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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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iPhone 6 NFC will only work with Apple Pay

iPhone 6 NFC will only work with Apple Pay

What's Apple's is Apple's, and Apple tends to keep it that way. Mobile payment businesses, like the renamed Softcard, looking forward to a flood of iPhone users will have to wait a bit longer, or maybe even forever. An Apple spokesperson has just confirmed that the NFC on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will work with Apple Pay and only with Apple Pay.

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Here come the PowerShots: N2, G7 X, SX60 HS

Here come the PowerShots: N2, G7 X, SX60 HS

Three new PowerShot cameras are coming soon from Canon, the lot of which works with unique features made to advance the point-and-shoot universe - even as their competition hits the smartphone environment. The PowerShot N2 works with a flip-up touch panel and NFC. The G7 X works with a one-in sensor. The SX60 HS has a cool 65x Optical Zoom lens as well as a broad focal length: 21mm-1365mm.

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Apple Pay gives Apple 0.15% of your purchase

Apple Pay gives Apple 0.15% of your purchase

Yesterday, we told you about Apple’s plans to monetize Apple Pay. By taking a small cut of the transaction fee a bank charges a merchant, Apple stands to make a large chunk of change. Now we get further details on just what kind of deals Apple may have struck with various institutions, and how much they really might be raking in.

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Here’s how Apple Pay was kept a secret

Here’s how Apple Pay was kept a secret

21 months of planning and negotiations, a "code name frenzy," and clandestine signaling to executives with real pieces of fruit: turns out, getting Apple Pay off the ground without letting the cat out of the mobile payments bag wasn't easy. Details of the cloak of secrecy used to keep hundreds of people across eight different financial institutions from spilling the beans on Apple's big cashless announcement this week have emerged, and it's just as obsessive as you might have expected.

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Apple Pay’s secret weapon: stores and brands

Apple Pay’s secret weapon: stores and brands

If the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ secret weapon is Apple Pay, then Apple Pay’s secret weapon is McDonalds, Nike, Subway, and Disney. These are amongst the many top-level stores Apple has made deals with for Apple Pay right out the gate.

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NFC on the iPhone 6: secure and subtle

NFC on the iPhone 6: secure and subtle

Apple’s iPhone 6 has long been rumored to have NFC, and today Apple made it official. In announcing their NFC system, Apple made sure to tout the security of the program, and discuss how easy NFC payments can be. While we’ve seen NFC payments work before, it’s just never been this well done.

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Apple may be working on rewards system for mobile payments

Apple may be working on rewards system for mobile payments

Here’s something different: it seems Apple is working on a real motivating factor to have merchants sign on for their mobile payment platform. It’s believed Apple is working on a rewards program for users who use their payment processing system, which could utilize NFC.

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You may use iPhone 6 to pay in CVS and Walgreens

You may use iPhone 6 to pay in CVS and Walgreens

Apple has reportedly convinced Walgreens and CVS to join its rumored mobile payment system, with the two huge pharmacy chains the latest participants in what's expected to be announced next week. Earlier this month, Apple was said to have brought key payments providers MasterCard, Visa, and American Express onboard, as it readies the new iPhone 6.

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