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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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How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

There's an app out there this week called Ignition - created by developer Adam Bell and made to enable the CarPlay user interface already built in to your iPad. Normally you'd need a vehicle that'd activate this user interface by coming in contact with it - that solution isn't especially cheap. With Ignition, you'll have only to tap the app to open. The only difficult part will be deciding whether or not you want to jailbreak your device to enable CarPlay in the first place.

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IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one undercurrent is noticeable: shopping. Though most stores are shut for the day, we can still go online, and we’ve likely got a series of gift cards in-hand which give us license to buy. In our mobile world, location doesn’t matter much, either. Great apps from retailers mean the mobile shopping experience is often better than on the desktop, and the latest numbers from IBM reflect as much, showing mobile shopping traffic is on the rise.

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RPX buys all Rockstar patents; promises licensing, not lawsuits

RPX buys all Rockstar patents; promises licensing, not lawsuits

Rockstar, the patent trolling firm formed by Apple, Sony, Microsoft and others, is dissolving as we know it. The company, which was formed after the member companies joined forces to purchase over 6,000 patents being sold by Nortel Networks during their bankruptcy, has sold 4,000 of those patents to patent firm RPX for a reported $900 million. The remaining 2,000 patents were distributed to the companies involved with Rockstar, and are not subject to this sale. Rockstar is also ending all current litigation to quickly close the deal.

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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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Facebook Stickered app arrives on iOS

Facebook Stickered app arrives on iOS

On Friday, Facebook introduced its bizarre photo-defacing "Stickered" app, giving the social network's users a way to plaster their digital images with digital stickers before sharing them with friends. A short while after announcing the app, it arrived on Google Play for Android users to enjoy, but was no where to be seen for iOS users. That changed yesterday, with Facebook dropping the Apple version on iTunes; users will need to be running at least iOS 8 to use it.

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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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