everyone who reads these columns more than once knows that we like to focus on refurbs that aren't too old. Picking a Mac that's 2 years old gets you a decent enough machine, but everyone prefers brand-spanking new. This week, we're excited because there are some MacBook Airs in here from THIS YEAR. That's pretty doggone new, and all our others are less than 1 year old, so these are some pretty sweet refurbs in action.
Nokia might not have won many hearts in the smartphone space, but the Wall Street Journal reports that the Finnish company is now hoping it can attract your attention with its soon-to-be-released revamped HERE maps application. That's a tough gambit, especially considering how thoroughly Apple Maps and Google Maps dominate the space, but Nokia might be able to pull it off on the basis of one feature alone — it'll support offline maps without the need to download them beforehand.
Some people really want their bigger iPhones. In fact, they want them so bad that some diehard Apple fans are already starting to camp out in front of the company's iconic cubical store on New York's Fifth Avenue; that is, if you can find them amid all the folks subtly hawking their own products.
There's a good chunk of the world that still hasn't bought a Mac for various reasons despite their love of iOS devices, but Apple is taking steps to make sure they remain connected to their Apple files regardless of which machines they're forced to use. Today, the Cupertino company sent out invitations to members of AppleSeed to try out the beta iCloud for Windows, which includes access to iCloud Drive.
The essentially spotless reputation of Apple's widely used iCloud service was dealt a serious blow this weekend when word emerged that several celebrities discovered that private photos of themselves had made their way onto the Internet at large. Word emerged yesterday via NBC News that Apple is working closely with the FBI to investigate the leaks, but this morning the Cupertino company claimed the leaks weren't really iCloud's fault. Instead, it was the fault of weak passwords.