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Apple Pay – All you need to know

Published by on Sep 10th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Pay

Apple really hit it out of the park with their event last night. Along with finally announcing the much anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as the swoon-worthy Apple Watch, the company also announced an all new service that will allow for mobile payments called Apple Pay.

Apple Pay is a mobile payment platform, that will in essence, allow you to make payments straight from your iPhone through the Apple Pay service.

The main goal with Apple Pay, as Tim Cook announced last night, is to make credit and debit card payments more secure – and of course easier and more efficient.

Cook started by saying that their goal is to eliminate the ‘fairly antiquated’ process of paying by card. He emphasized the fact that current credit or debit card payments are not as secure as we think. Magnetic strip cards are outdated and highly susceptible to fraud. While most of us have a chip card nowadays, these are also not as secure as they should be.

That is why the safest, most secure and most streamlined way of paying is mobile payments. As Cook said, with the current way of paying with physical credit cards, we are “totally reliant on exposed numbers”.

Apple Pay incorporates NFC technology to make the payments more secure. But besides the inner workings of Apple Pay, how it works (in layman’s terms to you and me) is quite simple.  (more…)

Apple reveals its first wearable: Apple Watch (video)

Published by on Sep 10th, 2014, No Comments

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We were absolutely ecstatic to hear those immortal word once again: “One more thing…”

Expectation are always high when Apple dives into a new market segment, and this time was no different. What wasn’t expected however, was the name Apple chose for the device. It’s called the Apple Watch – no iWatch monikers here. (more…)

U2 releases free album on iTunes

Published by on Sep 10th, 2014, No Comments

U2 AppleOK, so everybody can breath again. Apple day is over, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has been announced alongside the really good looking Apple Watch. You have to say since the passing of Steve Jobs, the annual Apple event has lost some of its charm and excitement. Not that Tim Cook isn’t good at hosting the show, he just isn’t Steve Jobs. So to make things more exciting and to cap of last night’s evening Apple had “one more thing” to share with the audience, U2, and they came bearing gifts… (more…)

Apple announces the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (video)

Published by on Sep 10th, 2014, No Comments

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Well, folks, it was the day millions of people were waiting for. Launch day for the new iPhone!

Tim Cook called it “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.” It was in one way, at least, the size of the iPhones. As rumours suggested, we have two new models. There is the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 as well as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. (more…)

Larger iPhone 6 model to have iPad-like qualities?

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

iphone landscapeSo we are literally counting down the hours until the big Apple event today. And true to form there seems to be speculation around the proposed devices until the very end. Since the idea came about to create larger smartphone and phablet devices many of the companies simply increased the screen size and left it there. Only a select few took advantage of the increased size to add a level of additional usability. Apple and Samsung both received a lot of praise for their tablet lineups (iPad and Galaxy Note) but it looks like Apple might just take a step further… (more…)

Aerial shots of first stages of Apple’s spaceship campus

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Spaceship Campus

Almost a year ago, we reported on Apple’s extensive plans for their new, spaceship-like campus in Cupertino, California. And while we know that the project has been on track for quite some time, one YouTuber filmed some sneaky ‘spy shots’ of the campus from high up above.

The spaceship campus, which gets its name from it’s circular design looking very much like a mothership, started construction at the start of the year.

Now still in its first stage of construction, the campus looks set to be the biggest Apple campus as of yet. The building will sit on a mammoth 2.8 million square-feet and will house up to 14 000 employees.

It is four stories high, with a 4-story ‘ring of glass’ surrounding the entire building. It is designed to be a ‘green’ building with the roof made up entirely of solar panels.

Although it doesn’t look like it now, the building will be surrounded by acres of green space. For now, however, it wouldn’t be strange if you confused the construction sight for some weird, alien-like crop circle. (more…)

Apple hires famed designer Marc Newson

Published by on Sep 8th, 2014, No Comments

Marc Newson

Legendary industrial designer, Marc Newson, is now a part of the Apple family according to a report by Vanity Fair.

According to the magazine, the company has hired Newson as a designer that will no doubt form an integral part of Apple’s already outstanding design team, under the leadership of another famed, iconic designer – Jony Ive.

It’s also no secret that Newson and Ive are close friends. The two designers have collaborated on various design projects over the years, including some Apple products on which Newson acted as a consultant for Apple.

The most recent time Newson and Apple’s Senior VP of Design worked together was last year for musician Bono’s (RED) foundation. The pair designed a beautiful (albeit super expensive) once-off red Mac Pro as well as a pair of 18 karat rose gold Apple EarBuds and other Apple products. The items were auctioned off and raised more than $25 million for AIDS, TB and Malaria research.  (more…)

Tim Cook: Apple to beef up iCloud security

Published by on Sep 5th, 2014, No Comments

Tim Cook

In light of recent events, Apple has decided to beef up their iCloud security – just so naked photos of famed celebrities leaking on the internet can not be solely blamed on Apple security.

Following the massive celebrity photo leak last weekend, that was said to be hacked form the A-listers’ iCloud accounts, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has said that the company will be putting new security measures in place regarding their cloud storage service.

In his first interview after the hack, Cook spoke on the subject, but still maintained that the current iCloud security did not compromise the affected accounts. Cook said that no Apple ID or passwords were leaked from the company’s servers, but that third parties accessed the accounts using either the correct username and passwords or through a phishing scam.

However, the hack did seem to be somewhat of a wake-up call for Apple, as they are now putting more security measures in place.

Cook said that the new security measures include alerting users to activity on their iCloud accounts.  (more…)

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