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Samsung's mobile business nosedives by 74%

Earlier this month, Samsung warned investors not to get their hopes up. For the September quarter, Samsung indicated that profits were likely to be 60% lower year over year. True to form, Samsung earlier this week released its earnings report and the results were as grave as the company...

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Court rules: Touch ID is not protected by the Fifth Amendment but Passcodes are

Advances in technology always make for interesting interpretations of established law. Most recently, a Virginia Beach Circuit Court this week ruled that an individual in a criminal proceeding cannot be forced to divulge the passcode to his cellphone as it would violate the self-incrimination...

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Seth Rogen set to play Woz in upcoming Steve Jobs biopic

Seth Rogen has been tapped to play the role of Steve Wozniak in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports. The 32-year-old actor, known for his roles in films such as 40 Year Old Virgin and Pineapple Express, will star alongside Christian Bale who recently agreed to take on the...

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Good news Apple Pay fans! MCX confirms that retailers face no fines for leaving CurrentC support behind

In an effort to mitigate the avalanche of criticism stemming from Rite Aid and CVS' decision to disable Apple Pay support, MCX yesterday put up a blogpost to help crystallize what it terms a "misinformed conversation." One notable clarification is that MCX's CurrentC app will, in fact,...

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Tim Cook on axing the iPod Classic: "We couldn't get the parts anymore"

Last month, Apple swiftly and quietly put an end to the venerable iPod Classic. No announcements were made, no funeral was held. Instead, all references to the Classic were casually removed from the iPod section on Apple's website, dashing the dreams of users who prefer -- nay, demand! -- 160GB of...

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Apple last year spent a record $6 billion on Research and Development costs

Apple this week filed its 2014 10-K annual report with the SEC, offering investors a comprehensive look into the company's operations over the last 12 months. One of the more interesting items revealed on the 10-K is that Apple over the past year spent US$6 billion on Research and Development...

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Walmart issues bogus explanation as to why they don't support Apple Pay

Shortly after Apple introduced Apple Pay, Walmart issued a statement indicating that it had no intention of supporting Apple's new mobile payment platform. Walmart's stance was hardly a surprise given that it's one of the leaders of MCX, a consortium of retailers hell bent on bypassing...

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Tim Cook: Over 1 million credit cards have been activated with Apple Pay

While speaking at the WSJD Live event last night, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed some initial data regarding the company's recent rollout of Apple Pay. According to Cook, over 1 million cards have already been loaded up via Apple Pay. Given that Apple Pay remains US-only for now, the 1 million...

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A closer look at CurrentC: The reason why CVS and Rite Aid are disabling Apple Pay support

Over the weekend, CVS disabled NFC support on its POS machines at all of its nationwide store locations, effectively blocking out support for NFC-based mobile payment solutions like Apple Pay and Google Wallet in the process. Together, CVS and Rite Aid are the first two stores who have taken...

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CVS also disabling support for Apple Pay

Last night, I was with a friend at CVS who was trying to pay for some items with Apple Pay. Oddly, the transaction couldn't be processed. This struck us as strange because Twitter had been abuzz with Apple Pay users indicating that the service has been working swimmingly at CVS. Next, we tried a...

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