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Apple Pay data demands add tension to UK launch

Apple Pay data demands add tension to UK launch

Apple Pay is set to launch in the UK in the first half of 2015, but banks are concerned as to how much data Apple demands as part of its contactless payment service, insiders claims. Revealed as a feature of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this year, Apple Pay - which uses a combination of NFC and a secure digital wallet chip on the smartphones - has already gained traction in the US, with everything from grocery shopping through clothes and even hotel rooms and Disney trips now supporting the service. However, although the spread of Apple Pay to other countries is effectively inevitable, Apple is said to be still facing some push-back from its banking partners over the fine print.

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Apple’s ‘12 Days of Gifts’ promo noticeably absent this year

Apple’s ‘12 Days of Gifts’ promo noticeably absent this year

Bad news this year for bargain iOS app hunters: It appears that Apple has no plans to offer its "12 Days of Gifts" promotion as the year 2014 winds down. For the past six years, from December 26th to January 6th Apple offered a free download each day to iOS users, with freebies including apps, games, and songs from iTunes. Seeing as how it's already December 28th and there's been no sign of the "Gifts" app itself, or word from Apple about the promo, it's a safe bet that we won't be seeing it this year.

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Apple ‘Lucky Bag’ coming back to Japan this year

Apple ‘Lucky Bag’ coming back to Japan this year

Apple has announced their “Lucky Bag” promotions are coming back to Japan. The deal, which brings a bag full of goodies for a remarkably lower price than normal, has a history of success with Apple fans. The mystery bags offer up equipment and other goodies like accessories, and no two bags are alike. Last year, we heard some of the bags may have had Mac Pros inside, so who knows what Japanese customers may see this year. They’re not cheap, though — the bags sold for around $340 last year.

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Apple patents mirroring display from Apple TV to mobile

Apple patents mirroring display from Apple TV to mobile

When we hear the phrase "display mirroring", we most likely think of sending our smartphone or tablet content to a TV, a feature which is now almost common fare among media streaming devices. Apple, however, seems to be on the verge of cooking up something that goes in the opposite direction. The company has just been granted a patent that could, in theory, let users view what's playing on Apple TV right from their iPhone or iPad without missing a single beat.

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Apple launches iTunes Tumblr blog

Apple launches iTunes Tumblr blog

Apple has apparently been bitten by the Tumblr bug, launching its own iTunes blog on the service. As you would expect, the blog is decked out with everything music related, including those ever-popular GIFs that dot Tumblr's landscape. In addition to the music, users can also find videos, images and such on books, television, and movies, including things like the best books of 2014 on iTunes. It's the latest of what seems to be a growing social presence for iTunes.

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Apple delivers first ever automatic software update to Macs

Apple delivers first ever automatic software update to Macs

There are bug fixes and there are bug fixes. And then there are bug fixes so severe that they need to be plugged up immediately. But no matter how fast software providers try to patch up things on their end, bad users habits sometimes mean that these patches don't get downloaded or applied immediately, if at all. That is why Apple is making use of a feature it already had launched two years ago to deliver a critical bug fix to Mac users without them having to lift a finger.

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Report: Apple has 3 billion reasons for their 16GB iPhone 6

Report: Apple has 3 billion reasons for their 16GB iPhone 6

On launch, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were found to offer a base-level 16GB storage. Many wondered why Apple wouldn’t up the entry level storage option to 32GB, but the answer was easy: they want you spending more. The next available option, 64GB, is a $100 premium over the 16GB variant, which blindly encourages you to spend more. How much more? A new report details how Apple may earn $3 billion in 2015 from their internal storage play on consumers.

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Apple Pay and Google Wallet head to Disney World

Apple Pay and Google Wallet head to Disney World

This week the folks at Walt Disney have let loose their final plans for the launch of Apple Pay and Google Wallet at Walt Disney World Resort. This one location will be the first place Disney will use Apple Pay and Google Wallet - and a number of other wireless payment systems - in the near future. It's also been suggested that additional Disney Stores and other Disney properties will follow. This system will begin with Disney's RFID system already in place as part of their MyMagic+ brand.

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Apple ups Russia’s App Store prices due to currency troubles

Apple ups Russia’s App Store prices due to currency troubles

Bad news continues for would-be Apple customers and app purchasers in Russia this week. Due to the rapid and ongoing decline of the country's currency, the ruble, Apple earlier had to take down its online store in order to re-adjust prices of computers and mobile devices, and now has raised the prices of apps in the Russian App Store. While the online store still remains unavailable, Apple today began notifying developers of the changes in the App Store's pricing.

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Apple Pay still trails Google Wallet, gap closing quickly

Apple Pay still trails Google Wallet, gap closing quickly

Apple Pay hasn’t been around long, but new research shows those who use it are doing so in a pretty significant way. Via mobile payments research firm ITG, we find that Apple Pay accounted for 1.7% of all digital payment transactions in the month of November. Those using Apple Pay have their favorite spots, too. Whole Foods, Walgreens, and McDonald’s all found themselves with the most Apple Pay usage, suggesting we’re really fond of properly sourced grass-fed Australian New York strip steak, but not afraid of chicken from suspect origin.

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