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When Apple announced Apple Pay earlier this month, PayPal was conspicuously absent from Apple's list of secured partnerships. Now comes word via Ian Kar of BankInnovation that PayPal was initially part of Apple's vision of Apple Pay, but that negotiations fell apart due to Pay Pal's relationship with Samsung. Apple and PayPal started...

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Over the weekend, Ariel Adams of aBlogtoWatch posted an incredibly detailed and informative hands-on review of the Apple Watch. While there's still a lot of mystery surrounding the Apple Watch in terms of pricing, availability, and even functionality, Adams' post provides an illuminating look at what may very well be, to borrow a...

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One of the biggest, yet still mostly undelivered promises of the iPad age is for this device to become the universal textbook. Use this small, light piece of glass and metal to replace not just heavy and expensive textbooks, but open up the vast store of human knowledge. But so far we've only seen hints and promises. Gibbon offers more...

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A few years ago, TUAW reviewed the iStabilizer Monopod (US$34.95). It's a brilliant little accessory that telescopes out to over 3 feet in length, allowing you to hold your iPhone at more than arm's length away for those perfect selfies. It's also wonderful for taking shots over the heads of crowds, or even shooting pictures stealthily...

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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Mafia Rush [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Mafia Rush is the gangster game you have been waiting...

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MacRumors is reporting that mobile Safari in iOS 8 includes support for Animated PNGs (APNG). What's that you say? You thought animated GIFs were the only game in town? Well, they really are, but who's to say how animated PNGs might fare in the future given that they offer richer color and greater transparency support. The Animated...

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The 10K Forever app is intended for runners who already are able to run a 10K distance or about 6.25 miles. The goal of the app is to take the users through an eight week training program designed to improve their 10K times and overall fitness. This universal app costs US$3.99 and requires iOS 8.0 or later to operate. It is part of a...

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Since Apple's HomeKit home automation framework was announced with fanfare at WWDC 2014 in June, we haven't heard a whole heck of a lot about products that are designed to work in its ecosystem. Today, smart energy technology design firm Velvetwire announced that it will have an Apple HomeKit-enabled USB charger called Powerslayer Blu...

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It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly. TUAW is not responsible for third-party deals and cannot guarantee availability or...

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It's that time of the year again: Apple's latest mobile operating system is now available and there are already a couple of great ways to break it in the name of customization and productivity! Nested folders and hidden apps -- two of the most useful glitch-tweaks from iOS 7 -- are present and accounted for in iOS 8, and here's how to...

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On October 6, 1997, Dell CEO Michael Dell was asked what he would do to help what was then an ailing Apple. Dell famously responded, "What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." Dell's quip, in a few years time, would eventually take on a life of its own amongst the Apple faithful once Steve Jobs...

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Mac users who have those speedy Thunderbolt 2 ports on their MacBook Pro with Retina display or Mac Pro now have a wonderful new way to increase the connectivity of their devices. Belkin today released the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD (US$299.99), which allows up to eight separate devices to be connected to a Mac through a single...

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I don't want to say Macland -- an Apple shop in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland -- has a poor advertising strategy, but if they're relying on ads like this to get foot traffic in the door, they might want to rethink things a little bit. Then again, I'm not Icelandic, so perhaps I just don't have a good handle on the...

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If you've been worried about the recent discovery of a security flaw called Shellshock in the bash UNIX shell, you can rest easier. Apple released OS X bash Update 1.0 to fix the issue, which made it possible for a remote attacker to execute arbitrary shell commands. According to the release notes for the update, "an issue existed in...

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Yesterday a video of two teenagers going into an Apple Store and forcibly bending an iPhone 6 spread with lightning speed across the internet. Apparently the heat has gotten to the teens, as one of them has issued a profane and half hearted, though seemingly terrified, apology on YouTube. If you've never heard a smart,...

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Apple's alleged exploitation of a tax ruling in Ireland is getting some attention from the European Commission. In a preliminary finding that labels the treatment the company has been receiving "state aid," Apple and several other large companies, including Google and Microsoft, could see their tax situation in the country change...

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