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Apple Pay news: Amazon in, Rite Aid out

Apple Pay news: Amazon in, Rite Aid out

All the excitement over Apple Pay doesn’t reach as far as some would have hoped. Previously, we told you about Amazon’s reluctance to allow their Amazon Rewards Visa — issued by Chase, a day-one partner for Apple Pay — into your digital wallet. There is relief on that front, but Apple Pay has lost a retail partner in the mix of it all. Rite Aid is no longer accepting Apple Pay payments, but it seems to be more an NFC issue than one with Apple Pay.

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iPad Air 2 registers with “secret” NFC? Not so fast…

iPad Air 2 registers with “secret” NFC? Not so fast…

Signs of NFC hardware in the iPad Air 2 have prompted speculation that Apple could turn the tablet into an Apple Pay cash register replacement, though it's almost certain not to be something the company could enable in this generation. A recent teardown of the new 9.7-inch tablet found that it contains the same NFC chip as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Since Apple doesn't list NFC among the iPad Air 2's connectivity options, that has led to chatter that it's a feature-in-waiting; however, it's unlikely to pan out that way.

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Some Apple Pay users being charged twice for transactions

Some Apple Pay users being charged twice for transactions

If you’ve been all over town slapping your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus on the point-of-sale terminal at the stores you frequent, you might want to take a breather and check your bank statement. If you’re using a Bank of America card, you might have been overcharged. Double charged, really. It seems some back-end problems have caused some to see their Apple Pay purchases be charged twice. If you notice a double-charge, Bank of America will refund you, though.

Apple Pay today widens the door opened by Google Wallet

Apple Pay today widens the door opened by Google Wallet

One of the biggest reasons why Apple Pay will be super simple for you to begin using in your everyday life is the roll-out of NFC payment checkouts due to Android. What’s that, you say? Android can let me pay with my phone too? Google Wallet was initiated quite a while ago, yes - and MOST Android-based smartphones with NFC inside can use it. Apple doesn’t require there to be an Apple Pay-specific checkout device present at every store, they only require a basic NFC-reading device which many major stories already have in place.

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Apple Pay support coming Nov 7 from USAA

Apple Pay support coming Nov 7 from USAA

Apple Pay is coming soon for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. according to a launch partner of Apple Pay, the service will be available in one month. USAA says they will offer Apple Pay on November 7, though Apple has yet to confirm that. On launch, Apple noted USAA as a partner, and said they’d support Visa and Mastercard, both of which USAA offers. Interestingly enough, Apple notes Apple Pay as launching in October, so support from (some) partners may come a bit late.

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Digital tattoo returns: “eSkin” for all NFC phones

Digital tattoo returns: “eSkin” for all NFC phones

Remember when Motorola’s Moto X had a digital tattoo you could apply that would unlock your phone? Turns out the company that made/makes said tattoo wasn’t finished there. They’ve just done a sort of silent release of their next skin-applied technology, the eSkin Tattoo. This release is essentially the same as the Moto X-specific "Digital Tattoo", but it’s made to interact with all NFC compatible phones (except your iPhone 6*, of course).

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Dell AD211 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Dell AD211 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Bluetooth speakers are fairly ubiquitous, with just about everyone jumping into the mix. Dell can be counted among those who want to make themselves known on your desktop with their AD211. The portable tube is appropriately priced, but does it pack enough punch to make you seek it out? Good question — let’s find out!

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The Core: Wireless home speakers with revolutionary holographic sound

The Core: Wireless home speakers with revolutionary holographic sound

The Core is a wireless speaker system that connects to your iPhone or Android device and sounds like "two widely separated full size HiFi speakers." The Core can work with any device - OS X, Windows, iOS or Android included - just so long as it has Bluetooth. According to manufacturers Mass Fidelity, it relies on wave field synthesis to produce what they're describing as "acoustic holograms": sound that literally floats in space within your room.

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